Financial Controller

Job description

Uniplaces is building a trusted, global brand for students. We believe in empowering student mobility and we have started by making the process of finding accommodation easier. We’re solving real life pains and we’re backed by top tier investors such as Atomico, Octopus Investments, Shilling Capital Partners and Caixa Capital to help us achieve this better and faster.

We are an internationally minded company with an extremely talented team and global ambitions. Our decisions are driven by our core values of Passion, Impact, Trust and Team Spirit - with which we aim at having a company where everyone feels accountable and empowered to achieve their full potential.

Overview of role

Reporting to the Finance Director, the Financial Controller will be responsible for the smooth running of the Finance operations team as well as playing a key role to the wider business as a leader within the finance team.

As a Finance leader in the business you will be managing a team currently split across London and Lisbon with a remit to build a best in class finance operations function appropriate for the size and scale of our business.  

This role is ideal for someone who wants a broad and wide reaching finance role, requiring both technical expertise and honed communication skills. The preferred candidate will be experienced, able to adapt to change, and someone who enjoys working with in a dynamic fast paced environment



Key responsibilities:

  • Own and run the month end process, produce management accounts (P&L, cashflow, balance sheet, budget variances) for our leadership team and board reporting

  • Ensuring a robust financial control environment through the implementation and provision of appropriate governance and authorisation processes;

  • Delivery of regular internal management reporting and analysis

  • Consolidation of group results and ensure quality control over transactions and financial reporting

  • Production of statutory accounts

  • Completion of VAT returns and compliance with local regulatory requirements across multiple jurisdictions

  • Working with advisors on management of our share option scheme

  • Promote the improvement of current financial processes and systems to build a scalable finance infrastructure that will support ambitious business growth;

  • Co-ordinating GDPR compliance and acting as our Data Protection Representative, maintaining a register and informing the ICO of any data breaches

  • Advocating a proactive and collaborative approach to business partnering across all areas of the company; working with stakeholders to help them and their teams understand the impact they have on business performance;

  • Supporting in key M&A analysis including co-ordination of financial due diligence with the FD and non-exec chairman

  • Ownership of production of financial statements and smooth running of external audits both in London and Lisbon; management of audit and accounting external relationships;

  • Ensure that accounting policies comply with relevant accounting standards and that company policies are followed and that the group is compliant with tax law across the multiple jurisdictions in which it operates;

  • Building, managing and developing the finance operations team, which currently consists of 4; setting of personal and team objectives and goals that support both business priorities and individual development plans;

Skills & Experience:

  • Strong academic track record;

  • Previous experience working as a financial controller (preferably within start up environment)

  • A qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or equivalent) with several years post­ qualified experience;

  • Thorough knowledge of accounting principles and procedures

  • Netsuite experience preferred

  • Strong attention to detail

  • An understanding of technology businesses and working within a high transaction­/volume entity;

  • Intellectually capable, with an ability to quickly assimilate new data and information into a commercial picture;

  • Hunger and desire to grow with the role and the business, focused on realizing ambitious growth aspirations. Approaches their work in an energetic and resilient manner;

  • Proven track record in management of teams and commitment to development of employees to foster a financial business partnering collaborative culture;

  • Ability to build strong interpersonal relationships across the business while being able to provide the necessary business challenge in a respectful and productive manner;

  • Appreciation of the importance of a robust financial control environment and governance processes  with an up to date knowledge of key accounting policies relevant to Uniplaces;

  • Experience with financial management and statutory reporting;

  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral), preferably with commercial exposure in previous roles;

Person specification:

  • Flexibility with regard to travel; prepared to spend up to 6 days per month in Lisbon as a part of the role

  • Positive proactive can do work ethic with ability to work autonomously and also collaboratively as required

  • Ability to motivate team, defuse and resolve tensions and prioritise according to business priorities;

  • Unflustered about working in a fast paced dynamic and ever changing work environment