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Finance Manager FR&C Insurance

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

** Remote/home working allowed with occasional visits to the Folkestone, Kent office so this role will suit candidates in a commutable distance ** 

At Saga we believe in exceptional experiences everyday whilst being a driver for positive change in our markets and communities. Our values are precision pace, empathy, curiosity, collaboration. If this resonates with you then it’s time to do the best work of your life! 

And right now, we are looking for a Finance Manager to join us within our Financial Reporting and Control (FR&C) – Insurance team. The team are responsible for the financial reporting for Saga’s Insurance businesses: Retail Broking (Saga Services Limited), Underwriting (Acromas Insurance Company Limited) and Claims Handling (CHMC Limited) 

In this role, you will have responsibility for the delivery of all external reporting requirements of the Insurance businesses, ensuring that financial statements are prepared in line with the IFRS or UK GAAP, as appropriate. You will also provide technical accounting advice to the finance teams, be a lead point of contact with the external auditors throughout the year, and support with the management of the financial control environment for the Insurance segment. 

You will be ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified and have a strong financial reporting background gained from the insurance industry, including experience of statutory accounts preparation and the external audit process. You will also bring managerial experience and strong system, process, and analytical skills. Lastly, you will be able to work to tight deadlines, whilst managing other priorities at the same time. 

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. 

Role Responsibility

  • Become the main point of contact on all Insurance financial reporting matters, working closely with the Insurance Finance Director and leadership team 
  • Lead and manage the production of the annual financial statements for the Insurance segment entities, and provide input into the Saga plc Group Annual Report and Accounts and Interim Statement 
  • Preparation of Audit Committee papers for meetings held throughout the year 
  • Act as one of the lead points of contact with external & internal auditors for the audit cycle, including half year review, interim and year end audit 
  • Review of the Insurance segment entity monthly actuals submissions, including review and sign-off of the balance sheet reconciliation files with the Finance Director 
  • Work closely with the Insurance divisional teams to ensure the actuals, forecast, budget and 5YP are all on a consistent basis 
  • The delivery of any changes resulting from new IFRS accounting standards impacting the Insurance segment, including input in any necessary accounting papers for internal and external use. In particular, support in the adoption of IFRS17 

The Ideal Candidate

  • Strong accounting skills with a good understanding of IFRS and UK GAAP 
  • Finance experience obtained with an underwriter is essential 
  • Experience in managing and developing processes and systems 
  • Line management experience with a strong belief in developing people 
  • Must be a fully qualified ACA, ACCA or CIMA accountant, with demonstrable post qualified experience 
  • Up to date technical knowledge of relevant accounting issues 
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Analytically strong with the ability to challenge and think creatively 
  • Very high proficiency in Excel and general ledger accounting systems 

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! 

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

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.




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