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Finance Controller, London

Reporting to: Finance Director

Company Background

Usborne Publishing, the largest and most successful independent children’s publisher in the UK, is looking for an experienced, motivated and diligent Financial Controller to join its rapidly developing Finance Team.

We are looking for someone to take on this key position at a time of change and improvement to support the Finance Director in providing best in class monthly financial reporting to the Board and Senior Management team. Line managing a large team of part and non-qualified accountants, this role will play a pivotal part in general ledger management and control, managing the GL close process, statutory and cost accounting. 

Responsibilities:

  • To successfully line manage a long-standing team of 10, consisting of 1 part qualified and 9 non-qualified accountants.
  • Recommending and implementing improved financial controls, cost control and processes. Developing financial management mechanisms that minimise financial risk.
  • Cash flow management, balance sheet reconciliations and VAT reporting. Oversee Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll
  • Providing and interpreting financial information and managing financial accounting, monitoring and reporting systems.
  • Provide financial reports, projections and interpret financial trends to the Finance Director while recommending further courses of action.
  • Analyse costs, pricing, variable contributions, sales results and the company's actual performance compared to the business plans.
  • Performance Reporting - Responsible for the provision of financial information and develop KPI's both financial and non-financial in nature.
  • Business & Financial modelling.
  • Liaising with auditors on the annual audit and preparation of the stats accounts.
  • Quarterly forecasting and annual budgeting.
  • Management of the businesses overall stock position and proactive management of aged stock in partnership with the commercial team.
  • Reporting and timely closure of each financial period with accuracy: including ensuring accurate revenue recognition, cost accounting and cash flow

Candidate Requirements

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in a similar role, managing people and the financial management for a diverse and changing business. They will exhibit excellent organisational skills and an understanding of the strategic goals of the business. We are looking for someone who can work well with people and processes. Exemplary interpersonal skills and an ability to work closely with colleagues across the company are a must, as is attention to detail.

  • Qualified accountant ACA, ACCA preferably, or suitable candidates who are qualified by experience will be considered.
  • Proven experience as a Financial Manager - experience in the Book Publishing industry a bonus.
  • A solid understanding of financial and management accounting principles.
  • Good working knowledge of IFRS and UK GAAP.
  • Audit background and/or proven financial control experience
  • Demonstrable team management skills are essential.
  • Ability to manage, guide and lead team effectively to ensure all financial processes are being undertaken.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Proficient user of finance software SAP B1 and Sun Accounting
  • Expert Level Excel and confident in manipulating large volume of data.

This a full-time, permanent role, based in our London office in bustling Farringdon.

Salary and Benefits Include:

  • c£65,000 per annum potential for uplift dependent on experience
  • Generous Pension and benefits

Please send your CV and covering letter via email to Head of HR at : recruitment@usborne.co.uk

Only successful candidates will be contacted and we regret that no correspondence can be entered into. No agencies.

Children's Book Designer, London

This is an incredible opportunity to join Usborne's large, dynamic and diverse art and design department.

Usborne already employs more than fifty designers, each of whom plays a vital role in shaping the look and feel of the company's vibrant publishing programme.

We are now expanding and looking for fresh talent: designers with flair who can innovate and imagine as well they can draw; creative thinkers with excellent draftsmanship; people who can work quickly to a high standard; who understand the importance of colour and typography – and who are passionate about getting beautifully designed books into the hands of children. 

Experience of working with InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator is also desirable.

Please write to us including your CV and printed samples of your work to the address below.

Children's book designer
Usborne Publishing Ltd
Usborne House
83-85 Saffron Hill
London
EC1N 8RT

Please note that only candidates called for interview will be contacted.

Equal opportunities

Usborne is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Usborne offices

Usborne Publishing is based in London, near Farringdon Station. Our editorial, design, production, foreign rights and foreign language departments are all based in this office, as well as marketing, PR, sales, and accounts.

We have additional editorial and design offices in Wolverhampton and Eynsham, near Oxford, and our direct sales division, Usborne Books at Home, is also based in Eynsham.

Jobs for all locations are advertised on this page.

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