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Financial Controller

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Support & transversal

York, GB

Type of Contract:  Fixed Term Contract
Level of experience:  Any



The global leader in public transport infrastructure, SYSTRA has specialised in the mass transit and rail market since 1957. The main shareholders of SYSTRA are SNCF and RATP. Its ambition is to serve emerging needs for collective and sustainable mobility throughout the world. With a presence in 80 countries, SYSTRA manages over 3,000 projects for high-speed systems, traditional rail lines, metros and tramways throughout the world.

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We currently have an opportunity for a qualified and experienced Finance professional to join our busy UK finance team as Financial Controller, Conventional Rail.  This opportunity, envisaged as a 12 month contract, will be based in York and will be responsible for the section of the Systra UK finance function that is based in there.  There will be some travel to Manchester, to liaise with the Manchester based finance staff.  The role will work closely with the SYSTRA Ltd CFO and the Head of Finance. This is a temporary role and its key function is to ensure the business continues delivering the financial reporting and processing during a transition period on to a new system.   This is a key role and needs an experienced finance professional with strong financial control skills, coupled with excellent personnel management skills to guide a small team successfully through the transition.


The individual will need to be able to deal with the team effectively in a business which is successfully managing the challenges of Covid-19, and there is extensive working from home.  This will mean that the management of the team, and the integration with the team will be a key success factor in the appointment.



Main Duties:

  • Production of the month end reporting and general responsibility for the York based accounts
  • Contract risk management and the continued implementation of IFRS15 long-term accounting
  • Management of, and support to the local York finance team
  • Liaison with SYSTRA Ltd & Systra Group reporting in Manchester & Paris respectively
  • Review of control of the key payment process
  • Management of the legacy TSP treasury function
  • Production of the statutory accounts for TSP Projects Limited
  • Management of the auditors
  • Work with the Head of Finance, and the general Finance organisation to develop and implement a single set of methodologies and processes
  • Support the Head of Finance in implementing financial aspects of the overall SYSTRA ERP implementation in York
  • Management of the control environment within Systra UK, York
  • Consistency of process
  • Recording of financial process
  • Enforcement of the Group governance requirements in accordance with the Group policies & procedures
  • Support the Head of Finance in the integration of the York Finance team in to the overall SYSTRA Ltd finance function with particular focus on reducing key person dependency


Experience Required:

  • Experienced Financial Controller  – preferably design consultancy focussed
  • Experience of integrating/merging finance functions
  • Significant forecasting, reporting, budgeting and project accounting experience
  • Strong personnel management skills; good ability to manage a small team
  • ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified with significant experience working at a senior business partner level
  • A tenacious, resilient, self-starting problem solver who is keen to drive change and process improvement
  • People and relationship management skills with the understanding of a client relationship driven organisation

Systra is an equal opportunities company; this position is open to all applicants.

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