Financial Controller UK & Netherlands in Bourne End

at Spin Master Careers

Date Posted: 11/15/2019

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    Bourne End
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Job Description

Please Note: If you are a current Spin Master employee with access to Workday, apply to this job via the Workday application.

Are you looking to further your career with an industry leading, global children's entertainment company? 

At Spin Master, our unwavering commitment to open mindedness, integrity and innovation is a great part of what has made us an industry leader. How do we stay ahead of the pack? By hiring the best and brightest minds—and that’s why we want you! 

What's it like to work here?

Spin Master is a fast-paced, hands-on organization that provides many great opportunities for impactful decision-making; we are building a legacy and welcome individuals with a proven track record of driving results.  

Job Description:


Reporting to the Snr Director of Finance, Europe, the Financial Controller UK & Netherlands, is a key senior member of the European Finance Team with the primary objective to support and build Spin Master’s European business and finance capability in Europe. This position is responsible for Financial Accounting, Reporting, Analysis & Control Compliance of the following 3 legal entities:

Spin Master Toys UK Ltd (SMUK) – UK Market Spin Master International BV (SMINT) – European Distributor HQ in Netherlands with Branches in Germany and Slovakia and sales across Europe Spin Master Europe Holding BV (SMEUH) – Holding Company HQ in Netherlands

to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the Finance Organization and is instrumental in the successful design, implementation, transition and sustainability of Spin Master’s operating model.

Specific Responsibilities:

Internal Financial Accounting, Reporting & Analysis:

  • Responsible for monthly, quarterly, & annual accounting and financial reporting of SMUK, SMINT and SMEUH.
  • Responsible for producing all financial reporting for the European Business Units of SMINT and SMUK including the preparation of cash-flows and thorough analysis of the financial results on a monthly basis.
  • Monitor and analyse monthly and quarterly operating results of the businesses against budget and forecast and advise/work closely with other management on any remediation required to correct shortfalls in business performance.
  • Hold regular cost centre reviews with the business unit leaders, and work with them to maintain departmental operational costs within budget or forecast and comment on performance against objectives;
  • Work closely with the Shared Service Centre in Bratislava, Snr Finance Manager Operations Finance, Finance Manager CEE, and other European Finance Team members to ensure effective monthly, quarterly and ad-hoc financial accounting and reporting.
  • Support the preparation of outlooks, budgets and forecasts.
  • Submit monthly, quarterly and annual financial information per group financial reporting calendar.
  • Ensure all Spin Master accounting policies are being applied in consistent manner across operations.
  • Support the Global Finance Team with ad hoc analysis requests as needed.
  • Drive continuous improvements to deliver more efficient and effective financial reporting and analysis processes;
  • Lead, support and manage any local and global projects as required.
  • Act as advisor to the Snr Director Finance, Europe on financial analysis, reporting, control and compliance management, strategy and policy matters in Europe.

External Financial Reporting:

  • Manage the external statutory and financial reporting in compliance with filing deadlines, Regulatory Reporting and Disclosure Requirements and IFRS.
  • Manage the preparation of the Financial Statements, MD&A and other financial sections of the Company’s Disclosure Material.
  • Ensure that proper management review procedures are maintained, all balance sheet accounts are properly reconciled, and all income statement items are properly analysed and tested for reasonableness.
  • Manage compliance with regulatory requirements, including researching and providing guidance to business on accounting and regulatory issues.
  • Responsible for compliance with all regulatory and financial reporting requirements.
  • Participate in the Company’s M&A processes as required.

Audit, Compliance and Internal Controls:

  • Manage relationship with External Auditors ensuring that efficient and effective audits are always conducted.
  • Promote a culture of Risk & Control, Analysis and Reconciliation, Data Integrity, Documentation and Support for the Company’s Financial Reporting Processes.
  • Ensure that in conjunction with Corporate Internal Control Group, all financial reporting and transaction processes are properly documented, controls identified, and their effectiveness evaluated and strengthened.
  • Manage internal and external audit requirements, as applicable, and ensure successful audit completions with no material audit findings or adjustments.
  • Ensure that Internal Control Deficiencies identified by the Internal Control Group and External Auditors are being addressed by process owners on a timely basis.
  • Ensure that Audit Issues identified by Internal and External Auditors are addressed on a timely basis.
  • Identify risks affecting the effectiveness of the financial reporting of the legal entities and ensure that proper risk mitigation strategies are designed and implemented.


ax Planning and Compliance:

  • Manage, in conjunction with the Corporate Tax Team and Spin Master’s external tax advisors, the companies tax matters, including planning, transfer pricing, compliance, and filings including direct and indirect taxes.

Team Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure compliance with the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and other Corporate Policies.
  • Manage and coach the finance team to align to the Company’s objectives.
  • Ensure that all members of the team have up-to-date Job Descriptions, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound (“SMART”) Objectives and their performance is evaluated on an annual basis.
  • Ensure that goals are sufficiently challenging and implement corrective action to fix missed performance goals.
  • Design, establish and maintain an organizational structure to accomplish the function’s goals and objectives.
  • Provide the professional leadership necessary to build and maintain a “best practices” department.
  • Lead and mentor the team in a dynamic fast-paced environment, building a clear understanding of the capabilities and potential of the whole team.
  • Use existing institutional programs to support employee career growth.

Required Skill Set:

  • Excellent communication skills, rigorous, organised and able to work collaboratively with commercial and finance teams.
  • In-depth knowledge in accounting (IFRS, local GAAP) and controlling, risk management and taxation;
  • Strong organizational skills, detail oriented, work independently and a self-starter;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Demonstrable ability to lead and manage staff
  • Excellent mathematical, analytical, problem solving and organisational skill
  • Thorough understanding of business principles and practices;
  • Superior attention to detail with excellent follow-up
  • Team player with proven ability to work well under pressure and deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple projects
  • Problem Solving skills with the ability to seek alternative solutions
  • Expert level of Working knowledge of Excel, SAP
  • Excellent in Data gathering and interpretation
  • Teamwork – showing a commitment to teamwork and collaboration.
  • Integrity – fostering trust and a positive work environment.
  • Innovation – bringing creativity to the workplace.
  • Customer satisfaction focused
  • Fluent in English (verbal and written)
  • Ability to travel for business purposes as required;

 Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • Graduate or Masters degree in Accounting, Finance or similar
  • Professional Accountancy Qualification with a minimum relevant PQE of 5-8 years preferably in the FMCG, Toy or Fashion industries.
  • Management experience; integrity; honesty; understanding of data privacy standards

What you can expect from us:

Our mission is to Make Life More Fun with a vision to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and fun. From top leadership to new and veteran team members alike, everyone at Spin Master embodies our Core Values:
•    Integrity
•    Open Mindset
•    Innovation
•    Partnerships
•    Collaboration
•    Driving Results
•    Entrepreneurship

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We do appreciate all interest; however only those selected for interview will be contacted.