Financial Accountant - 14 month FTC

Here’s Why We Need you (aka job purpose)


We want our Financial Accountant to deliver accurate and insightful financial reporting across Sunlife. You’ll provide systems and controls to enable us to make informed decisions in a risk-based environment. You’ll take a lead role in managing payment of our suppliers.


Here’s what you’ll do for us (aka accountabilities)


1.      You’ll support a strong financial control environment for accounting and operational processes covering P&L, Balance Sheet and Cashflow

2.      You’ll contribute to financial risk management in line with risk policies to maximise the balance of risk and reward

3.      You’ll deliver monthly committee reports and other regular and ad hoc analysis, with focus on financial technical accuracy of results and appropriate reflection of business performance, risks and opportunities

4.      You’ll support the budgeting and forecasting processing, delivering the consolidation of budgets and forecasts on a timely basis

5.      You’ll provide proactive guidance on accounting and challenge and support on cost management

6.      You’ll develop an in depth knowledge of our third party accounting system and take the lead role in ensuring that suppliers are paid correctly and on time

7.      You’ll fully understand the sources of our financial inputs and dependencies and challenge and improve processes.

8.      You’ll highlight accounting and process impacts from business changes and collaborate to make appropriate modifications 

9.      You’ll work effectively with internal and external audit

Here’s what we will do for you (aka benefits)

As well as offering a creative and exciting office environment on the riverside in Bristol, we offer a competitive salary, bonus, pension and flexible benefits. Our Brightening Squad work hard – and with a healthy budget – to make SunLife a fun place to work.  Together with various charitable events throughout the year there’s always a chance to Give Back

How you’ll be successful (aka measures)

1.      The financial controls you enforce will keep us safe and honest

2.      Your expertise, reporting and analysis will become a key consideration in our decision making

3.      Stakeholders will be bought into the forecasting cycle and we will have high confidence in the projections

4.      Budget owners will be held accountable for their costs

5.      You’ll be the “go to” person for supplier payments and cost queries

6.      End to end processes will be fully understood, fit-for-purpose and enable easy navigation

7.      You’ll build positive relationships across your stakeholder group – people will know who you are!

8.      Accounts and monthly reporting will be submitted on time 

9.      You’ll help build positive and constructive relationships with our auditors

Who you’ll be working with (aka stakeholders)

•      Cost Owners

•      3rd party system supplier

•      Phoenix Finance

•      External & internal audit


What we want you to bring to the table (aka skills and experience)


•      You’ll be a qualified Accountant with several years post qualification experience

•      You’ll have a track record in management accounting, reporting, budgeting, forecasting, risk management and controls

•      You’ll have commercial understanding with knowledge of cost and profit drivers and key business KPIs development

•      You can build strong and collaborative relationships across the business 

•      Strong organisational and prioritisation skills and flexibility to manage changing deadlines are a must

•      A process mindset with past experience of systems, process development and streamlining

•      An enquiring approach, not afraid to challenge approaches and behaviours and question where data and assumptions come from.

What it feels like to work here (aka environment)

SunLife is a data driven and results orientated business which enables the Finance team to operate at the heart of this small business.  The need for accurate and thorough results and analysis means strong demands on the Finance team which creates a challenging but highly rewarding environment. 

Please note this is a 14 month FTC