The Group Accountant is an integral part of the Group Finance leadership team. Reporting directly to the Group CFO, you will be accountable for a range of Group accounting activities, and will be technical lead on key accounting policies.
This role will work alongside both the Business Planning & Financial Planning Manager and the Group Reporting Manager; and will have a small team (circa 10) reporting in to them.
This is a varied role that will require the balance of technical knowledge and excellent interpersonal skills to make sound strategic and operational decisions.
You will be responsible ensuring the delivery of key group accounting initiatives and both your advanced communication skills and management style will empower and motivate the team.
You will be responsible for embedding the five core values within the Group Finance Team (Caring; Excellence; Working together;
Trusted; Daring to differentiate), and ensuring these values underpin everything you do, and continue to encourage all Group Finance staff to aspire to them every day in all that they do.
You will also manage the Treasury Team and provide development and mentoring opportunities in order to forge a positive and collaborative culture.
You will have responsibility for ensuring that the Treasury Team develops and maintains a reputation for delivering a great service throughout the organisation.
Management Responsibility :
The Group Accountant is responsible for managing and overseeing Group accountancy functions, including, Holding Accounting, a small finance shared services team, UK Payroll (outsourced), Group Tax, and Group Tax.
The Group Accountant will be accountable for :
Governance - Responsible for maintaining Group Finance policy and procedure documentation, and ensuring the Group Finance team work within the group guidelines
Technical Accounting provide technical accounting support on current and new reporting standards, support proposed acquisitions and ventures, and impact assessments of new reporting standards
Holdings Accounting- Manage the Holdings Accountant, oversight of holding accountings activities (production of timely accurate financial information)
Finance Shared Services management of the shared services team leader, oversight of the teams activities (including maintenance of accounting records and timely reporting)
Payroll Oversee the UK payroll services activities performed by holdings accounting team, oversee, alongside the holdings accountant, the relationship with third party supplier of payroll services to ensure key deliverables are met
Tax Oversight of the group tax activities, including responsibility for the management of the Group Tax Manager, review annual tax computations, ensure timely management information is produced around tax compliance;
provide guidance for the improvement of tax reporting
Treasury - Oversee the Treasury activity and manage the Group Treasury Manager; for maintaining accounting treatment(under IFRS 9) and treasury procedures;
member of the Treasury Committee
Financial Risk Support key stakeholders in the identification of strategic financial risks to ensure that Group Finance teams are working to put suitable controls and measures in place to adequately mitigate these
Management of Group Finance Team Day to day staff management; Performance appraisals; Employee development
Other To undertake any other duties and responsibilities as required / instructed by your line manager; Health & Safety adherence to all Company Health & Safety Policies, Procedures and Safe Working Practices
Leadership, Strategy, Plan and Communications
Cooperates and works across the organisation to deliver the business results
Encourages challenge to foster new ideas and ways of doing things
Gets things done and makes it easy for others to do the same
Builds authentic, effective working relationships
Has a positive can-do attitude
Communicates with clarity
Openly encourages debate to achieve the best outcomes
Open to giving and receiving feedback; identifies, coaches and develops future talent
Minimum Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience :
Relevant professional qualification, with at least 5 years post qualification experience (e.g. ACA, ACCA, CIMA)
University degree or equivalent
Desirable Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience :
A working knowledge ofInternational Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)Tax including International tax and Transfer PricingTreasury activities in an international group, include FX and commodities hedgingBroad understanding of UK payroll
Experience of either management or supervising other members of staff
Experience of reporting to senior management / Board of Directors
Familiarity with ERP systems, and Group Consolidation Software (AX, Onestream)
Job Specific Skills :
Ability to prioritise workload effectively
Ability to document business procedures
IT literate proficient in MS Office software and finance packages
Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate financial information
Full driving licence