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Senior Manager - Group Accounting & External Reporting

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The Role…

The merger of Flutter and Stars Groups, creates the largest online gaming company in the world, and a FTSE 40 listed Group.

This will bring the Group Finance responsibilities of both companies together in one location at our headquarters in Dublin. The merger will add significant breadth and complexity to the remit of the Group Accounting & Reporting function, and this has created a requirement for a highly experienced Finance leader to join the team in this newly created role – Senior Manager – Group Accounting & External Reporting

This high-profile role is responsible for the delivery of external reporting and complex accounting solutions for Flutter, providing critical technical guidance to finance teams across the entire Flutter group.

The role will act as an interface to the Investor Relations function on the Group’s external reporting and market trading updates, playing a leading role in the published group interim and full year financial reporting. This will naturally extend to playing a central role in the smooth delivery of the Group’s statutory audit, liaising regularly with the Group auditor throughout the financial year.

The position provides technical accounting/reporting guidance across all jurisdictions in which the Group operates and essential Finance advice and support to the business on the accounting implications of new business initiatives, new product accounting, and M&A support – covering essential projections and shareholder documents, such as prospectus and circular requirements.

The role must effectively and quickly grasp the finer details of proposed or executed transactions through review of relevant contracts and agreements and collaboration with key cross-functional business partners.

This will involve researching relevant accounting guidance to identify key accounting issues and recommend accounting and disclosure requirements for complex non-routine transactions. The ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, concisely, effectively, and simply will inform all key stakeholders of the accounting and business implications of transactions, particularly those with limited or no accounting background.

The role will also assume responsibility for a range of finance activities to be migrated to Dublin from the Stars Group, including a material debt and derivatives portfolio and all related hedge accounting, as part of a broader integration project, and will lead on establishing robust processes to cater for the technical and broader accounting deliverables for the combined Group.

This role will also play a leading role in various Group Finance and wider projects and initiatives across the entire Flutter Group.

Proven leadership qualities and managerial experience in a similar profile team in a plc / multinational environment or in practice is a pre-requisite for the role. Excellent technical accounting (IFRS), analytical and reporting experience are essential. In addition, candidates should be able to demonstrate commercial acumen and solid experience of building and maintaining strong and productive working relationships with a broad range of demanding business customers and across the wider Finance community.

What You’ll Be Doing…

Leadership & Team management

  • Display exemplary leadership qualities consistently amongst the wider Finance team and across the organisation
  • Develop close working relationships with senior finance management in all Flutter divisions
  • Lead and develop team members proactively and continuously – nourishing a high-performance culture while ensuring adequate team cover/expertise is available through effective and regular cross training

Group Accounting, Financial Reporting & Business Support

  • Production of Annual and Interim published financial reports in accordance with IFRS in association with other key finance personnel, meeting demanding Stock Exchange and Combined Code requirements
  • Collaborate closely with statutory accounting teams, tax and other finance functions, key business stakeholders, local accountants and external auditors to support the preparation and review of accounting positions, policies, and financial statements
  • Proactive identification and interpretation of IFRS accounting standards and legal entity reporting requirements to determine the accounting and financial reporting treatment for new, material, and/or complex, unusual transactions or agreements
  • Ownership of Group accounting for complex and/or non-routine areas
  • Prepare or review technical accounting memorandums for significant transactions
  • Liaison with auditors on technical accounting issues.
  • Provide insight on or prepare new or existing accounting policies based on industry standards and best practices
  • Monitor, understand and provide interpretation of new and proposed accounting pronouncements under IFRS to assist key stakeholders in assessing financial, operational and reporting implications
  • Actively participate or assist with external facing stakeholder activities such as attending accounting conferences, and industry roundtables
  • Facilitate trainings on relevant accounting topics to finance personnel
  • Proactively identify improvements to existing processes or new processes to add value to reporting output

What We’re Looking For…

  • Qualified accountant with 8+ years’ post qualification experience, with strong academic credentials (e.g. honours degree) operating at a similar level in industry, financial services, or practice
  • Excellent IFRS financial accounting experience including IAS 39 and IFRS 9 with a solid understanding of relevant technical accounting issues
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability in researching and documenting new accounting guidance and the accounting treatment of issues
  • Experience working through ambiguity to communicate clear accounting positions and operational solutions
  • Solid experience of managing teams
  • Experience of a plc environment would all be desirable.
  • Strong process, technical and analytical skills, combined with strong commercial acumen
  • A keen strategic thinker with the ability to set objectives and priorities
  • Strong presentation and communication skills: the ability to accurately and pithily identify key issues and communicate them broadly
  • High energy and drive, and flexible enough to work in an entrepreneurial, dynamic and changing environment and the resilience to challenge/be challenged
  • The potential to take on increasingly senior roles within Flutter
  • Assertive and confident, operating credibly with senior stakeholders. Professional, developed influencing skills.