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Head of Revenue Accounting

Northampton, UKFinancePermanent (Full-Time)Finance

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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.

Head of Revenue Accounting to join us in Northampton.

The revenue accounting team is responsible for the accounting of all of Simply Business’s revenue from our insurance sales. We’re looking for a qualified accountant to lead and support the revenue team in our Northampton office. 

As the Head of Revenue Accounting you’ll be responsible and accountable for all of the revenue accounting processes, policies and procedures. This role requires excellent understanding, knowledge and experience of financial and operational accounting processes, controls and systems. 

You’ll also be responsible for engaging and understanding the wider finance department and relevant product and change departments to ensure the team is involved in all new initiatives that impact the revenue streams.

This role will report to the Financial Controller and you’ll be responsible for (but not limited to):

  • leading, managing and supporting a team of six with your knowledge, understanding and experience of financial and operational accounting processes specific to the new and existing revenue accounting processes 
  • supporting learning and development of all of the revenue accounting team through coaching, open discussions and training
  • reviewing and supporting with the redesign of existing revenue reconciliation processes that link into the debt management tool to include all debits and credits (such as refunds, chargebacks, etc)

More about your responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • owning all revenue accounting processes, policies and accountabilities  
  • owning all revenue balance sheet reconciliation and month-end processes, with SoX controls understanding and experience
  • owning and supporting product and operational support, leading workstreams and project meetings
  • working closely and partnering with the finance change and systems manager on all new and current processes and controls to be implemented on the debt management tool
  • key liaison between departments, actively involved with strategic and operational decisions that impact revenue accounting and finance as a whole
  • key stakeholder management for debt notification, escalation of unresolved cases and interaction with operations for resolution
  • reviewing and feedback on monthly MI provided, understanding SLAs and identifying gaps in processes and deadlines to ensure they’re fit for purpose
  • assisting FP&A, AP, control teams in the wider finance department with revenue related queries
  • owner of all audit related queries with support from the team
  • active involvement for all ad-hoc projects and queries which impact revenue accounting
  • owning and approving all process documentation for all revenue accounting processes on a quarterly basis and working on process improvements
  • owning the debt management tool and debt notification process – ensuring the tool is kept completely up to date and the data is clean and stable
  • ensuring the team adhere to KPIs on clearing all outstanding debt
  • accountable for any insurer queries and issues resulting from the BDX process and prompt resolution
  • owning SLAs with operations on the adherence and clearance of the finance ticket process
  • taking full ownership of all queries and following through to resolution, giving updates to the financial controller 

What we’re looking for:

  • qualified accountant (ACCA, ACA, CIMA) with minimum three years post-qualification experience
  • experience of leading and developing a team
  • solid understanding of an insurance broker firm
  • excellent people management skills with ability to communicate effectively and efficiently to different levels of staff both financial and non-financial
  • clear understanding of balance sheet reconciliations, numerical analysis controls and ability to investigate and resolve differences
  • first class stakeholder management skills, can manage expectations both upwards and downwards
  • advanced level of computer literacy – proficient in using financial systems and advanced Excel (data manipulation)
  • sound knowledge of Audit, SoX controls, bank processes (BACS/cheque/FPS/CHAPS)
  • attention to detail, prioritisation, time management and organisational skills
  • team player, positive, can-do approach
  • ability to adapt and be flexible to changing priorities 
  • experience of working in a fast-paced, changing environment and open to continuous change
  • excellent ability to identify process improvements
  • ability to manage confidential information in a sensitive way
  • excellent ability to work well under pressure, working accurately with attention to detail and tight deadlines 
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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