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Finance Change and Systems Manager

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Simply Business is well prepared to deal with unprecedented events. We’re an agile business by nature – and our hiring and interview process is no exception. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some parts of our hiring process may take a little longer than usual.  Please bear with us, and rest assured that we're happy to hear from you and receive your application.

If it looks like you could be a good fit for the role, we’ll ask you to interview on Zoom – you’ll need WiFi and a laptop, or a 4G-enabled smartphone.

Technology. Award-winning customer service. Bleeding-edge data ability. Simply Business is a new type of insurance company, using all of the above to create the best possible insurance experience for small businesses and self-employed people. We love working here, and have even taken the number one spot in the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2015 and 16 lists; we’ve stopped entering now to focus on a few bigger projects, but you get the idea.

It’s a great place to work.

There are currently over 500,000 active Simply Business insurance policies in the UK alone. And we have offices in London, Northampton and Boston, USA. Talking of offices, ours are bright, airy and geared up for really smart working. We’re flexible, with plenty of remote workers coming in and out, and we believe work and life should be hand in hand, rather than a juggling act. So no need to worry about school pick-ups, or a horrible commute.

Our people are our most important asset, so we focus on building a working life that helps us thrive, not stick. We're proud of our inclusive and supportive culture, and we're passionate about creating an environment where everyone's cultural backgrounds, skills, and perspectives are valued. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

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Finance Change and Systems Manager to join us in either Northampton or London.

Following significant expansion over the past seven years and with our ambitious plans for future growth, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Finance Change and Systems Manager to drive the optimisation of our systems and processes and to develop a support function within the finance team.
This important role can be based in either London or Northampton, with frequent travel between each (once we go back into the office).

As a Finance Change and Systems Manager you’ll:

  • be the subject matter expert on our accounting software packages and provide support to the finance team
  • lead an examination of our key finance processes in preparation for a review of our finance related software, which you’ll also lead
  • support change projects initiated both from within the finance team, and by the broader business, to protect or improve finance processes
  • identify opportunities for optimising our current systems and processes and own the delivery
  • provide backup for the Senior Finance Change Manager

Responsibilities include:

  • In relation to our finance software packages, including Access Dimensions (accounting), Focal Point (purchase orders), Access Expense (employee expenses), Capture (OCR for supplier invoices) and Access Microsoft Office Integration (AOI/InXL):
  • user provisioning and deprovisioning to Sarbanes Oxley standard
  • creating and owning an onboarding process for new starters
  • developing and owning a knowledge hub for employees
  • troubleshooting support
  • owning and managing the Chart of Accounts hierarchy across all systems
  • liaising with Access support as needed, eg to help a finance team member resolve an outstanding case with Access
  • supporting the upgrade of Access Dimensions, Focal Point and the Journal Upload template in Access Office Integration
  • leading a review of our key existing accounting processes to recommend improvements and to oversee the implementation of these improvements, with the objective of using our existing software to its full capability
  • leading a review of our accounting and MI software and recommending the direction of a future software strategy for finance
  • identifying and leading change initiatives to improve finance processes. In the short to medium term (at least) there will be a focus on the rolling debt tool optimisation initiatives working in close partnership with the Head of Revenue Accounting
  • taking the lead as finance subject matter expert on change projects initiated by other areas of the business, in order to ensure efficient integration with key finance processes and to seek out opportunities for improvement, eg higher premium customers, new ancillary insurance options
  • providing cover and support for the Senior Finance Change Manager, including on existing change projects and Sarbanes Oxley certifications

What we’re looking for:

  • fully qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA,CIMA)
  • extensive systems experience with the ability to lead and influence a holistic finance systems review
  • great interpersonal and communication skills
  • stakeholder management experience
  • ability to work under pressure and to effectively prioritise
  • experience in a small/medium-sized high growth enterprise environment
  • a diagnostic and positive approach
  • change management experience
What are the benefits?

There’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call ‘core benefits’. On top of that, you can pick and choose from the more exciting options we offer – whether it’s a full gym membership, lifestyle pot, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday or a National Trust pass. 

The ‘core’ stuff
These are available to all staff from your first day. Here’s the summary:

• a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day
• an automatic enrolment pension (employer-matched at 5%)
• generous holiday entitlement
• life assurance – 4 x your basic salary
• a health cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
• an extra day off if you get married or move house
• unlimited access to 24/7 virtual GP
• bupa nurse healthline
• employee assistance programme (EAP)
• eye care vouchers
• local discounts

The fun stuff
We also have a great deal more to pick and mix from, with things like:

• a full gym membership
• lifestyle pot (a pot of cash to be used against anything you want need: well being, personal development, hobbies or childcare costs)
• private medical insurance
• extra days annual leave (up to 5 days)
• shopping vouchers
• dental insurance
• travel insurance
• merlin pass
• taste card

But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance and memberships. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose), cycle to work, eye test vouchers, and season ticket loan schemes, and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.

Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. Forget a simple Give As You Earn scheme (although we’ve got that too) – we trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, and meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching, yoga, manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.

Our values

Everything we do comes down to these five values – empowerment, authenticity, simplicity, learning and pioneering. In practice, these will mean something unique to every  person at Simply Business, but if you’re considering working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.

We're trusted to get the right stuff done in the way that suits us best

We respect the uniques skills and perspective that everyone has

If we can make it simpler, we do, and if we can’t then we explain it so everyone can understand

We’re always learning, developing and improving, and helping others do the same

We lead with purpose and make things happen
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