Senior Financial Accountant

Abingdon, GB, OX14 3YP


Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks. Sophos provides a single integrated cloud-based management console, Sophos Central – the centerpiece of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that features a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity vendors. Sophos sells its products and services through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos has major hubs around the globe. More information is available at www.sophos.com

Job Purpose

As a key member of the EMEA North Financial Control team, you will be responsible for the month end close, variance analysis and monthly cash flow reporting for Sophos Ltd.  This will involve working closely with the Global Process owners to ensure areas such as GRNI, prepayments and fixed assets are controlled and accounted for correctly. You will support the EMEA North Controller to ensure smooth month end close and enable the production of UK GAAP entity level financial statements. You will also take ownership of the preparation of monthly management accounts for the Dubai and Thailand Rep offices and be responsible for the annual audits and local statutory filings for these countries.


In addition, you will have responsibility for all aspects of accounting and compliance for the Sophos Ireland legal entity. This includes all elements of the finance function covering general ledger, balance sheet control, preparation of local statutory accounts, annual audits and all local tax compliance. You will be responsible for the month end close, variance analysis and monthly cash flow reporting. You will also work closely with the centralised Accounts Payable and Payroll teams and review their outputs prior to approval.


Duties & Responsibilities:


Financial Control:

  • Responsible for month end accounting to strict deadlines. Submit month end accounts for UK and Ireland for review and approval by EMEA North Financial Controller
  • Provide analysis for monthly/quarterly/annual variances to Plan/Forecast on costs with significant variances investigated and justified where applicable to EMEA North Financial Controller
  • Ownership and first review of all balance sheet account reconciliations and preparation of all information on a monthly basis for review with EMEA North Financial Controller
  • Preparation of annual statutory reporting requirements and be the main point of contact for the annual audit of the Ireland legal entity as well and the Sophos Ltd Rep Offices in Dubai and Thailand
  • Assist in the preparation of annual statutory reporting requirements and support the interim and annual audits for Sophos Ltd
  • Manage Sales tax (VAT), WHT, all indirect and corporate income tax returns ensuring that reporting deadlines for filings and payments are met and all tax questionnaires are completed accurately on time for the Ireland entity
  • Co-ordinate and prepare detailed monthly cash flow forecast and reporting for the UK and Ireland entities for inclusion in the Group forecast and ensuring corporate treasury policy is followed throughout
  • Responsible for corporation tax pack analysis for review by EMEA North Controller
  • Responsible for completing monthly/quarterly/annual Office for National Statistics surveys
  • Prepare and action the timetable detailing tasks for the monthly activities and manage and monitor the activities to ensure a smooth and timely close. Ensure accounting and reporting activities are included within a fully documented procedure manual which is continuously updated and maintained.
  • Ensure compliance to all internal policies and controls (e.g. expenses, travel policy etc), providing review and sign-off
  • Support other finance/accounting functions (e.g. tax, commercial finance) in analysis of data, including supporting the annual R&D Tax Credit submission


Special Conditions:

  • Holiday restrictions apply at month-ends, quarter ends and financial year end
  • Required to work with complete confidentiality
  • Flexibility is required to assist in periods of high-volume of work





  • Understanding of the accounting practices and standards under IFRS and UK GAAP
  • Working with external auditors, tax advisors and local consultants
  • Practical experience of all aspects of the month end and annual closing accounting
  • Working with a highly sales driven and fast-moving culture



  • Improving processes and controls
  • Working within a software company, ideally a global organisation supporting global actions and initiatives
  • Minimum of 3 years post qualification experience in industry
  • Working with SAP
  • Familiar with corporation tax and VAT filing requirements for Ireland
  • Experience of planning processes and budget setting


Financial Control - Core Competencies



  • Financial acumen - understanding the business by interpreting and understanding key financial indicators
  • Global Perspective - taking a broad view when approaching issues
  • Planning and aligning – plan and prioritise work loads to meet commitments and organisational goals
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Collaborating – building relationships and working with others
  • Decision quality – making good and timely decisions
  • Manages ambiguity – operating effectively even when things are not clear
  • Action orientated – taking on new opportunities and challenges with energy and enthusiasm
  • Optimises work processes – effective and efficient processes with a focus on continuous improvement



  • Self Development – actively seek new ways to grow and be challenged



  • Accounting qualification- ACA, ACCA equivalent





  •  Sound understanding of IFRS and UK GAAP and accrual accounting principles
  • Maintain knowledge on rules and regulations governing local entities



  • Project training


What’s Great About Sophos?

  • Our people are what makes Sophos special – we demonstrate shared vision, talent, innovation, and creativity, all of which are accompanied by a great sense of fun and team spirit.
  • Employee-led diversity and inclusion groups that build community within Sophos and provide internal education and advocacy (eg. Sophos Women in Tech group to improve gender parity, encourage gender-balanced leadership, and support career progression at Sophos)
  • Sophos Environment Network and employee challenges to contribute to sustainability and reduce our environmental footprint
  • Annual commitment to charity and fundraising across our global sites and volunteer days for employees to give back to local communities
  • Global trivia competitions to keep our minds sharp
  • Global Mental Health days off work for all Sophos to help employees relax and recharge
  • Monthly employee wellbeing webinars and training to support employee health and wellbeing
  • Employee rewards and thanks, such as our free annual subscription to Calm


Our Commitment To You

We’re proud of the diverse and inclusive environment we have at Sophos, and we’re committed to ensuring equality of opportunity.   We believe that diversity, combined with excellence, builds a better Sophos, so we encourage applicants that can contribute to the diversity of our team.  All applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, sex, gender reassignment, marital status, race, religion or belief, color, age, military veteran status, disability, pregnancy, maternity or sexual orientation.  We want to give you every opportunity to show us your best self, so if there are any adjustments we could make to the recruitment and selection process to support you, please let us know.


Data Protection

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At Sophos, we want every organization to be protected by innovative, next-generation IT security, even those who don't have a huge IT staff. We protect organizations of all sizes, all around the world by making enterprise-grade security that is simple to deploy, manage, and use. It is our passion, and something we are truly proud of.

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