Financial Controller (Part-time)

The successful candidate previously worked at EY.

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This company was supported by Sabah, Client Success Manager.

An in-depth description of the role

The company

Childcare is a major pain. Every parent knows it. That’s why Koru Kids is building the world’s best childcare service, starting in London. We’re on a mission to profoundly improve the wellbeing of 1 million families in the next 5 years.

Parents who use our service LOVE it, and we’re growing super fast.  We’re backed by fantastic investors, including top venture capitalists and business angels, and we’ve won a bunch of awards. We’re so proud of what we’ve built so far, but we’re only just getting started, with massive plans for 2019 and beyond.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from parents and non-parents alike. We are supportive of flexible working patterns.

The team and culture

Our founder is Rachel Carrell, an experienced CEO, Oxford alumn, ex-McKinsey, a Rhodes Scholar and a WEF Young Global Leader. Rachel’s joined by a fantastic team with backgrounds including Cambridge, UCL, BCG, KPMG, and some of London’s top startups.

We have an informal, hard-working and kind team culture. We’re all passionate about our mission and are determined to create a genuinely fantastic childcare service to help working parents. Our culture is friendly and fast-paced – we are continually challenging, testing and adapting the way we do things. We’re also really committed to working with integrity, doing the right thing and building a company we are truly proud of. We’re growing super fast, but we also want to make sure that we are building a company on rock-solid foundations.

We take great care with whom we hire, and all team members are superbly talented and really nice. If you’re brilliant AND humble, you’ll fit right in.

Position description

Our COO — a seasoned global executive, ex-BIMA, ex-BCG, MBA (LBS) — is looking for an experienced financial controller to take on a leadership role within the team.

You’ll lead on how we run finance within Koru Kids, and be responsible for making sure we’re spending money appropriately, with transparency and control.  As we continue to grow, you’ll introduce new practices into the company to ensure that we have a robust and healthy handle on all things finance and accounting.  We’re a young company, so there aren’t many fixed processes yet, and few things are sacred. That means you can create new processes, introduce new technologies, make suggestions, and determine how we can do things better.  You’ll be directly responsible for enabling better decision making with smart financial insight.

You need to be highly analytical, detail orientated, meticulous, organised, and comfortable working at a fast pace.  You’ll need a healthy sense of dissatisfaction for the status-quo, and a drive to improve the things around you.

This role is great for you if you enjoy improving processes, building financial maturity in a company and also get a kick from balancing balance sheets, reconciling bank statements, and making sure transactions are correctly categorised.  Overseeing company accounts and month end processes is your jam.

This opportunity is a great place to learn and develop a strong track record in building out financial capabilities in a high growth start-up, ahead of working in a senior role with us or elsewhere.

Working flexibly (hours and location) in this role is totally fine.  We’re a reasonable and kind team, and understand that traditional working arrangements don’t suit everyone – hence why we’re also trying to solve childcare woes for our customers!  Many people in the team excel in their role using a combination of remote and in-person work, with flexible hours as needed.

About you

We’re after an ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified professional who is clever, practical, positive and nice. You don’t need to be a pure finance professional and can have an eclectic past. Regardless of your background, we’ll be looking for evidence of drive and aspiration, leadership, impact and achievement.

You’ll likely have 3+ years of work experience in a fast-paced environment such as a professional services firm (e.g. one of the big 4) or working for a tech company/startup.  Experience in childcare, employment law, payroll or payments is ideal, but not required.

Essential skills we require of ALL team members  

  • You’re emotionally intelligent
  • You’re a problem-solver.  You can break complexity into smaller bite-sized pieces and enjoy solving difficult challenges
  • You love working with numbers, data and problem-solving. Excel is your friend.  We love people who love analysis
  • You love improving things and are curious by nature. You can create new processes, make suggestions, and tell us we’re doing things wrong  
  • You roll with it. You understand that startups are unpredictable environments. You are comfortable with a degree of chaos  
  • You’re nice. You get that no player is bigger than the team. You fit right into our culture of supporting and helping each other
  • You’re detail-oriented. You’ll be working in a complex system, and the details must be 100% correct
  • You’re able to write clearly, simply and accurately
  • You can work at a fast pace and under pressure

The office

We work from a beautiful co-working space near Old St in central London.

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