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Head of Finance, UK



Accounting & Finance
United Kingdom · Remote
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2024

At Coinbase, our mission is to increase economic freedom around the world, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people. We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web3 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto. Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture. We’re a remote-first company looking to hire the absolute best talent all over the world.

Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

  • You’ve got positive energy. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there.
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0.
  • You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener - because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow.
  • You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job.
  • You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.
  • You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.

Coinbase is looking for a Head of Finance, UK to provide detailed finance, reporting and accounting support for its regulated entity based in the UK, reporting to the Global Assistant Controller in the US.. The Head of Finance, UK provides effective financial leadership for Coinbase UK to grow value responsibly, in a profitable and sustainable manner. The Head of Finance, UK fosters ethical and responsible decision making and robust management and corporate governance practices and is also responsible for reporting accurate financial information in compliance with applicable accounting standards and more generally for Coinbase UK’s financial condition. We are looking for a candidate who has a positive attitude and is highly motivated to learn and grow within the organization, with a proven ability to thrive in a fast paced multi-task oriented environment. This position will play a crucial role in meeting our regulatory, financial and tax reporting obligations in the UK. You will work and collaborate closely with many stakeholders across the organization, including regulatory compliance, finance, and data, tax, treasury and operations

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Partnering up with Global accounting team to prepare and/or review assigned month end and quarter end close book close processes, own the Company’s parallel books of accounts maintained in line with IFRS and maintain appropriate reconciliations and valid support for all adjustments, and periodically prepare, update, and review and update major accounting policies and policies and accounting and estimates, and adjust financial statements based on reconciliation results.
  • Responsible for preparation and coordination of financial statements, regulatory reporting, business forecasts (partnering with FP&A) and other related information for external use (audit, submission to regulators, etc.), and play a leading role in external communication as the representative of the Finance department.
  • Monitoring the safeguarding of customer funds in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements and overseeing reconciliation procedures.
  • Overseeing the finance function in the UK and ensuring finance processes operate effectively and accurately, following the Coinbase centralized model, delivering accurate financial insights into the business.
  • Preparation of UK monthly management reporting and analytical review thereof, including reporting and communication to the Board.
  • Acting as a contact point within the company for financial and accounting queries and queries from regulatory authorities relating to the finance function of the firm.
  • Monitoring and overseeing the performance of outsourced services by outsourced service providers relating to the finance function, monitoring KPIs and SLAs.
  • Active in the UK entity’s liquidity management and coordinating closely with the treasury team.
  • Participating in critical projects, including the transitioning to new external vendors, integration, automation or enhancements.
  • Supporting ad hoc financial information requests and analyses and other special projects as assigned.

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • 8+ years’ experience as a finance professional at a payment/e-money institution, bank, fin-tech, financial regulatory agency and/or professional service firm serving financial institution clients.
  • 5+ experience working in a regulated entity/environment.
  • A professional finance qualification, and membership of a recognised professional body, is a prerequisite (ACA, GCA, CMA, ACCA, or CPA with experience in senior management).
  • Experience in and understanding of payments, e-money or wallet products/services, banking functions, merchant processing.
  • Current or previous experience working with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of business functions, with an emphasis on senior management and a track record of performing in a management role. Project management experience is desirable but not essential.
  • Excellent oral and written communication – fluency in English is a key requirement.
  • Track record of building strong relationships with boards, senior management and regulators.
  • Capacity to meet deadlines while maintaining quality standards and effective time management.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment within a high growth business.
  • Expert knowledge and experience with IFRS, FRS 102 and US GAAP.
  • Knowledge of accounting month-end book close process.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

Nice to haves:

  • Experience working in Netsuite, FloQast and Google Suite.Experience working in a SOX control environment.
  • Basic knowledge of digital assets and the crypto economy, or a desire to learn.
  • Basic knowledge of SQL and experience working with Snowflake, Looker or similar analytics tools.

Job #: P56497

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