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Financial Control Accountant


Contract typePermanent Full Time


Hastings Direct, Financial Control Accountant, based in Bexhill

We have a fantastic opportunity for a skilled Finance professional, to join our business on the stunning Sussex coast.

The nature of the role involves ensuring regulations are adhered to, policies and procedures are reviewed and updated and projects, such as GDPR, are delivered on time. If you have experience of financial controls and processes please do apply.


The Role

Reporting to the Financial Control Manager, the Financial Control Accountant will be primarily responsible for assisting the Financial Control Manager in the management and promotion of financial controls discipline across the company.


Your remit will include the following;

  • Champion the Financial Control Framework Strategy and assist the company with adherence to the principles and requirements contained within the Framework.
  • Assist in the production, review and monitoring of policies to ensure appropriate policies are in place within the department and wider organisation relating to the control and management of financial transactions in line with the Financial Control Framework.
  • Support the effective running of transactional processing of income and expenses across the organisational and department. Maintain records and processes to assist with control of the wider Group spend, working closely with relevant operational departments and management reporting team.
  • Assist in carrying out due diligence on Suppliers which will entail monitoring and review of the company trade credit risk. Includes analytical review of credit ratings and statutory accounts to provide commentary/analysis and recommendation to internal stakeholders.
  • Assist in the maintenance and development of the Company Supplier Management and Contract processes in conjunction with the Legal Department, Procurement and other finance teams. Perform supplier / partner reviews on the financial integrity of the organisation and sanctions checks.
  • Assist in the management of the interface between Finance and Internal Audit, including liaising closely with the business, co-ordinating the reporting and completion of audit points, and to maintain collaboration regarding delivering audit and control objective.
  • Ensure that you are meeting customers’ fair and reasonable expectations and provide fair outcomes. Question and challenge peers and managers where processes and procedures do not meet these expectations and any activity that does not place customers’ interests at the heart of how we do business.
  • Responsible for the effective identification, management and reporting of risk within your area of responsibility.
  • Ensure there is appropriate debate, discussion and challenge of risks within your areas of responsibility. Enhance the risk management culture within Finance for the effective identification, management and reporting of risk within your area of responsibility.
  • Ensure completion of all training as mandated by the company and regulated by the FCA.
  • Partake in projects within the Finance department where a Financial Control representative is required.



About us

Hastings Direct is a fast growing, agile, digitally focused general insurance provider of products and services to over 2.7 million customers in the UK. We've significantly grown our customer base over the last three years and we now employ over 3,400 colleagues

It's our attitude and the way we run our business that makes us different. We focus on getting it right for our colleagues, customers, company and community. It's a dynamic, flexible, fun and constantly changing environment. You'll enjoy the scope to make a real difference for our customers, influence our company, benefit the communities we work in and have some fun along the way.

Required skills and experience

·       Good Financial Experience having worked in a similar role focussed on controls and processes

·       Ability to manage several projects simultaneously.

·       Reconciliation skills.

·       Ability to influence people at different levels with different requirements.



·       Previous experience in Insurance and/or financial services sector

·       Experience of working in or with audit teams

·       Experience of using an accounting package

·       Experience of working in a control or risk environment


Education & qualifications

·       AAT Qualified and CIMA/ACCA/ACA studier, or

·       Part Qualified CIMA/ACCA/ACA studier

Personal attributes

  • As a growing business, your role can really help make an impact on both the development and delivery of this function – it will be exciting, busy, varied and challenging so a roll sleeves up, hands-on approach is an absolute must.
  • Natural problem solver who communicates effectively to all stakeholders.
  • This is a dynamic, fast paced working environment – candidates should be comfortable working within that setting and demonstrate a proactive working style.
  • Great attention to detail – systematic approach to managing your workload.
  • Embraces opportunities to develop and learn – shows a great level of self-awareness and drive.


Benefits for you  

Please find some of the great benefits we offer here at Hastings Direct;

  • Competitive basic salary which we will share with you upon shortlisting, but do feel free to email the Recruitment team for more details in advance of your application –
  • Flexible working opportunities working 1-2 days a week from home
  • Eligible for bonus
  • 25 days holiday
  • Competitive pension
  • Flexible benefits – buy or sell holidays, dental plan, health care cash plan, cycle to work, childcare vouchers
  • Discounted Hastings Direct products


Hastings Group is an equal opportunities employer which means we treat people fairly. We welcome applications from all suitably skilled persons regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, ethnic background, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or marital/family status. Please also note that we have a thorough referencing process, which includes credit and criminal record checks.




Conquest House,
Collington Avenue,
TN39 3LW
About Bexhill-on-Sea

Glassdoor 3.6

The shifts in customer service teams are quite colleague friendly. There is free tea and coffee in the call centre, and a subsidised Costa Coffee and canteen. There are lots of incentives to earn more, and a decent social life.

It has a really positive environment with everyone who works there being very helpful. The managers really do go out of their way to assist you. There are a lot of benefits and rewards at Hastings Direct which if you are doing well are quite easy to achieve.

There is a well-rounded approach to the wellbeing of all colleagues, including an inclusive approach to wellbeing activities. Hastings Direct aims to roundly develop colleagues and set them up for future careers within the company.

There is a wonderful work environment, with a strong sense of team work which purveys throughout the business. And there is a sense of friendly competition which works to heighten this.

Indeed 3.6

As an employer, Hastings Direct offers a lot of company benefits to all employees which are fantastic and I feel this is quite unique. The company culture is inclusive and encourages everyone to participate in local causes.

All employees are well looked after, respected and recognised for the hard work we do for the company. It is a great experience to be working with such amazing team. It much easier for me to balance my work and personal life.

It’s a great place to work with amazing benefits, support and colleagues. Lots of hands on support. Amazing rewards for achieving targets and also plenty of time to get together as a team outside of work and bond with your colleagues.

The company culture, management structure and general atmosphere is really good. The share scheme and Hastings Direct rewards are also fantastic for staff.