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Group Accountant FTSE 100 Retailer

  • Location: City of London, London
  • Salary: £50000 - £55000.00 per annum + 20% bonus
  • Contract hours: FullTime

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Summary of the Roles Main Purpose:

Working within the Group Finance Team and owning the financial accounting for a portfolio of Group companies, as well as a number of technical areas. In addition this individual will work closely with the Group Consolidation Manager and Group Reporting Manager in producing the consolidated Group results a periodic, half year and full year basis.

Principle Accountabilities:

GROUP COMPANY FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Production and management of a number of Group company accounts
Maintenance of all accounting records and trial balances of each entity within Excel & Oracle
Ownership and reconciliation of allocated balance sheet accounts
Assistance with accounting for property, financing and tax structures in line with Corporate Finance and business requirements
Management of accounting integration for relevant acquisitions and disposals

SUBSIDIARY STATUTORY ACCOUNTS PREPARATION PROCESS

Preparation of the Groups subsidiary statutory accounts
Liaising with external auditors and the internal Group Reporting team to ensure statutory accounts are prepared and audited within the set timelines
Ensuring Groups statutory accounts are filed with Companies House on a timely basis

TECHNICAL AREA OWNERSHIP

Be a subject matter expert for a specific accounting area e.g. pensions, cash flow, share based payments etc.
Own all accounting entries for subject area.
Ensure correct presentation of subject area in Group accounts

GROUP CONSOLIDATION

Assist with the production of the periodic Income Statement and Balance Sheet, ensuring all consolidation journals are posted and reconciled
Assist with the intercompany process ensuring that all Group balances are accurately reconciled and agreed on a periodic basis
Ensure that the Group companies management accounts are uploaded into Hyperion for the Group consolidation
Preparation of cash flow statement and related commentary
Preparation of period end, half year and year end cash flow statement

BUDGETING & FORECASTING

Budgeting & forecasting for Group companies, in conjunction with relevant divisions and providing analysis and commentary on any large variances
Budgeting & forecasting for the allocated balance sheet accounts

OTHER

Perform a high standard of ad hoc analysis to support the CFO and Director of Group Finance which identifies key issues and opportunities for improvement
Input into the Annual Report and Half year process including ownership in the preparation of financial statement notes
Demonstrate the use of judgment in calculating, presenting and arguing the application of accounting standards to the Group; ensuring that balanced arguments are presented in formal papers to external auditors
In conjunction with the Group Reporting Manager, ensure the business is up to date and fully prepared for all new financial/accounting standard changes/interpretations under International Accounting Standards, providing briefing papers, interpreting technical accounting concepts to the companies position
Provide technical accounting support to wider business projects on an ad hoc basis.

Measures of Success:

Accurate primary statements produced for management reporting
Group entity accounts are fully reconciled with robust financial control
Subsidiary statutory accounts filed within given timescales
Accounting regulation changes identified prior to the event with all expected accounting implications identified and documented
Positive customer feedback from divisional teams

Core Areas of Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

Qualified accountant with good knowledge of IFRS standards
Selfstarter who can work independently with minimal support
Good systems skills (Excel, Oracle & Hyperion)
Excellent communication and influencing skills
Able to demonstrate a strong customer service ethic
A critical eye for detail.
Project management skills
The ability to work under pressure providing accurate high quality work under tight deadlines

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