Financial Controller

Finance & Operations · Surry Hills, New South Wales
Department Finance & Operations
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Practice Ignition is an accounting automation solution designed to help accounting firms simplify and streamline the accounting workflows and other related processes of their clients. We are creating change across the accounting industry, it requires a customer-centric mindset, a collaborative approach, and a humble curiosity.


We are looking for an experienced Financial Controller who is looking to take the next step in their career in a high growth, culture focussed, technology start up.
This is a key role within Practice Ignition’s core operations team, leading a newly established team in all aspects of finance for the next stage of growth.
This role will report into the CFO and the Executive team, and will be based in our brand new offices in Surry Hills.


This is a leadership role, supporting the global business out of our head office in Sydney. The role focuses on the management of all core finance operations across 6 countries and has a team of 5 direct reports.


The duties and responsibilities of this role may include, but are not limited to:

  • Monthly management and board reporting preparation
  • Oversee the compliance & tax obligations of 6 entities, in conjunction with local outsourced accounting providers
  • Manage and enhance the budgeting and forecast processes
  • Own and drive the modelling of new business opportunities and other key metric reporting frameworks, as the business grows
  • Overseeing the group’s payroll function across 6 entities
  • Manage debt covenant and other banking reporting
  • Oversee the day to day business banking, treasury and FX management needs, including forecasting
  • Oversee ad hoc reporting required by our investors and venture capital partners
  • Manage the external audit (and any future internal audit commitments) and financial statements process
  • In partnership with the CRO, manage the enhancement & calculation of all global discretionary compensation plans
  • Manage the day to day record keeping related to the capital structure, along with the management and evolution of the global ESOP plan + related reporting requirements
  • Be a driver of robust process improvement within the finance team and the wider business; with a focus on opportunities to automate processes for scale
  • Own the establishment and maintenance of the financial policies of the group
  • Oversee the accounts receivable, accounts payable, delegations and procurement processes
  • Oversee the review of, and application for, all and any available government grants and incentives applicable to a technology start up of this size
  • Own the financial risk management controls, processes and policies associated with the payments arm of the business
  • Oversee the management of all office facilities
  • Oversee legal advisor relationships and key insurance commitments
  • Providing ad-hoc support to the executive leadership team across a range of projects to drive efficiency and manage costs across the business as it grows


Skills Required

  • You will need to understand the SaaS business model, and have experience working across multiple regions, Preferably, but not inclusively, UK, US, CA, ZA, AU, NZ, PH
  • Proven experience leading a finance team through ambiguity and change; experience driving long term change management projects.
  • Previous Budgeting and Forecasting experience in a multi business/region environment
  • Previous board reporting experience
  • Exposure to the payments industry will be highly valued
  • Experience managing audit & tax process for multiple legal entities in the one role (Australian tax knowledge essential)
  • Ability to show initiative & leadership in solving challenges as they arise, in a fast paced environment, where no two days are the same
  • Clear and confident communication skills, with the ability to translate complex financial information into clear insights for the business and other stakeholders
  • Willingness & aptitude to learn and understand the Practice Ignition product and value proposition, as this drives everything we do
  • High level of proficiency using the tools of the trade: Xero, Excel - intermediate, Google Suite - Sheets, Google Docs, Cloud based - Financial Reporting Systems.
  • Relevant bachelor’s degree in a business or a related field, along with 5+ years post qualification experience as a CA, CPA (or relevant professional qualification); training in a Big 4 environment desirable, though not required


 Who you are

  • You have a high attention to detail
  • You don’t shy away from feedback and you take it on board
  • You have terrific communication skills – both written and verbal
  • You’re systems and process driven
  • You’re happy to be flexible when things don’t go to plan
  • You’re an organiser at heart
  • You feel most comfortable working to deadlines
  • You thrive off working in a team & displaying calm and practical leadership to your team


Company Values

We are better everyday
We work without ego
We are smarter together
We hero our customer


  • We engage in robust and articulate dialogue while maintaining an open mind
  • We are effective working autonomously, but also with a strong team ethic. We may reward individual effort, but we most certainly play as a team in everything we do
  • We have the ability to focus yet still have a laugh in high-pressure situations
  • We are comfortable working with globally distributed teams who bring together complementary skill sets
  • We are proactive learners, and encourage the continuous development of our skill-sets
  • We are passionate about delivering services to our customers and able to champion their needs
  • We are able to think creatively and develop solutions for our customers


Key Internal relationships:
Leadership + Executive team, Finance/Ops team, People & Culture team


Practice Ignition is an equal opportunity employer and conducts its employment practices based on business needs and in a manner that treats employees and applicants on the basis of merit and experience. If you require assistance in your application please contact

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  • Location
    Surry Hills, New South Wales
  • Department
    Finance & Operations
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience