Assistant Financial Controller

Ref: MON11817
Salary: Competitive
Department: Finance
Location: Notting Dale Village, London (W11)
Position type: Permanent
Hours / Duration: Full-time

Our story began with one man and his vision; to bring vibrant, colourful, hand-crafted artisan clothes from faraway places to the markets of London. It is a journey that started on a hippy commune in Ibiza, 1970, and finished with an overland trip east, through Afghanistan and India. Now found in West London, we’re creating vibrant products, and sharing endless discovery.

We are now looking for an Assistant Financial Controller to come and join our Finance team. The role is responsible for the external financial reporting of the Group including the preparation of the annual statutory accounts (Group, subsidiaries and a charitable trust). The role involves significant oversight of all financial accounting for the Group and is responsible for leading the annual audit process.

What will you do as our Assistant Financial Controller?

  • Present the monthly Group balance sheet pack to the FC, Head of Commercial Finance, FD and CFO, which includes the Group Balance Sheet, P&L and Cashflow and other important information.
  • Timely finalisation of high-quality statutory financial statements for the Group, the UK subsidiaries, the Monsoon Trust and other entities outside the Group.
  • Lead the year-end audit process with tight management of audit requests to ensure the audit timetable is achieved. Includes the day-to-day coordination with the auditors.
  • Support and provide accurate and timely information and analysis to the FC, FD and CFO.
  • Manage the Treasury Assistant, ensuring bank reconciliations and cash flow are managed to the highest standards.
  • Ensure financial control frameworks are adhered to and continuously look at improving existing processes. Ensure best practice is followed pragmatically to improve efficiency and quality of outputs.
  • Develop and maintain a practical but robust process for monitoring balance sheet reconciliations performed by the wider Finance team.
  • Manage month end tasks performed by own team including accounting entries for East Heritage, settlement of intercompany balances, turnover certificates.
  • Maintenance of Accounting policies and procedures around costs and capex, including accounting papers.
  • Coordinate timely and accurate monthly pack submissions for international subsidiaries from outsourced providers including posting of the TBs into CODA in multiple currencies.
  • Partner with International Commercial Finance Manager to review of monthly submissions for overseas subsidiaries to ensure they are prepared in line with Group accounting policies.
  • Support the Financial Controller in ensuring that all accounting processes and procedures are completed efficiently and accurately.
  • Represent Group Finance on ad hoc projects, including the opening new overseas stores, setting up new entities, new business channels, etc.
  • Coach, develop, train and motivate own team members.
  • Ensure compliance with all financial regulations, providing guidance regarding compliance to team members.

We would love to hear from you if you have the following skills and experience:

  • Qualified ACA/ACCA
  • Minimum 1-2 year experience out of practice
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Can work independently as well as be a team player and flexible in approach to work.
  • Experience of producing statutory accounts
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Very good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Stakeholder management experience
  • Good knowledge of UK GAAP (FRS 102) would be desirable
  • Experience of Retail industry if preferable
  • Knowledge of CODA would be an advantage
  • Experience of multi-currency group consolidation
  • Knowledge of Caseware would be advantageous
  • Experience of producing statutory accounts

What will we offer you in return?

  • Competitive salary with a Company Bonus scheme
  • 25 days holiday with the option to purchase additional holiday through our salary sacrifice scheme
  • Bonus day off each year after 6 months service
  • A pension that you will automatically be enrolled in after 3 months
  • Private Healthcare
  • Life assurance (subject to participating in the pension scheme)
  • A flexible working approach
  • Early pay day Friday finish
  • A generous staff discount with up to 50% discount on our products
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Discounted gym membership at our on-campus gym
  • Additional discounts such as Westfield discount, Taste card membership etc

If this all sounds great and you feel you are who we are looking for, let us know and apply today.

At Monsoon Accessorize we don’t focus only on what we do, we also care about how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us.

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and an environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people and are an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will also consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

We provide reasonable accommodations as needed to people with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at to request discuss any specific requirements.

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