Apply for the job of Financial Controller at Barclays Bank

Job Title:  Financial Controller (00186799)

Organisation: Barclays Bank UK

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About Barclays UK:

Barclays is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. It is a universal bank with operations in retail, wholesale and investment banking, as well as wealth management, mortgage lending and credit cards. It has operations in over 50 countries and territories and has around 48 million customers. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.  With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, we operate in over 50 countries and employ over 140,000 people. We provide corporate banking solutions to businesses with an annual turnover of more than £5 million in the UK, and to large local companies, financial institutions and multinationals in non-UK markets. We support the success and growth of our clients by providing lending, risk management, cash and liquidity management, trade finance, and asset and sales financing.

Job Summary: The Barclays Financial Controller will be accountable for all Financial Control activity undertaken in Uganda. This will include operating the control environment in accordance with Group policies including the Account Ownership and Reconciliation and eliminations policies, operating any relevant SOX controls and processes as the SOX owner for the platform, maintaining the books and records of the Bank and subsidiary entities. The job holder will also be responsible for the production and review of all local regulatory reporting, including the production of regulatory balance sheet and profit and loss for the bank and subsidiaries under local rules, production of funding plans, dealing with regulatory request and queries as well as managing regulatory audits. They will be required to engage with the local regulator as necessary.  The role is also responsible for delivering accurate and timely reporting to the Barclays Africa Group which will include managing the Group SAP entities of Uganda, making and controlling any adjustments between local and Group reporting and maintaining a record of all such adjustments and completion and review of all sub-analysis data submitted for Group reporting. The incumbent is responsible for signing off on all financial data used for Group statutory and regulatory reporting. The role will also ensure Treasury funding bookings are made correctly and assist Tax with collection of data for tax returns.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  1. Financial reporting and Controls – 45%
  2. Reconciliation of financial accounts – 20%       
  3. Team Building – 15%
  4. Business Education – 20%
  • Offers advanced financial analysis on a wide range of complex technical and business issues in connection with the jobholder’s area of responsibility, e.g. variances, trend, impact of change initiatives, impact of new accounting regulations, etc.
  • Provides an informed view of consolidated financial data, i.e. explaining how individual business areas trends are consolidated
  • Intuitively recommend actions on any items at risk in the balance sheet.
  • Keeps up to date with subject matter knowledge and best practice in this area.
  • Investigates internal accounting, and external reporting implications of new and amended accounts for own area of expertise
  • Intuitively review reports from the reconciliation department and spearhead the monthly reconciliation meetings with function heads.
  • Recommend actions on any items at risk in the balance sheet..
  • Support in compiling audit evidence and ensure all audit issues with regards the balance sheet have been resolved.
  • Work as an effective member or leader of a team. Take personal responsibility to identify areas of performance improvement for self and team. Actively share knowledge learnt.
  • To manage and motivate direct reports, identifying individual and team development needs and providing coaching and recommending and / or arranging training.
  • Carry out formal performance and development reviews for direct reports.
  • Acts as a centre of excellence for staff, providing expert help and guidance on a wide range of complex and difficult subjects. There is the need to apply in-depth technical knowledge, use their experience, understand the potential impact of decisions on other areas and interpret requirements.
  • Investigate and resolve the more complex problems, issues and queries liaising, with customers, suppliers and other experts, as appropriate.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  

  • The ideal candidate for the Barclays Banking Job must have attained degree education or above, preferably in a numeric / accountancy / finance related discipline and hold a recognised accountancy qualification e.g. CIMA, ACCA or ACA (or equivalent).
  • The candidate should have broad experience or knowledge of large company finance functions and how they operate coupled with a good understanding of accounting principles and core finance processes.
  • Past experience of the regulatory environment is seen as essential to deliver the brief, alongside which the role holder will have experience of working in a large organisation with complex matrix and entity structures, and have strong technical financial accounting and reporting knowledge (IFRS) gained within the Financial Services industry or a leading accountancy firm.  International / multi jurisdictional experience would also be seen as a desirable quality.
  • Significant experience of managing and utilising service centres (both within the UK and overseas) is also desirable.
  • The ideal candidate should have Navision and / or SAP system experience.
  • Past management experience is desired

Language skills: The role holder will have an excellent command of English language with strong written and verbal communications to deliver against our commitment to providing a world class service and drive our dedication to the client experience.

Personal Competencies:

  • The right candidate will be action orientated and a team player with a focus on continuous improvement in all areas of work.
  • Known for high energy, productivity and delivery.
  • Ability to achieve quality results with a challenging, positive, influential style.
  • Demonstrate strong attention to detail, be creative but pragmatic with an ability to conceptualise and deliver at speed to agreed deadlines across a diverse workload. The skills of multitasking and prioritisation of workload are therefore seen as key to this to role with the desire to see issues through to a successful conclusion a must. A sound commercial approach should be a priority with a focus on best practice.
  • The individual will be able to demonstrate proven success in creative problem solving / issue resolution and display strong communication skills with different levels of seniority in formal / informal settings.
  • The role holder will have to work under their own initiative with minimal supervision and also as part of a wider Finance Team, maintaining good relations with colleagues across the wider Wealth Finance community.

How to Apply for the job:

If you feel challenged by any of the above positions, and believe you can deliver on key deliverables as outlined above, upload your application letter, current curriculum vitae and photocopies of academic certificate to our recruitment website detail below:

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Barclays is an equal opportunity employer that recruits, develops and promotes people on merit, and rewards outstanding performance, regardless of background and gender.

For queries contact us on 0417122453 or email:

Deadline:  8th December, 2014

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