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UK Financial Controller

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    Accounting and Finance

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  • Salary:

    £75000.00 - £85000.00 per annum + bonus / pension / phi

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    Rob Anderson

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  • Published:

    3 days ago

  • Consultant:

    Rob Anderson

UK Financial Controller

Reporting to the Head of Finance for this progressive listed Pharma / Biotech. You will be a key member of the finance team, responsible for the UK financials. You will work closely together with the Head of Finance for the month end internal reporting, together with external quarterly and annual reporting.

You will also be fundamental in designing and implementing the financial processes/ systems to support the business, working with the broader finance team, including the CFO, on projects including the implementation of SOX404a.

In addition to this, you will work with the Head of Financial Reporting to ensure compliance with the UK statutory account filing requirements and tax return filings with HMRC.

The key tasks of the role are:

  • Responsible for the preparation of the UK accounting records for UK.
  • Responsible for the preparation/review of month end, including management accounts, reporting into the Group FC
  • Work in conjunction with the Head of Financial Reporting for the preparation of financial statements for UK statutory filing requirements
  • Responsible for UK tax compliance, including R&D tax credits
  • Review and submission of quarterly VAT returns
  • Review and operation of payroll and director expenses
  • Liaising with employees and arranging invoice authorisation to support the accountant
  • Review activities as part of the monthly close
  • Producing financial information to head of departments/programme operations, as required
  • Ensuring the implementation and effectiveness of financial processes in accordance with SOX 404a
  • Providing technical accounting advice to the finance team and throughout the business
  • Management of external consultants
  • Support the Group's external audit process
  • Provide coaching and development of the finance team
  • Ad-hoc projects

Experience and education required

The successful candidate will be a qualified Accountant, ACA, ACCA or equivalent with over five years' experience working in a finance or business role from a pharma / biotech / life science business.

A knowledge of and passion for the biotech / pharma / life sciences sector is essential.

You will have knowledge and experience of UK GAAP and IFRS. You will also possess a sound working knowledge of technical accounting including prior experience of financial close activities.

Experience of SOX is needed and a knowledge of SAP ByDesign is desirable. We are looking for a pro-active individual who has a passion for biotech. We want someone who is a self-starter, who is confident to work both independently and with the team to build and establish a future-proof, first-class finance function. This role gives ample opportunities for professional growth, including possible future expansion of responsibilities.

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