International Controller - Digital Media

Job Title: International Controller - Digital Media
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, England
Salary: £125000 - £150000 per annum + + Package
Reference: BBBH73207
Contact Name: Tom Chadwick
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 01, 2019 15:01

Job Description

International Controller - Digital Media

Global Digital Media business are looking for a high calibre International Controller who will be accountable for accurate accounting, strong internal controls, clear and timely reporting and bringing a new level of understanding and accuracy to cashflow analysis across EMEA. The role will have one direct report in London but must build close mentoring relationships with finance leads across the region.

Key Responsibilities


  • Oversee the reporting of the month end accounts across EMEA, Asia & Latin America
  • Oversee monthly close activities across EMEA,Asia & Latin America and ensure adherence to timetable
  • Ensure accounting entries and revenue recognition are in compliance with Group Accounting Policies and GAAP across territories
  • Review logic underpinning judgmental valuations across territories e.g. provision for doubtful debts
  • Review key B/S recs each month, ensuring they are current and reconciling items clear on time
  • Perform detailed quarterly balance sheet reviews on a rolling basis across all markets
  • Drive completion of monthly cash to EBITDA reconciliations and align w/Treasury
  • Drive timely, high-quality short and long-term cash forecasting across EMEA, Asia & Latin America
  • With FP&A and Treasury as required
  • Review cash forecast accuracy on a timely basis and drive forecasting improvements

Internal controls

  • Ensure appropriate controls are being followed with client billing and credit notes across EMEA
  • Review and approve accounting adjustments such as credit memos, write-offs, disposals
  • Perform calculations of sales and other bonuses in conjunction with HR
  • Review and enhance controls over the set-up and authorisation of suppliers/payments
  • Ensure appropriate credit policies are applied to clients and timely payment collection
  • Improve processes to track, control and analyse revenues and costs


  • Conduct month-end reviews of financial performance of all entities across EMEA
  • Review monthly P&L with the FP&A team and align on performance vs. budget
  • Provide insight to the EMEA CFO into EMEA financial performance as required
  • Ensure reporting associated with deals and investments is prepared correctly and on a timely basis
  • Prepare monthly EMEA commentary and prepare quarterly outlook aligned to Salesforce
  • In conjunction with FP&A as required
  • Prepare / submit the monthly consolidated reporting pack, incl. variances and commentary
  • Manage relationship with external auditors
  • Ensure year-end statutory accounts are properly prepared and appropriate information has been provided for the annual audit

Operating improvements

  • Review and improve business processes to increase standardisation towards best practice and higher efficiency
  • Work hand-in-glove with Finance Operations to ensure system rollouts and establishment of SSC are successful
  • Move EMEA to BD1 reporting
  • Proactively work with tax team to identify and pre-emptively address any potential future issues

Required skills and experience

  • Significant US GAAP experience
  • ACA qualification plus 10-15 years' PQE, preferably with significant time spent in a digital publishing environment with a detailed understanding of digital revenue recognition
  • Experience of building strong controls in a rapidly growing and/or a fast-moving commercial environment
  • Team management and leadership experience
  • Positive, proactive, practical attitude
  • Strong communication and business partnering skills to work closely with senior executives across Digital, Virtue and TV lines of business
  • Build relationships with Finance leads across EMEA and maintain regular dialogue about potential issues

Handle actively welcomes applicants from under-represented backgrounds

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to everyone. If you have not heard from us within 5 working days of sending your CV then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for the position you have applied for.