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Head of Finance and Risk

  • Location City of London
  • Job type Permanent
  • Reference BBBH126945

Role Purpose

This is an important role and reports into the Finance Director. It is ideally suited for a commercially minded and proactive finance professional. The role requires someone who can exercise initiative, demonstrate independence of thought and behaviour and have the flexibility and competence to deal with a range of different challenges, projects and stakeholders.

This role leads and manages the following teams: Middle office and Product control (6 people); Finance & Accounting (8 people). The overall Finance function is currently 22 people in total and consists of Middle Office, Finance & Accounting, Treasury, Credit and Tax.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the preparation of the P&L, BS and monthly accounts for the business and its subsidiaries to ensure accuracy and completeness and their timely submission to Group.
  • Review, streamline and enhance the Risk P&L versus Finance P&L at month end to ensure transparency and consistency.
  • Analytical review of monthly P&L to substantiate key drivers to the business and market performance.
  • Lead the implementation of new business reporting and integration of accounting systems alongside the accurate consolidation of the results.
  • Assist and oversee month end accounting process and submission of relevant reports to head office for all entities.
  • Be the technical and subject matter expert for UK GAAP and IFRS and key technical accounting topics such as business combinations for new acquisitions, liquidations and IFRS and UK GAAP differences.
  • Review key regulatory submissions such as corporation tax, VAT and Duty.
  • Leading external and internal audit through to successful completion.
  • Leading the preparation of statutory financial statements through to signing.
  • Oversee the preparation of the budgeting and forecasting process.
  • Maintaining continuous improvement of financial processes and activities.
  • Implement best practices to standardise tasks and processes to increase efficiency
  • Delivering enhanced management information whilst working closely with Group Finance to optimise the end-to-end process.
  • Business partnering with Group Finance to achieve best practices across the global business.
  • Building relationships with all stakeholders
  • Support the production of regular monthly management accounting information and reports for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Responsible for all accounting transactions including MTM of inventory, derivatives, FX under IAS39.
  • Assist in the implementation of a full front to back interface of systems
  • The provision of regular monthly financial and management accounting information to enable the organisation to plan, forecast, manage and report it's financial position.
  • Improving and standardizing month end processes to improve efficiency and controls
  • Liaise closely with all departments to keep abreast of business developments that could affect the accuracy and reporting of the financials.
  • Preparation and consolidation of annual budget and strategy document/presentation
  • Responsible for the preparation of financial statements under UK GAAP and IFRS.
  • Lead the delivery of projects and process improvements as required
  • Managing and developing the team.
  • Ensuring all standard finance operating processes, procedures and policies are maintained and up to date.

Middle Office and Product Control

  • Serve as a risk and controls subject matter expert/ leader within the business.
  • Continuously review the controls of the front office system and end to end to process with the aim to simplify and ensure appropriate segregation of duties.
  • The UK lead for key P&L and process transformation projects with the Group.
  • Provide business support and oversight on complex trade structures and bookings.
  • Assess and be able to challenge the accuracy and aptness of mark to market valuations and the corresponding P&L and positions reported.
  • Assist in the designing and implementing of improvement and enhancements to valuation models, risk management and processes.
  • Support the integration of new initiatives
  • Understanding the key differences to Finance P&L with the aim to revise P&L models to reduce volatility
  • Leading improvements to reduce the month end close timeline whilst maintaining quality and integrity of data.
  • Automation of the P&L and daily processes
  • Improve the trade booking and capture process. liaising with front office and operations to ensure Day 1 P&L is reported accurately.
  • Lead the UK Finance and Product control team by setting a high standard and clear expectations.


  • ACA, ACCA qualified with audit experience from the Big Four.
  • Experience in the oil and energy sector and commodities, split between Finance and Risk roles.
  • Significant hands on experience (> 10 years)
  • Commodities Product control and middle office experience
  • Full management and control of an end to end finance and accounting system.
  • Deep familiarity with Front office risk and controls
  • Excellent communicator
  • Commercial and analytical mindset
  • Ability to work in a fast- paced environment with a pragmatic and agile mindset
  • Advanced MS Office and Excel skills.
  • Experience of SAP accounting and trading systems preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.