Senior Financial Analyst

  • London, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

Fascinated by the future and captivated by technology?

Smart, driven and want to make a difference in the world?

You’ll fit right in.

Join a diverse team at Visa, where your individuality fits right in. We can provide the opportunity to shape the payments experience globally. Together, let’s transform the way the world pays.

Think you know us?

Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure digital payment network that enables individuals, businesses and economies to thrive.

Individuality fuels our brand and our global team – we’re proud that we are a talented team of 15,000 individuals with unique backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. Therefore, we understand that you are much more than your day job. We encourage quality of life outside of the office, whether it’s taking advantage of agile work schedules or our wellness programs, Visa respects and encourages meaningful work/life balance for everyone. In addition, we offer market leading salary and have a fantastic benefits offering.

So, if you’re not satisfied with the status quo, we can satisfy your desire to explore new territory, giving you the runway to really make an impact, whilst connecting you with teams around the world in a truly inclusive culture that celebrates our uniqueness.

If you think you could support Visa as a Senior Financial Analyst, we want to hear from you – together, let’s make Visa a great place to work.

Job Description

What’s it all about?

This role sits in Visa’s Europe Controllership team, which is responsible for the accounting and finance operations of the Europe business functions and corporate accounting activities for Visa. The team is part of the broader Global Controllership function within Global Finance.

This role will report to a Senior Finance Manager in London and will be responsible for accounting activities including month-end close, as well as analysis including research of technical accounting issues.  The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of pertinent IFRS and US GAAP, the ability to implement processes to improve operational efficiency, work with cross-functional teams, and handle analysis related to operational accounting issues, all with a strong sense of ownership and urgency.

What we expect of you, day to day.

  • Responsible for analyzing, interpreting, and recording financial transactions, as well as reporting this information.
  • Proactively research and document conclusions on accounting issues with appropriate references to relevant IFRS and US GAAP pronouncements. This includes interpretation of accounting guidance and the company's policy application of sound judgment to these projects.
  • Take ownership for specific components of the consolidated balance sheet and income statement, review and confirm consolidated balances during month-end closing and perform ongoing analytical review.
  • Complete complex account reconciliations and journal entries in support of the monthly close process.
  • Establish, maintain, and coordinate the implementation of accounting operational procedures and document such processes and procedures.
  • May have responsibility to provide guidance to other accountants with similar occupational skills or limited scope of responsibility.
  • Interaction with various levels of management within and outside of Finance and internal and external audit teams and participation in cross-functional projects will be a routine part of the job.
  • Complete and maintain process documentation and ensure SOX 404 compliance for areas of responsibility.
  • Partner with key stakeholders to resolve queries and issues.


Thinking about careers differently...

At Visa, we are passionate to offer our employees compelling career growth opportunities. As such, even if you do not have experience of this function there could be skills or experiences, which would transfer well. For this role, the key skills required are:

  • ACA or ACCA qualification preferred, and clear progressive professional accounting experience, preferably in a publicly-traded company and/or with a public accounting firm
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent written, oral, listening and presentational skills and ability to work well under pressure and interact at all levels are also required.
  • Strong technical, quantitative and analytical skills
  • Proficient with Oracle or similar enterprise accounting system
  • Proficient in utilizing Excel to efficiently analyze data
  • Background with continuous improvement methodologies, driving increases in efficiency / effectiveness
  • Familiarity with Sarbanes-Oxley internal control compliance
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
  • Capable of handling multiple tasks, possess good organizational, communication, and analytical skills, able to work independently, and be extremely flexible.
  • Welcomes challenging/complex projects and demonstrates an ability for working "smarter not harder" by making continuous improvement to the efficiency of processes he/she contributes to.
  • Teamwork is essential to the group, so it is critical that the candidate interact with other team members and managers collaboratively and effectively.

Additional Information

Training & Development:

Visa are committed to your professional development and growth.  Our Europe Finance (London) has received both trainee and professional accreditation from ACCA and CIMA.

These accreditations recognise Visa Europe’s high standards of staff training and development. As such we want to ensure our new hires are aware of the opportunities to them, as well as the on-going support they will receive.

Trainees and Professional Qualified Individuals can take advantage of the following to support their career development:

  • Wide range of learning opportunities offered by Visa to employees
  • Supported learning through ACCA and CIMA
  • Simplified CPD and performance objective sign off
  • Dedicated assistance when needed from the Professional bodies
  • Discounted prices on a range of qualifications and support

Think you have what it takes?

If you are interested in a career that will challenge and inspire you – we’d love to hear from you!

Diversity & Inclusion

Universal acceptance for everyone, everywhere, is not only our brand promise, it’s the foundation of our company culture. We foster a feeling of connectedness in the workplace, support diversity of thought, culture and background, fight for important initiatives like Equal Pay and actively work to eliminate unconscious biases that hold us all back.

By leveraging the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our worldwide teams, Visa is a better place to work and a better business partner to our clients.

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