Financial Reporting Accountant

  • Job Reference: 712526101
  • Date Posted: 10 September 2021
  • Recruiter: Royal London
  • Location: Macclesfield
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Flexible Working
  • Sector: Accounting, Banking & Financial Services, Insurance & Superannuation
  • Job Type: Part Time Flex, Super Flex, Returner Programme
  • Duration: Happy to talk flexible working
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Job title: Financial Reporting Accountant

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date:  23rd September 2021

Location: Nether Alderley


Royal London is the largest mutual life insurance, pensions, and investment company in the UK. Since its foundation 160 years ago, Royal London has supported millions of people to protect and provide for themselves and their families.

Our culture is welcoming, friendly, flexible and we aim to make you always feel included. We welcome applications from individuals who have taken an extended career break or those who are transitioning from different sectors.

To support this, we are always open to discussing flexible working arrangements and as we transition to hybrid working, we will discuss working patterns or locations that ensure you have the freedom to be your best. It’s what makes Royal London a great place to work.

We believe that being together some of the time will help our colleagues to feel truly connected to our Spirit of Royal London culture. Many of us value the passing conversations, social interactions and building relationships that comes from being together in the office.


Role Purpose

We have an excellent opportunity for a Financial Reporting Accountant to join the Financial & Regulatory Reporting team in Nether Alderley.


You will be responsible for the provision for financial reporting services for the Group and its subsidiaries, including involvement in Group and subsidiary statutory reporting, the UK GAAP monthly consolidation, committee reporting and working with stakeholders across Finance.


Key responsibilities

  • Responsible for understanding and challenging the reported results in order to articulate a clear story in all aspects of reporting – both in Audit Committee and Board reporting and supporting the external messaging in the Group Annual Report & Accounts and press releases.
  • Prepare committee reports to Audit Committee and Board of an appropriate standard and take responsibility for the production and review process of the reports through to submission to Company Secretarial.
  • Support the production of the UK GAAP consolidation on a monthly basis working with stakeholders across Finance to ensure it meets all external standards and is produced on time.
  • Prepare the subsidiary statutory accounts working closely with teams across Finance and the wider business to deliver timely and accurate financial statements.
  • Support the Head of Financial & Regulatory Reporting in continually reviewing and challenging the financial reporting processes within your control to identify efficiencies and control improvements.
  • Provision of ad hoc support and input into projects, for example financial due diligence on potential corporate transactions.


Essential Criteria

  • Qualified accountant with financial reporting experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of UK GAAP and/or IFRS.
  • Significant experience of preparing and/or auditing financial statements.
  • Good understanding of inputs to the accounts, and the ability to work closely to manage the critical path dependency on year end reporting.
  • Excellent analytical and numerical skills.
  • Strong report writing skills, tailored to different audiences.
  • Competence in the use of Microsoft Office software packages.
  • Proven ability to manage and prioritise workload.
  • Able to pay attention to detail and critically review own and others’ work.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, writing and listening).


Desirable Criteria

  • Able to build strong relationships with colleagues across finance and the wider business.
  • Knowledge and work experience of the life insurance industry and insurance accounting.


What we offer

  • We've always been proud to reward employees by offering a number of benefits such as Pensions and Protection, Performance and role-related benefits, Lifestyle and Wellbeing.
  • Our culture comes from within, or to put it another way, it comes from our people. It’s what makes Royal London a great place to work.
  • Our People Promise is something we live up to every day. We know we can rely on you, and you can expect plenty from us in return.
  • Glassdoor have again ranked as among the best places to work in the UK.


We are an equal opportunities employer. We work hard to attract the best talent for our award-winning team. We believe that embracing difference makes us stronger. Our diverse people bring us different skills – whatever their educational background, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.


In fact, the first pillar of our People Promise is designed to make sure you 'work somewhere inclusive'. We want to live up to this promise; it’s good for our people and good for our customers too, because our workforce should reflect our communities.