Location
South East
City Town
Stevenage
Department
Accounting & Finance
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Competitive plus benefits
About The Role

M Group Services is currently looking to recruit a Head of External Reporting to work in our Group Finance Department based in Stevenage.

As the Head of External Reporting, you will be responsible for the delivery of the audit and consolidation process, statutory reporting and robust controls process.  You will be an advisor to the Group on Group technical accounting matters and enhance Group knowledge on technical accounting matters.

As the Head of External Reporting your duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Full ownership of annual group consolidation under FRS102
  • Responsible for Audited Group financial statements and individual statutory accounts (c. 50 sets of accounts)
  • Manage the Group Audit team and process and implement changes to optimise processes to delivery accurate and automated statutory accounts
  • Set up and maintain the internal finance accounting manual under FRS102;
  • Prepare Group for transition to IFRS from FRS102;
  • Provide internal technical updates for divisional finance teams and memos/audit committee papers to support accounting treatments and judgements
  • Enhance the consolidation process within Oracle/PBCS system
  • Establish robust process for balance sheet reconciliation and income statement accounts as part of month end close across the Group
  • Drive improvement measures to deliver cleaner, more efficient audit process
  • Understand and prepare Group for upcoming changes in corporate governance matters (eg BEIS – UK Corporate Reform)
  • Owning the relationship with the external auditors (together with the Group Financial Controller and CFO) and manage the delivery of the external audit process; and acting as the first point of contact for queries with the external auditors;
  • Supporting the M&A teams and acquired business into M Group Services and all relevant acquisition accounting
  • Manage the Company Secretary requirements for the Group within the team

Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

  • ACA qualified
  • Detailed knowledge of IFRS and FRS102
  • Experience of Group consolidations is essential
  • Committed team player with a proven ability to hit deadlines
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to analyse and interpret accounting issues and present in a logical manner
  • Experience of the infrastructure sector would be advantageous

 What’s in it for you?

  • 25 days' annual leave plus 8 days' bank holiday
  • Annual bonus
  • Pension scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Private health care
  • Company car/car allowance and fuel card
About The Company

M Group Services is the UK’s largest provider of essential infrastructure services through long-term framework agreements to the electricity, water and gas sectors across the UK & Ireland.  Our workforce operates 24/7, in local communities to keep people connected, households and businesses warm, taps flowing and the lights on.

We aim to be the employer of choice in the Utility Services sector.  Our continued growth and success is creating opportunities for fulfilling and rewarding roles, making the best use of our people’s skills and expertise.  We want our people to have a positive impact on customers, communities and our clients every day.  We invest in training our people, developing leadership capabilities to create ambassadors not just employees.  Through strong leadership, teamwork and mutual support we want our business to thrive on a happy, healthy and, most importantly, safe workforce.

M Group Services values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  We are committed to equal opportunities.

 

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