Financial Accountant


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Contract Type:
Full Time
up to £42,000 p.a. (dependent on experience)
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Job Category:
Saga Group
Business Unit:
Finance & Professional Services

Package Description

The standard benefits when you join Saga include: 

  • Remote working available where possible

  • The choice to buy a further 5 days annual leave per year 

  • Free private medical insurance after 1 years' service 

  • Workplace Pension 

  • AXA Be Supported 

  • A range of reductions and offers from leading retailers, travel groups and entertainment companies

Job Introduction

**Remote/home working allowed with 1-2 visits to the Folkestone office per month** 

Our people are everything to us. The way they deliver exceptional experiences every day for our customers, for their colleagues. The way they own what they do. Their 'Why's it like that?' curiosity. How they always think of others and work together to get things done. For us, for you, make do will never do. Good enough? Not even close. Come and do the best work of your life alongside lovely colleagues. Come to Saga. 

And right now, we are looking for a Financial Accountant to support all Financial Reporting and Control aspects of the insurance business at Saga. You will lead on the preparation of balance sheet analysis and control reconciliation, work closely with other teams to understand the movements in the balance sheet and rationalising these alongside what is happening in the business. 

Additionally you will produce annual statutory financial statements, contribute to Saga’s consolidated financial statements and ensure that any balance sheet actions are adequately tracked and resolved.  

You will liaise with and support both internal and external stakeholders and you will be the main point of contact for external auditors. As you develop in the role, there will be an opportunity to take a lead role in the preparation of reports and papers for various Audit Committee’s and Board meetings. 

And in return, you can look forward to all the responsibility and involvement of an integral role, providing you with a rewarding and fast-paced career with an excellent benefits package. 

So, if this is of interest to you then we would be keen to hear from you! 

Main Responsibilities

  • Record and monitor balance sheet action points, collaborating with the Record to Report, AP/AR and FP&A teams to follow these through to resolution. 

  • Provide support to less experienced colleagues, providing detailed help and guidance, as required.  

  • Show curiosity to continually review and improve the control and process environment of the business. 

  • Support in the implementation of new IFRS as required. 

  • Support in the review and production of regulatory reporting, including RMAR and others as required. 

  • Build excellent working relationships with key stakeholders, both internal and external, including colleagues across finance, internal and external audit. 

  • Prompt and accurate input into ad-hoc projects and other data analysis as required. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to quickly digest detailed and complex information.  

  • Prior experience working within an Insurance Broking or Underwriting business is preferential, but not essential. 

  • Experience and competence in external financial reporting, including preparation of statutory accounts. 

  • Able to manage and prioritise own workload and work independently. 

  • Able to quickly spot control risks within complex systems and companies, and design and implement processes to prevent or mitigate them. 

  • Professional approach, working with diligence and a high regard for confidentiality and professional integrity. 

  • ACCA, ACA or CIMA qualified or strong part-qualified with demonstrable experience within a medium or large organisation. The role will potentially suit a newly qualified accountant with a reporting background.   

Our values are:

  • Precision Pace - Always owning and making things happen
  • Empathy – Always aware of others
  • Curiosity – Always asking why
  • Collaboration – Always one team, the Saga team!

About The Company

Having spent our first 30 years focused on travel, Saga launched Saga Magazine and developed home and motor insurance and financial services in the 1980s. Private medical and pet insurance followed in the 1990s, along with the launch of our own cruise ship operation. The strength of the Saga brand provides the Group with the ability to develop in-house or partner with suppliers to offer our customers and members highly differentiated, competitively priced products which meet their evolving needs.

Saga exists to help our customers and members lead the life they want to lead. To succeed in this, we know that the most important thing to do is to listen to our customers and members. At the heart of our business model is our drive to know more about our customers’ wants and needs so we are best placed to serve them.

Applying this approach over the past 70 years has enabled us to become the UK's specialist provider of products and services to people aged over 50 in the UK. The Saga brand has become one of the most recognised and trusted brands amongst UK consumers in this demographic and is recognised for its high quality products and exceptional standards of service. These include cruises and holidays, insurance, personal finance and the Saga Magazine.

When you join Saga you will see that we are committed to treating all employees fairly and to offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement.

We value diversity not just because it is the right thing to do, but because diverse teams perform better. Creating a culture in which everyone feels welcome and offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement is incredibly important to us. Fair consideration is given to applications from all applicants, including those with disabilities and those over who are over 50 as we are champions of age inclusivity.

We are an official Disability Confident Committed employer and ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible and we will make reasonable adjustments as required.

We are a member of the 30% Club and partner with Women Ahead which offers us a fantastic opportunity to take part in a leading, global, cross-company, leadership mentoring scheme to champion female talent.

We are a signatory of the Armed Services Covenant and have received a Silver Award from the Employer Recognition Scheme. 



To all recruitment agencies: Saga does not accept agency CVs unless specifically engaged on the role by the HR Recruitment Team. Please do not forward CVs to our recruiters, employees or any other company location. Saga is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.