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Financial Reporting Accountant

Posted: 18 May 2021 Closes: 22 Jul 2021
London (FT) Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR006678

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The Role / Position Overview

This role is based in the central reporting team at the Finance function of the FT in London, and works in partnership with Business Analysts who manage specific business lines and regional finance teams. The post holder will ensure the accurate, timely and relevant processing of financial data and will provide assistance as required to the central reporting team to ensure the consolidated monthly results are reported on time with continuous improvement in the quality and reliability of the submission.

Key Responsibilities

  • To support the monthly reporting process, including the preparation of various supporting schedules as required, UK and expat payroll processing and checking, headcount reporting, journal posting and to assist the Group Finance Manager with the global submission of consolidated financial statements.

  • To assist the Reporting team by owning the reconciliation of a number of balance sheet accounts and coordinating the wider balance sheet account reconciliation process as well as reviewing the reconciliations of other team members.

  • To review the Fixed Assets accounts in detail by working closely with the Fixed Assets Accountant to improve process controls, review of depreciation, review and analysis of additions, reviewing and approving contracts and ensuring classification is in line with accounting standards.

  • To respond to ad hoc requests for financial information from HMRC and the Office for National Statistics.

  • Calculation and booking of intercompany interest entries at year end.

  • To provide ad-hoc analysis for the central finance and wider teams.

  • Completion of 14 sets of statutory accounts; preparation of trial balances, calculating statutory adjustments, guiding the process through tax, audit and CoSec review.

  • Involvement in half-year and year-end reporting, analysing results to complete statutory schedules for our Parent Company’s accounts.

  • Answer technical accounting queries from the business and the central finance team.

  • Active involvement in reviewing new accounting standards and analysing potential impact on the Group.

Required Skills / Experience 

  • A qualified Accountant ideally with experience of reconciliation, audit and participation in the preparation of consolidated group accounts.

  • Excellent analytical and technical financial skills, with the ability to diagnose and apply appropriate techniques to the resolution of business issues. Strong knowledge of IFRS and UK GAAP and a desire to keep up to date with changes and how they affect the FT.

  • Developed communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and persuade through personal credibility, integrity and professionalism.

  • Organisation and planning skills with the ability to deal effectively with both short term imperatives and long-term planning.

  • Enthusiasm, resilience, drive and commitment, with the ability to work effectively in a constantly changing and pressured environment.

  • Strong Excel skills are fundamental to this role, experience of Oracle will be advantageous.

Influencing and Persuading - Able to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others and constantly develops and expands own sources of influence. Has thought through issues and has responses to counter-arguments.

Flexibility - Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change. Continuously seeks better ways of doing things and is prepared to try and implement change even in adverse circumstances.

Planning and Organising - Able to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Can cope with a large and demanding workload.

Decision Making -Originates action and takes responsibility for decisions made.

Communication- Able to communicate clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques adapting as relevant to individual audiences.

What’s in it for you? Our Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working (including working from home), medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages, subsidised gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

Further Information

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help. 



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