Director of Finance - EMEA

Finance | Brighton, United Kingdom

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Avalara, a publicly traded U.S. technology company, is seeking an experienced Director of Finance - EMEA to manage the financial operations of Avalara’s rapidly growing European business.

This position, based in Brighton, England, reports directly to the Director of International Financial Operations (U.S. based) and indirectly to the Managing Director of Avalara Europe Limited (Brighton based).  The Director of Finance - EMEA currently oversees a team of 5 employees. 

Job Duties:

  • Lead efforts to improve financial performance in EMEA by identifying and implementing opportunities to increase productivity and efficiency.
  • Facilitate training and development opportunities for EMEA Finance staff.
  • Closely monitor spending and cash flows – actively pursue opportunities to realize cost savings.
  • Oversee cash management, risk management, record management and all other financial operations functions.
  • Implement consistent processes and procedures to ensure consistent service and standards.
  • Drive the implementation of key financial systems.
  • Lead EMEA’s input submission to the company’s consolidated annual planning and monthly forecasting processes.
  • Prepare financial analyses for business initiatives.
  • Develop long-range financial models.
  • Develop financial reporting for leaders that highlights key business drivers and variances.
  • Deliver consistent, timely monthly reporting packages covering financial and operational performance trends to executive leadership and senior management.
  • Provide detailed explanations and variance analyses around actual results, key trends, and underlying business drivers.
  • Implement standard key performance indicators (KPIs) to supplement financial reporting.
  • Lead the day-to-day accounting functions, including: Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Audit, Banking and Treasury, General Accounting, and Payroll.
  • Manage the monthly EMEA accounting close process to deliver timely and accurate financial results that comply with both U.S. GAAP and local statutory reporting requirements.
  • Implement close-related policies and procedures that meet or exceed requirements under Sarbanes-Oxley and other relevant standards – e.g., journal entry review and sign-off processes.
  • Implement quality assurance measures to ensure the integrity of financial results – e.g., reconciliations, roll forwards.
  • Coordinate efforts to reduce the month-end accounting close process (without compromising the integrity of the financial results).
  • Standardize policies and procedures to be consistent with U.S. financial operations, as appropriate.
  • Directly manage the revenue recognition processes.
  • Work with the corporate accounting team to establish effective consolidation practices.
  • 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 Chief Accounting Officer, internal tax team, CPA firms and other experts on income tax filings, transfer pricing, and other tax matters.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Chartered Accountant with a strong business acumen.
  • Proven track record in progressively responsible finance/accounting roles – ideally in software or technology companies.
  • Experience in leadership/management positions for a company with at least 200 employees.
  • Thorough understanding of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles – direct experience with a subsidiary of a U.S. company highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated proficiency managing financial statement audits.
  • Hands-on experience with at least one ERP system – preferably NetSuite.
  • Proven leader with a demonstrated ability to develop high functioning teams.
  • Track record for meeting deadlines.
  • Collaborative approach toward problem-solving and implementing process improvements.
  • Willingness to adjust work schedule so there’s at least a 20 percent time overlap with U.S. leaders who are primarily located in Seattle, Washington (U.S. Pacific time zone).
  • Degree in Accounting, Business Administration or a related area – MBA desirable.

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.

Headquartered in Seattle, Avalara has offices across the U.S. and overseas in the U.K., Belgium, Brazil, and India. More information at

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

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