Overview

Job Location:
London (GBR)

Datasite is the industry leader in technology solutions that enable mergers, acquisitions, initial public offerings, restructuring and other critical capital transactions in more than 170 countries. We provide the world’s leading investment banks, private equity firms, law firms and corporations with tools to simplify, streamline and accelerate the due diligence process, helping them close more deals, faster. We are a global team of high-energy, passionate people. We have strong individual voices but we work as a team, bringing out the best in each other. We thrive under pressure and always keep the customer at the heart of everything we do.

Job Description:

If you want to achieve more in your career, consider joining Datasite’s International Finance & Accounting team supporting multiple legal entities across EMEA & APAC. Financial discipline and accountability count more today than ever, which is why your performance and innovation will find a reception here like nowhere else.

The Finance Controller is a leadership position which will lead and support London based International Accounting team in full cycle accounting, in-depth financial reporting, balance sheet analysis and ensure best practices and technical accounting compliance requirements are met for the company.  This position also reviews and synthesizes financial data by preparing various analytics and metrics for presentation to senior management and external constituencies. 

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Promote the company’s mission and values, including an accountable, innovative, and results-oriented culture that promotes customer service, openness, teamwork, mutual trust, and respect.

  • Set team direction, resolve problems, and provide guidance to members of Finance & Accounting team.

  • Adapts departmental plans and priorities to address business and operational challenges.

  • Instills a rigorous control and compliance framework within International Accounting function

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Management

  • Assist the VP Finance in promoting a culture of continuous improvement to ensure department processes and procedures are reviewed regularly for efficiency and effectiveness, developing metrics to measure improvements. Foster proactive process reviews and improvements by staff.

  • Lead an accounting team for all general ledger accounting activities, month-end close, complex technical and in-country accounting issues, internal controls and assist with any financial reporting preparation.

  • Lead International Treasury function & Cashflow management and partner with Global Treasury Team  

  • A leadership position supporting growth and development of a local accounting team including performance reviews, development planning, training and succession planning.

  • Oversee procurement tasks undertaken by the team for International locations.

  • Act as a leader and strong partner to FP&A, Audit, Tax, Payroll, Procurement, Systems and US headquartered Controllership to assist in all aspects of financial reporting including sales reporting, financial review, processes assistance, etc.

  • Ensure compliance with applicable policies, contracts and regulation including statutory rules.

Record and Analyze Financial Transactions – Domestic and International Locations

  • Proactively identify and address potential accounting errors/risks on an ongoing basis.

  • Document, review and approve journal entries (e.g., journal upload, general ledger queries)

  • Prepare, review and approve account reconciliations

  • Allocate expenses among businesses and legal entities

  • Create and record various intercompany transactions/charge allocations

  • Perform/review month-end analytics including spend analysis

  • Maintain internal controls

  • Support the financial close process

  • Create functional strategies and specific objectives for the sub-functions and develop procedures to comply with policies to support the functional infrastructure

  • Demonstrate understanding of intercompany relationships and organizational structures (e.g., segments, legal entities) needed to record inter/intracompany transactions and allocations

    • Assist to ensure intercompany accounts are in balance

    • Assist with periodic settlement

  • Review, analyze, and approve expenses for procurement/budget for the applicable international locations

Financial Accounting and Analysis

  • Responsible for International regional financial reporting and accounting which includes the accuracy of the various legal entity’s general ledger and its compliance with GAAP and local accounting regulations.  Support US driven financial reporting compliance with statutory law and financial regulations.

  • Manage regular communication & alignment with US based Global accounting team as well as work in close partnership with VP, Controller- Global to ensure all regulatory requirements are met, emerging accounting literature is understood, and properly implemented.

  • Provide operational and technical accounting expertise for the International organization to ensure compliance with GAAP, IFRS, Statutory requirements and Company policies, rules, regulation and laws.

  • Summarize findings on the monthly, quarterly, and annual basis in partnership with senior management and external auditors.

  • Partner with the Finance organization in budget preparations and monthly budget / actual reporting analyses.

  • Partner with International Audit, Tax & Compliance teams regarding accounting and reporting matters

  • Partner with Procurement on spend analysis including management requests for data reporting to drive compliance and cost savings

Process and Control Environment

  • Participation in new ERP (Workday Financials) implementation project to represent International Accounting perspective. Assist in resolving system conversion issues.

  • Ownership of the internal control environment for applicable international jurisdictions.

  • Demonstrate ability to understand and document process flows, process narratives and risk-based results.

  • Develop, implement and maintain processes and procedures for accurate and timely analysis of financial data, ensuring best practices.

  • Support various Finance & Controllership special projects as required or deemed necessary.

Minimum Education, Skills and Experience

  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACMA, or equivalent).

  • 12 – 15+ years progressive accounting experience (International/ Multi entity experience)

  • 5+ years of supervisory experience with a global footprint

  • Software industry experience

  • Financial Reporting experience including GAAP, IFRS, Statutory

  • Ability to anticipate accounting, reporting and operational issues and proactively develop solutions to meet them

  • Advanced analytical and financial reporting skills, attention to detail and process discipline

  • Strong project management experience, including the ability to coordinate and enable new initiatives or processes and be the voice of International Accounting across the business

  • Critical thinking and logical reasoning skills, including complex problem solving, troubleshooting and decision making

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions

  • Ability to work with and maintain confidential data

  • Leadership

    • Strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills

    • Appropriately raise issues and challenge assumptions

    • Proven ability to see the big picture, yet understand the details

    • Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop and retain top financial talent and ability to build high performing teams

    • Thrives and is comfortable with autonomy and accountability

  • International Accounting

    • Policies and procedures

    • Revenue recognition & multiple foreign currency transaction knowledge

Preferred Experience

  • Systems implementation experience

  • Experience with Workday ERP, Cloud based ERPs, and Hyperion

  • Proficient level of competency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word