Lead project management of delivery of ARA including plan definition and management of stakeholders including collation of commentary from content owners, where required supported by dedicated project management resource.
Lead supplier management for ARA as first point of contact, tracking budgets and monitoring delivery
Quality review of financial statements and provision of narrative and analytical review including commentary
Review of data verification file to ensure accuracy and completeness of verification information
USSIM and USSL statutory accounts:
Lead project management of delivery of USSIM / USSL accounts
Quality review of financial statements e.g analytical review, commentary including review of accuracy and completeness of data verification files.
Provision of commentary to demonstrate understanding of key movements and balances
SPV statutory accounts:
Lead the production of SPV accounts including the preparation of more complex sets of accounts and the review of low risk statutory accounts
Review of management accounts prior to submission to SPV Boards
Lead review and continuous improvement activities around controls, policies and procedures for SPVs
USSIM/USSL financial accounting
Analytical review of bonus forecast and accruals process including reporting and explanation of actuals against forecast and budget
Delivery of balance sheet reconciliations for USS accounts managed by Group Reporting
Review dilapidations accrual, deficit recovery provision and holiday accrual.
Prepare LTIP provision calculation and supporting analysis.
Scheme financial accounting
Collation of information to enable preparation of quarterly scheme accounts reporting pack including narrative and supporting analysis of variances
Review contribution journals and co-ordinate improvement of contribution accounting
Collation of information to enable preparation of monthly scheme accounts reporting pack including narrative and supporting analysis of variances
Provide detailed plan for external audit for USS, USSL / USSIM and review and oversee plan for SPVs
Key point of contact for execution of the audit
Key point of contact for general audit queries and information requests
Supporting Investment controller in providing upfront accounting and financial reporting input into any proposed investments which could result in the formation of new SPVs
Prepare assigned cover papers and supporting documents for presentation at Audit Committee
Financial control framework
Sign-off of assigned key controls related to Financial Reporting
Deliver maintained financial control library including annual review with key control owners
Review and reporting of effectiveness of key controls as part of the integrated controls report
Accounting policies and procedures
Ensure accounting policies and procedures are kept up to date, communicated and appropriate controls in place to deliver compliance
Driving delivery from others
Drive delivery from others in different finance / business teams where required for change initiatives led by AFC.
Technical Competencies, Skills and Experience
Hold a professional accounting qualification such as ACA or ACCA.
Educated to degree level or equivalent
Experience of preparing, reviewing and submitting statutory accounts
Knowledge and experience of financial systems, accounting processes and controls
Experience of audit and co-ordinating external audits
Excellent analytical, verbal and written communication skills
Able to work in a manner that is consistent with the organisations ethos and values