Group Financial Controller

Abingdon, Oxfordshire
£70,000 - £75,000
27 Apr 2018
27 May 2018
Qualification Level
Fully qualified
Professional Membership
Contract Type
Full time, Permanent

Company: Summit Therapeutics

Reference: 3287561

Title: Group Financial Controller

Job Type: Permanent

Job Hours: Full-time

Location: Abingdon

Salary: £70,000 - £75,000 per year +


Summit Therapeutics is a dual-listed biopharmaceutical company with both UK and US operations and is focused on the discovery, development and commercialisation of novel medicines for indications for which there are no existing or only inadequate therapies. Summit is conducting clinical programmes focused on the genetic disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and the infectious disease, Clostridium difficile infection as well as having a discovery pipeline through its newly acquired subsidiary which has its own lab facilities. Summit was founded in 2003 as a spin-out of the University of Oxford and is headquartered in Oxfordshire, UK.

Summit are looking for a dynamic, innovative and experienced Financial Controller to join and help lead the group finance team, taking responsibility for day to day finance related activities and working closely with FP&A and Financial Reporting as well as the VP of Finance.  You will actively contribute towards the drive for continuous improvement, looking to maximise operational efficiency and improve upon standard operating procedures for all systems and processes.

The Group Financial Controller will lead a team of five people and take responsibility for the operational running of the finance function including income accounting, procure to pay processes, grant accounting, payroll and VAT. You will lead the production of the monthly management accounts, with close support from the Group Management Accountant and liaison with the Financial Planning and Analysis Manager as well as working closely with the Financial Reporting Manager to ensure complete, accurate and timely statutory reporting on a quarterly and annual basis to meet UK and US/SEC reporting requirements. You will also manage intercompany transactions, support tax compliance and tax planning activities and ensure SOX compliance by the team and the wider business. Other areas of responsibility will include assisting with the procurement and management of group insurances and managing and helping to coordinate group interactions with clearing banks, including treasury deposits and currency arrangements.

The successful candidate will be ACA or ACCA qualified with a strong all-round knowledge of the current technical financial reporting environment with an emphasis on IFRS and UK GAAP. You will have proven experience of leading and managing a team and practical understanding of the statutory and tax compliance filing requirements of a global group, including experience of consolidation. With strong Excel and a high level of accuracy you will be able to build relationships and communicate and influence at all levels. Summit are looking for an enthusiastic team player with an approachable manner who can demonstrate the drive and enthusiasm to achieve their own potential and improve the operational performance of the department.

This an exciting opportunity to join a fast growing company where there are significant opportunities for the right candidate to continue to develop and gain additional responsibilities and duties within the business.