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The Ogilvy Group UK Finance Team is an integral part of Ogilvy UK. The team reports into the Finance Director of Ogilvy UK and the Chief Operating Office of Ogilvy Group UK.
The Ogilvy Group UK Finance Team consists of 6 members of staff and is headed up by two Financial Controllers. The group team has overall responsibility for reporting to WPP, statutory reporting, compliance, and systems.
The team manages and controls the group P&L and balance sheet. The team also focuses on sharing financial knowledge and information throughout the Ogilvy Group UK Finance community.
The Ogilvy Group UK Finance team also leads on overall group financial performance, setting, and reviewing target KPIs, recommendations for systems improvements which will improve the financial and operational performance of all the units of the Ogilvy Group UK.
The Ogilvy Group UK supports the Ogilvy UK Accelerator units, providing financial support and advice on systems, processes, and pricing to set help influence strategic direction for those units.
The Role : This role reports into the Financial Controller. The Senior Management Accountant is responsible for the reporting, control and forecasting of all operating costs.
This will involve regular meetings with budget holders and a detailed understanding of the cost budgets. You will be responsible for the balance sheet, ensuring there are detailed reconciliations of all balance sheet accounts.
You will also be responsible for the This role manages one Assistant Management Accountant who will assist with managing the P&L, balance sheet and recharge process for the Group unit.
You will be a key contact in Group finance, building a strong relationship with key suppliers, partners and stakeholders Key Responsibilities : Management & Financial Reporting Managing the preparation and submission of all reporting in line with the WPP group reporting calendar Ensuring all stakeholders are aware of their responsibilities in terms of reporting Ensuring monthly report are distributed to budget holders and meeting with them on a regular basis to discuss forecasts and YTD spend Ensuring all costs and reporting is in line with Sox and other internal policies Ensuring all assets are accounted for correctly Managing a clear and transparent recharge process for all stakeholders, ensuring all costs are charged on a true and fair basis in a timely manner Compliance & Statutory Reporting Preparation and submission of quarterly VAT return for the VAT group Preparation and submission of annual PSA return for the Group Assist with the production of the Statutory Accounts Assist with the submission of the Corporation Tax Return Assist with all other financial submissions required under UK Law Suggesting updates to internal policies and highlighting any areas of duplication Assistance with all audits Systems Ensuring best practice adopted in terms of all systems (excel, Maconomy, Cartesis) for efficient and accurate reporting and cost management Advising on systems improvements or best practice improvements that can be implemented in the finance team or the wider agency Skills : An individual with a through and detailed approach.
A qualified or part qualified accountant who has a good understanding of Ogilvy and WPP systems, experience with monthly reporting and a good track record of hitting deadlines.
A pragmatic thinker with a good head for double entry who maintains a clear head under time pressure. An individual who has a keen sense of budget management and a good manner for communicating with staff at all levels.