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Are you an experienced Finance Manager looking for an exciting opportunity within the financial services industry? Are you organised and able to work in a fast-paced environment within a leading alternative investment management house? Our Octopus Inheritance Tax team could be perfect for you.
About Us
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 various specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ 1000 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 on 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 lookout for smart, talented people who share our values.
The OITS finance team manages four groups, the largest of these being the Fern group, with almost 300 companies across 5 countries, managed by a combination of internal and external finance teams. The groups own and operate companies across the energy, fibre, healthcare and lending sectors, with over £2bn Assets under Management (AuM).

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About the role
The role sits as number two in the OITS Finance team of eight team members and will directly manage 2 to 3 people.
Essential Job Functions
Complete understanding of the Octopus Inheritance Tax Products (“OITS”), the companies within their portfolios and the commercial operations of those entities
Directly manage 3 – 4 people (senior and junior accountants)
Oversight and lead of Fern Group (comprising of approx. 300 entities, including Holdcos and SPVs and 20 finance teams)
Work closely with internal and external finance teams to prepare, review and deliver monthly, quarterly and yearly management reporting
Oversee group cash management including management of RCF and lender communications
Work closely with the auditors, accounts preparation team, tax team and contractors to deliver the audit and financial statements of the Fern group.
Work closely with business leads across Fern and Octopus to support the business and advise on core transactions
Lead the group’s budget process
Review subsidiary budgets prepared by internal and external finance teams and challenging assumptions to ensure consistency across the group
Work closely with the investment and portfolio teams to provide accounting guidance for new transactions and structures and contribute to investment committee papers
Research new technical areas and provide recommendations on accounting policy
Draft accounting papers on new transactions or changes to accounting policy and review papers prepared by other finance teams
Advise on changes to accounting standards and disclosure requirements and their application to financial reporting and manage their application across the group
Continued review and maintenance of group structure and manage the strike off or liquidation of any entities that are no longer required
Support the Financial Controller to improve reporting processes and increase automation
Other ad-hoc projects as required


4+ years PQE (ACA or ACCA)
Has experience with multilevel consolidation
Ideally from a financial services or fund accounting background (or other industry which uses SPV structure)
Responds quickly to changing work demands
Works collaboratively with peers
Works efficiently and communicates in a professional manner
Works in an open and honest way
Integrate with other teams
Manages their own time effectively
Meets deadlines
Communicate issues effectively
Thinks about the wider picture and how this could be done better
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Our Values and DNA
At Octopus we don’t just focus on what we do but also how we do it. Everyone shares our values of being straightforward, helpful and bold. These are the principles that guide us as an organisation.
What we offer
We’ve built an exciting and inclusive high-performance culture where employees feel empowered. All our employees are given the opportunity to develop new skills, aim higher and accelerate their careers. We strongly believe in supporting our employees to bring their best, authentic selves to work. We’ve worked hard to ensure our benefits offering is designed to motivate you through ownership and to offer support to you and your family through many different services. We’re constantly reviewing and enhancing what we have on offer but here’s a brief overview, and there are heaps more too:
A really valuable share ownership scheme, competitive salary and discretionary bonus, an openness to flexible working, Anchor (our wellness hub) which includes Headspace, one-to-one coaching through Sanctus, Parent Cloud, Shout & much more, a take what you need holiday policy, enhanced family leave policies, pension, life assurance and healthcare. We also focus our efforts on Octopus Giving, our charitable foundation dedicated to helping charities that are making the world a better place, and on Octopus Springboard, where we help our employees become fully-fledged entrepreneurs.
We recognise that over the last 18 months the way people work has changed, we’re a business whose fantastic culture has been built on face-to-face interactions with our customers and of course with each other. At our heart, we’re a sociable business and we’re keen to maintain this moving forward but also appreciate the benefits working from home can bring to our life and work productivity. Our teams come back into the office 3 days a week. however, we’re allowing teams the freedom to make this work best for them and for our business. We also recently introduced a policy which allows our employees to work overseas for up to a month per year, usually in the summer months.
We’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive employee experience for all. We’re committed to promoting equal opportunities for growth and development regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or socio-economic background. We strongly believe that teams are at their best when every member of the team feels safe to bring their whole self to work.

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