Director, Group Financial Controllership

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Job description

Financial Controllership team is one of the key functions in Group Finance to drive the Group’s financial reporting framework & financial policy to ensure quality, timely and meaning financial information are provided to management for decision making. The team is also a gate-keeper sitting in the head office to monitor the quality of assets held by the group.

  • The role manages the day to day activities of the Group Financial Controllership team based in Hong Kong. The role takes primary responsibility over the monthly consolidation process of the Group that forms the basis of all external reporting to parties such as banks, shareholders and other regulatory bodies as well as management reporting to senior management and the Board. In doing so, the role is the main custodian of the Group’s Finance Manual which contains all accounting and internal control policies of the Group and is responsible for the maintenance and continuous development of the HFM, the Group’s financial consolidation system. The role also has the responsibility to ensure that sufficient expertise in accounting and reporting standards are in place throughout the Group, including in subsidiary business units through the use of Internal Audit and Financial Review both of which are under the management of this role.
  • As an individual contributor, the role is expected to be the Group’s internal expert in International Financial Reporting Standards as well as general public financial reporting requirements when the Group contemplates going public in the near future. 
  • During the initial period, the role will need to oversee the smooth transition of treasury related processes, currently the responsibilities of the GFC team, to the incoming Group Treasurer.

The role manages the Group Financial Controller function.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage the day to day activities of the Group Financial Controllership (GFC) function; institutionalising a culture of high performance, high quality standards and continuous improvement.
  • Responsible for the quality and accuracy of the Group’s reporting; both in terms of accuracy of numbers as well as timeliness of reporting.
  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with other Group Finance functions to ensure good communication and high quality and efficient process management
  • Maintain the Group Finance Manual with close involvement of the CFO and the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Group. Work with the CFO and local Finance Directors to ensure compliance.
  • Ensure that GFC function is the Group’s centre of excellence in the appropriate accounting and reporting standards (IFRS) and act as the main technical accounting advisor. Liaison with auditors and tax advisors
  • Takes leadership for the development and maintenance of the Group’s main financial general ledger/ consolidation system(s).
  • Proactively manage and continuously improve the overall quality of the Group’s financial reporting and internal control environment.
  • Manage and coordinate all Internal Audit scheduling and activities across the Group based on the requirements of the Audit & Compliance Committee (“A&CC”) of the Board.
  • Lead and manage the entire external audit process with the Group’s External Auditors; including taking the lead present results of the quarterly and annual audits to the A&CC.
  • Manage the quality and costs of Internal & External auditors; ensuring the Group has the best combination of costs and compliance at all times. 
  • Lead, manage and motivate members of the GFC; providing a supportive yet challenging environment to produce a high performing, highly motivated and professional team.

Qualifications and other requirements

Relevant Experience & Skills

  • Minimum 15 years working experience with a minimum of 5 years in a group consolidation role within a public MNC company HQ
  • Highly technically sound accountant with a Big 4 background (up to at least Senior Manager level). Be an active member of HKCPA and be seen as a subject matter expert on the changing regulatory environment and keep up to date with new industry practices
  • Proven experience in leading change with very strong communication skills
  • Experience within a Listed environment a distinct advantage
  • Gravitas to work with and influence a globally spread out group of senior finance directors and other senior managers across the Group
  • Ability to deal with ambiguities and work within ill-defined boundaries and challenge status quo
  • Culturally sensitive and experienced in dealing with multiple overseas offices

Professional Qualifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), CIMA

Need more information

Leslie Cheung
Head of Talent Acquisition, North Asia

+852 2848 4506

Job Location

Vistra (Hong Kong) Limited, 19/F, Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong SAR