Group Finance Controller

Job Title: Group Finance Controller
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Negotiable / competitive with annual bonus and benefits package
Job Published: January 28, 2020 12:05

Job Description


Eckersley O’Callaghan is one of the most innovative engineering design firms in the world and we have won multiple awards for our work. Our collaborations with forward-thinking architects such as Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects and Heatherwick Studio, for clients that include Apple, Google, Vitsoe and Bulgari, have placed us at the forefront of design in structures and facades. Our principle office is in London, with other offices in New York, San Francisco, Paris and Hong Kong.

The Group Financial Controller has a key role in supporting the operation and strategic objectives of our dynamic and growing business. They will work primarily with the Leadership Team (Founding Directors, Group Directors, Practice Manager) and Finance Assistant. The successful applicant should have a very hands on approach, brilliant analytical skills, solid accountancy background and experience within the service industry. Knowledge of the construction industry is desirable.


  • EOC Group Limited
  • EOC Limited
  • EOC Asia Limited (Compliance and payroll prepared by local accountants)
  • EOC Shanghai (Compliance and payroll prepared by local accountants)
  • EOC SARL (Accounting functions and compliance prepared by local accountants)
  • EOC LLC & Partners (NY Accounting functions and compliance prepared by local accountants, SF compliance and payroll prepared by local accountants)

Key Tasks

  • Accountable to EOCs founding Directors, the Board members of each EOC office
  • Oversee and manage the finance for all EOCs offices that cover UK, Europe and international
  • Manage day to day financial accounting and reporting activities including project accounting
  • Coordination with external auditor and handle annual audit
  • Monitor and manage working capital requirement
  • Handle company secretarial and taxation matters
  • Responsible for keeping our financial information updated using our integrated financial and project management software (Xero and CMAP)
  • Provide financial analysis to support strategic planning, budgeting and decision making.
  • Manage and develop the finance team.

Accounting, Tax and Management Information

  • Lead, coach and develop the internal finance team to ensure competent completion and compliance of the accounting operations. These include;
    • Accounts receivable (Credit control)
    • Accounts payable
    • Nominal ledger
    • Intercompany balances
    • Project accounting and revenue recognition
    • Invoicing
    • Payroll and year end returns (P60’s and P11d)
    • Cash management
  • Manage the compliance and completion of all statutory reporting including; yearend accounts, audits, annual tax filing and quarterly indirect tax
  • Provide information to external accountants for corporation tax compliance, and resolve queries in the event of the internal and external investigations
  • Lead the preparation and presentation of forecasting, budgets, project performance, cost and charge out rates and monthly management information
  • Present clear and concise information to Director and Leadership meetings
  • Conduct monthly P&L, balance sheet and cashflow meeting with founding directors to review costs and forecast
  • Ensure quality control over financial transactions and financial reporting
  • Refine and improve internal processes to meet the business requirements
  • Experience of handling company R+D annual claims


  • Develop and support with the other directors the strategic growth plans for the business
  • Manage growth whilst reducing operational costs and increase margins
  • Support, advise and challenge board level decisions
  • Act as trusted advisor to Founding Directors and support with management decisions
  • Assist business strategy development with strong financial modelling and analysis to help with decision making
  • Conduct risk analysis on business development proposals


  • University degree and a UK chartered accountant
  • Minimum 5 years post qualification experience in multinational companies, preferably within the service industry
  • Knowledge of property and construction industry
  • Familiar with UK FRS 102 and IFRS and had a solid understanding of financial and management accounting
  • Sound commercial knowledge and hands-on experience in management control
  • Highly independent with initiative and proactive approach
  • Strong analytical skills in financial analysis, cash flow analysis and ability to furnish timely and accurate financial information
  • Able to cope well under pressure and always remain professional
  • Manage people including their recruitment, personal development/training and performance management
  • Able to manage a number of tasks at the same time
  • Able to prioritise own workload, meet tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure at times
  • Able to build effective working relationships with professionals of all levels and disciplines within the organization
  • Competence using Xero financial package


  • An energetic and open team player
  • An effective communicator – both oral and written in articulating the situations and obtain relevant buy in
  • Flexible and thoughtful approach to problem solving, unafraid to ask challenging questions
  • Task orientated, with a real desire to deliver discernable results
  • Sufficient presence and intellect to obtain trust and respect of senior management
  • International perspective
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Highly organised
  • A flexible, positive approach and the ability to work as part of a team in a busy, creative atmosphere.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with people of all levels.