• Shared Services Financial Controller

    Job Locations India-Gurgaon
  • Introduction

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    The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


    Currently we are seeking an experienced Financial Controller to build, recruit and manage a finance team in our Gurgaon office. The Group is initially looking to locate Billing, Accounts Payable and Tax Compliance shared services from EMEA to its Gurgaon office and establish the infrastructure for moving more roles and functions at a later time.


    This role involves financial oversight for the local Indian company including leading the external audit process and managing Billing, Accounts Payable and tax compliance for the Indian company and the Group’s European operations in accordance with the Service Level Agreement.



    In the role you would be expected to:  

    • Recruit, train and develop a strong team to provide a reliable and effective service to the Economist Group businesses and The Economist Group India Limited
    • Establish a Service Level Agreement with Group businesses for Accounts Payable, Billing and Indirect tax compliance and delivered
    • Ensure the integrity and accuracy of TEGI financial records
    • Manage external audit processes
    • Ensure the company’s cash and funding requirements are managed and working capital is managed optimally
    • Ensure compliance with tax filing requirements
    • Oversee the accounting, balance sheet reconciliations and audit for TEGI
    • Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of financial management and accounting in areas of:

                                 Accounts payable


                                 Accounts receivable and billing

                                 GST and TDA

                                 Corporate tax


                                 Credit cards

    • Continual review, improvement and streamlining of financial and management controls including new systems implementations and upgrades
    • Establish and monitor application of business and Group internal control policies and procedures
    • Manage financial processes to plan for adequate cash and funding requirements across the business
    • Communicate changes to finance processes to users and the wider business
    • Ensure the correct information flow for tax compliance and management of risk and compliance issues in the tax function
    • Liaise with Group Internal Audit and respond to control issues arising.
    • Manage the annual audit while integrating new functions in the team
    • Implement new accounting policies and procedures while Implementing new internal financial controls
    • Provide confidential and sensitive company information to Auditors, Tax authorities and other external advisors
    • Recommend improvements to finance processes and procedures to the HOF’s
    • Support relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
    • Clarity of instructions issued and receptiveness of staff to communications
    • Establish a platform for further migration of Group financial functions to India

     Key relationships 

    • Group Financial Operations Controller (London)
    • Regional Finance Director, Asia Pacific (Hong Kong)
    • Assistant Finance Director, Asia Pacific & Finance Manager (Hong Kong)
    • Regional Accounts Payable Manager (Hong Kong), Regional Payroll Accountant (Hong Kong)
    • Director, Human Resources and HR Manager (Gurgaon)
    • Group Accounts Receivable Manager (London)
    • Indirect Taxation Manager (London)
    • Accounts Payable Assistant & Accounts Receivable Assistant (London)
    • Deloitte LLP  & Ernst & Young LLP (Delhi)



    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    To succeed in the role you must have: 
    • Degree level education and Qualified Accountancy (ACCA, CA, CIMA)
    • Managed within a shared service financial accounting function
    • Experience Managing a financial processing team
    • Management of large teams of people
    • ERP system experience
    • Experience delivering process change and improvement programs
    • Leading financial control objectives in AP and billing processing areas
    • Experience with India tax systems and India indirect tax compliance
    • Experience  with international corporate structures and Treasury best practices
    • Microsoft Office, ERP system experience
    • Excelent communications skills in English 

    To succeed in this role you will be able to demonstrate: 

    • Experience managing teams
    • Strong review and reconciliation skills and an attention to detail
    • Experience developing processes and communincating clearly
    • Developing relationships with internal and external contacts
    • An ability to Motivate staff
    • Commitment to quality and timely service delivery
    • A hands-on approach
    • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
    • Honesty, integrity and flexibility
    • You are pro-active, consultative and responsive
    • An ability to make appropriate judgments with sensitivity and discretion in providing guidance
    • Clear communicator of views and opinions


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