Senior Financial Reporting Accountant

M&G plc.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
23 May 2022
05 Jun 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
At M&G our vision is: to become the best loved and most successful savings and investment business and we're looking for people who are excited about joining us on our journey. We're digitally transforming and investing heavily in technology and innovation to develop new and improved customer propositions that really raise the bar for our customers. To help us achieve our vision we're looking for exceptional people who live our values and behaviours and who can inspire others; embrace change; deliver results and keep it simple.

We know that an inclusive environment makes us more accessible and ensures we attract, engage, promote and retain exceptional people. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity/nationality, disability, or military service and welcome those who have taken career breaks. We will consider flexible working arrangements or home working arrangements for any of our roles and also offer work place accommodations to ensure you have what you need to effectively deliver in your role.

What you can expect from us:
We are committed to creating an environment where you can be exceptional at all you do. To help us deliver this, we promise to:
  • Challenge Your Limits by creating a stimulating working environment and providing opportunities for you to be involved in meaningful and challenging work
  • Support Your Aspirations with a commitment to learning and development that helps you achieve and build your experience with people who want you to succeed
  • Value Your Input whereby leaders and managers will involve you in key decisions, listen to your thoughts and recognise the important contribution you make
  • Balance Your Life through a work life partnership that focuses on making this an inclusive, diverse and friendly place to work and offers the flexibility and support that enables everyone to be at their best

How do we support our employees:
All M&G plc employees will be supported in the workplace through our M&G Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). If you need counselling, confidential financial or legal advice. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers access to qualified professionals who can provide specialist information, advice and support on many issues. It offers a broad range of services, including help with family issues, maintaining work/life balance and mental health support.

Role Summary:

An exciting opportunity for a dynamic accountant to drive the ongoing evolution of the M&G plc Group Reporting team. This role is responsible for supporting the overall preparation and delivery of the Group's financial reporting, and covers a broad range of responsibilities including the preparation of the Group's financial results; contributing to papers for Audit Committee and other governance forums; reporting quarterly management information to the Board; and involvement in technical accounting decisions and analysis.

Work Level Accountabilities:

Manager or Expert:
  • For people managers, accountable for managing and motivating others to ensure quality of delivery to customers and stakeholders
  • For technical specialists, accountable for delivering expert advice or service, using specialist knowledge and subject matter expertise
  • Applies judgement to deliver outcomes, evaluating a range of potential solutions, considering the impact for customers, cost and risk
  • Manages conflicts that may impact delivery
  • Challenges upwards given knowledge of delivery and awareness of complex systems and the broader picture
  • Identifies and anticipates need for changes to continuously improve quality and efficiency of output
  • Manages resources and risks using expert judgment, know-how and experience

Key Responsibilities of the role include:
  • Supporting the Group Financial Reporting Manager in the overall production of the Group's consolidated financial statements and other external reporting
  • Supporting or leading the delivery of other external and internal financial reporting
  • Production of sections of papers required to be prepared for the M&G plc Board, Group Audit Committee and other governance forums on aspects relating to the Group reporting process
  • To support the implementation of new accounting standards and contribute to the delivery of other finance change projects that impact the Group reporting process
  • To liaise with the external auditors, ensuring that timescales are communicated and agreed and the auditors' requirements are met to ensure timely completion of their work
  • To maintain effective working relationships with other teams across M&G Finance, ensuring that Group reporting needs are communicated, understood and met
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and take personal accountability to maintain and enhance controls you are responsible for to support improvement of the overall control environment, customer outcomes
  • Supporting continuous improvement through routine and bespoke analyses Supporting the programme with detailed accounting analysis

Knowledge & Experience:
To ensure your success in this role you will be/have:
  • An accountancy qualification (e.g. CA, ACA, ACCA) with significant post-qualified experience
  • Detailed knowledge of IFRS and Solvency II reporting
  • Detailed knowledge of financial and regulatory reporting requirements and associated legal frameworks

It is desirable for the candidate to have:
  • Significant experience in the production and delivery of financial reporting in a life insurance or asset management organisation
  • Experience in implementing new accounting standards
  • Knowledge of general ledger, consolidation and reporting systems
  • Good knowledge of industry trends, best practice and developments, good networks / links with external bodies and individuals in the same field

Additional Personal and Technical Skills:
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and with the ability to communicate and present complex issues simply across all levels
  • Able to apply logic and problem solving to complex accounting problems
  • Highly analytical and skilled problem solver, with a strong commercial mind-set, and the ability to distil complex ideas or problems into simple, effective plans and solutions
  • Proactive self-starter who takes ownership, and has a strong track record for delivery
  • Ability to manage tensions and conflicts to achieve outcomes that work for all parties

Work Level: Manager / Expert
Recruiter: Matt Campbell
Closing Date : 03/06/2022

We live by four behaviours at M&G and we ask all our employees to:
  • Inspire Others - Support and encourage each other, creating an environment where everyone can contribute and succeed
  • Embrace Change - Be open to change, willing to be challenged and able to adapt quickly and imaginatively to new ideas
  • Deliver Results - Focus on outcomes, set high standards and deliver with energy and determination
  • Keep it Simple - Cut through complexity and bureaucracy, be clear and decisive and never overcomplicate things

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