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Head of External Reporting

About The Role

We have an exciting opportunity to join Coventry Building Society’s Finance team as our Head of External Reporting.

You’ll have the opportunity to lead the team through a period of significant transformation which includes the upgrade of core systems within Finance.

This is a key leadership role within the Society, with exposure to senior management and executives across the organisation and interaction with Board members.  You’ll lead the reporting process for Board Audit Committee in relation to key accounting judgements and the financial statements and will work closely with stakeholders across the Society to deliver best practice corporate reporting and drive a culture of continuous improvement.

You’ll report to the Head of Financial Reporting and lead a team of 25 through three direct reports.

You’ll be responsible for the month end close the books process, application of accounting policies and the production of financial statements across the group and will own the financial control framework and lead the external audit process for the Society.

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

You will ensure that the financial control framework operates effectively and you will work with stakeholders across finance to identify and implement control improvements as required.  This includes steering finance transformation activity to ensure that reporting process improvements are achieved. 

You will be responsible for the ongoing engagement and development of the team including colleague development and recruitment as needed.

About You

You are a qualified accountant with significant post qualification experience in a financial reporting and control environment with a strong understanding of financial reporting requirements and technical accounting standards relevant for the Financial Services sector.

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 will 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.

We have a hybrid approach to where we work – you’ll spend some time in the office and some time working from home depending on what needs to be done and where you can do it best.

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

The closing date for applications is 25th October 2021

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 in the top 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 £100,000 dependent on experience
Number of hours per week:
Coventry-Binley Business Park
Vacancy Type:
Permanent - Full Time
25 Oct 2021