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Assistant Group Financial Controller

Assistant Group Financial Controller

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Position Type 
Permanent Full-Time
UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
Pentland Brands

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Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation


Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.


We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.


We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. Last year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.


We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.


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Key purpose of the role:


Reporting directly into the Group Financial Controller, the successful candidate will be able to show excellent technical accounting knowledge and will drive continuous improvement of group reporting & financial systems and controls.


The successful candidate will need to have a vision to continuously improve processes and outputs and define financial systems and processes that are high quality and efficient to operate.


The role will have three direct reports.



  •  Review accounting processes and procedures. Implement solutions to make improvements and efficiencies and drive standardisation and continual improvement
  •  Define Group accounting rules / policy, ensuring consistent use across the Group
  •  Ensure the provision of high quality, timely financial reporting for the Group and Pentland Brands
  •  Ensure compliance with statutory and tax reporting requirements and IFRS 102 for Group and Subsidiary companies, with overall responsibility for accurate provision of statutory accounts
  •  Lead the year-end process of Pentland Groups plc, including planning, systems development, definition of information collected and reported
  •  Plan and project manage the audit process
  •  Ensure legal & operating entity structure meets the needs of the business’ shareholders and systems are used to best effect
  •  Ensure acquisitions, divestitures and investments are integrated and accounted for correctly, working closely with tax.




                         What you need to have


Very strong technical background (BIG 4 firm experience highly preferable), several years PQE

Proficient in the accurate preparation and review of complex multicurrency group consolidations and up to date with the latest accounting standards (FRS102 and IFRS)

A good understanding of Tax both direct and indirect

SAP and or Hyperion experience

Excellent numerical, report writing and communication skills

People management experience, with a strong desire to build and grow people


                    What we need to see in you


Well organised with the ability to manage multiple projects in parallel

Excellent at negotiating and influencing, at all levels of the organisation

Exceptional relationship builder

Self-motivated and take full ownership of the role

Flexible – adaptable to change and manage this with the team

Logical in approach and process driven

Innovative and commercially aware

Excellent at communicating– written and verbally

Personable with a professional manner

Team Player

Willing to get involved in anything that need doing with a 'can do' attitude




 This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.