Head of Accounting and Control


Job Number: 16685

Location: Acton Support Centre (123)

Contract: Full Time / Permanent


Head of Accounting and Control


Employer: Dixons Carphone
Job Role: Head of Accounting and Control
Location: Acton, London 
Remuneration package: basic salary from £80,000 to £100,000 plus car allowance (£6,750)  
Closing date for advert: 20th December 2018 


The Head of Accounting and Control is a key role within the Accounting & Control Centre of Excellence, responsible for the Group’s financial and management reporting in accordance with company policies, compliance with external reporting standards and ad hoc technical advice. The jobholder will act as a principal partner in relation to technical accounting issues from the Commercial Business Partners, Planning & Reporting and wider Accounting & Control teams.


Main duties and responsibilities


  • Lead on all external reporting, taking accountability for published financial statements, quarterly trading updates and segmental financial reporting
  • Act as a trusted advisor for interpreting and understanding new reporting guidance, analysing and applying policy to group reporting procedures.
  • Take responsibility for corporate head office financial activity, leading on financial modelling and any ad hoc requests as per Group Board business.
  • Support Investor Relations through supplying financial information and resolving analyst queries 
  • Produce reports and analysis for the Board and Audit Committee on accounting matters and judgments.
  • Lead Group accounting issues such as impairment, going concern and viability modelling
  • Lead the implementation of new accounting standards across the Group, leveraging resource from the wider Accounting & Control areas
  • Critically review the financial and accounting position of overseas subsidiaries through the Balance Sheet Review process
  • Support the business partners in the accounting impact of new contracts and proposals, and be involved in discussions with third parties around accounting issues


Skills, qualifications and experience required


  • A Professional Accounting Qualification (ACA, CIMA, ACCA Qualified or equivalent) and educated to Bachelor’s Honours Degree level
  • Demonstrable experience, post qualification in a commercial finance setting (either through commercial experience or within practice), with specific knowledge of financial reporting & business partnering
  • Expert ability to lead and work within a team, demonstrating a collaborative management style
  • Excellent communication skills and strong stakeholder management 
  • An ability to understand and articulate business and strategy, in financial and non-financial terms to a wide group of stakeholders, both orally and in writing
  • Financial analysis and technical corporate finance knowledge
  • Experience in complex, multi-currency consolidation
  • Significant experience in and knowledge of financial control frameworks, design, implementation and monitoring of controls across a multi-location organisation including shared service operations
  • Experience of presenting at an Audit Committee and Board level
  • Experience in assisting GAAP conversion projects and SAP


Dixons Carphone is Europe’s number one electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, with more than 40,000 colleagues across nine countries, including the UK and Ireland. It’s an exciting time to join us and find yourself a place in our growing success story, apply now.