Weybourne Financial Controller

£Competitive

Malmesbury

Description

The Finance department are looking for an experienced Financial Controller to join the already established team of 12.

 

Reporting to the Head of Finance (HoF), this role is responsible for managing all core accounting activities for c4 entities as well as providing the financial control framework, guidance and core functions such as accounts payable for all family office activities.

 

The role is supported by four team members of whom two perform core accounting activities i.e. bookkeeping, management accounting and reporting and associated administrative activities, whilst one looks after the accounts payable function for a wide ranging and diverse set of family owned entities and family members and the other supports the finance system used by all Family Office entities.

Market Overview

Home to our global Research, Design and Development centre and all of our Commercial functions, Dyson HQ is tucked away in countryside famous for the railway tunnels and bridges of Isambard Brunel, who revolutionised modern engineering. Our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent-minded. Yet nearby are the fashionable cities of Bristol and Bath (where a young James Dyson invented cyclone technology).

The building is the heartbeat of Dyson. Over 1,500 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world. From 2016, our HQ will begin doubling its footprint with an ambitious new expansion.

Function Overview

Who we are: Established in 2012, Weybourne Partners is the family office for a single affluent family. Weybourne manages investments and provides financial and other professional support to the family, their Estates, and to their business interests. The latter covers a wide range of sectors, including farming, aviation, music and several others. We currently have a team of around 50 employees, whose roles cover accountancy and financial control, tax and treasury, property and investment management, security, risk, and HR.


How we work:  With an eye on the future, we work with a strong collective purpose to offer considered and practical advice to the family and their businesses. Acting in the families best interest is, at all times, our primary focus. We are agile and nimble; we solve problems. Embracing a challenge is part of everyday life at Weybourne, and we are always up for a challenge! Courage of convictions and the drive to push new ideas though are qualities essential across all of our team. 

Where we are: We are based in Malmesbury (the beautiful Wiltshire countryside) and our site includes, a sports centre and gym, coffee bars, subsidised cafés, and plenty of free parking.

Accountabilities

Manage the FC team to achieve the following key objectives to agreed deadlines:
-Production of monthly management accounts, including commentary and analysis against budget.
-Quarterly VAT returns.
-Preparation of annual budgets and monthly cash and P&L forecasts in support of the business managers.
-Liaison with auditors, close out of year-end activities and production of relevant entity statutory accounts.

Oversee and maintain strong financial controls across the family office including monthly reconciliations, segregation of activities, payment and banking controls etc.

Produce and maintain Financial Control Policies and Processes for all family office entities. Monitor compliance of all entities within the wider group.
Ensure the maintenance of strong, efficient accounts payable processes for the family office.

Work with the treasury team to provide the treasury back office function ensuring controls are in place and trades are settled and recorded in an accurate and timely manner.

Work with the HoF to support the company’s governance structure.
Oversee the outsourced payroll process (with Dyson), ensuring accuracy of information provided and best practice controls on the payment process.
Manage the recharge process for central family office costs to entities, including a regular review of rates and charges with the Head of Tax, HoF and business managers.

Continually review all financial control systems and propose and implement changes as necessary to enhance control and efficiency.
Work with the Head of Group Financial Reporting to enhance reporting processes and formats.

Work with the Finance Systems team to improve the user experience and to explore and develop improvements to the system and its output. Ensure that appropriate controls are embedded, and review mechanisms are in place.
Support the tax department to ensure reporting is as efficient as possible for tax reporting purposes.

Skills

  • Qualified accountant with at least 5-10 years PQE (ACA, ACCA or CIMA).
  • Significant financial control experience essential with prior experience in a Financial Controller role desirable.
  • Experience of statutory audit & reporting very desirable.
  • Diligent, thorough and excellent attention to detail with high levels of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Highly organised with strong prioritisation skills and a strong focus on deadlines.
  • Flexible, good communication skills and a good team player

Benefits Overview

We monitor the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a profit-related bonus, generous leave and life insurance. And with a vibrant culture, flexible working hours, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to creativity, innovation and ambition.

Posted: 11-May-2018

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