VP Global Financial Controller

Date: 25-Nov-2022

Location: London, GB, E14 5LQ

Company: Paysafe

Paysafe Limited (“Paysafe”) (NYSE: PSFE) (PSFE.WS) is a leading specialised payments platform. Its core purpose is to enable businesses and consumers to connect and transact seamlessly through industry-leading capabilities in payment processing, digital wallet, and online cash solutions. With over 20 years of online payment experience, an annualised transactional volume of over US $120 billion in 2021, and approximately 3,500 employees located in 10+ countries, Paysafe connects businesses and consumers across 100 payment types in over 40 currencies around the world. Delivered through an integrated platform, Paysafe solutions are geared toward mobile-initiated transactions, real-time analytics and the convergence between brick-and-mortar and online payments. Further information is available at www.paysafe.com.


This is a key hire for this UK headquartered business and the VP, Global Financial Controller will lead established teams across the globe whilst several key transformation initiatives focused on the centralization and standardization of processes.


The successful candidate will be able to work in a fast-paced environment and prove their resilience through a period of growth and change through showing leadership to the team, taking ownership of projects, driving operational improvements and building strong relationships with key stakeholders internally.


The VP, Global Financial Controller will ultimately report to Paysafe’s Chief Accounting Officer and is responsible for overseeing the divisional controllership teams as “first line of defense”, with the support of the Group Reporting team to function as a second line of defense in review of the aggregate of divisional data.


This individual will also work closely with cross-functional teams across the group. These include:

  • GBS
  • SEC Reporting
  • Management Reporting
  • SOX
  • Group FP&A
  • Group Tax
  • Group Treasury
  • VP EEA Finance
  • Divisional CFO(s)
  • Head of Finance Systems


Key responsibilities:


Key responsibilities include oversight of the following areas:


  • Group level governance and oversight activities – for example finance representation on policy and ethics discussions, subsidiary board directorships and for regulatory oversight of the Group’s FCA and CBI regulated entities (FCA returns, Safeguarding Committee, Second line of defence activities) alongside VP EEA Finance and Divisional CFOs.


  • Driver of the target state operating model of the global financial control function, including:
    • Identification of centralization and/or standardization opportunities
    • Identification of other opportunities that improve the quality or efficiency of our global close processes and controls
    • Indirect ownership and leadership of the accounting/financial control teams within GBS
    • Establishing an appropriate governance model, including the monitoring of the quality of work from GBS.


  • Work alongside other group functions (tax, treasury etc) to simplify our corporate structure, including legal entities and transfer pricing structure.


  • Oversight of the Divisional Financial Controllers, teams and the respective close process, including:
    • Prioritization and decision-making support
    • Division close timelines and improvement initiatives
    • SOX controls over divisional reporting and close
    • Support on people issues, in conjunction with Global HR.
    • Liaison with professional advisors (such as auditors) to support global and statutory audits


  • Works closely with Senior Program Manager (PMO – Finance) to ensure appropriate prioritization across Finance activities and overall delivery of Finance Transformation.  Works with CAO to monitor projects in PMO-led roadmap to ensure all parties are delivering (PMO, technology, etc.).



The role will be based in Paysafe’s London headquarters with some required travel to global offices, specifically Houston, Vienna and Sofia.




Experience and competencies demonstrated by appropriate candidates, would include the following:

  • Close and reporting experience gained in ether a FTSE 100/top end FTSE 250 plc or a large multi entity division of a US Listed group
  • Strong systems and group/divisional close and consolidations foundation; strong understanding of HFM (or equivalent systems) functionality and capabilities
  • Minimum 10+ years, post qualification professional experience gained in complex business with international operations
  • Qualified Accountant – Top 4 ACA
  • Proven track record of initiating and leading successful change
  • Shared service center experience or coordination a plus
  • Highly organised, able to adapt quickly in a fast-moving environment, and handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Confident with complex concepts
  • Strong academic pedigree
  • Excellent leadership skills combined with a strong technical grounding
  • A proven track record of achievement to date, and clear evidence of driving one’s own career agenda and have taken appropriate steps to enhance their skills and experience
  • Ambitious, career-minded and capable of bigger challenges




  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; able to engage with individuals at all levels within the organization and to advise and influence managers from different parts of the business whilst providing strong financial control where necessary.
  • Proven team player with leadership skills including the ability to coach and energise others.
  • Well-organized, structured, resilient, efficient and goal-orientated
  • Hands-on, proactive, takes initiative in problem solving and is able to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong communication, negotiation, change management and project management skills. 
  • Strong ability to drive transformational change and think outside the box to drive global improvements.
  • Able to shape and drive agendas. Focused on outputs and results
  • Ability to communicate with staff at all levels and a relationship builder, able to listen, influence and work in a team environment.
  • Will have the ability to talk to and explain finance to non-finance stakeholders.
  • Clear thinking, decisive and articulate and able to demonstrate necessary leadership, presence and gravitas
  • Team player, leader of people and a natural ability to coach and develop
  • Independent thinker and able to constructively challenge and question
  • Demonstrate commercial awareness and engage in a business context
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and bring this together with corporate best practice


Equal Employment Opportunity


Paysafe is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to providing a work environment of mutual respect to everyone without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.