Financial Controller

Job Description At abrdn, our purpose is to enable our clients to be better investors. Clients worldwide trust us to find future-fit investment opportunities to deliver the outcomes they want. Our technology and insight help...

Job Description

At abrdn, our purpose is to enable our clients to be better investors.

Clients worldwide trust us to find future-fit investment opportunities to deliver the outcomes they want. Our technology and insight help empower them to make better decisions, while the powerful partnerships we build help to enhance the expertise that we offer. And by enabling clients to invest responsibly, it helps us to build a better world.

We have an excellent opportunity for a Financial Controller to join our Finance team. This is a permanent role based in Edinburgh.

The Department

Our Finance function are responsible for activities related to the accounting, reporting and tax functions for the entire firm. The Accounting area is responsible for producing timely, accurate, and reliable financial information. They prepare profit and loss, balance sheet accounts, group consolidations, general ledger journals, accruals, and prepayments as well as reconciling accounts. They also manage and control the fixed asset register and capital expenditure controls.

About the Role

This role will be responsible for ensuring key financial and regulatory reporting deliverables are produced to a high standard and on a timely basis. This extends to ensuring that a robust control environment and clear process documentation exists to validate financial data, support key financial outcomes and cross training initiatives.

  • Month end reporting – Collation and input of month end journals, as well as timely and well understood financial analytics to provide insight and support business decision making. This includes working collaboratively across the finance function and beyond to understand key inputs and trends within the financial results.

  • Quarter end reporting – Plan and implement all board, regulatory and group reporting outputs where required including succinct analytics for presentation to senior business leaders. This includes managing expectations of senior leaders regarding the delivery of key reporting outputs.

  • Year end reporting – Support and deliver timely inputs to the group reporting process, as well as plan and implement statutory reporting outputs. This includes coordinating the delivery of information to the auditors.

  • Projects – Where required support and lead on team and group wider projects to support the strategic direction of the finance function.

  • Technical resolution – Interpret key accounting and regulatory technical matters for presentation and agreement with the UK Financial Reporting & Controls Manager.

  • Processes & control – Prepare and maintain key process documentation for reporting processes and ensure robust controls are in place to support key reporting outcomes. This includes reporting reconciliations and ensuring processes are continuously challenged to deliver efficiencies and value add across the finance function.

  • Engagement – Working collaboratively with peers across the finance function and wider business areas to deliver business insight and contribute to a best in class finance function.

  • Learning & development – Taking responsibility for developing both technical and softer skills to ensure continuous personal development and deliver insight and value add across the finance function.

About Candidate Requirements

  • Ideally a qualified accountant or qualified by experience.

  • Asset management experience preferable but not essential.

  • Technical and regulatory knowledge desirable.

  • Takes personal accountability for high quality outputs and timely delivery.

  • Self-starter who is willing to learn and take on new challenges.

  • Commercial acumen and ability to challenge trends and form expectations.

  • Credibility with stakeholders (Communication and confidence).

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to inspire, share and listen to ideas.

  • Organisational skills with an ability to prioritise work and manage expectations.

  • Problem solver who is willing to challenge and deliver value adding outcomes.

We are proud to announce that we have officially become a Disability Confident Committed – Level One employer. Therefore, if you have a disability and would like to submit an application to one of our UK roles under the Disability Confident Scheme, please notify us by completing the relevant section in our candidate questionnaire and one of our team will reach out to support you through your application process.

Our Benefits

There's more to working life than coming home with a good salary. We have an environment where you can learn, get involved and be supported.

When you join us, your reward will be one of the best around, including 40 days annual leave, a 16% employer pension contribution, a discretionary performance-based bonus (where applicable), private healthcare and a range of flexible benefits including gym discounts, season ticket loans and access to an employee discount site amongst many others. You can read more about our benefits here.

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.  We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance.  We support a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.

If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.

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