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 13 offices across the UK, employing in the region of 450 professionals. We are part of Sanlam, the global financial services group that was established in 1918.
The 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 Financial Controller on a permanent basis to manage the life insurance finance team and assist our Head of Finance in the effective running of all our financial reporting functions across the wider Sanlam UK group.
The role
Managing a great finance team of 2 and reporting directly to the Head of Finance; your role will be to ensure the smooth running of the life insurance accounting function.
You will be responsible for the efficient and effective running of all daily financial reporting functions to the appropriate statutory, regulatory, corporate and professional standards and controls (including finance specific IT functions and controls). This will include policy accounting, policy commission payments, management expenses, payroll, accounts payable and receivable and working capital.
Key to this role will be your ability to coordinate the delivery of the daily tasks whilst managing and facilitating the various finance initiatives and projects required by the business such as compliance with the Pillar III Solvency II reporting requirements and input into the Group Own Risk and Solvency Assessment.
Actively contributing to the business planning/budgeting process; your skills and experience will enable you to contribute to the strategic growth and direction of the Sanlam UK group.
This role provides a fantastic opportunity to get closer to the financial decision making of a successful Financial Services organisation and will give you the opportunity to gain a wide knowledge around financial functions and be highly influential in the direction and continuing success of the business.
Skills and experience
Successful candidates are likely to demonstrate the following:

  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or CIMA).

  • Financial Services experience (ideally Life Insurance).

  • Team leading skills

  • Strong stakeholder management skills

  • Strong technical accounting and financial skills

  • Strong communication skills and stakeholder management.

  • Excellent Excel skills

  • The ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and the ability to challenge sources of data.

In return; we will offer you a great place to work, great training and support.
Sanlam is an equal opportunities employer and promotes an inclusive working environment where employees respect and value each other's diversity. If you are interested in applying for this role, please email  with a copy of your CV attached.

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