Financial Control Assistant Manager – London

Job Type: Permanent Location: London

Working as part of the Financial Control team, you will provide support and cover for the Finance department’s office accounting function (supporting all UK offices).

The Finance Control Assistant Manager role is suited to someone who has already started their career within a Finance department and is nearing completion of their formal accounting qualifications or is newly qualified.

The Finance department consists of 21 Finance professionals, operating within three pillars – Financial Control, Financial Operations and Financial Planning and Analysis, offering a friendly and supportive working environment The team

Working under the day-to-day supervision of the Financial Control Manager, the Financial Control team provide accounting services to the business, including good governance, and monitoring risk and controls within the Finance Department.

Candidates must have either completed/nearing completion of their professional qualifications ACCA/CIMA or ICAEW and have a high level of computer literacy (Word and Excel, or equivalent), with a desire to develop a career in an accounting finance role within a busy Finance department of a professional services organisation.

The successful candidate should have excellent attention to detail and be well organised, with a flexible, enthusiastic attitude to work and a strong ability to learn through practical experience. Professional services firm experience in finance for an LLP is highly advantageous.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Reviewing Balance sheet reconciliations and proactive engagement with stakeholders where required
  • Responsibility for payroll accounting therefore should have a thorough understanding of payroll
  • Thorough review and understanding of accruals and prepayments
  • Understanding and knowledge of project accounting
  • Thorough understanding of the implications of tax with LLP accounting and have experience preparing tax schedules.
  • Good understanding of VAT
  • Review of various journals for posting within the Finance system ensuring supporting documentation is signed off
  • Reviewing and sign off for daily manual payments and payment runs for completeness and appropriate signatories adhering to signatory approval limits
  • Setting up bank payments and verifying bank details in the Finance system
  • Excellent accounting knowledge i.e. comfortable with performing corrections in the general ledger
  • Distributing contribution reports monthly to cost Centre owners and responding to queries in a timely manner
  • Supporting Financial control team members with accounting and daily running of one offshore entity as and when required
  • Review of management information ad-hoc. for e.g. assistance with completing ONS and various surveys
  • Being responsible for PO queries
  • Supporting the Financial Control Manager with the smooth running of the Financial Control team.
  • Ongoing monitoring of risk and controls within the Finance department and reporting any breaches to the Head of Financial Control
  • Provide support and cover for the rest of the financial control team members and working closely with Financial Operations and Financial Planning and Analysis teams.


  • A 35-hour working week with flexibility around the core hours of 10am-4pm
  • Agile working policy giving you the option to work from home for up to 3 days per week.
  • 25 days annual leave. After 5 years’ service, the entitlement will be increased by 1 day
  • In addition, employees are entitled to buy or sell up to 5 days holiday a year
  • Contributory pension scheme (The firm will contribute 5% of salary on a matched basis with employee from their date of joining)
  • Life assurance cover of 4 x annual salary,
  • Working from home allowance of £25 a month.
  • Eligibility for the firm’s Profit-Sharing Plan that runs from October to September each year. The scheme enables staff to share in the profits of the firm. Payment is usually c£1,000. Paid in December.
  • Employee referral scheme. Assistant Manager level and below, including support staff, will attract a referral reward of £5,000, Manager level or above, will attract a referral reward of £10,000.
  • New client referral scheme. Members of staff introducing a new client to the firm, have the potential to receive a referral payment of up to 10% of the first year’s total fees.
  • Eligibility for the discretionary bonus scheme. This is based on both individual performance and firm performance.
  • Staff have access to health assessments, cancer screenings and health cash plans through the flexible benefits programme.
  • Access to a number of additional benefits with preferential rates under the flexible benefit programme, health cash plans, health screening/GP support, critical illness cover, dental and travel insurance, Techscheme, Cyclescheme, Gymflex and a Workplace ISA.
  • Paid travel expenses when working at offices other than your contracted office.
  • Saffery Champness is committed to being a fully inclusive employer and have a huge focus on ED&I. Upon joining the firm, you will have the opportunity to join a number of people network groups as well as be a part of the growing ED&I network.