Group Finance Systems Manager

Group Finance Systems Manager

Haywards Heath
From £54,000 to £80,000 depending on experience
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We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.

Have you got what it takes to own, administer, architect and be the lead analyst of the core finance systems used by the Group and subsidiary finance teams? If so, read on, as we currently have an exciting opportunity for a Group Finance Systems Manager to join our Finance team in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

It’s a great time to join us as we’re on the cusp of introducing Workday as our new general ledger and IMB TM1 as the reporting and modelling applications. As custodian of key financial system controls, you’ll champion system improvements to leverage the system capabilities to maximise the Finance department’s effectiveness ensuring the Finance teams have all the right tools. 

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to have:

  • Significant experience as a system accountant or finance system manager
  • Experience in a finance systems function across multiple tax and regulatory jurisdictions
  • Understanding of recent finance system industry developments together with proven experience of Workday or similar ERP applications

Job responsibilities

  • Accountable for the finance system change process, leading design and development of wider business change and internal finance change
  • Business owner of the software supplier relationships, ensuring any software vendor relationships are managed in line with the Group’s supplier management policy and ensure maximum leverage is achieved in the finance operating model
  • Accountable for finance system updates and development work across all finance systems
  • Together with the SFLT, accountable for the design and execution of the finance system strategy and ensuring this is continually adapted to complement the Group’s operating model
  • With support from the Group’s IT function, ensure the architect design of the finance systems are maintained in a sustainable and flexible manner to ensure business change and business growth can be accommodated with ease
  • Accountable for maintenance of the administration of the finance systems and ensure key system controls and integrity can be relied upon in the financial integrity of the Group’s financials and operating model
  • Ensure system control use is maximised across the finance function to maintain an effective operating model for the wider finance teams
  • Review and assess wider business change impacting finance and ensure the relevant SME and finance leads are engaged in any system or business process change effecting finance
  • Continually review the finance system market to ensure the Group’s finance functions are maximising technological improvement within the teams operating model
  • Principle owner/product owner of the core finance system/general ledger across all touchpoints across the Group
  • Management, coaching and feedback to direct reports to achieve KPIs and SLAs, and conducting regular performance reviews, including probationary reviews and annual appraisals, monitoring absence, conducting disciplinaries and assisting in the recruitment process

Skills, knowledge & experience

  • Qualified accountant with ACCA or ACA
  • Significant experience in an accounting function within regulated Group
  • Insurance accounting experience in IFRS or UK GAAP
  • Experience in a finance systems function across multiple tax and regulatory jurisdictions
  • Experience in deployment, enhancement or replacement of a core finance reporting and processing system managing a continual iterative change cycle across a multiple team
  • Data modelling and strong reconciliation capabilities
  • Experience in managing business and IT-led change with consideration and awareness of central architectural strategy
  • Experience in growing and developing a Finance team in a high growth business, covering financial accounting and financial operations disciplines
  • Strong leadership capabilities with the ability to inspire and coach from senior management to assistant level professionals
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to drive process improvement, based upon analysis of data

What can we do for you? 

We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid

Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.

​So, if you’re up for the challenge and would like to join our vibrant and busy team, we want to hear from you today.

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We’re happy to discuss flexible working during the recruitment process .

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