At GoCardless, our vision is to build a global connected payments network, making payments simpler on the internet no matter what country you're in or what software you’re using.

Today we help over 50,000 businesses across the UK and Europe collect payments and we’re growing fast. International expansion is one of our key priorities; we’ve recently opened an office in the US in addition to those in France, Germany, Australia and the UK.

 

The Financial Control and Reporting team

The Financial Control and Reporting is now in an exciting transitional stage with many new projects to get involved in as the company expands. It’s a great time to join the team and we are seeking candidates to develop throughout their training and then onto future opportunities at GoCardless. The team:

  • Manages the month end close process

  • Ensures that all of the company's financial practices are in line in statutory regulations and legislation

  • Has responsibility for ensuring aspects of FCA compliance, including capital adequacy testing and oversight of segregation of client funds

  • Manages debt facilities, business bank accounts, fee sweep reconciliations, client money reconciliations, foreign exchange risk, cash flow, Treasury policy related to business funds and maintains relationships with banking institutions and the internal teams, especially Banking Operations

  • Has responsibility for the preparation and filing of statutory accounts in the jurisdictions in which we operate

  • Manages group and local audits and maintains relationships with auditors and tax advisors

  • Manages billing accounts receivable and payable

  • Has responsibility for UK & international tax, VAT and corporate structure management, as well as relations with HMRC

  • Has responsibility for financial processes and controls

  • Has responsibility for financial systems (incl Netsuite)

 

The Payment Operations team

The Payment Operations team is responsible for ensuring GoCardless’ customers are paid on time, every time, anywhere in the world. The team:

  • Ensures timely processing of all payment across eight payment schemes

  • Has responsibility for payment reconciliation across all processing accounts are segregated and safeguarded correctly

  • Ensures accurate handling of payment failures and chargebacks

  • Is responsible for exceptions handling and payments investigations

  • Implements and verifies payments flows and payments reconciliation processes including the automation of these in close collaboration with Product, Legal and Finance

 

The Role

This is an interim (12 months) and high profile role within the Financial Control team, which is part of the Finance team at GoCardless. The objectives of the role have executive team visibility. The role has a regulatory focus and will report to the Director, Financial Control and Reporting and will work closely with the Payment Operations team and the Core Banking team within our Product Development team. 

The short term objective of the role is to validate a balance calculation developed by Core Banking and to define the fund flows within our payment service software. 

Following that the role will lead on the development of a new process to reconcile the balance on the client monies accounts including driving improvements to the analysis, tracking and resolution of reconciling items and will work in conjunction with Product Development on the development of the payment service and BI tools to enhance reporting of client monies. This is expected to involve the implementation of a ledger system. 

The role will be supported by a Finance Analyst, another interim role, that is currently being recruited.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Plan, manage and execute the validation of an opening balance calculation developed by the Core Banking group. This is expected to include the sample testing of the reporting of transactions in the payment service in the calculation of the opening balance. The validation will inform a decision as to whether the calculation can be used on our production systems.

  • A component of the above validation will include the documentation of a definition of all fund flows and their expected recognition within the payment service and bank statements. This definition is expected to be used widely within the business.

  • Working closely with the Head of Payment Operations, define and implement a new process to be performed daily by the Payment Operations team, to reconcile the balance of the client monies accounts reported by the payment service to the bank statement. This process is expected to utilise the opening balance calculation as developed and tested above.

  • The above reconciliation process will include the development of an optimised process to collate and analyse future unreconciled transactions on the client monies accounts used to hold client monies and to work with Payment Operations to develop appropriate reporting to assist them in managing the resolution of these items.

  • Key participant in the group’s OKR to ensure we can more easily monitor the location of client monies at any time and implement preventative controls to ensure funds flow as intended. Working primarily with the Product Development team, the role will help define the scope and delivery of the solution, which is expected to involve the implementation of an event-based ledger.

  • Manage the handover of the new reconciliation processes to Payment Operations for BAU operations. 

  • Management of an interim Finance Analyst 

 

What we're looking for 

  • Comprehensive understanding of bank reconciliations and reconciliation processes obtained either within a bank or a payment service provider 

  • Knowledge of payment transaction flows and banking systems including ledgers

  • An accounting qualification is not a pre-requisite but a strong understanding of double-entry bookkeeping is essential 

  • Experience and proven success in developing and implementing bank reconciliation processes for high volume service providers

  • Experience implementing appropriate controls and designing and implementing key metrics  

  • Knowledge of the PSR regulations relevant to safeguarding

  • You are hands-on and willing to engage in the detail

  • Demonstrable experience of project planning and execution

  • You are an effective influencer and thrive in a changing environment.

  • Able to work collaboratively as part of a high performing cross-functional team

  • You have integrity and an analytical approach.

  • Effective people manager

 

Benefits

  • Generous holiday allowance 

  • Private health insurance

  • Private pension scheme 

  • Flexible working hours

  • Generous maternity & paternity leave

  • Training budget for your personal development

  • Breakfast, drinks and snacks

  • Company lunch every month

  • Volunteer time

  • Yoga, football and basketball

  • Plus many more



Our team comes from a variety of backgrounds and we welcome diversity – if you're unsure, please apply.

 

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