Financial Controller - Creative Agency

Job Title: Financial Controller - Creative Agency
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, England
Salary: £60000.00 - £65000.00 per annum + Bonus + Study
Reference: BBBH70388
Contact Name: Tom Chadwick
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 23, 2018 17:21

Job Description

Financial Controller - Creative Agency

World renowned Creative Agency with interests in Film, Animation, Architecture, Events, Digital and a number of other areas are looking for a high calibre FC to manage and motivate a team and streamline processes and procedures.

Managing a team of 4 and reporting into the CFO and liaising closely with the Company Secretary, Divisional Heads, Sales and Production Execs and HR this role will involve:


  • Production of monthly financial management information pack with performance commentary, including actual to budget variance analysis, and forecast. Set up efficient, semi-automated reporting packs.
  • Review and re-engineer month end processes and implement a fast month end close - to within 5 working days
  • Set up a streamlined process to generate monthly consolidated management accounts
  • Improve efficiency of the accounting team. Leverage technology to minimise manual processes.


  • Define accounting policies for all group companies
  • Responsible for all statutory reporting requirements with Companies House and HMRC in the UK and authorities in other countries on accurate and timely basis
  • Establish intercompany agreements and transfer pricing policies
  • Collaborate with external accountants to ensure proper compliance with all regulations
  • Manage workflows with clear and transparent project timelines
  • Financial reporting: ensure compliance with FRS102 and manage transition to full IFRS
  • Manage tax reporting - including corporation tax, animation tax credits, EMI return and Form 42
  • Liaise closely with the Company Secretary to ensure timely and accurate filings


  • Documenting, designing, implementing and maintaining internal controls
  • Establish and implement financial reporting systems to comply with government regulations and legislation
  • Suggest updates and improvements for accounting processes
  • Support any project work on systems replacements and upgrades


  • Develop annual budgets and financial plans for the company, implement rolling forecast process
  • Examine all financial reports and data closely to check for discrepancies
  • Create systems to prevent errors in data collection and calculations
  • Support generation of insightful management reporting and ad hoc analysis requests


  • Manage the treasury function
  • Manage cash flow by generating weekly 13 week forecasts and monthly 12 month reports
  • Liaise with bankers as necessary, including set up of borrowing facilities and tender bonds.
  • Support CFO on potential merger and acquisition projects
  • Support sales and production on pitches and project management

Skills and Experience:

  • Qualified Accountant (ACA) preferred
  • Audit trained with experience in a Top 20 firm.
  • Strong knowledge of FRS102, IFRS and US GAAP
  • Has experience of working with an experienced group financial controller in a fast close
  • environment
  • Relevant industry experience: professional services time based, project accounting, animation, production, licenses and royalties, stock.
  • Experience of working in a company with multiple operational divisions, locations and legal
  • entities
  • ERP systems implementations
  • Advanced level spreadsheet skills and PC literacy
  • Experience of tax relief on animation production and R&D would be useful
  • Project management

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.