Financial Controller

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • Wolverhampton, UK
  • 22 Mar, 2024
Full time Finance

Job Description

We are Wolves. Progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing football brands in Europe, and also boasts one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.

On the pitch there is back-to-back 10th place finishes in the Premier League and European competition for the first time in nearly 40 years; and away from the pitch Wolves is becoming much more than just a football club, with brand verticals in esports, music and fashion helping to diversify the fanbase and provide compelling commercial propositions for new partners. 

At Wolves we don’t simply look to the future, we seize it.

We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.

Job purpose

As Financial controller, you will be a motivated team leader with strong execution ability, process driven and with an exceptional eye for detail and in one of the most integral departments at Wolves.

 Reports to the club CFO and work closely with Senior Manager of Football Finance and Planning, taking care of day-to-day finance matters - the business as usual. Assist CFO and business GMs with financial requirements and management of the Finance Operational Team.

Key responsibilities

  • Responsibility and overview of Statutory Audit for WWFC, WWP and W.W. (1990)
  • Perform first review Monthly Group Consolidated Profit & Loss accounts and Balance Sheets (incl. WW1990 Ltd) prepared by the financial reporting accountant, with a secondary review to Senior Manager of Football Finance and Planning (monthly) & CFO/Executive Chairman (quarterly)
  • Lead monthly management preparation process, and provide information for presentation to Senior Managers
  • Establish financial business partner roles and provide support to commercial departments.
  • Collaborating with business in establishing more effective processes and controls to ensure the integrity of the club’s ledger, Overseeing all financial control activities.
  • Responsible for balance sheet-based reconciliation reviews, bank reconciliations, unpaid DD debtor, aged debtors & creditors, expenses, credit cards.
  • Preparation of VAT returns for WWFC & WWP, with secondary review to Senior Manager of Football Finance and Planning. Ensure the tax compliance.
  • Provide day to day supervision of the Finance Operational team including appraisals and performance management 
  • Oversee the payments process and act as a pre-approver of Barclays.net
  • Managing and enhancing the interface with finance outsource team (ie. FSSC)
  • Ad hoc financial reports as and when required 
  • Prepare and finalise year-end annual account and audit report, in conjunction with Senior Manager of Football Finance and Planning, within required time-scales.  
  • Prepare and finalise monthly, quarter-end and year-end financial for Fosun Group consolidation and FSG consolidation reporting, with working with FSG China team   
  • Ad hoc financial projects / strategic decision making, as and when required 

General responsibilities

  • Compliance with club policies
  • Compliance with the club’s health and safety procedures
  • Compliance with the club’s safeguarding policies
  • To promote the club’s values
  • To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the club
  • To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
  • To maintain professional conduct at all times

Key relationships

  • CFO
  • Senior Manager of Football Finance and Planning
  • General Managers – Commercial / Football
  • Heads of Department

Person Specification

Knowledge: the level and breadth of knowledge to do the job e.g. understanding of a defined system, method or procedure, legal or regulatory frameworks etc

Essential

  • Strong people and team management experience
  • Understanding of financial system and internal control processes
  • Understanding of CAPEX/OPEX

Desirable

  • Interest and understanding of football
  • Technical/work-based skills: skills specific to the job e.g. language competence, typing skills, coaching skills etc

General skills and attributes: more general characteristics e.g. flexibility, communication skills, team working etc

Essential

  • Strong communication skills, developing relationships across the club
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Competent and personable with good time management skills
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure and instil confidence in others
  • Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and integrity at all times
  • Assertive, able to challenge in a constructive way
  • Creative thinking skills and the ability to solve problems
  • Promote, adhere to and implement the club’s Equality Policy and to work consistently to embed equality and diversity within club  

Experience: proven record of experience in a particular field, profession or specialism. 

Essential

  • Evidence of work with high profile business accounts
  • Experience of managing accountancy-based teams
  • Experience of developing and managing month-end closing, and finance operational process

Desirable

  • Experience of working in a football club environment or in a similar role
  • Experience working across a Group Organisation Structure
  • Big 4 accounting firm experience/training

Qualifications: the level of educational, professional and/or occupational training required

Essential

  • ICAEW/ICAS Chartered Accountant or equivalent

Desirable

  • Educated to degree level in a financial related field