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Financial Controller



Accounting & Finance
United Kingdom · Lancaster, OH, USA · Remote
Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2023
We Are Redefining How People Approach Their Health
ZOE is combining scientific research at a scale never before imagined and cutting-edge AI to improve the health of millions.
Created by the world’s top scientists, our personalised nutrition program is radically reimagining a fundamental human need – eating well for your own body. Currently available in the US and the UK, having generated a waitlist of over 300,000, ZOE is already helping tens of thousands of ZOE members adopt healthier habits and achieve their goals.
We are also the team behind the popular COVID Symptom Study, which played a critical role in the fight against COVID in the UK and has now expanded to become the ZOE Health Study (ZHS). ZHS uses the power of community science to conduct large-scale research from the comfort of contributors’ homes to understand health and prevent disease. Our collective work and expertise in biology, engineering, data science, and nutrition science has led to multiple breakthrough papers in leading scientific journals such as Nature Medicine, Science, The Lancet, and more.
A remote-first, well-funded startup, we are backed by founders, investors, and entrepreneurs who have built multi-billion dollar technology companies. We are always looking for innovative thinkers and doers to join our team on a thrilling mission to tackle epic health problems that span the globe. Together, we can improve human health and touch millions of lives.
We value inclusivity, transparency, ownership, open-mindedness and diversity. We are passionate about delivering great results and learning in the open. We want our teams to have the freedom to make long-term, high-impact decisions, and the well-being of our teammates and the people around us is a top priority.
About the Team
Our Finance team embodies the values of ZOE within an open, transparent and high-performing team. Current team members come with a wealth of experience in Start-ups, high growth, and transformational change. Looking into H1 2024 and beyond, key projects such as the selection and implementation of a new ERP, significant opportunity and appetite for process automation. Core to our performance is a collaborative approach across departments.
About the Role
In the role of Financial Controller, you will play a crucial role in our finance team, responsible for all elements of financial control with a broad remit overseeing day-to-day aspects of accounting and operational finance including period end close, payroll, purchase to pay, financial risk management, financial systems systems, team management and development.
You will work closely with the Financial Reporting Lead (who manages statutory reporting and the annual external audit), the FP&A Lead (who is responsible for management reporting, business planning, and business analysis), and the VP Finance, who is responsible for group finance, treasury, and investor relations. The core of your role is the day-to-day management of the financial accounting team, and process and systems improvements in financial accounting.
This is a unique opportunity to bring your expertise into an exciting and fast-paced environment, you will be joining one of the UK’s 10 fastest-growing start-ups. https://sifted.eu/articles/10-fastest-growing-startups-uk
Working closely with the VP Finance, CFO and wider leadership team, you will be crafting and owning the financial control strategy and operations for a company which has a potential route to IPO in 5-7 years. You will be a significant contributor, and your role will evolve as the business remit expands.

You'll be

  • Monitoring and managing the day-to-day financial operations within the company, such as payroll, purchase to pay and other transactions. Leading period-end close processes.
  • Continuously improving financial accounting processes: Streamlining and improving all financial operations and systems. Implementing software solutions that improve quality and/or efficiency of financial processes. Developing all internal control policies and procedures in the company. Owning financial risk management and working alongside other senior leadership team members to create risk minimisation plans.
  • Managing our Accounting & Reporting team, supporting development of 3 team members
  • Supporting key financial processes: financial reporting covering monthly, quarterly, annual P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash flow reports. Supporting monthly and quarterly Tax reporting across the UK and US. Supporting year-end audit. Providing the foundations for the FP&A team to prepare the budget and multi-year business plan models, ensuring accuracy and alignment with strategic goals.

Key Skills required

  • Accounting fundamentals
  • ACA or ACCA qualified with experience in a fast growing start-up/scale up.
  • Deep knowledge of Xero and potential ERP options such as Netsuite. ERP experience and ERP implementation experience would be highly advantageous.
  • Experience with US financial reporting and tax administration.
  • Strong understanding of quality control methodologies to ensure data integrity and accuracy.
  • Track record of delivering against tight financial deadlines.
  • Quantitative analytical skills
  • Strong analytical, numerical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent Excel skills.
  • Data-savvy mindset, with experience in business intelligence tools (BI) being advantageous.
  • Excellent attention to detail, delivering high-quality work with minimal errors.
  • Business savvy
  • Business acumen and the ability to influence people at all levels.
  • Strong personal and communication skills
  • Proficient in process management, adhering to finance calendars and meeting deadlines. Emerging project management capabilities.
  • Leadership
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently while delivering exceptional results.
  • Confident people leadership and management skills.
  • Have the ability to teach, train and coach non-financial staff in financial concepts.
  • Team player with a “no task is too small” mentality

Why should you apply

  • This is a unique opportunity to own and develop excellent financial operations, systems and control for a potential future unicorn
  • You will have a wide variety of responsibilities and be able to make a real impact on the business
  • You will work with a highly motivated team in a growth-oriented culture
  • You will be part of a company that is committed to doing the right things and doing things right
  • You can work remotely with a high level of autonomy
These are the ideal skills, attributes, and experience we’re looking for in this role. Don’t worry if you don’t tick all the boxes, especially on the skills and experience front, we’re happy to upskill for the right candidate.
Life as a ZOEntist – what you can expect from us:
As well as industry-benchmarked compensation and all the hardware and software you need, we offer a thoughtfully-curated list of benefits. We expect this list to evolve as we continue supporting our team members’ long-term personal and professional growth, and their wellbeing.
Remote-first: Work flexibly – from home, our London office, or anywhere within the EU
Stock options: So you can share in our growth
Paid time off: 28 days paid leave (25 holiday days, plus 2 company-wide reset days, and 1 “life event” day)
Enhanced Parental Leave: On top of the statutory offering
Flexible private healthcare and life assurance options
Pension contribution: Pay monthly or top up – your choice.
Health and wellbeing: Like our Employee Assistance Program and Cycle to Work Scheme
Social, WFH, and Growth (L&D) budgets. Plus, multiple opportunities to connect, grow, and socialise
We’re all about equal opportunities
We know that a successful team is made up of diverse people, able to be their authentic selves. To continue growing our team in the best way, we believe that equal opportunities matter, so we encourage candidates from any underrepresented backgrounds to apply for this role. You can view our Equal Opportunities statement in full here.
A closer look at ZOE Think you’ve heard our name somewhere before? We were the team behind the COVID Symptom Study, which has since become the ZOE Health Study (ZHS). We use the power of community science to conduct large-scale research from the comfort of contributors’ own homes. Our collective work and expertise in biology, engineering, and data/nutrition science have led to multiple breakthrough papers in leading scientific journals such as Nature Medicine, Science, The Lancet, and more.
Seen ZOE in the media recently? Catch our co-founder Professor Tim Spector (one of the world’s most cited scientists) and our Chief Scientist Dr Sarah Berry on this BBC Panorama, and listen to CEO Jonathan Wolf unpack the latest in science and nutrition on our ZOE podcast.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why ZOE? It translates to “Life” in Greek, which we’re helping ZOE members enjoy to the fullest.