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This is a 12 month contract reporting to the Head of Finance. The Financial Control Programme Manager role is responsible for leading the delivery of control based transformational or critical change initiatives.
The initial focus of the role is the on budget delivery of SOX-lite implementation (Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) without the attestation elements), across the Policy Lifecycle processes, to project timelines with the necessary quality of execution, including depth, accuracy and effectiveness.
This implementation is of strategic priority and importance to the progress of the Financial Control Environment. The work will be highly complex nature as are the levels of interdependency. SOX-Lite will be challenging to deliver.
Develop a roadmap for the implementation of SOX-Lite across the end to end Policy lifecycle processes.
Use an appropriate methodology for the SOX-lite implementation, including plans, defining process universe, confirming which processes are in scope, operating and governance structures, modifying where appropriate through effective change control processes. Identification of process control gaps and work with the stakeholders to implement actions plans to address control gaps.
The role requires effective co-ordination across multiple business workstreams and senior level stakeholders.
The Programme Manager will work full time, leading the SOX-lite implementation.
The role is critical for creating and maintaining focus, enthusiasm and momentum for the duration of the programme of work.
Represent the finance team on programme activities, reporting the status of SOX-lite deliverables to key business stakeholders, to ExCo, steering Committees, Finance Working Groups and other governance forums as appropriate.
This role is also responsible for advocating the workstreams / project portfolios to Senior Finance / other Functions stakeholders and the Executive, and to be the point of contact between the Executive, Steering Committee, Finance Working Groups and other project teams as appropriate, with regards to SOX-lite implementation.
The job holder will be responsible for identifying requirements and appropriately resourcing the implementation, to meet programme requirements, to ensure the desired programme outcomes and objectives are delivered.
Liaise with stakeholders from other areas (e.g. Sales, Claims, second line Risk and Compliance, Legal), as required.
Manage escalation of risks, issues and dependencies, make decisions and take mitigating actions as required.
Qualifications, Training & Experience
Demonstrable experience and success in leading the delivery of SOX preferably with Insurance.
Degree level education.
Qualified Accountant (ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent).
Significant success in dealing and successfully managing challenging and complex situations and stakeholders.
Experience in negotiating and influencing at Senior Finance levels / other functions equivalent, with ability to effectively communicate, challenge and maintain an independence of thought.
Significant, proven leadership experience in managing, motivating, mentoring and coaching teams to deliver successfully.
Strong commercial, analytical, interpersonal and self-awareness skills.
Well-versed in finance systems and interfaces to Financial Reporting, end-to-end processes, process documentation and the identification (and management of), risks and issues.
Excellent working knowledge/SOX-lite project management discipline, methodologies and related tools.
Flexibility, independence and initiative to perform successfully in rapidly changing environment.
Ensure deadlines are met and priorities are balanced accordingly.
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