Senior Accountant

Taylor & Francis Group

We are currently looking for a Senior Accountant reporting to the Financial Controller EMEA. This is a key operational role that is accountable for delivering an accurate, high value consistent accounting service. You will lead a team within the Global Accounting function providing leadership and guidance to ensure your team delivers excellent accounting service to the business driving balance sheet integrity. You will be a high-performing individual who embraces and drives change management processes whilst showing effective collaboration with your team and business counterparties. You will also ensure that all company policies are adhered to and that specific duties are carried out within set time limits whilst providing an excellent level of service to all Informa customers and colleagues.

This role will be based predominantly from home in the UK, with regular travel (approx. 1-2 days per week) to our office in Colchester and occasional travel to our offices in Blackfriars, London, or Milton Park, Oxfordshire. You must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Closing date: 9 February 2024.

The Senior Accountant is expected to assume the following key responsibilities plus any other reasonable duties as required:

  • Responsible for the monthly close process of the Management Accounts; Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet. Details include; Reconciliations, Accruals, Allocations, Revenue downloads, Pre-payments, Variance Analysis and commentary in accordance with the published timetable
  • Responsible for maintaining compliance with control policy and procedures within the Global Accounting team
  • Ensure Balance Sheet reconciliations are completed in accordance with Balance Sheet Integrity guidelines and control frameworks
  • Ensure that issues are escalated as appropriate to your Financial Controller in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for Financial Reporting and Analysis including Group reporting, supplementary packs and ad-hoc requests
  • Lead a team of accounting professionals (with direct line management), ensuring that planning and prioritisation of work within the team is enough to maintain and improve team’s performance.
  • Publish financial results in the relevant finance systems
  • Ensure communications are handled between the SSO, Group finance and the Business Teams
  • To be involved with any acquisition integration/due diligence
  • Working on projects including key process testing & systems
  • Working with internal and external auditors
  • Analyse and solve Ad-hoc problems using knowledge of business and systems
  • Embrace change and continuously seek out improvements

Leadership:

  • Ensure that appropriate People Development tools are utilised throughout your team consistently and fairly to ensure the optimum performance of all colleagues concentrating on both technical and soft skill development in conjunction with local HR colleagues.
  • Ensure that planning and prioritisation of work within the team is enough to maintain and improve performance metrics.
  • Encourage an environment in which people value diversity either in recruitment, team formation and/or in developing plans and strategies.
  • Bring team members into discussions so that they can contribute their ideas, are involved in setting team objectives, and feel engaged on issues that affect them.
  • Support, assist and cover team members where necessary.

Qualifications

Strong academic background

  • A qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or CIMA) with experience of leading an R2R team within a large finance function
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of all R2R processes including best practice in R2R, people, processes and technology
  • Confident in how to lead and guide a team through challenging periods.
  • Be able to manage competing priorities and achieving deadlines, whilst delivering a high standard of work and supporting the team as and when needed.
  • Evidence of making decisions at the right time based on the information available.
  • Strong people manager who actively engages and embraces talent management conversations.
  • Good presentation skills

Skills & Abilities

  • Good communication skills with the ability to build good relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, internal departments and key contacts
  • Proficient skills in Excel, Word and Outlook are essential, and SAP experience is desirable
  • Remain approachable under pressure
  • Act with integrity, tact and diplomacy
  • Work as part of a team
  • Ability to complete a variety of related tasks
  • Pro-actively solve problems
  • Excellent Customer Service skills
  • Ability to be flexible within the role

Additional Information

UK Benefits:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Company funded single cover private medical insurance as standard
  • A discretionary 3 additional days leave at Christmas
  • 4 paid volunteering days annually
  • Day off for your birthday
  • Pension contributions
  • Seasonal social and charitable events
  • Training and development opportunities

Location: – Balanced/hybrid working model with 1-2 days spent at the office in Colchester each week.

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