Aston Charles is the trusted recruiter for many of the UK’s specialist organisations operating in the FCA regulated area of Financial Services and this outstanding organisation from within the General Insurance space has again engaged us to source a key hire that will play a major role in its growth plans for 2020 and beyond.
With significant, private-equity backed funds in place to facilitate immediate major growth plans, there is now a need to add additional strength and expertise to the Group Finance team. With already impressive year on year growth figures gained from new business activities, cross-sales and creative marketing initiatives, our client seeks to accelerate this growth in the form of significant Merger and Acquisition activity, and already has a number of “deals” in the advanced pipeline.
Once due diligence is complete and the deal has been signed, your role as Finance Integration Manager will be to take ownership of the acquired entity’s Finance & Insurance Broking accounting functions and take responsibility for the application of controls in line with your new employer’s Group Accounting, CASS and client money handling procedures and policies. This activity will of course be compliant with all FCA regulations at all times.
Working from home and reporting into the Group Finance Director, you can expect regular amounts of travel. Your employer has major office locations in both the City and East Anglia, and potential acquisitions could be located anywhere in the UK, so close access to motorways and mainline railways would be most advantageous.
Each acquisition will bring its own challenges and nuances, but regular integration responsibilities will include the delivery of any specific actions that were highlighted from the initial due diligence exercise and the introduction of key financial controls in line with Group Finance procedure, ensuring that the acquired entity falls into line with all Group accounting policies and procedures. Additionally, you’ll manage the software transition, and project manage the transition of all the Finance/ Insurance Accounting functions into the groups’ central finance team.
As you’d expect, this role carries a specific set of skills, and as such, we’d expect you to be able to demonstrate significant post-acquisition experience, ideally gained from within an FCA regulated organisation, although this is not essential. As a Qualified Accountant, you’ll be an eloquent communicator with the gravitas to converse and build relationships at a senior level. Additionally, you’ll take a positive approach to risk mitigation and will quickly be able to determine and implement effective integration plans as expediently as possible.
You’ll be joining a highly effective, driven and proactive senior finance team that enables the business to continue to grow and expand at an incredibly fast pace. You’ll be the pioneering incumbent of this truly exciting and varied role, and your success will be noted by the most senior members of the board. With a salary of up to £65K, an additional car allowance of £5K, and additional employee benefits too, this is a career-defining role that could really shape your future. With such major growth and acquisition plans comes attractive and rewarding career opportunities.
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