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Finance and Compliance Administrator at Desana

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  • Remote
  • parttime
  • ₤21,634 - ₤28,600 a year
  • -
  • Our mission is to “Change the way the world works” and we're building a product that does just that.

    We make it easy for global teams to access workspace — from an hour to a whole day — anywhere in the world, at the touch of a button.

    Through Desana, companies can give their employees ultimate flexibility by allowing them to choose where they want to work. In turn, this reduces commutes, benefiting both people and the planet - as well as allowing employers to make existing offices work more efficiently.

    We've gone through unprecedented growth in the last year: we’ve expanded to more than 60 countries, onboarded thousands of users and seen demand grow like never before. We’re building the technology infrastructure to support the revolution in how people work, and have been joined by an amazing team to help us deliver it to some of the world’s most exciting businesses.

    About the Job 

    As we enter the next stage in our journey we’re looking for a diligent, proactive person to join our Finance Team to support our continued growth. 

    You will have the opportunity to contribute directly to the department’s evolution as we prepare to meet new challenges while growing as a global company. 

    Although primarily working in and supporting the finance team, the role will have exposure to other areas of the business such as internal audit and compliance, enabling you to develop a broad experience base. 

    The role will initially be part-time at three days a week but we see scope for it becoming full-time quite quickly.

    Your Responsibilities

    You’ll be involved in assisting with the following:

    • Accurately reconciling spend transactions in Xero (currently approximately 2k transactions per month) in conjunction with Dext
    • Preparing and issuing customer invoices using Stripe
    • Supporting with creditor & debtor management 
    • Helping to ensure that the team meets investor reporting deadlines 
    • Supporting both Financial and non-Financial Internal audits and compliance administration
    • Supporting with the preparation of our monthly financial reporting
    • Working with third parties in relation to our financial and tax reporting
    • Collating financial information for decision making purposes
    • Supporting internal initiatives
    • Helping with administration around Internal Risk Management including design, audit and implementation of internal controls and policies
    • Providing general administrative support to other business areas including the  Internal Compliance, Information Security and Cybersecurity Function as required. 

    Your Skills and Experience

    • Demonstrable experience in bookkeeping
    • Experience and familiarity with Xero. 
    • Professional Financial qualifications would be advantageous.
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Knowledge of financial regulations and laws
    • Strong Excel / Google Sheets competency
    • Familiar with processes and controls regarding online banking and cash management 
    • An interest in risk management, audit work and internal control methodologies would be advantageous
    • Strong communication skills

    About You

    • Organised and detail orientated
    • Good time management skills
    • Inquisitive and keen to develop a broad experience base within finance
    • Proactive and solution driven
    • You love to learn and continually develop yourself and your wider team.
    • You enjoy having fun, work well with others and are a team player.
    • Based within a 3 hour time zone of the UK.
    • Willing to undertake a background check prior to joining. 

    Why Desana?

    Your career and progression are massively important to us. 

    That’s why we’re building complete career progression transparency—mapping salaries and company share options to every stage of your development—so that you know exactly how you can progress, and how much you’ll be paid when you achieve your goals. We also happen to be a leading company in one of the biggest market changes in history…

    Salary and Progression

    Pay and Share Options have always been a bit of a dark art.

    We strongly believe the dark needs some light. That’s why we’re building tools to facilitate complete salary transparency and progression paths so that you’ll always know how you can grow and what it will mean when you do. You can find that here: 

    It doesn't matter who you are and what your background is - so long as you have the right skills and are a great team player, we believe that you should be paid fairly and the same as everyone else at your level. 

    Based on our framework (which computes above average salaries for your role across a number of sources and applies factors to account for things like your experience, seniority and location), your salary for this role will be between £21,634 - £28,600 (pro rata) depending on your experience and location.

    What you can expect

    Here's what you can expect from Desana - plus we are looking to build a great benefits package as we grow.


    • Your salary
    • Plus regular salary reviews measured against transparent, clearly defined milestones and market benchmarks.
    • With company performance related bonuses - when we do well, you do well.
    • Not to mention Share Options in our company that grow as you do.

    ✈️ Holidays

      • You’ll officially get 32 days in your contract.
      • We also take at least one week off at Christmas which doesn’t come out of your allowance.
      • Spend five years at Desana and get a four-week paid sabbatical, and another every five years after.
      • Also, take your birthday off, no questions.

    🌏 Work Flexibly

    • We’re a company built around the idea of flexible working. We don’t just sell the dream, we live it.
    • You’ll get free access to the Desana app to work from wherever is most convenient or best for you. 
    • This includes being able to work outside of your country of employment for up to 80 working days per year.
    • Or if working from home makes most sense for you, then feel free to work from home. Just know that you’ll have the option to use any of the spaces in our network. 
    • And, if you’ve got another commitment during the working day (the school run, the doctor, or an appointment with your favourite hairdresser), then plan your work around it.

    🌱 Growth

    • Meaningful work with people who care.
    • We work with you to set and achieve your professional and personal goals.
    • Up to eight hours per month can be dedicated to your personal development - read, meet with mentors, listen to Podcasts, jump on YouTube - but there’s one catch: it has to be relevant to your role and we want to hear what you’ve been learning so we can all benefit and grow too.
    • Plus, everyone gets a budget each year which can be spent on professional development, including books, training courses and conferences. 
    • We’ll also give you five days away from work a year to attend training and development opportunities.

    🍾 Pension

    • We offer a 4% employer contribution (we pay you 100% of your salary, then 4% extra into your pension).
    • We use SMART Pensions because they invest in passive Index Funds that are relatively low cost - meaning they should (note the emphasis on should) provide better returns than actively managed funds in the long-term.

    👀 Everything else

    • Build your mental health with access to Spill, allowing you to chat with a therapist whenever you want.
    • Annual company offsites where the whole team enjoys a bit of a  break  together.
    • We’ll provide you with a shiny new laptop for you to do your job.
    • You’ll also receive a budget to be able to customise your own remote setup.



    Interview Process

    Our team is entirely remote, and so is our interview process. You’ll need access to a device for video calls and a good internet connection.

    1. Initial application (short questionnaire that’ll tell us a bit about you)
    2. Initial video call (30 minutes)
    3. A short test that’s related to the challenges we face at Desana
    4. Role specific interview (1 hour)
    5. Coffee with one of our founders (30 minutes)
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