This is a newly created position, an exciting opportunity for a skilled Finance professional with a strong technical accounting background and solid IFRS knowledge, to carve out their position in a dynamic FTSE 250 financial services group.
Reporting into the Group Financial Controller and leading a team of up to 4 direct reports, this position will hold responsibility for all external financial reporting and technical accounting of the HGH plc parent company and UK subsidiaries.
This includes the Annual Report & Accounts, interim report, quarterly trading updates and management of the audit process.
The role will also be instrumental in supporting the Group Financial Controller and finance leadership team, including Head of Investor Relations, Director of FP&A and Director of Group Finance, in ad-hoc project work.
Responsibilities will include;
Lead process to prepare the Group’s Annual Report in accordance with IFRS, Listing rules and FRC guidance
Own preparation of the CFO statement, Business Review and Consolidated and Parent Company Financial Statements
Preparation of the year end statutory accounts for all UK subsidiaries
Lead preparation of year end preliminary announcement, interim results announcement and quarterly results announcements
Own production of other external financial reporting, including FCA regulatory reporting
Own Group statutory chart of accounts and manage change process
Overall supervision and management of technical accounting projects for the Group, including leading working group for implementation of IFRS 17
Preparation and review of technical accounting memos and discussion papers for Finance Leadership Team, Ex-Co members and Audit Committee on new accounting standards, transactions, proposals and other ad-
hoc queries from the business
Development, maintenance and improvement of Group accounting policies
Assess and take actions following investigations into internal accounting and external reporting implications of new and amended standards
Maintenance of finance relationship with internal and external audit, including responsibility for enacting suggested changes where appropriate
Manage the Group’s audit processes from end to end to ensure that the half year review, interim and final year-end audit are conducted efficiently in adherence to tight deadlines
Tracking and resolution of Group Management Letter Points
Preparation of audit committee papers
Hastings Direct is a fast growing, agile, digitally focused general insurance provider of products and services to over 2.
7 million customers in the UK. We've significantly grown our customer base over the last three years and we now employ over 3,400 colleagues
It's our attitude and the way we run our business that makes us different. We focus on getting it right for our colleagues, customers, company and community.
It's a dynamic, flexible, fun and constantly changing environment. You'll enjoy the scope to make a real difference for our customers, influence our company, benefit the communities we work in and have fun along the way.
Required skills and experience
ACCA, ACA or CA qualified accountant
IT / Software skills, in particular a reasonable aptitude in MS Excel, Word and Powerpoint is essential.
Background in production and / or audit of financial statements
Technical knowledge of IFRS
Experience of producing or auditing Consolidated Financial Statements
Experienced people leader
Prior experience working in a dynamic flexible team
Understanding of insurance business and accounting
Background in Group accounting
Prior experience of public style equity or debt reporting
Benefits for you
Please find some of the great benefits we offer here at Hastings Direct;
Competitive basic salary which we will share with you upon shortlisting, but do feel free to email the Recruitment team for more details in advance of your application
1 day a week working from home
Bonus earning potential
25 days holiday
Health Cash Plan
Private medical insurance
Flexible benefits buy or sell holidays, cycle to work, childcare vouchers
Discounted Hastings Direct products
Hastings Group is an equal opportunities employer which means we treat people fairly. We welcome applications from all suitably skilled persons regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, ethnic background, religion / belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or marital / family status.
Please also note that we have a thorough referencing process, which includes credit and criminal record checks.