Financial Controller

London, England, United Kingdom | Finance | Full-time


Financial Controller
Salary/rate negotiable
Based in London, Paddington

About Bark

Bark is a fast-growing online service marketplace. We’re experiencing hockey-stick growth, have over 1 million customers and are profitable & cash generative.

We use cutting-edge technology and an extraordinarily talented team of people to solve an age-old problem; how to find the best available professional for any job, every time no matter what the need.

Bark is a dynamic, exciting, early stage business – but with the financial security of an established company – so you get all the benefits of working in a start-up environment (ownership, agility, responsibility and stimulation) without any of the worry.

About the role

You’ll be working across the business in an exciting and varied role. You’ll need to be cool under pressure, confident, brilliant with people, ambitious and flexible.

Required skills and experience

  • Qualifications – qualified accountant (CIMA, ACA, Certified) with at least 2 years’ post-qualification experience;
  • Background – proven experience working in a fast-paced, high-growth start-up, preferably in the technology sector;
  • Financial control – ensure the group’s books are maintained accurately and that timely month end closes occur. Suggest improvements to the close process in terms of efficiencies without compromising quality;
  • Financial reporting – monthly report preparation, KPI & trend analysis, ad hoc updates/reports as and when required;
  • Financial accounting – preparation of company year-end statutory accounts, Companies House submissions;
  • International company secretarial – filing requirements of US parent company;
  • Corporation tax – preparation of UK company corporation tax computations;
  • Options scheme – EMI compliance & reporting;
  • Payroll – complete monthly payroll, process adjustments, make RTI submissions;
  • International tax issues – involvement in a variety of corporate and indirect tax compliance tasks/ projects. Facilitate future international launches by researching and advising on local tax compliance, to feed into the development team;
  • Credit control – ensure timely sales invoicing of large customers who pay outside of the merchant account set-up;
  • Strategic suppliers – ensure the business always keeps within the credit lines provided;
  • Operational finance – manage day-to-day cash balances, ensure validity of invoice costs, complete timely scheduled payment runs, ensure continued card payments for all of the company’s multiple and varied recurring services/ software/ subscription costs, manage company credit card facility, communicate with the company’s bankers and bank customer service centres as and when required, manage new & replacement debit/ credit cards;
  • Pension scheme – process monthly changes, ensure monthly pension funding and reporting compliance;
  • Insurance – ensure group insurance policies are amended when change is required and are reviewed annually on renewal for continued appropriateness;
  • Merchant account – interaction with the group’s merchant acquirer and review of processing costs;
  • Shareholder funding reporting – maintenance of shareholder loan analysis/ reporting and interaction with shareholder’s personal tax advisors;
  • BIR – ensuring the business remains Business Investment Relief compliant;
  • Legal – involvement in legal disputes and ensuring due process is followed, interaction with the group’s various lawyers;
  • Ad hoc – process founder personal payments.

Desired skills and experience

  • Superb excel and google sheet skills;
  • MYSQL skills desirable;
  • Strong written and narrative ability;
  • Clear communicator;
  • Practical experience across a range of taxes, including corporation tax, VAT, income tax & BIK, R&D tax credits;
  • Ability to plan workload/ commitment to deliver against agreed deadlines;
  • Robust enough to withstand forensic scrutiny and out-of-the-box challenges;
  • Strong operating knowledge of merchant accounts/ card processing/ dispute monitoring;
  • Good awareness/ practical experience of UK small claim legal framework and procedures;
  • Experience of international off-shore trusts an advantage.