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Interim Divisional Controller, EIU (maternity cover)

Interim Divisional Controller, EIU (maternity cover)

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United Kingdom-London

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As the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) helps leaders prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions. The EIU is the global standard in providing quality, actionable intelligence to the public and private sector, assessing issues that impact the marketplace for over two hundred countries.


The EIU Finance team provides financial control, planning and analysis support to the EIU. This role is part of the Global EIU management accounting and analysis team based in London. You will be responsible for reporting, budgeting and month-end for Economist Intelligence Unit's results and activities.


This is a 12 months maternity cover role.


In this role you will be expected to:

  • Undertake budgeting and reporting activity across all of EIU including specific business units and geographies.
  • Work closely with the FP&A team and develop in depth understanding of the business and develop/maintain relevant performance metrics, packs and trackers. 
  • Drive the initiative for finance simplification and process improvement across the businesses acting as Project Manager on key initiatives
  • Lead the accounting integration of new businesses and products into the EIU structure and reporting.
  • Oversee and work with Group Tax on transfer pricing and agreements as well as other relevant taxes.
  • Oversee finance and accounting operations for our Brazil, directly with our partner
  • Support and manage the EIU billing and invoicing function out of New York
  • Implement the Group accounting policies and procedures.
  • Manage and coordinate incentive plans, payments and reconciliations.
  • Maintain and improve controls and ensuring EIU balance sheets for all relevant divisions are fully reconciled.
  • Support and fulfill internal and external audit requests, including ESMA compliance.
  • Map and document finance processes and perform key reconciliations
  • Manage and develop a motivated and professional finance team.
  • Work closely with teams across all regions.
  • Undertake and manage ad hoc projects.

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in the role you must have:

  • A degree
  • Professionally qualified accountant with post qualification experience
  • Managerial experience in a senior role
  • Previous electronic publishing and management consulting experience a plus
  • Experience working across the globe and with diversified teams
  • Strong understanding of accounting principles and policies
  • Recent and advanced Excel skills
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft and Salesforce is a plus

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Clear thinking, practical, resilient and persuasive
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Excellent planning skills
  • Strong people management skills
  • Consensus builder
  • Ability to work accurately on tight deadlines
  • Strong emphasis on detail, quality and accuracy as to departmental output.