EMEA Controller

Finance | Brighton, United Kingdom

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The Accounting Manager - EMEA is responsible for managing CORE financial operations that are performed in EMEA.

Job Duties:

  • Manage the EMEA accounting close process to deliver timely and accurate financial results that comply with both U.S. GAAP and local statutory reporting requirements:

  • Timely reviews and approval of all balance sheet accounts, including monthly bank reconciliation and general ledger account reconciliations.

  • Provide technical expertise and guidance where needed.

  • Reviews and verifies accuracy of account balances and classifications. Analyzes changes in balance sheet and income statement accounts.

  • Ability to work in a global environment with flexibility to work with different time zones and building relationships across functions and geographies.

  • Assist with the consolidation of EMEA.

  • Work with the corporate accounting team to ensure consolidation process.

  • Oversee statutory audits and other compliance matters

  • Ensure that required audits and other mandated filings are prepared and submitted in a timely manner.

  • Work with the CAO, CPA firms and other experts on transfer pricing and other tax matters.

  • Developing the team, guide and mentor direct reports. Provide training, feedback and on-the-job coaching.

  • Identify productivity improvement and automation opportunities.

  • Oversee cash management, risk management, record management and all other financial operations functions.

  • Review processes and procedures frequently to ensure that best practices are implemented, increasing efficiencies and ultimately reducing month end reporting times.

  • Coordinate efforts to reduce the month-end accounting close process (without compromising the integrity of the financial results).


  • Demonstrable ability to lead, manage and develop an accounting and transactional finance operations team in a fast-paced and continuous change environment.

  • Excellent communication and time management skills. Ability to prioritize, plan, perform and communicate activities and findings both in written and verbal form.

  • Ability to work in a global environment with flexibility to work with different time zones and building relationships across functions and geographies.

  • Must thrive on ambiguity, love change and taking on special projects!

  • Bachelor or Higher Degree in Accounting, Finance or Commerce.

  • Extensive relevant post-qualified experience; must have mix of experience in public accounting and in industry (high-growth) with strong focus on month-end close, technical accounting and finance operations.

  • Promotes teamwork and works well with others.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ACA/ACCA/CPA (Big 4 experience preferred).

  • Solid understanding of mid-range financial systems, Netsuite preferred. Experience with US GAAP and SOX as well as EMEA region GAAPs (preferred).

About Avalara:

Avalara helps businesses of all sizes achieve compliance with transaction taxes, including sales and use, VAT, excise, communications, and other tax types. The company delivers comprehensive, automated, cloud-based solutions designed to be fast, accurate, and easy to use. The Avalara Compliance Cloud® platform helps customers manage complicated and burdensome tax compliance obligations imposed by state, local, and other taxing authorities throughout the world.

Avalara offers more than 600 pre-built connectors into leading accounting, ERP, ecommerce and other business applications, making the integration of tax and compliance solutions easy for customers. Each year, the company processes billions of indirect tax transactions for customers and users, files more than a million tax returns, and manages millions of tax exemption certificates and other compliance documents.

That's why we're growing fast. Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S. and around the world, in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Romania and the U.K.

Equal Opportunities:

Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.

Reasonable Accommodation:

Avalara is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to job applicants with physical or mental disabilities. Applicants with a disability who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can follow this process outlined when applying for a position: Please provide your name and contact information to our recruitment team at recruitmentEMEA@avalara.com

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