Financial Controller

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What is ICE?

ICE is the result of a big vision for the music industry. We sit at the exciting junction between technology, data and digital music consumption, addressing many of the industry’s biggest challenges.
We are purpose-driven in our mission to enable accurate, transparent & fair compensation for songwriters and publishers on an international basis. We achieve this through our music licensing, processing and copyright services.

Our Licensing team negotiates deals with digital music services such as YouTube, Facebook, TikTok and many other services who rely on & benefit from music in their services.

Our Online Processing team innovatively address the data challenges involved in analysing epic volumes of global usage data to match written songs to recordings and calculate royalties based on terms from licensing deals. We collaborate widely across the industry to develop best practice.

Our Copyright experts consolidate complex song ownership data from multiple sources to provide the industry’s most authoritative rights picture, underpinning accurate songwriter payments from a wide range of sources.
Based in the UK, Germany and Sweden, with a multi-national team of 250+ committed colleagues working together each day to benefit rightsholders, this work has seen us distribute more than €1bn in digital royalties to our customers since 2016.

To work at ICE is to be part of modern working environments and practices. We are guided internally by our values of Excellence, Creativity and Respect and are committed to Diversity & Inclusion.

We are looking for a:
                                                       Financial Controller

To support the delivery of long term financial plans to the management team, and support development of planning and reporting systems that integrate efficiently with other areas of Finance and the wider business.

You are responsible for:

Financial Support and reporting
  • Ownership and control of the month end reporting processes for ICE Ltd and third party companies
  • Responsible for consolidation of monthly reporting packs
  • Review and reconciliation of revenue and financial ledger systems
  • Provide the Finance Director with detailed cost and revenue reporting and variance analysis for each month
  • Oversee the Accounts Payable function (controls and processes)
  • Liaise with PRSfM Services to assist with review of the monthly accounts receivable reports
  • Monthly reporting to business unit leads demonstrating knowledge of the business   
  • Assist in preparation of the quarterly forecasts and the annual budget for Board and Risk & Audit Committees approval
  • Review and complete sign off for UK based VAT returns, submission to HMRC
  • Lead internal and external year end audits
  • Produce documentation for the Risk and Audit Committee with Finance Director’s direction
  • Provision of financial analysis for major decisions, strategic analysis, and assurance of business cases
  • Ad hoc financial enquiries and analysis (including both internal and external requests for information)
  • Manage ICE bank accounts within agreed mandated authorities and to professional standards
Special Purpose Vehicle support (SPV)
  • Co-ordinate monthly reporting packs including responsibility for review and reconciliation of revenue and financial ledger systems
  • Co-ordinate and/or provide financial reports to aid SPV in filing their corporate accounts, in line with agreed timescales (financial year) and service levels
  • Log and resolve any financial enquiries from the SPV and (where agreed) from end Rightsholder in an effective and professional manner.  Where beneficial, and more efficient, facilitate the flow of enquiries directly between the SPV and outsourced finance providers
  • Management of SPV bank accounts within agreed mandated authorities and to professional standards
  • Management of external year end audit
System and process improvements
  • Support the Finance Director to develop opportunities for optimising existing business process
  • Work with the Finance Director to improve financial reporting and planning approach and methodology
  • Support change initiatives
  • Take an active part in risk identification and management
  • Provide decision support on process improvements substantiated with relevant analysis and evidence

Minimum Requirements:

  • Accountancy qualification (Qualified) (CIMA, ACA, ACCA or equivalent)
  • Excellent knowledge of UK statutory GAAP plus ideally IFRS / US GAAP knowledge (experience with Stat book reporting desirable)
  • Data gatherer with reporting and analytical skills
  • Problem solver with attention to detail (checks and controls approach to working)
  • Proficient in Excel with MS PowerPoint/Word Skills
  • Clear communication skills and highly organised 
  • Strong Stakeholder Engagement
  • Experience and knowledge of good practice internal controls and processes
  • Experience in the use of accounting systems and accounting principles
  • Experience with financial planning and reporting systems, such as Cognos BI, SAP and any financial consolidation tools would also be highly advantageous

We offer You:

  • Flexible working
  • Private Medical Healthcare
  • Life Assurance & Group Income Protection
  • Competitive Pension 
  • Competitive Holiday Package
  • Dental Plan
  • Discretionary Bonus
  • Gym membership
  • Season Ticket Loan

Application Requirements:

This role is based in London with willingness to travel on occasion. 

In order for us to consider your application, we ask you to submit the following:
  • Your current CV
If your experience and capabilities match our required qualifications outlined above, we are very much looking forward to your application (only online). Please include your earliest available starting date.