Head of Accounting and Tax UK & Ireland

Finance / Gestion : Finance London, United Kingdom
Contract Type: Full-time


Position at Lee Hecht Harrison (Global)

What does an exceptional UKI Financial Controller do in London?

Using your practical experience as a UKI Financial Controller, you will protect the company’s financial assets through the maintenance of a robust control environment, adding process improvements and new governance where needed and ensuring the complete delivery of financial reporting to both internal and external stakeholders.


This is a senior role in the UKI business and is part of our ZLT (leadership team) where you will partner with the FD to deliver an improved business.


You will ensure that our internal and external financial reporting and audit requirements are met and that the UK and Ireland are compliant with all HMRC / Irish Tax requirements and accounting therein, working with central LHH and Adecco Group colleagues and departments.


Reporting Relationships:

  • Global AP Accountant (team of 3) with responsibility to ensure AP processes are robust, linking in with the Accounting team



What you’ll do

You will lead on making significant changes to the business, whilst maintaining the complete delivery of all internal (Group) regular requirements:

  • Ensure robust, accurate and timely financial accounting for UK and IR entities (both UK Statutory and US GAAP internal reporting), as follows:
  • Monthly US GAAP Reporting (MFRP/GRP.)
  • Responsible for leading the team Balance Sheet Reconciliations process for UK and IR entities, including setting up regular reviews and requirements
  • UK Tax compliance: Responsible for tax accounting and reporting, including VAT compliance within our local and international billing processes; Corporation Tax; and PSA, P11D design and procedure. Handles local reporting of Tax into Group
  • Working with key stakeholders for Tax compliance; Business colleagues, HMRC and Group Tax
  • Responsible for Treasury, Bank and Cash, including the cashflow reporting and Group Cash Pool transactions, linking into the Group function for support
  • Drive internal compliance including review, design, and implementation of controls in the P2P cycle, Management Approvals, Invoice payment security, Anti-Fraud control, Associate payment controls and overall review of control suitability across the UK&I business
  • Handles the annual external audit process and all audit interfaces
  • Statutory to US GAAP annual reconciliation (SREC)
  • Manage Compliance within Adecco Group Policies
  • Coordinate system upgrades and changes, including bank and treasury
  • Responsible for all monthly, quarterly, annual LHH and Adecco related reporting (MFRP, GRP, Tax Package etc.) submitted to the relevant stakeholders in a timely manner
  • HMRC Tax accounting and reporting, alongside the Adecco Group UK
  • Local expert for Accounting standards and reporting including design and influence of process changes required for compliance
  • Responsible for P2P and R2R governance and associated approvals structure for invoices and contracts (in partnership with legal)
  • Manage and control the balance sheet, organising balance sheet reconciliation programme; Improve Balance Sheet Rec process and presentation
  • Lead on the audit process as appropriate including the preparation of the statutory accounts followed by a reconciliation between local and US GAAP
  • Responsible for the Intercompany process and updates to Group, including contribution to process improvement
  • Develop and maintain processes and controls to enhance group treasury
  • Manage the administration of banking facilities. Support the control, ownership and process management of bank mandates, authorised signatories list, internet banking facilities, corporate credit card facilities, TUX card facilities, direct debits, merchant facilities and all other treasury related requests from the Finance Director
  • Regular review and improvement of Finance processes with the Finance Director
  • Team training and development
  • Responsible for all monthly, quarterly, annual Adecco related reporting (MFRP, GRP, Tax Package etc.) submitted to the relevant stakeholder in a timely manner.



Required Experience/Characteristics

  • Experienced Financial Controller or Head of Accounting & Tax with experience of driving change and improvement across UKI
  • Qualified Accountant, ACCA or ACA preferred
  • Solid practical working knowledge of UK GAAP is required for local reporting and filing
  • Technical, relevant, and up to date accounting knowledge in IFRS, UK (and US GAAP)
  • Has substantial experience dealing with Tax authorities/requirements and reporting, and is up to date on legislation – will effectively be UK Tax lead (with support from Adecco Group UK)
  • First class communication skills – written, verbal and presenting
  • Ability to build strong management relationships and resolve cross-functional issues and drive new processes; Highly effective at building and maintaining business partner relationships
  • Manages an effective team and builds team spirit, developing positive outlook and goals
  • Highly organised, ability to work under pressure and to balance the workload
  • Ability to appraise current processes and deliver key changes - Project Management or Change management experience in a Financial Control environment is beneficial
  • High levels of resilience; sustains momentum when faced with challenges. Balances competing demands and responds well to changed priorities
  • Communicates effectively and inspires people at all levels whilst gaining the commitment of others to drive towards and achieve a high-performance culture
  • Able to analyse the root of a problem and identify solutions
  • Planning and organisation; consistently completes deliverables within deadline, within budget, and beyond expected quality
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise and meet tight deadlines whilst maintaining high levels of accuracy





Ask yourself these questions before you apply

  • Do I have hands on, practical experience as a UKI Financial Controller or UKI Head of Accounting and Tax specifically focusing on UKI?
  • Do I enjoy rolling my sleeves up and being hands on?
  • Have I liaised with the authorities in UKI to deliver annual statutory accounting for UKI?
  • Do I have strong practical experience working with UK GAAP, US GAAP and IFRS?




About LHH

The world of work is changing fast.

Profound changes at profound speed.


But whereas many see change as an existential threat,

a select few see it as an opportunity to make a difference.

An opportunity to deliver lifelong employability to a generation of talent in transition.

An opportunity to develop leaders, recognizing the capabilities needed for today,

while nurturing the expertise needed for the future.

And an opportunity to look beyond what’s right for a company, to what’s right for society as a whole.


And out of the few that see these opportunities, there are even fewer placed to actually deliver them.

At Lee Hecht Harrison, we have the scale, the expertise and the insight, not only to identify these opportunities, but to realize them.


Transforming workforces though career transition, talent development and strategic advisory.

Developing future skills, flexibility and foresight, delivered with a distinctly human heart.


We’re obsessively passionate, and quantifiably effective.

Making a difference to everyone we work with and for. And delivering it on a global scale.


Because opportunities aren’t there to be observed.

They’re there to be taken.


This is LHH.

This is Opportunity, delivered.



LHH is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veterans’ status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For additional information on our Diversity and Inclusion policy, please consult the following link:  https://www.lhh.com/us/en/diversity-and-inclusion