Financial Controller

3–4 days per week at home

A little flex time

London (Hybrid)



Closing date: 31 August 2022

The Role

Unibuddy has experienced explosive growth since launching in 2017. We now work with 500 higher ed institutions in 35 countries worldwide. We’ve raised over $33M from top-tier investors, and we’re on course to achieve our ambitious goal of empowering 10 million students to make the right choices in their higher ed journey.

Here’s where you come in:

As Financial Controller, you will be the cornerstone of the finance department, responsible for managing the finance team and ensuring the Unibuddy ship runs smoothly. You will take the lead on our audits, tax strategy and treasury and you will lead the establishment and enforcement of financial controls throughout the business.

Through your team, you will ensure the financial reporting is completed on time and without error and will work with the Head of Commercial Finance to analyse budgetary variances for monthly reporting.

You’ll ensure working capital is managed effectively with a consistent eye on the cash runway requirements in light of fundraising milestones, and will manage capital allocation across the business accordingly.

Your day-to-day

Team management

  • Build and manage a world class finance team, able to execute with efficiency and speed, being ever mindful of the requirements of a scaling global organisation

Financial Control, Reporting and Treasury

  • Manage the team to ensure a timely month-end close process and produce a set of management accounts to the VP Finance and Executive leadership team.
  • Manage the team to ensure that all tax and statutory reporting requirements are adhered to.
  • Work with third party firms on R&D, corporation tax returns (UK and US) and audit of statutory accounts.
  • Assist the VP Finance with monthly and quarterly board and investor reporting.
  • Lead on all treasury requirements for Unibuddy, including implementation of appropriate controls and determining FX strategies to minimise exposure.

Financial operations

  • Oversee the Finance Operations team to ensure that AR and AP processes run on time and without error, ensuring working capital is managed effectively.
  • Oversee the running of Payroll & Commissions.

Financial Planning

  • Lead the Accounting and FinOps team to ensure effective working capital management, alongside financing strategy, to ensure the cash requirements of the business are covered.
  • Partner the Head of Commercial Finance to accurately forecast business expenses and cash flow quarterly and annually, providing monthly and quarterly insights on headcount and expenses.


  • Leverage software and other tools to help automate finance and other processes, including maximising the functionality of accounting packages like Xero (current) and future ERP system.
  • Work alongside the VP finance and Head of Commercial Finance to evaluate prospective ERP solutions and lead the implementation process.

This might be for you if…

  • You have 3-5+ years of PQE finance work experience.
  • You have a high level of proficiency in accounting systems such as Xero (essential), QuickBooks, Pento, and/or Expensify.
  • You have advanced Excel skills.
  • You have experience with mutli-currency consolidations.

It would be a bonus is you could bring:

  • Experience in a scale-up/start-up SaaS, Technology, FinTech or a similar industry in a high growth environment.
  • Experience dealing in international accounting standards and cross entity, cross regional transactions (UK, US+).
  • Experience in implementing ERP system (and transition from FMS e.g. Xero to ERP)

Professional Qualifications:

  • An accounting qualification (AAT, ACCA, ACA, CIMA or global equivalent) with 3-5+ years post qualification experience is essential.

If you don't meet all the requirements but think you might still be right for the role, please apply anyway. We're always keen to speak to people who connect with our mission and values.

About our Team

The Finance & Legal team are collaborative and true business partners. We

work across departments to build best-practice processes and controls that will help streamline the business whilst also providing oversight for management.

We execute with efficiency and speed, being ever mindful of the requirements of a scaling global organisation.

Perks and Benefits

  • Salary of £90-100k plus stock options.
  • Highly flexible work culture. Hybrid working and flexible hours.
  • 25 days of annual leave plus 4 additional days for the Christmas and national holidays.
  • Family friendly policy. Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
  • Latest MacBook or PC. Monitor for your home is also provided.
  • Home working setup provided.
  • Private healthcare provided by Bupa.
  • Mental health support provided by Spill.
  • Life insurance.
  • Learning & development budget of £800 per year.

Students are at the heart of what we do. Our mission is to empower students to make the right decisions throughout their higher education journey. We provide higher ed institutions with the right tools to enable students to connect with each other, share experiences that create a sense of belonging, and feel confident in making one of the most crucial decisions of their life.

We rock! It’s our people that make us successful. We’re a great bunch with a fantastic culture. But don’t take our word for it - we’re proud to be named as one of the best mid-sized companies to work for in the US, we are named as one of the top 100 workplaces for benefits, we’re Flexified and listed as one of the top three most flexible companies to work for in the UK.

Ready to apply?

Great! Please send a CV and supporting statement which outlines why you would like to work with Unibuddy, and why you are well suited to this role. We encourage you to send us something that showcases your skills!

Not ready to apply or have some questions? Then please get in touch with the talent team at

Unibuddy is an equal opportunity employer. We're actively looking to increase the diversity of our buddies across the company and we encourage people to apply from minority groups.

Please note that Unibuddy does not sponsor visas for this role.

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3–4 days per week at home

Fully flexible hours