Group Finance Controller

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all continents across the globe, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

Our Corporate Functions team is the “enablement engine” of South Pole. Behind the scenes, we provide the business with world-class solutions and best practices that sustain business growth and success. We cover key areas such as Finance, HR, Office Management, Legal, IT, Operations, etc. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!


Job summary:

South Pole is a fast growing complex multinational organisation, and a business which is helping to solve climate change, one of the largest problems the world faces today.  As such we are growing fast with revenue doubling every 12-18 months as we support an increasing number of clients in their ambition to reach net zero.  

South Pole migrated to IFRS in December 2020 as we welcomed external investors on board and took the decision to move to an internationally recognised set of accounting standards.  This role will be the internal subject matter expert on IFRS and the main point of coordination with the auditors.  We are also in the process of delivering an ambitious Digital Transformation Programme to support scalable growth and enable process automation across the business, and we are looking to deliver a full ERP transformation by December 2022 close.

We are looking for a Group Finance Controller, preferably ACA qualified, with a good grounding in IFRS reporting in a multi currency environment.  This role will be responsible for the consolidation of all of South Pole’s legal entities to give the baseline for the monthly board packs for board reporting.  As part of the finance transformation process we are looking for ways to make the existing process more efficient as we move towards the new ERP system.  


Main tasks & responsibilities:

Overall Objective

  • Lead and manage a team of reporting accountants in the regular timely consolidation of our group financial reporting.  Ensure that we are fully compliant with IFRS and that we maintain a robust set of financial controls.  Support the audit planning process and work with the auditors to ensure we have a robust audit plan in place

Main responsibilities include:

Leading and managing the Group Reporting Team and consolidation process

  • Lead and manage a team of reporting accountants in the regular consolidation of our group financial reporting
  • Work in partnership with our Group Accounting team to ensure that timetables are agreed, enabling consolidated figures to be prepared on a timely basis each month for the FP&A team to prepare their monthly commentary and insight for the Executive Committee and board reports
  • Take ownership of group intercompany accounting process and balance sheet consolidation.  Review group balance sheet accounts and suggest any improvements to the control environment
  • Identify and suggest any system and process improvements for a more robust control environment

Ownership of the Audit process and IFRS compliance 

  • Act as main point of contact with our auditors and ensure that all audit issues from the previous year are addressed and resolved in time for 2021 close
  • Ensure that any technical documentation/support is prepared on any IFRS areas to support the audit

Assist in selection of ERP and Consolidation tool

  • Assist in the selection of a short term consolidation tool identifying requirements in partnership with the finance leads and Head of Digital Transformation, selecting SaaS provider of tool for immediate implementation
  • Input into the ERP selection process with suggestions and requirements to ensure that we make the best selection to meet South Pole’s needs

Understand and improve existing Finance processes and controls

  • Review existing systems and processes by working with the Financial Operations Analyst documenting the processes
  • Proactively identify improvements in processes and controls to deliver efficiencies and also to position the processes ready for later migration to the new ERP

Requirements:

  • Qualified accountant (preferably ACA) with technical and detail oriented mindset 
  • Previous experience in external reporting for an IFRS based company would be helpful
  • Experience of managing a small team over multiple locations 
  • Proactive mindset: keen to identify process improvements and help colleagues to action them to ensure successful implementation
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively, both to listen to colleagues to identify key risks, requirements and bottlenecks, and to communicate with internal stakeholders

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people. We all have a contribution to make and South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability. Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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With such an important mission, we expect a lot from our employees, and strive to give a lot in return. Because we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet.

  • Health & Wellbeing

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  • Work-life balance

    From flexible working hours to flexible workplace (home office), with above-average vacation allowances, we strive to make the work and family life puzzle an easy one for our employees.

  • We practice what we preach

    From Vegan Days to plastic-free lunches, off-setting our own Company emissions and countless other initiatives, we fully live our values and lead by example on a daily basis.

  • Company outings and events

    It is not only hard work, we also have lots of fun! We frequently get together to celebrate our successes, do activities together and get to know each other better

What makes us unique

At South Pole, we are first and foremost a purpose-driven Company. People join us because they believe in our mission and want to be part of a community that fights together for our shared values and beliefs. But that is not the only reason why working at South Pole is such a rewarding experience...

  • We know that our vision to help create a greener world is both bold and challenging. To achieve it, we settle for nothing less than the absolute best. We form a Community that is stronger than the sum of its parts.
  • Entrepreneurial at heart. It’s not just our founders who are entrepreneurs. We actively promote an innovative mindset at all levels of the organisation, where each and every employee is encouraged to challenge the status quo and empowered to make decisions.   
  • Growing employees in a growing company. With a team of smart, passionate and engaged colleagues, as well as an increasing demand from our clients, opportunities to learn, develop our skills and grow our careers are endless. 
  • All for one, and one for all! Above all other things, what truly drives our dedication and commitment to our purpose is our colleagues.  We learn from each other and grow together. Because that is who Penguins are.

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