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Financial Controller

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Mile School
Milan, Italy
Date Added: Apr 17, 2023

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Purpose of Role
The role will report directly into the Financial Controller Italy. The role is the school’s main finance point
of contact.

Key Responsibilities
Core Finance
  • Ensure general ledger and financial statements are complete and accurate
  • Ensure that payables, receivables, and invoicing functions of the school are complete, accurate and fully reconciled.
  • Ensure maintenance of the fixed asset register and ensure adequate treatment of acquisitions and disposals.
  • Ensure general ledger reconciliations including deferred income and cash and relevant Balance Sheet accounts are performed.
  • Liaise audit, legal and tax providers as necessary. Comply with government reporting requirements and tax filings.
  • Work closely with HR and external providers on people related processes such as payroll.
  • Be the main point of contact for the implementation and day to day running of NetSuite, ISPs’ General Ledger system. Make sure finance system users are trained and are using the systems correctly and to their full potential. 
Financial Reporting and Planning
  • Ensure the timely reporting of all monthly and annual financial information per the reporting timetable, including but not limited to: 
    • KPI reporting.
    • Monthly budget variance reports and work with the School Principal on corrective actions to ensure the budget is met.
    • Monthly review of actual expenditure for capital projects versus approved budget spend, highlight deviations and implement controls to avoid overspend.
    • Reporting of cash collections and debtors reporting.
  • Preparation of the annual budget and bi-annual P&L and cash flow forecasting process for the school, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the underlying assumptions and communication with all functional areas across the school. Use the School Planning & Reporting system.
  • Control budget spend, provide analysis and support Finance Controller Italy for approval spend process. Be the gatekeeper of the delegation of authority matrix for the school.
  • Assist the FC Italy and group with gathering data and preparing reports and analysis for decision support as requested.
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate will need to have a minimum 5 years’ accounting in a commercial
environment. They will be a self-starter who uses initiative, can manage a varied workload, is deadline
driven and has the commitment to seeing a change process through from start to finish.
  • Qualified accountant
  • Strong technical accounting skills including a good knowledge of IFRS
  • Strong budgeting/forecasting experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships at senior levels of the school and wider organisation and influence key stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and influencing skills
  • Flexibility, multi-tasking mindset and an ability to deal with shifting priorities
  • Comfortable managing a variety of financial (group and regional finance, bank, auditors, tax etc) and non-financial stakeholders (school teams, parents, etc)
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Demonstrable understanding of working with information systems and implementing ERPs
  • Experience in the education industry is beneficial but not required
  • Fluent in written and spoken Italian and English

ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles

ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.

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