• Financial Accountant

    Job Locations UK-London
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Business Entity
    Octopus Investments
    Permanent Full-Time
  • Overview

    About Octopus


    At Octopus we’re transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people. We’ve built market-leading positions in a number of specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ over 500 people and manage more than £6 billion on behalf of more than 50,000 investors. Our products don’t just help real people solve real life problems, they also make a positive impact on the world around us.


    The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Investments, Octopus Property, Octopus Ventures and Octopus Labs. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.



    About the role


    Octopus manages over £600 million of total funds for six venture capital trusts. The Specialist Finance team (part of Octopus Investments) are responsible for the regulatory reporting of the VCTs, the preparation of management accounts, preparation of Annual Reports, presentation to the Boards, managing the audits dealing with tax returns and liaising with other departments within Octopus on ad hoc queries. This role will sit across a number of VCTs and assist with all aspects of fund management.

    The role reports into the Financial Controller of OITS & VCT Finance and requires an individual with a strong team focus but ability to work and lead tasks independently.
    This role is ideal for someone with an interest in management accounting, strong accounting technical skills and with ideas on how to improve processes and implement change.


    Essential Job Functions

    Outline of responsibilities

    • Preparation of monthly and quarterly management accounts
    • Preparation of weekly NAVs and LSE announcements
    • Maintaining master data to track all investments
    • Monitoring of VCTs to ensure continuing VCT status
    • Preparation of budgets and cash flows
    • Review bank journals
    • Identify areas for improvement across management information and reporting
    • Supporting the team through the investment process, invoice preparation and other day to day tasks
    • Adhoc projects



    Job Specific Experience/Technical Skills/Abilities

    Outline of skills/experience required

    • ACA or ACCA qualified accountant with up to two years experience gained in industry
    • VCT accounting experience
    • Strong excel skills
    • Experience of working with SUN systems would be advantageous
    • Good interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships across departments, including investment professionals, and within the team

    Our Values 


    Be helpful

    Random acts of kindness make the workplace a better place. So, go out of your way to be helpful, and give people reasons to smile.


    Be straightforward
    Life is complicated enough. Don’t make it harder for yourself, or for others. Sometimes the simplest approach works wonders.


    Be bold
    Every great business started with a flash of inspiration. If you’ve got a great idea, don’t keep it to yourself.




    At Octopus, we recognise the importance of embracing diversity in order to create a high performance culture.








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