Group Financial Accountant

Group Financial Accountant

Job Title: Group Financial Accountant
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Chester, Cheshire
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Reference: 10332/001_1560156284
Contact Name: Louise Billett
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 10, 2019 09:44

Job Description

This role reports into the Finance Manager and will work within a small team, encompassing management and financial accounting/reporting, Group statutory reporting and technical analysis, internal controls and processes, taxes and treasury.

The role is responsible for delivering the outputs of this team, namely preparing/reviewing all deliverables, including:-

  • Production of monthly management and financial accounts and associated commentaries
  • Group statutory reporting and associated technical analysis and interpretation
  • Production of VAT and Corporation Tax returns and associated expertise within the business
  • Focus on systems, processes and controls to ensure that risks are minimised and processes are scalable as the business continues to grow

What will you be doing?

Key Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for both preparing outputs and managing a wide variety of deliverables within the team ensuring that your own and the team's deliverables as outlined below are produced on a reliable, relevant, accurate and timely basis.

Management and financial accounts/reporting:

  • Production of monthly management and financial accounts packs to include analysis and commentary on all areas of the P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash flow
  • Control and reporting of Capex spend
  • Ensure that all processes, procedures and controls have been applied, including the maintenance/development/improvement of internal controls reporting and all associated documentation
  • Ensure all Balance Sheet reconciliations are prepared, reviewed and any issues dealt with promptly

Statutory reporting:

  • Production of Group consolidated and individual statutory accounts and drafting of associated press releases, presentation materials, Annual Report, Audit Committee papers etc
  • Liasion point with external auditors.
  • Review and analysis of accounting regulation changes and preparation of technical papers to propose and support accounting treatments


  • Preparation, review and delivery of corporate and deferred tax calculations for statutory reporting.

Budgeting and forecasting:

  • Assisting the Opex & Headcount Manager and Commercial Finance teams in the process for producing annual budgets and rolling forecasts


  • Working with the Systems team to continually develop our use of Board and Workday functionality and continue to migrate away from Excel based inputs/outputs whilst constantly seeking to maintain and improve the control environment

What do you need to excel in this role?

  • Accounting qualification - ACA or ACCA focus on statutory and technical reporting.
  • Strong accounting and tax technical knowledge, including IFRS, UK GAAP, Corporation Tax, VAT and PAYE
  • Experience of year end Group reporting process through to delivery of Annual Report and associated materials
  • Ability to review and analyse data or complex technical accounting issues, drawing out key matters of significance and interpret them in written or verbal communications to finance and non-finance stakeholders
  • The ability to form close working relationships with management, to be able to communicate at their level, understand their requirements, gain their trust and influence them where necessary
  • An understanding of the key drivers of the model and how developments or changes could impact from an accounting and tax perspective
  • Proactive demeanour with the ability to offer constructive advice or solutions
  • Insists on accuracy and self-checking by team members and a culture of review
  • Handles problems with innovation and creativity
  • Has excellent analytical skills and an ability to get to the heart of complex problems
  • Focus on results and achieving personal work objectives
  • Takes control, initiates action and take responsibility
  • Manages pressure well and copes well with demands from a number of different stakeholders
  • Plans ahead and works in a systematic and organised way
  • Credible and trustworthy - someone that people will listen to and take notice of - seen as a "go to" person by colleagues.