Location: London, UK

Job Description: UK Controller

 

The Company

 

Harry’s is a men’s grooming brand that was built out of respect for quality craftsmanship, simple design, modern convenience and for guys who know they shouldn’t have to overpay for a great shave. We are able to deliver exceptional value and experiences to our customers because we are vertically integrated. From grinding steel into fine razors blades at our factory in Germany to selling our products directly to customers on our website, we own the entire process.

 

Since launching in the US in early 2013, we’ve been blown away by the customer response to our brand, thanks to the over 5 million guys who have trusted Harry’s for a great shave. As part of our mission to become a global multi-channel grooming brand, we launched Harry’s in the UK in July 2017 and we’re off to a very strong start! We’re just at the beginning of our journey here and we’re excited at what lies ahead.

 

About the Role

 

The UK Controller will be a critical player in supporting the growth of the company. You will be the sole Finance representative for the UK business, reporting into the Harry’s Corporate Controller and working closely with the UK GM. You will interact frequently with all members of the UK team, as well as many cross functional members of the global and Harry’s US teams. You will be responsible for: creating Financial and Managerial reports for various stakeholders; establishing and recording local accounting policies; developing processes and strong internal controls; and making sure we stay in compliance with statutory and legal requirements. You’ll also be helping analyze data, and bringing information forward to both the UK and Global teams to help drive key decisions for the future of the Company. You will literally be doing it all, from making sure our books and numbers are correct, to helping make and influence decisions based on those numbers. You’ll also be growing the local Finance function to be able to scale with the business growth.

 

Role and Responsibilities

 

Financial and Management Reporting and Technical Accounting

  • Perform the month-end close and quarter-end close processes, including but not limited to:
    • Various account reconciliations
    • Manual Journal Entries
    • Intercompany transactions
  • Record and analyze daily cash inflows and outflows
  • Ensure inventory/cost of sales is being properly valued and recorded
  • Help develop and optimize systems, consistently trying to make our information better and more efficient
  • Produce monthly financial reporting packages for internal and external stakeholders
  • Research, understand and present financial reporting implications for new and/or complex transactions, changes to the Harry’s business model, etc
  • Work with Corporate/Consolidation team to understand and identify the UK to US GAAP accounting differences that arise from Harry’s operations

 

Audit and Tax Compliance

  • Oversee VAT reporting compliance
  • Manage the annual and interim local income tax compliance
  • Manage the annual and interim external statutory audit processes

 

Culture of Controls, Process and Cross-Functional Support

  • Develop and ensure adherence to key processes and controls in support of GAAP financial statement assertions
  • Institute a culture that balances process efficiency and data integrity including the leading of projects/initiatives where gaps exist today
  • Collaborate with other team members to ensure that Finance provides the highest level of cross-functional support

 

Treasury

  • Manage the cash disbursement process
  • Forecast cash needs for the UK business
  • Build the UK budget and forecasts with the corporate FP&A team
  • Produce monthly variance analyses between Budget/Forecast and Actual results explaining drivers of variances and expected results

 

This should describe you

 

  • You are able to communicate clearly and often with a variety of people and cultures
  • You love all things numbers with a high attention to detail
  • You are super technical, with a deep understanding of UK GAAP
  • You are ERP system and excel savvy, with an understanding how information flows
  • You have an entrepreneurial attitude, and you're ready willing and able to build things from the ground up and find creative and new solutions in a fast-paced environment
  • You are already living the startup life – no task is too small and you love to take on new challenges
  • You can work as an individual contributor, managing and doing complete end to end work streams

 

Background and Experience

 

  • ~8+ years with a mix of experience with a big four accounting company  (KPMG, E&Y, Deloitte, PwC) blended with either experience or the mind-set for a high-growth start-up
  • Degree Qualified or equivalent qualification
  • ACA/ACCA Qualified or equivalent qualification
  • Highly technical UK GAAP accounting skills
  • Experience working in an ERP system
  • Proven experience working at an advanced level in Excel
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