Overview

 

This role is a 12 month Fixed Term Contract

 

At Burberry, we believe creativity opens spaces. Our purpose is to unlock the power of imagination to push boundaries and open new possibilities for our people, our customers and our communities. This is the core belief that has guided Burberry since it was founded in 1856 and is central to how we operate as a company today.  

 

We aim to provide an environment for creative minds from different backgrounds to thrive, bringing a wide range of skills and experiences to everything we do. As a purposeful, values-driven brand, we are committed to being a force for good in the world as well, creating the next generation of sustainable luxury for customers, driving industry change and championing our communities.

JOB DETAILS

 

The Financial Controller will be responsible for leading a team. The role is responsible for providing strong leadership and guidance to the team, delivering end to end services and transformation for RTR in accordance with Group policies, IFRS, US GAAP, local GAAP and the monitoring of qualitative performance measures for the team using Key Performance Indicators. 

 

The RTR Lead will ensure the Accounting & Reporting processes align to best practice, ensuring strict compliance with internal controls and strive for continuous process improvements of the function. The financial controller will also manage the issue management process and work to minimise exceptions. The role is ultimately responsible for ensuring Burberry KPIs and SLAs are met to the high-quality standards expected, as well as transforming and ensuring that the Accounting & Reporting processes follow global best practice. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

 

Service Delivery 

 

  • Manages and leads the team, including any outsourced providers, that provides RTR services across the Americas, ensuring timely and cost effective delivery. 
  • Ensures accounting transactions, balances and reports are appropriately prepared and reviewed for validity, accuracy and completeness. 
  • Ensures compliance with Group Policies, and supports relevant internal controls over financial reporting. 
  • Responsible for ensuring all in scope regulatory submissions are completed accurately and in accordance with legal deadlines. 
  • Manages internal stakeholders and accompanying change management programmes to ensure that successful service delivery is ongoing. 
  • Escalation point for customer complaints, service failures or adherence issues in Americas RTR. 
  • Role may require work on weekends/public holidays at half year and year end. 

 

Continuous improvement 

 

  • Sets future RTR Americas process and service direction and alignment to BBS customer and business strategies. 
  • Apply understanding of assigned business process to identify gaps and propose continuous improvement measures. 
  • Work closely with other BBS management, process owners and team leads to understand root causes and represent process procedures, practicalities and exceptions. 
  • Proactively seeks feedback from the Finance specialists and the delivery team and uses this to inform future delivery of services. Works with other Burberry Group functions to leverage potential upgrades or consolidate shared systems and processes.  
  • Maintains a strategic network of external vendors to understand global best practice, build and develop effective working partnerships and ensure an integrated approach for all functional transactions. 
  • Leverage the benefits of SAP and ensure that the most efficient and effective processes are adopted across the group 
  • Ensures a full set of documented policies, procedures, process maps and controls is maintained for global RTR processes. 
  • Establishes the business case for consolidating, upgrading or implementing new RTR systems. 

PERSONAL PROFILE

 

Qualifications and Experience 

 

  • Professional accounting qualification is required e.g. ACA, CA, ACCA, CIMA or CPA 
  • SAP training and certification is a plus. 
  • Strong accounting and leadership experience within Shared Services and RTR, delivering against targets. 
  • Proven experience in managing RTR teams, including history of hiring, training, motivating and retaining personnel. Can provide examples of effective leadership and getting the best out of people, including during demanding and unsettling periods of change. 
  • SAP and BPC experience, and advanced Excel skills, an advantage. 
  • Experience leading and/or building a team in a Shared Service environment preferred. 
  • Experience of leading multi-work stream and change management projects preferred. Must be able to fully grasp the broader issues and provide functional guidance to those reporting to them, rather than rely on their own technical skill set. 
  • Has track record and appetite for delivering continuous improvement. Can provide examples of having led local changes as a means of reflecting strategic-level changes. Able to generate commitment to change amongst own team. 
  • Has built strong and sustainable relationships with a range of external stakeholders and influenced them effectively. Can provide evidence of working collaboratively with peers. 
  • Strong technical background with experience in a FTSE company applying IFRS is required. US GAAP experience is a plus. 
  • Strong compliance background.

 

Skills 

 

  • Uses a variety of techniques to influence a range of internal and external, technical and non-technical stakeholders across a range of strategic-level issues. Able to establish personal credibility at all levels. Has strong negotiation skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills especially stakeholder management. 
  • Builds effective relationships through interpersonal skill and technical expertise to aid cross-functional working, delivery and a sense of collaboration and teamwork. Proactively asks for and acts on personal feedback, developing a high level of self-awareness. 
  • Can operate both at the strategic and, where required, detailed level. Displays an affinity for technology’s ability to drive efficiencies and enhance service delivery. Ability to work under pressure and handle multiple priorities and operational demands. 
  • Thinks conceptually and identifies and addresses future challenges and opportunities, often in an ambiguous environment. Needs to be comfortable in ‘dealing with the numbers’ – i.e. able to extract strategic themes and trends, compare and convert figures across the group and use high-level figures to make decisions 

Burberry is an Equal Opportunities Employer and as such, treats all applications equally and recruits purely on the basis of skills and experience.

 

Posting Notes: United Kingdom || Not Applicable || Leeds || FINANCE & OPERATIONS || FINANCE SHARED SERVICES || n/a ||

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