Paddington, London (Central), London (Greater)
£55,000 to £60,000 depending on experience
17 Oct 2016
14 Nov 2016
Experience Levels
Qualified Accountant
Contract Type
Full Time

Financial Controller – SMART PENSION LTD  

Department: Finance

Reporting to: Chief Financial Officer

Office: Paddington

The Finance team is being developed to support the needs of a high growth organisation and to put in place a scalable Finance support infrastructure fit to meet the future needs of what will become a much larger organisation.  

Purpose of the role

To lead the Smart Pension Finance Team, to provide first class Finance and Management Information to the Senior Team thereby making a significant contribution to achievement of the ambitious company growth plans over the next 2 to 3 years.

Main duties

  • Design and provision of high quality and timely financial management information and KPIs to monitor performance and progress against agreed plans.
  • Regular updates to long term financial forecasts, monitoring and reporting significant changes in enterprise value.
  • Supporting new growth initiatives through business case production and updating the forecasting model to monitor the realisation of agreed costs and benefits.
  • Management and development of the Finance function, including efficient expansion of resources and capabilities to support growing business needs.
  • Financial accounting for Smart Pension Ltd, the Auto Enrolment Master Trust, the Gen Life Master Trust and all other statutory entities as they are acquired or initiated.
  • Manage the external audit process and produce all necessary year end accounts and supporting documents to a high standard
  • Regular management accounting duties, including
  • Production of monthly management accounts
  • Budgeting
  • Financial forecasting
  • Cash flow reporting and forecasting
  • Cash management, including treasury and foreign currency management ensuing that adequate returns are achieved on surplus cash and any currency risks are minimised.
  • Company secretarial duties including share issues, fund raising and share options administration.
  • Maintenance and development of the Accounting System. Currently the accounts are maintained on Sage 200 and a review will take place in early 2017 to decide on the most appropriate platform to support future growth. Implementation of a new system (if necessary) will take place from the financial year end (June 2017)
  • Establish strong relationships with Senior Management.  Ensuring that all are properly equipped to successfully manage the financial performance of the business. Constructively challenge managers on performance variances and give feedback.
  • Prepare the quarterly VAT return, annual HMRC tax compliance returns and other regular external compliance reports.
  • Monitoring and improving the internal control environment, ensuring that all transactions are properly authorised and controlled, thus minimising the risk of loss or financial misstatement.

Technical skills

  • Experience of working within a fast paced professional environment.
  • Qualified accountant ,ACCA, ACA or CIMA.  
  • Must be IT literate with advance level Microsoft Excel skills and good experience of managing and developing quality accounting systems
  • Financial services experience, preferably covering Pensions
  • Company secretarial experience.
  • A clear understanding of tax and VAT requirements


  • You will be expected to be familiar and compliant with the full range of regulatory policies and procedures including: equal opportunity and diversity, data protection etc.
  • You will also be required to undertake mandatory compliance training as required

Personal experience

  • This is a responsible position requiring a qualified accountant looking to develop their skills within a fast moving high growth financial services organisation.
  • A very pro-active mind set, with a passion for improving the financial performance of the organisation through provision of a first class Finance service
  • The ability to work accurately and flexibly with the ability to manage multiple priorities, whilst adhering to critical deadlines
  • A robust approach to relationships with a positive team spirit is essential, must be willing to assist in other areas if workload allows. e.g. operations, procurement.
  • An enquiring mind to question and challenge, as appropriate, on own initiative
  • Previous experience of working in a client focused environment with the ability to communicate at all levels is desirable.