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Head of External Reporting

About The Role

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Financial Reporting team at the Coventry as our Head of External Reporting.

You’ll be responsible for the end to end production of all external reporting including the Annual Report & Accounts and our Summary Financial Statements.  You’ll also be responsible for our accounting policies and financial reporting control framework in addition to leading our external audit process.

This is a key leadership role within finance, with exposure to senior management and executives across the organisation and interaction with Board members.  You’ll work closely with stakeholders across the Society to deliver best practice corporate reporting and drive a culture of continuous improvement.

As an excellent communicator and you’ll portray key messages effectively, including those relating to detailed technical accounting. You’ll be a qualified accountant with extensive experience and a deep understanding of financial statements, relevant for the Financial Services sector. You’ll be passionate about applying the principles of Fair, Balanced & Understandable in external financial reporting.

You’ll ensure that our reporting is comprehensive and you’ll actively seek benchmarking and insights to shape the vision of our future reporting. 

You’ll be responsible for the control framework for financial reporting, and will work with stakeholders across finance to identify and implement control improvements as required.  This includes collaborating with finance and Society change initiatives to ensure that financial reporting process improvements are achieved. 

You’ll lead a team and be responsible for the ongoing engagement and delivery of the team including colleague development and recruitment as needed.

About You
You’ll be a qualified accountant with significant post qualification experience including experience of leading an Annual Report & Accounts process.  You’ll have a strong understanding of financial reporting requirements and technical accounting standards relevant for the Financial Services sector, ideally relating to IAS 39 / IFRS 9 but potentially other key reporting standards such as IFRS 15 or 17.

You’ll be able to develop effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and communicate effectively through highly developed written, verbal and presentation skills. In particular, you will be highly skilled at developing financial communications which tell the story in a simple and straightforward way. You’ll be highly organised and capable of engaging with stakeholders to see through the end to end reporting process.

You will understand key risks and controls relating to financial reporting processes and you will be able to apply this understanding in order to identify and implement required improvements across the end to end financial reporting process.

You’ll also have and be able to demonstrate the following attributes:
  • Curious / Inquisitive (Empowered)

    • You will understand how your role and activity fits and you will add value to the wider finance function and the Society as a whole.

  • Ambitious / Ready to challenge the status quo

    • Continually seek opportunities to develop both yourself and your team.

    • You will to step outside the confines of your role in support of colleagues and the Society.

  • Collaborative / Constructive (Straightforward)

    • Work with colleagues across the business to deliver great outcomes.

    • Engage with others in an honest and constructive way.

    • Cultivate an environment of collaboration, innovation and sharing of ideas.

  • Responsible and Care about delivery and doing the right thing

    • Getting things done.

    • Getting things right.

    • Doing things the right way.

  • Capable

    • Highly skilled at planning and organising.

    • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.

    • Delivering results and meeting customer expectations.

    • Ability to translate complex analysis into digestible insight and clear recommendations.

    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

If you feel you have the right experience and skills and want to make a positive contribution to the continued success of the Coventry then please apply today. 


The closing date for applications is 30th September 2020


About The Company
Coventry Building Society has grown into the second largest building society in the UK. We’re a national society, with local values and loyalty, and a caring family ethos.
The best way to judge a company is based on what the people who work there say. Our recent employee survey rated us Number 2 in the Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For list. We offer not only fulfilling jobs and exciting career opportunities but a place where everyone can be long and feel proud to work. What makes us such a rich and progressive place to work is the huge variety of people that make up our workforce.

We’ve got a whole range of different ways to support you, both in your role and wider wellbeing. Our flexible working arrangements and family-friendly policies also help to make sure you’re happy and in control of your work-life balance.

As an employee, we encourage you to take control of your career. We invest in our people, with regular opportunities for training and development. And later, if you’re looking for a new challenge, we actively champion internal progression.

Key Information

Role Title:
Head of External Reporting
Salary Details:
up to £90,000 dependent on experience
Number of hours per week:
Coventry-Binley Business Park
Vacancy Type:
Permanent - Full Time
30 Sep 2020