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Business Controller - Europe

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Date: 15-Sep-2021

Location: Southampton, GB, SO16 7PX

Company: Lloyds Register

Role Purpose:

 

The Business Controller for Europe is part of the Marine Business Controller Finance Organisation with initial focus on the CBS and UKI areas. The role is accountable for ensuring that actual financial performance is reported timely and accurately, enabling Business Finance to fully understand financial performance compared to Budget, latest forecast and prior year. All risks and issues should be followed up and acted upon, ensuring they have been shared and explained.

 

The Business Controller is part of the virtual Business Finance teams with a dotted line reporting into the Finance Business Partner to whom they support.

The role has both P&L and Balance Sheet responsibility and needs to ensure controls are maintained, data reported is accurate and explainable.

It is critical that the role operates as part of the Business Controller function, ensuring best practice is shared, common templates and controls are followed.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that monthly, quarterly and annual performance is accurately reported and ready for review by Business Finance in accordance with published timetables.
  • Ensure that all material variances to Budget, latest forecast and Prior Year are explained clearer and concisely.
  • Work with the Finance Shared Service Centre, the Statutory Compliance and GL teams, as well as Business Managers to gain a full understanding of financial performance.
  • Work with fellow controllers and the Global Business Controller to ensure that a common process with common templates are followed.
  • Provide answers to questions from Business Finance and management in relation to financial performance; and where answers are not known, to take responsibility for getting the answers in a timely basis.
  • Act as an interface between Business Finance and the Statutory Compliance and GL teams and the Finance Shared Service Centre, helping to resolve any reporting and process issues.
  • Ensure that the Balance Sheet is reviewed and understood and that any risks and opportunities in the Balance Sheet are clearly communicated to Business Finance in liaison with the GL team.
  • Take the lead on responding to audit queries in relation to P&L and Balance Sheet movements. Ensuring the responses are clear and concise and reflect the risk to the reported results.

 

Requirements:

  • Degree qualified with a management accounting/commercial accounting background; a recognised professional accountancy qualification (ACA/ACCA/CIMA) and significant experience of operating in an international finance function, with medium to large matrix structure.
  • Being regarded as a trusted and credible resource by key stakeholders within both business and/or area management teams; able to build strong relationships.  Have a ‘hands on’ approach, visible across the businesses with good communication and other interpersonal skills.
  • An enthusiastic and committed team player who can establish and maintain strong relationships with business leaders and across the Finance community.
  • Able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of a strong control framework.

 

Diversity and Inclusion at Lloyd's Register:

Together we are one Lloyd’s Register, committed to developing an inclusive and safe workplace that embraces and celebrates diversity. We strive to ensure that all applicants to LR experience equality of opportunity and fair treatment, because we believe it is the right thing to do. We hope you do too.

 

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