• Chief Accountant

    Location UK-London
    Requisition ID
    Business Area
    Global Shared Services
    Accounting, Finance & Controlling
    Location Details
    Position Type
    Permanent employment
  • Local Unit & Position Description

    GSS’ Regional Centre is located in London, UK, and is responsible for 17 legal entities in 2 countries in Europe. The Regional Centre will focus on delivery of services where proximity to the Business Areas is required and deliver support to Country Chairs. Services will be rendered in close collaboration with the GSS Global Centre Finance in Poland.


    We are seeking a Team Lead / Chief Accountant for GSS Regional Centre focusing on the all legal entities in DNV GL UK. The Chief Accountant will be responsible for delivering GSS Finance mandatory & country specific finance services for businesses in the UK. The Chief Accountant will ensure effective statutory reporting, maintain local stakeholder engagement and support the execution of Group transformation projects in the UK.


    The Chief Accountant for the UK will report to the GSS Regional Manager Finance UK and be part of the regional management team. The position is based in London UK.


    To succeed in this role, you will provide leadership, direction and prioritization to your team of finance professionals. You will play a key role in service implementation, development and continuous improvement of deliveries.


    Key tasks:


    IFRS accounting & reporting

    • Lead the IFRS accounting process for a legal entity from the Regional Center perspective and be the main contact point towards Business Area;
    • Finance and towards the Global Center;
    • Provide input to specific accruals, provisions, intercompany invoicing, investments, asset reviews and questions to non-standard or complex journal entries;
    • Work with Business Controllers and GSS controllers for monthly reporting;
    • Check accruals and provisions.

    Statutory accounting & reporting

    • Prepare all statutory postings required under local GAAP as input for the Global Centre;
    • Prepare the statutory financial statements and lead the local statutory reporting process, incl. statutory notes, annual reports and public disclosures, if requested;
    • Oversee tax compliance, support in preparation of tax reports and tax calculation for annual group and statutory accounts;
    • Monitor shares capital development and dividends and make sure that equity rules and dividend payment rules are followed and are legally compliant (eg. thin capitalization rules, limits to dividends, WHT on dividends, dividend reporting);
    • Prepare additional reports for local statutory and tax purposes (e.g. statistical or central bank reports). 


    • Ensure compliance with Group accounting standards, International Accounting Standards, Statutory and Tax rules. Coordinates and facilitates in Internal Control matters;
    • Prepare companies for Internal Audit visits and participates in Group Internal Audit visits;
    • Reconcile annually legal entity reporting between IFRS and Local GAAP; 
    • Be the main contact point towards external auditors and outsourcing partners from local/area side;
    • CFO and the Regional Finance Manager with additional reporting. 

    Group projects

    • Drive standardization of accounting processes and recording of transaction in collaboration with the Global Centre;
    • Drive standardization of the chart of accounts and cost centre structure for the legal entities.

    Position Qualifications

    • Academic degree (B.A. / M.A.) in business studies or comparable qualification;
    • Several years of professional experience in accounting or auditing;
    • Several years of financial experience, ideally in multinational environments;
    • Good knowledge in IFRS, in local GAAP and in local statutory reporting;
    • Experience with ERP systems, preferably SAP & Oracle Financials;
    • Excellent English language skills required, written and verbal;
    • Experience of operating within customer focused and/or business area finance teams.

    Company & Business Area Description

    DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.

    We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries.


    Combining technical, digital and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.

    With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


    The Global Shared Services (GSS) organization within DNV GL provides high quality, cost effective services and processes within Human Resources, Finance and IT, based on requirements defined by the business areas and Group. GSS also develops central competence for distinct services, projects and development and will support policy, procedures and system implementation on a global, regional, and local level.


    GSS is about bringing a team of true process experts together, going for professional service levels at industry standards, and offering centers of expertise for competence based advisory. We are driven by people’s competence and motivation to help and support the business areas. As a member of the GSS community you act in a professional, multi-cultural, competent and service oriented environment with good possibilities to enhance your personal competencies and expertise, and to build a strong network with colleagues around the world.

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