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Financial Controller - Weybourne Ltd

Summary

Salary
£Competitive
Team
Finance
Location
Malmesbury - United Kingdom

About us

Overview – Weybourne

Established  in  2013,  Weybourne  is  the  family  office  for  the Dyson Family. Weybourne  manages,  investments  and  provides  financial  and  other  professional  support  to  the  Family,  their  estates, and  business  interests.    The  latter  covers  a  wide  range  of  sectors,  including  farming,  aviation,  financial  investments,  commercial  and  residential  property,  music,  and  several  others.    We  currently  have  a  team  of  around  65  employees,  whose  roles  cover  accountancy, financial control,  tax  and  treasury,  property  and  investment  management,  security,  risk,  and  HR  based  in  the both the UK and Singapore. 

Our  employees  are  offered  a  competitive  reward  package  and  the  opportunity  to  work  in  a  challenging  and  diverse  environment.  We’re  really  passionate  about  learning  and  have  a  strong  focus  on  development  through  external courses, progression opportunities and cross skilling. We are proud of our well being offering and comprehensive employee engagement strategy.

Overview –Department

The Finance Department are currently looking for an experienced Financial Controller to join the Finance  team.  You  will  work  with  the  rest  of  the  team  to  achieve  the  highest  standards  of  accounting  and  financial  support  with  specific  responsibility  for  Weybourne  Limited  and  other  Family Office entities as required.  The role is supported by the Senior Family Office Accountant, Systems Accountant, and AP and Payments Supervisor.

Reporting to the Finance Director , this role is responsible for managing the finance system and all core  accounting  activities  for  Weybourne Ltd  and  other  entities  as  directed,  as  well  as  providing  the  financial  control  framework  and  policies,  guidance,  and  core  functions  such  as  accounts  payable for all family office activities.

The role is supported by three team members of whom one performs core accounting activities i.e. bookkeeping,  management  accounting  and  reporting  and  associated  administrative  activities,  whilst  the  other  looks  after  the  accounts  payable  function  for  a  wide  ranging  and  diverse  set  of  family-owned  entities  and  family  members. The third team member supports the finance system used by all Family Office entities.

How we work

With  an  eye  on  the  future,  we  work  with  a  strong  collective  purpose  to  offer  considered  and  practical  advice  to  the  family  and  their  businesses.   Acting  in  the  family’s best interest  is,  always, our primary focus.  We are agile and nimble; we solve problems.  Embracing a challenge is part of  everyday  life  at  Weybourne,  and  we  are  always  up  for  a  challenge!   Innovation,  courage  of  convictions and the drive to push new ideas through are qualities essential across all our team.

Where we are

We are based in Malmesbury and our site includes a sports centre  and gym, coffee bars, cafés, and free parking.

About the role

Main Duties/Responsibilities
  • Manage a team of 3 with direct line management responsibility for the Senior Accountant and the Systems Accountant to achieve the following key objectives to agreed deadlines:
    • Production of  monthly  management  accounts,  including  commentary  and  analysis  against budget and other reports as required. 
    • Review of other entity management accounts and information as required.
    • Quarterly VAT returns.
    • Preparation  of  annual  budgets  and  monthly  cash  and  P&L  forecasts  in  support  of  the  business managers.  
    • Liaison  with  auditors,  close  out  of  year-end  activities  and  production  of  relevant  entity  statutory accounts.
    • Liaison  with  solicitors,  ensuring  all  statutory  returns  and  filings  are  made  timely  and  accurately.
  • Responsible  for  promoting  and  advocating  financial  control  across  Weybourne  Group.  Produce, maintain and monitor compliance of financial control policies and processes for Weybourne Group.  
  • Oversee and maintain strong financial controls across the family office including monthly reconciliations, segregation of activities, payment, and banking controls etc. 
  • Consider and mitigate financial risks including fraud, financial crime and ensure that risks and controls are documented in the risk management system.  
  • Ensure  the  maintenance  of  strong,  efficient  accounts  payable  processes  for  the  family  office.
  • Work with the CFO, FD and Head of Risk and Audit to support the company’s governance structure and compliance monitoring. 
  • Support  the  outsourced  payroll  process  (with  Dyson),  ensuring  accuracy  of  information  provided and best practice controls on the payment process.
  • Oversee the recharge process for central family office costs to entities, including a regular review of rates and charges with the Head of Tax, FD, and business managers.
  • Continually  review  all  financial  control  systems  and  propose  and  implement  changes  as  necessary to enhance control and efficiency.
  • Work across Weybourne Group to enhance reporting processes and formats. 
  • Work with the Finance Systems Accountant and the Finance Systems team to improve theuser  experience  and  to  explore  and  develop  improvements  to  the  system  and  its  output.  Ensure that appropriate controls are embedded, and review mechanisms are in pl  ace.
  • Support the tax department to ensure reporting is as efficient as possible for tax reporting purposes.
  • Support financial training needs for both finance and non-finance employees.
Additional Responsibilities
  • Managing your team’s workload - planning aims, objectives and priorities.
  • Managing your team’s time – assigning and delegating work appropriately.
  • Ensuring you and your team abide by the company’s policies and procedures and conduct themselves  in  line  with  the  Weybourne  Values;  Loyalty,  Flexibility,  Integrity,  Initiative  and  Courage. 
  • Holding regular one-to-ones with/providing coaching and feedback to your direct reports. 
  • Conducting  performance   appraisals   twice   yearly   with   your   direct   reports,   invoking   performance management strategies where applicable.
  • Developing an  d maintaining positive working relationships across the company and other family office entities.
  • Commitment  to  developing  yourself within  your  role –  undergoing  training  where  necessary.
  • Proactively  promoting  and  maintaining a    high  st andard  of  work  –  tak  ing  initiative  to  resolve and/or draw attention to areas that do not meet required standards or any issuesthat arise
  • Conducting yourself in line with the Weybourne Values.
  • Any other ad hoc duties.

About you

  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or CIMA).
  • Good educational background - degree level preferable
  • Significant  financial  control  experience  essential  with  prior  experience  in  a  Financial  Controller role desirable.
  • Experience of statutory audit & reporting very desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills and an effective team player.
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills and dedication to achieving deadlines. 
  • Diligent, thorough,  and  excellent  attention  to  detail  with  high  levels  of  integrity  and confidentiality.
  • Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive matters in a professional manner. 
  • Flexible and willingness to work in a less structured, fast-moving environment.
  • Confident problem solver who will seek innovative solutions when needed.

Benefits

  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Performance related bonus
  • Pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Private dental insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme – EAP
  • Eyecare scheme
  • Discounts on Dyson machines
  • Sports centre
  • Free on-site parking
  • Lift share scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Subsidised café and restaurants

Interview guidance

We are following the government guidelines regarding COVID19. At this time all interviews will be conducted via video or telephone. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect both our employee and candidate wellbeing. Our Talent Acquisition team will work with you and provide further information as appropriate.