Background
 
Sanlam UK is a leading provider of wealth and investment management services to private clients, professional advisers, charities, corporates and institutions. Combined, we manage almost £9 billion of client assets from 17 offices across the UK, employing c.500 professionals.
 
The Sanlam Group provides a range of financial products and services to over 10 million clients globally and is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. We have attained our size, strength and reputation by providing a high quality, personalised service to clients, whatever their stage of life or financial ambitions.           
                                                                         
Based in our offices in Bristol, we are currently looking for a Finance Operations Manager.
 
This is a fantastic opportunity for a qualified and proactive accountant to shape the systems/operations of the finance team, have a good level of autonomy and make a real difference to the business as a whole.  The role will also offer significant exposure to senior stakeholders throughout the business.
 
The role
 
As Finance Operations Manager you will be responsible for the maintenance and development of the finance operations team and systems for the Sanlam UK Finance team, as well as operational oversight for purchase order processes, expenses system and cash management/reconciliations.
 
To be successful in this role you will require Finance systems experience and a technical ability to develop and improve system capability and output.  The role will also require you to have considerable team management experience and an ability to engage and motivate a small team.  Your role will be to ensure that the team’s work is completed in a timely and highly accurate manner.  The successful applicant and their team is responsible for:
 

  • Maintenance of General Ledger system and all reporting/MI processes driven from this system;

  • Development of efficient Finance systems and system support for the wider finance team;

  • Integration and reconciliation of back office systems into finance;

  • Purchase Ledger processing and management for all Sanlam companies;

  • Expenses processing for all Sanlam companies;

  • Reconciliation and processing of all Life Company policyholder payments;

  • Cash/treasury management and reconciliations for all Sanlam businesses; and

  • Finance operations project work with the wider business.

 
Skills and experience
 
Successful candidates are likely to demonstrate the following qualifications, attributes and experience:
 

  • Qualified Accountant (CIMA, ACCA or equivalent)

  • Degree level education or equivalent

  • Experience of working within a financial services / regulatory environment (preferred) Team management experience and the drive to motivate and manage a small team

  • Proactive and results-driven individual

  • Strong technical finance systems knowledge / background

  • Advanced Excel skills

  • Good organisational and people management skills

  • Strong communication skills

  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy whilst operating in a timely manner

  • The ability to work well under pressure in a highly organised way

 
If you are interested in the role, please email resourcing@sanlam.co.uk  with a copy of your CV. 

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