Manager - Technical Accounting

Our client, a FTSE 100 Financial Services business, is offering a new 12 month fixed term contract within the IFRS 17 Technical & Methodology Team (part of the wider Global Technical Advisory and Policy Team). The team is located in York, Bristol and London, and is made up of a mixture of accounting and actuarial staff.  They are offering a flexible schedule around a full or part time role, which includes a home/office split with up to 3 days working from home, school hours, early or late start and finishes or 3 or 4 days per week.  In addition, they offer a salary of up to £50k and a market leading benefits package. They are looking for a qualified accountant with experience in a large business or in practice and experience interpreting and applying accounting standards and regulations (previous knowledge of IFRS 17 is not required).  Sound like you? We would love to hear from you.
 

The Team

The business has a new global operating model for Finance, based on shared services supporting the markets and a leaner corporate centre consisting of four pillars.

 

The four pillars of this global operating model are:

  • Finance Markets (FM): a commercial team who will be a co-pilot to the market CEOs and business leadership teams.
  • Finance Operations (FO): a highly effective and agile team managing resources and providing excellent services to the rest of the function.
  • Finance Technical (FT): a team of Finance experts who will leverage the global technical expertise in areas like investments, tax, hedging, re-insurance and accounting and actuarial advisory to provide “solutions” which are consistent across Finance.
  • Finance Corporate (FC): an insight-oriented team who own headquarter functions such as Investor Relations, Capital Allocation, Treasury, Financial Planning & Analysis, and Mergers & Acquisitions.

 

The Technical Advisory and Policy team, where this role sits, is part of FT and owns and advises on group accounting policy and its application globally. The team also advises on regulatory reporting policy.

 

In particular the team:

  • Provides accounting advisory support on a wide range of queries, transactions and projects, partnering the Markets and Centre in making financial decisions.
  • Supports high quality external and internal reporting delivery.
  • Supports the interpretation and implementation of new accounting developments and inputs into the business lobbying position.
  • Owns Group reporting manuals in respect of IFRS and Solvency II.
  • Provides relevant training.

Key Role Responsibilities

This role is within the team responsible for developing the technical and methodological requirements for the IFRS 17 project.

 

The team will work closely with the wider project team to propose approaches to IFRS 17 that considers the Financial, Operational and Technical implications for the underlying markets and Group.  These proposals will then be presented to the IFRS 17 Working Groups prior to seeking approval at the IFRS 17 Steering Committee.

 

This role will provide expert input to the development of the technical and methodological requirements for the IFRS 17 life insurance work stream. The role will have a global focus, ensuring that UK and overseas markets are aligned in their approach to the interpretation and application of IFRS 17, ultimately resulting in a set of Group accounting policies when the standard is implemented.

 

The role holder will work closely with the IFRS 17 Technical and Methodology and the Technical Strategy and Lobbying leads.  The role holder will also work closely with IFRS 17 Market leads.

 

For information regarding the wider context, the team is part of the Global Finance & Strategic Change programme (“GFSC”).  The purpose of GFSC is to establish the foundations for driving, delivering and governing change globally throughout the finance department.

About you

We’re looking for a qualified accountant with experience within a large company environment or in practice. You will have a strong mix of relationship management and technical accounting skills (including experience of researching, interpreting and applying accounting standards and regulations).  In particular, you will have:

 

Qualifications:

  • Qualified accountant with financial reporting experience of IFRS.
  • An ability to be able to undertake technical analysis of new accounting standards or reporting frameworks (eg SII).

Skills/Knowledge:

  • Very strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to work with colleagues from across the Group
  • Ability to work innovatively to develop solutions to fresh analytical problems
  • Strong technical accounting or actuarial skills to review and understand impacts
  • Good communication skills – ability to communicate with stakeholders to understand their requirements and to explain impacts
  • Ability to work independently and on their own initiative and know when to escalate.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Flexible to look at a range of issues across a wide number of customers, products and markets

 

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Perks

Competitive salary up to £50k, dependant on experience
Flexible working patterns available (full or part time) - for example, home/office split with up to 3 days working from home, early/late start or finish times; school hours; 3 or 4 days per week
Excellent range of flexible benefits to include a matching share save scheme.