Assistant Finance Manager - Controls

Location: Ripon

Yorkshire and Humberside

Salary: £Competitive + Benefits

Reference #: 126901

About the role:

A fantastic opportunity has become available for a qualified Accountant to join a FTSE 100 business in North Yorkshire.  You will be reporting to the Finance Manager and will be responsible for operating the controls function for Wolseley UK and its subsidiaries.  There are exciting opportunities in financial control compliance to drive process improvement, as well as managing the control testing and reporting for the UK business cluster.

This role will have regular interaction with the plc team, subsidiaries, branches, project teams and Business Partners offering wide scope for business interaction.

Wolseley is a FTSE100 Company and the world’s largest trade distributor of plumbing and heating products and a leading supplier of building materials. In 2016 Wolseley UK announced a major programme to transform the way it serves its customers following a wide-ranging review of its plumbing and heating operations resulting in a £100m investment in the business.

Wolseley UK also invests heavily in people through a company-wide training structure focused on developing core skills, and offers an award-winning pension and rewards package.


Job duties:

  • Manage the planning, production and review of financial control testing and reporting for the UK business cluster including scope reviews, walkthroughs and documentation.
  • Lead the financial control audit close meetings, including presenting any findings to the Group Head of Internal Audit and business management.
  • Proactively liaise with Internal Audit and Group Controls on control gaps and remediation.
  • Prepare half year control certifications and present results to the CFO.
  • Main point of contact for external auditors on financial controls testing.
  • Periodic review of business process to identify improvements, of which the scope will be defined by management.
  • Understand business requirements and interpret policies and procedures.
  • Develop value-add and commercially pragmatic recommendations to improve operations.
  • Other ad-hoc projects as required.


You will have:

  • Fully qualified ACA or ACCA.
  • A good understanding of a strong control environment and consistently aim for improvement.
  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships quickly and effectively with colleagues.  Seeks and develops new relationships that will support the Team.
  • Appreciates risk and able to liaise with third parties (internal or external) where appropriate.
  • Able to respond to business changes from a Compliance perspective.  Proactive and demonstrates initiative.
  • Able to communicate clearly and appropriately to a wide variety of audiences (in all formats).
  • Flexible, able to consistently meet deadlines / consistently motivated and focused on delivery.
  • Experience of managing/supervising staff.


About you

You will be a qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) with good people and communication skills, perhaps with some previous experience working in a fast paced environment that operates to tight timescales.  You are likely to have some strong analytical abilities and good systems experience. You will be responsible for the line management of the Controls Accountant including scheduling the work for the controls team and undertaking performance reviews with support from the Finance Manager. Previous experience of supervising or managing a team is desirable.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is looking for a company who values their employees and has a proven track record of promoting from within. We actively promote further learning, development and career opportunities. We offer a 40 hour working week, Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm, 23 days Holiday + Bank holiday, bonus scheme, free parking on site and a fantastic pension scheme.



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