About Octopus

Octopus Labs is the fintech innovation unit of the Octopus Group. We fuse track record and technology, expertise and UX, to build financial products the way they should be: trustworthy, rewarding and easy-to-use.

2 years ago we launched our first business, a peer-to-peer lending platform called Octopus Choice. We now have over 8,000 customers with assets under management over £190 million. Our second business Octopus Cash was launched 18 months ago with an AUM of £63 million today. Both businesses are growing at a rapid pace and each has the potential to grow to >£1 billion in the next few years.

Working at Octopus Labs provides an opportunity to combine the exciting pace and enthusiasm of a start-up, with the broader benefits of a large, well-capitalised business that manages more than £7 billion and has over 280,000 customers.

The role

As a Management Accountant for Octopus Labs you will be a key member of a growing finance team and will have the opportunity to progress your career in finance and accounting whilst surrounded by brilliant and creative tech-focused people. You’ll learn more and be exposed to more than you ever could have imagined in a finance role, all whilst knuckling down with your CPD and working towards becoming that perfect finance all-rounder.

What?

Of course, you’ll be getting stuck in with the classic accounting and reporting requirements of the team. In addition you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to drive the agenda on a variety of things that the finance team currently have a view over:

  • Weekly and ad-hoc MI reporting on business KPIs
  • Monthly financial reporting cycle for 5 entities across the Labs group of companies
  • Quarterly FCA returns, financial deep-dive and board packs
  • Annual audit and tax compliance work
  • Annual budget preparation
  • Bank debt covenant reporting
  • Choice platform loan book management and reporting
  • Business partnering across the Octopus Group
  • Close collaboration with our tech team to ensure smooth running and data integrity on the platform
  • Systems automation/design: playing a leading role in the automation and improvement of existing and pipeline finance/reporting systems
  • Financial modelling/business growth: sharpening your modelling skills with a variety of growth and development projects that will support the expansion of the different Labs businesses
  • Process redesign: having your say in how we should streamline, automate and improve all financial and operational processes – absolutely key as we scale all our businesses!
  • And many more!!

How?

First and foremost, we are looking for somebody who will be a great fit. You will likely be 1-2 years post-qualified and have solid knowledge and skills which are sharpening and developing every day (and we’ll make sure they continue to do so!). What is key, however, is an emphasis on more of the soft skills that will allow you to get the most out of the role and the team:

  • An insatiable thirst to learn
  • A willingness to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in
  • A solid self-starter who thrives under pressure and is relentless in challenging the status quo
  • A team player (essential), but also not afraid to jump in to a solo project and make it your own
  • The ability to spot areas of weakness and opportunity in processes and systems; the courage to speak up and challenge them and suggest improvements

Why?

Plenty of reasons to come on board!

  • Continued professional development support
  • Flexible working hours
  • Clear progression and opportunities to develop a deep set of skills, both ‘financey’ and ‘non-financey’
  • Exceptionally diverse/multinational team
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • Lovely, ‘fintech-feel’ office (we have a basketball hoop, yes)

Qualifications & Skills?

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an analytical/technical area preferred, although not essential (we like to consider all backgrounds and circumstances)
  • 1-2 years post qualified ACCA or CIMA
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and work as part of a team
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Understanding of key financial concepts (and thirst to learn more, more, more!)
  • Knowledge of SQL / Python would be a plus
  • Burning love for excel and spreadsheets (your next tattoo is going to be ‘Atl-W-V-G,’ right?)

Note: you must have the right to work in the UK.

Our Values

Be helpful

Random acts of kindness make the workplace a better place. So, go out of your way to be helpful, and give people reasons to smile.

Be straightforward

Life is complicated enough. Don’t make it harder for yourself, or for others. Sometimes the simplest approach works wonders.

Be bold

Every great business started with a flash of inspiration. If you’ve got a great idea, don’t keep it to yourself.

At Octopus, we recognise the importance of embracing diversity in order to create a high performance culture.