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Financial Reporting Accountant

  • Salary: £325 - £375 per day
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Bournemouth, Dorset
  • Sector: Financial Accountant
  • Date posted: 26/04/2017
  • Job reference: J365392A

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My client, a well known engineering company based in Bournemouth, is currently seeking a Financial Reporting Accountant to join their finance team on a 6 month contract.
You should ideally be immediately available, or on a maximum of 2 week's notice.
You will need to pass security clearance ahead of starting this role.

This role will report to the Divisional Head of Reporting, supporting all aspects of Business Unit financial reporting. This will include;
· Supporting submission of Group reporting on behalf of the Business Unit including monthly accounts, budgets, forecasts and strategic plans.
· Business model development and review - for all aspects of reporting and forecasting, including variance analysis
· Liaising with the Group finance team in Group reporting matters, including additional reporting requirements for half year and year end periods.
· Supporting preparation of statutory accounts, tax packs and group submissions
· Supporting with SAP implementation
· Interfacing with external auditors, including management of deliverables and other ad hoc audit requirements
· Providing support to the Divisional Finance Director and Head of Reporting in all ad hoc analysis requests (including providing input into technical accounting papers as and when required on a Divisional or BU basis).

Key Outputs/Deliverables

· Ensuring compliance with Group Finance policies and procedures (including initial review and challenge of internal audit questionnaires as completed by the BU's)
· Consolidation of BU monthly accounts for presentation to the Head of Reporting prior to review by the senior finance team
· Consolidation of BU budgets and forecasts for presentation to the Head of Reporting prior to review by the senior finance team
· Adherence to all reporting timetables for monthly actuals, budget and forecast submissions
· Ad-hoc BU reporting, including responding to Group on urgent technical queries arising in respect of BU submissions.
· Ensuring the completeness of response to the external auditors in respect of audit deliverables
· Year end audit packs, tax packs and other Group reporting requirements.
· Compiling BU Cabinet office returns.
· All other Business Unit reporting requirements including Balance sheet reconciliations, order book analysis, operating cashflow performance etc.
· Identification of opportunities for continuous improvement of the services provided ensuring engagement with individuals who can validate and progress those opportunities.

Main Accountabilities

· Production of timely and technically accurate BU management accounts, budgets and forecasts, including liaison with Business Unit finance stakeholders.
· Production of timely and technically accurate statutory reporting, meeting Group signing deadlines and other filing requirements.
· Production of ad-hoc BU reporting.
· Close liaison with external auditors to ensure timely fulfilment of deliverables requests during the half year and full year audit processes, as well as additional audit deliverables during the local statutory accounts process and presentations for the Business Unit Finance Director and subsequent submission to Group.
· Managing the review and sign-off of Business Unit budgets, forecasts and strategic plans with the Business Unit Finance Director.
· Production of order book reports to support the above submissions.
· Production of internal timetables required to manage all major finance programmes in respect of the Business Unit e.g. budget, forecast, strategic plan and audits.
· Production and submission of year end audit packs, tax packs and other Group reporting requirements.
· Managing the collation, review and sign-off process for the Business Unit trading entity balance sheet account reconciliations.

Qualifications and Experience

· Recognised professional qualification (ACA, ACCA, ACMA)
· Experience of audit and statutory accounts processes, gained through professional practice
· Strong and up to date technical accounting knowledge, including IFRS and UK GAAP
· Ability to understand and manipulate data to present clear and concise financial messages for review.
· Ability to ensure deadlines and targets are achieved or surpassed.
· Ability to maintain knowledge of industry and regulatory standards in respect to Financial Reporting.

Key Technical Skills / competencies:

· Extensive experience in the use of Microsoft Office 2010 suite of applications including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio and Outlook.
· Experience of Finance IT applications (e.g. SAP, Navision, IFS etc.)
· Proven track record on the Cognos Reporting system or a similar application

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