Assistant Financial Controller

  • Role type
  • Full time, Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Oxfordshire (Harwell)

  • Closing Date
  • 28/07/2024

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo

Role: Assistant Financial Controller

Location: Harwell - hybrid

Salary: £45,000 to £50,000 plus benefits

Role ID: 2024-2411


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world 

At Ricardo, we offer an environment where your expertise will thrive, your creativity will flourish, and your contributions will directly impact industries that drive progress and positive change. 


Key Purpose

Reporting to the Financial Controller of the Clean Energy & Environmental Solutions (CE&ES) business unit, the purpose of this role is to support the Finance Controller in ensuring the finance function is well controlled and performing efficiently and effectively. This will include the management of the transaction processing team, management accounting and reporting for subsidiary entities, and supporting the Financial Controller in ensuring that accounting policies and procedures are correctly applied. The role will require the development of strong relationships with the finance team and practice staff across the business.


Key Responsibilities

  • Day to day management, support and development of transaction team of 7 (sales invoicing, accounts payable and employee expenses), supported by the Accounts Payable Manager.
  • Management of accounting for smaller worldwide subsidiaries (including UAE, Saudi and Spain), in either preparer or review role. Liaison with external auditors in respect of the audits of these entities.
  • Preparation of consolidated period and year end reporting internally and to parent company.
  • Preparation of annual statutory accounts for some group entities and assist in the preparation of main company stat accounts.
  • Lead on the intercompany accounting process, looking to deliver simplification whilst meeting statutory requirements.
  • Improve systems, processes and reporting within the team to ensure it is running in the most efficient and effective way, develop new reports.
  • Assist with payroll reviews, approval and reporting.
  • Assist with the provision of information for audits (internal and external) and lead.
  • Ensure compliance with internal controls.
  • Preparer/reviewer of balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Ensure compliance to tax, VAT and other statutory requirements: preparation or management of various returns and source tax advice.
  • Support annual budget process including insurance data with inputs from FD, FC and Head of FP&A.
  • Responsibility for finance SharePoint site.
  • Provide support for wider finance team during peak times and periods of leave.
  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the role.

Competencies and Experience

  • The Assistant Financial Controller will be a commercially focused, qualified or finalist (ACCA/CIMA/ACA).  Knowledge of statutory accounts and working as part of a multi-national group.
  • Strong analytical and IT skills and the willingness to work as a team.
  • Knowledge of VAT and tax would be beneficial.       
  • Experience of Agresso/Unit 4 ERP and CCH Tagetik – but not essential.
  • Experience of process automation.

Skills and Behaviours 

You will need to be able to liaise and influence at all levels.  In addition, possess excellent attention to detail and ability to work on your own initiative and prioritise work and meet deadlines.  Ideally, you will have strong knowledge of group accounting and experience of managing and motivating a team.


Working here

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.


We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on.  Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.


Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential.



We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. 


Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Next steps

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.