Group Reporting Manager

Federations & Major Events
United Kingdom
Full Time
Competitive
21 / 02
We are searching for an experienced finance professional to join the team. The Group Reporting Manager will lead the FA's financial accounting function in delivering all external reporting requirements on time and to a high standard, as well as overall responsibility for ensuring a robust internal control environment is maintained at all times.

Full description

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

The Role

We are searching for an experienced finance professional to join the team. The Group Reporting Manager will lead the FA's financial accounting function in delivering all external reporting requirements on time and to a high standard, as well as overall responsibility for ensuring a robust internal control environment is maintained at all times.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead the external audit to ensure it is delivered in line with a focused year end timeline.
  • Oversee the financial statements production and compliance processes ensuring adherence to statutory requirements and deadlines.
  • Manage the company's hedging programme, including maintenance of the hedging model and associated controls, drafting of hedge documentation, placing trades, and ensuring hedge accounting is applied in line with the relevant accounting standards.
  • Responsible for ensuring adequate financial controls are in place across the organisation. Take ownership for ensuring recommendations from internal and external auditors are implemented.
  • Responsible for the monthly balance sheet review process.
  • Overall responsibility for maintaining and enhancing Group accounting policies.
  • Lead the provision of technical accounting advice to FA colleagues, including the preparation of technical accounting papers.
  • Review commercial deals and sign-off of appropriate accounting treatment.
  • Responsibility for maintaining Group accounting system, including key year end close processes.
  • Management of the finance function of the FA's charitable trusts.
  • Line management of 2 fully qualified Financial Accountants.
  • Management and leadership: contribute to the development of a strong finance team of functional experts to provide top class accounting and control in addition to effective financial support to the business. Identify continuous improvement and encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing across the wider finance team.
  • Management reporting: work closely with our FP&A function (and commercial finance teams) to understand variance analyses across the financial statements and ensure appropriate application of accounting policies and compliance with our consolidation process has been adhered to.
  • Execute additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.

What we are looking for?

Essential:

  • ACA or ACCA qualified,
  • Technically strong with detailed knowledge of FRS 102,
  • 5 years + post qualification experience,
  • Experience leading external audits,
  • Confident and personable who enjoys building strong relationships,
  • Inquisitive and agile thinker who is not afraid to challenge the status quo.

Desirable:

  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics GP and Anaplan accounting systems.

What we can offer you?

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.

Please be aware that unless you are on a homebased contract, your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.

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