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Group Data & Controls Accountant


Group Data & Controls Accountant

  • 540737
  • Closing at: Oct 16 2022 at 23:55 BST

SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world. Following our commitment to invest £12.5 billion in low carbon projects over the next 5 years, we have significant growth plans and are well on our way to achieving our ambition to build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

Join us on our journey to net zero and help us power change.

About the Role

Base Location: Flexible, however our preference is that you will be based in one of our key UK or Ireland sites, which includes but is not limited to:- Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen, Inverness, Reading, Havant, Belfast or Dublin.

Salary: £44,100 - £66,100 + performance-related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

As Group Data and Controls Accountant, you will work as a key member of the Internal reporting team whose main responsibility is for the Group's consolidated management reporting to SSE's Board and Group Executive Committee and for setting the Group's internal reporting policies and requirements. This includes ownership of SSE's policies on financial data and reporting as well as the ongoing management and governance of reporting structures and hierarchies used across the group. As part of the team, you will be responsible for actively managing the structures and governance around the Chart of Accounts, approvals, journals, intercompany process, reporting hierarchies, and other controls which would be expected of a plc company of SSE's scale. In addition, you will be responsible for the governance around key Group reporting controls. This important role offers the holder excellent insight into the workings of a listed plc and requires liaison with Finance colleagues across SSE's businesses. The post will require you to work closely with senior colleagues including the Group Finance Director and Director of Group Reporting and will report to the Group Internal Reporting Manager.
1. Reporting structures & hierarchies governance
The primary responsibility of the role will be the ongoing management and governance of SSE's Group reporting principles, definitions, structures & hierarchies. This will involve operational ownership of relevant policies and internally published structures. This requires governance in line with Group's evolving operating model and will involve working closely with the Group's business units on requirements. Key will be ensuring that the consistency, relevance and adherence to SSE's data and reporting policies with appropriate change management and controls in place. 
2. Nominated Group SME for change activity
Dedicated group lead/controller for SSE's financial data and reporting structures which will involve delivering the implementation of new controls and processes around chart of accounts structures and definitions, change process (e.g. new companies), journals, inter-company balance sheet controls, period end and change management around reporting metrics amongst others arising from SSE's strategic Finance Transformation project. 
3. Chart of Accounts and data analytics
Responsible for governance process associated with chart of accounts change management including the CoA and acting as chair on relevant internal change management and governance forums. In particular, the role holder will require to consider SSE's broader Data and Reporting strategies and work with SSE's Finance Transformation team in relation to reporting design and data capture from a Group perspective. The role holder requires to work closely with SSE's Finance Systems team to ensure appropriate management and control in relation to structures and chart of accounts data.
4. Management of Internal Control policies
The role holder will be responsible for maintenance and governance of SSE Group documentation and policies in relation to 'record to report' processes such as month end process, journal approvals, balance sheet reconciliations and so on and similar in relation to planning and budgeting. This is a key output of SSE's Finance Transformation project. 
5. Support to Group Reporting activity 
From time to time, the role holder will require to initiate and support CI change projects in Group Reporting and support report production and other aspects of the function's wider remit.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to be:

- Fully qualified Chartered Accountant with 3+ years Post Qualified Experience in a Financial Reporting or External Audit role, ideally with plc or relevant industry experience.

- Experience of listed plc reporting and corporate governance requirements would be advantageous.

- Experience in Chart of Accounts design and management desirable.

- Experience of consolidated reporting including Group FP&A again advantageous.

- Continuous improvement approach focusing on process efficiency.

- Ability to manage competing deadlines and deliverables.

- Personal resilience and drive are essential.

About our Business

Our SSE Finance function has a key part to play in fulfilling SSE's obligations as a UK-listed company, providing expertise and services that can be shared across the SSE Group, and working in partnership with all businesses to provide services tailored to their specific needs. SSE operates in a highly regulated and increasingly competitive environment, and our role is to ensure that we gather, compile, analyse and recommend on the financial strategy for our businesses, identifying opportunities to drive efficiencies and create value for SSE now, and in the future.

What's in it for you?

An excellent package with 34 days holiday entitlement, enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Francesca on / 01738 344763.

EXTERNAL: Before commencing employment with SSE, you'll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.




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Our Benefits

  • Sharesave Scheme
  • 34 days of annual leave
  • Option to purchase up to 10 days holiday
  • Interest-free technology loans
  • 24/7 free and confidential employee counselling service
  • Private healthcare discounts
  • Subsidised gym memberships
  • 21 weeks full pay maternity leave
  • Cycle to Work scheme with generous £2500 limit
  • Interest-free salary advance to cover transport season tickets

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