Financial Controller

Birchwood | Accountancy

Financial Controller
Location - Warrington with hybrid working       
Full Time, Permanent    

£80,000 - £90,000 per annum (dependent on experience)     



The Asylum Accommodation and Support Services Contract (AASC) has grown rapidly since commencement. One consequence of this growth is that processes may lag, resulting in increased risk to the financial control environment, and an inconsistency of method across the two regions. To underpin the remaining contract term, we require greater rigour and harmony in our processes and controls to provide a high level of assurance over the financial data.



As a result, we are seeking an experienced Financial Controller to be responsible for the integrity of the financial information for the AASC through the maintenance of an effective control environment. This will encompass ensuring that the financial data and metrics for the AASC are correct and adhere to UK&E and Serco policies. The candidate must ensure the processes that support the production and reporting of those figures are robust, efficient and are applied consistently across the AASC.



To achieve the above, you will be a self-starter who can own and drive consistent delivery of regular and recurring activities, driving financial process change through the Contract. You will be expected to have a passion for the quality of your output, an intolerance for inefficiencies and inconsistencies and the ability and motivation to drive process excellence.


As part of this you'll:


  • Build strong working relationships across the business and particularly with Serco's BPO supplier, the Financial Controller team and the wider Group and Divisional Finance teams
  • Ensure that the balance sheet is accurate and robustly supported with appropriate monthly reconciliations
  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement and process excellence to improve the quality and efficiency of the process that sits within that control environment
  • Reduce variation and embedding changes to enable the generation of accurate data in our financial systems
  • Drive, own and embed the changes of process and supporting the culture required to achieve reduction in variation across the end-to-end financial process set
  • Work with Global Process owners to consider the effectiveness and implement the improvements to end to end processes
  • Ensure the smooth running of any external or internal audit process and the minimisation of audit issues


What you'll need to do the role:

  • You will need to be a qualified Accountant with experience of working in a large and complex environment
  • Up to date knowledge of international accounting standards, industry best practices and accounting skills including IFRS16
  • Experience of delivering change across a multi stakeholder matrix environment
  • Process improvement and shared service centre experience is highly desirable
  • Strong influencing and interpersonal skills



Why Serco:


Meaningful and vital work: In this position, your work is vital to the business, in terms of decisions and growth. You will gain a world of opportunity working for a globally operating business delivering essential services across 5 vital sectors, personal growth, achievement and development won't be hard to find. You'll also work with great people. You'll find yourself working in a highly motivated, supportive environment where no two days are the same, with experienced colleagues who strive for excellence.


What we offer:


  • Company car / £4200 cash alternative
  • Private healthcare
  • Bonus scheme - 10% on target, 20% exceeding targets
  • Flexible working considered
  • Pension - 6%
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion



About Serco
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 

At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.  For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the 'Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.

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12/12/2023 01:30:00
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