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Financial Reporting, Director

A UK Bank that has grown over the years to encompass numerous products is seeking an Interim during a very busy period. You will join the organisation during a time of change and transformation. They are looking to make vast improvements to their systems and processes and, as part of this, they are investing in the Accounting and Finance framework.

As the year-end lead, you will take ownership of their up-coming audit. This involves coordinating and engaging with multiple stakeholders. You will be working with a range of individuals in the audit planning and delivery and therefore communication skills are key

The Role

You will work closely with the Group Financial Controller and take responsibility for the following tasks:

– Project manage and co-ordination of the year-end Audit
– Project manage the completion of the year-end audit
– Coordination of audit queries
– Identifying key stakeholders and maintaining appropriate engagement and communication
– You will be the main point of contact for the external auditors
– Quality assurance and quality control
– Creating an action plan
– Reporting project progress using agreed reporting lines, templates and processes
– Management of escalations within the Reporting & Controls team
– Support with production of year end statutory accounts
– Implementation and management of reporting processes in finance
– Actively managing risks and issues, including identifying risks before they become issues
– Ensure that statutory accounts comply with all statutory, legal and regulatory requirements
– Assist with ad hoc projects as required

Experience Required
You will be a Qualified Accountant who is ideally Audit trained with experience of leading a year-end audit where you have been the main point of contact for the external auditors. Banking experience is key.

You will have a strong background in delivery of projects and audits and exceptional interpersonal skills. Key to this position is the ability to develop strong, trusting and credible working relationships with multiple stakeholders quickly.