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Landor // brand consulting & design
London    Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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The Worldwide Financial Controller is a fantastic role for a candidate looking to take a global position in a fast-paced agency.  This position is responsible for managing the global reporting, financial planning & analysis for all offices at Landor & Fitch. In addition the role is responsible for ensuring all offices comply with WPP & IFRS policies.

Part of the role is to streamline & consolidate data from the all the offices into a unified worldwide view. They would also be a source of knowledge of WPP systems, IFRS reporting, SOX & tax & provide mentorship to local finance teams.

The successful candidate will be a reliable source of expertise with a helpful & calm approach to manage daily challenges & queries. The role will also have direct reports, so theyll need to inspire & motivate the Global Finance team.


Duties & Responsibilities

Global reporting

  • Review results submitted monthly, quarterly (forecasts) & annually (budget): analysis of P&L & Balance Sheet movements & NWC performance.
  • Global consolidation of Landor & Fitch results
  • Preparation & review of monthly commentary to WPP
  • Ensure accuracy & integrity of finance department outputs
  • Plan & oversee forecast cycle
  • Build & manage global budget for central teams
  • Responsible for ensuring that the finance team meet deadlines & timetables set.
  • Oversee adherence to IFRS & WPP reporting standards
  • Liaise with parent company in both London & New York on various matters including accounting (from both a local & IFRS perspective), earn-out calculations, Fair value, & Goodwill impairment reviews & roll-out of new accounting standards & monitor compliance,
  • Management of all other quarterly reports & ad-hoc reporting requirements

Corporate units

  • Ultimately responsible for all aspects of reporting & forecasting of the corporate units
  • Signing off monthly management accounts
  • Tracking large corporate initiatives & functional budgets (Marketing, Talent)
  • Manage external, internal, client audits run smoothly with finance team
  • Regular review of processes to ensure that they are fit for purpose
  • Oversight of statutory / regulatory returns such as, accounts, VAT, P11D, PSA, R&D Tax Credit preparation
  • Ensure monthly payroll is accurate


  • Responsible for monthly net working capital analysis & metrics (NWC)
  • Monitor progress of NWC vs WPP targets
  • Forecasting NWC trends & cash collection targets
  • Attending NWC meeting with WPP controller


  • Deep understanding of WPP SOX controls & processes
  • Ensure that the required evidence is maintained for month end
  • Assist Global Risk Director with completion of opcos SOX requirements
  • Approval of SOX quarterly packs
  • Ownership of Regional & Worldwide controls

Systems (Maconomy & SAP BFC)

Maconomy is our accounting tool & SAP BFC is our global WPP reporting tool

  • Managing global COA & Business Objects reports in Maconomy
  • Audit existing SAP BFC units structure creating / removing units as necessary
  • Approval of new users & changes to access rights, e.g. Maconomy, SAP
  • Ensure changes to systems are communicated to all finance teams


  • Management of agency Amex card account & delinquency reports
  • Distribution & interpretation of control bulletins from WPP to local offices
  • Part of the WW Finance Controllers community
  • Assist in the management of real estate leases within Costar system
  • Support offices with transfer pricing & other tax regulations
  • Review & approval of global overhead recharges
  • Tracking legal structure & trademarks

Qualifications & Skills

Capabilities (Success Factors)

An individual who (has):

  • Demonstrates passion & drive
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to digest financial information & communicate in a simple understandable way to people within the business
  • Effective & efficient time management, organisation & multi-tasking skills. Has high standards for work & impeccable attention to detail. Able to work across multiple time-zones
  • Critical thinker with strong analytical skills
  • Attention to detail, but with the ability to step back & see the big picture
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to develop & grow a team
  • Is willing & able to get involved & immersed in all aspects of the Finance function
  • Team-oriented across all levels & functions Ability to manage upwards & downwards effectively with the ability to maintain & instil optimism into others
  • Ability to influence & inspire others (Asks why not? instead of why?).
  • Open-minded, inherently curious, & willing to share fresh perspectives in solving problems.
  • Willing & able to build strong relationships to become trusted & respected by colleagues, advisers, stakeholders & contacts
  • Ability to be a positive agent for change to enable continuous improvement in the Financial & Commercial operations at Landor & Fitch
  • Trusted advisor & supportive team member to the CFO, with the ability to deputise if required.
  • Strong balance of thought & action
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities.
  • Comfort dealing with ambiguity & learning on the job.
  • Advanced Excel modelling skills.


Required Experience

  • Qualified accountant (CIMA, ACCA, ACA).
  • Post qualification experience in finance function, leading a team & ideally with an accountancy practice background.
  • Leadership experience including team development skills
  • Proven ability to operate in a fast-paced environment & comfortable navigating organisational/geographical complexity.
  • Previous branding agency environment advantageous.
  • Demonstrates passion, creativity, & resourcefulness.
  • Passionate about being culturally connected & on the leading edge of brands, marketing, & design.

And what about Landor & Fitch.

Our ambition is to deliver extraordinary brand transformation for our clients, by design.

With Landors brand consulting & strategic design capability, FITCHs experience design & retail consultancy, & ManvsMachines leading edge motion design, we are the largest specialist brand & design group in the world.. We are a team of over 1100+ curious minds, with 43 offices across 19 countries, working as one, to create extraordinary brand experiences.

The Landor & Fitch Group is part of WPP, a creative transformation company.


Sound like the role for you? Apply now!

If you think this is you, express your interest & apply. To learn more about Landor & Fitch & why you need to join us, click here


Finally - our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

We believe diversity brings creativity, which is at the heart of everything we do. We are actively engaging in creating an environment free of discrimination, where our people & their uniqueness can shine & be celebrated. Were working to set a standard for the industry as a whole, creating a culture of equity & belonging. We may not be perfect, & we know there is work to do, but we regularly check with our teams & Employee Resource Groups on how we are doing, using their insight to frame our thinking & actions, so we can all do better, working as one Landor & Fitch.

Landor & Fitch is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity & will not discriminate against an applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law.

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