Senior Financial Accountant

Job Details
  • Location: Support Office, LE19 1SU
  • Type of Role: Full - Time
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday - Friday
  • Salary: up to £45,000 basic plus benefits and bonus

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We are currently looking for a Senior Financial Accountant to join our wider finance team!

Reporting into the Financial Controller, you will take responsibility for the running of the company’s financial accounting & property accounting function. The job holder will initially be focused on statutory reporting, accounting for our Commercial business, and tax and treasury, with the opportunity to get involved in various wider projects. 

Key Accountabilities

Customer / Strategy / Plan

  • To work with the Financial Controller and the rest of the finance team to ensure that key aspects of the company’s financial accounting processes are appropriately administered and information is available in a timely fashion.
  • Close off the company’s ledgers within agreed timescales and ensure that all key balance sheet control accounts have been reconciled and approved on a monthly basis.
  • The job holder (and team) will have accountability for statutory reporting, accounting for our Commercial business, fixed assets, and tax and treasury.
  • Look to drive improvements where possible to increase the reliability and robustness of controls and reconciliations.
  • Ensure there is an open communication with the Financial Planning and Analysis team around the period end accounts preparation – including any areas of judgement involved in the balance sheet and helping to understand key P&L variances to budget.
  • Ensure robust financial processes exist to support the integrity of reporting and ultimately safeguard the company against loss (e.g. balance sheet recs, bank recs, etc.) and that regulatory processes are complied with (HMRC, Companies Act, etc.).


  • Leadership of a Financial Accounting Assistant ensuring that appropriate discussions are taking place in terms of individual performance (“the what”), developments needs/opportunities, and appropriate behaviours (“the how”).
  • Wherever possible, strive to develop colleagues and (in conjunction with Financial Controller / Director of Finance) offer opportunities for career progression, subject to their wants/needs.
  • Communication with other departments who either feed information to the accounts or utilise information generated (for example property for fixed assets).

Financial / Commercials

  • Lead the team to ensure accurate accounting for statutory reporting, Commercial business, fixed assets, and tax and treasury.
  • Assist other members of the team in monthly submission of intrastat returns for EU purchases, quarterly submission of the Group VAT return, corporation tax submissions, bank facility management, reconciliation of duty information received from HMRC and shipping agents, requirements for foreign currency and forward planning in line with the Group’s treasury policy, etc.
  • Work with external auditors to ensure robust group and subsidiary statutory accounts are produced within the required timescales.
  • Work with tax advisors and all tax related matters and manage the groups tax risk register.
  • Monthly review of balance sheet control accounts and month end audit file.
  • Ensure that the Financial Controller is well appraised of the company’s financial position.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:


  • Qualified accountant.
  • Good working knowledge of accounting systems – general ledger, purchase ledger, sales ledger, etc.
  • Good working knowledge of core finance processes – balance sheet reconciliations, tax, VAT, intrastat, FX planning, working capital management and understanding of PLC reporting requirements.
  • Good communication skills – both on 1:1 basis and in a group environment.
  • Experience of reporting for year-end accounts, including preparation of statutory accounts and notes (“Glossy” version and subsidiary accounts).
  • Experience of managing a small team.
  • Good working knowledge of broader regulatory environment – corporation tax, PAYE, VAT, statutory accounts, LSE requirements.
  • Strong technical accounting knowledge.


  • Knowledge and experience of Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Advanced Excel skills including the use of formulas, VLOOKUP, Pivot Tables, SUMIF/SUMProduct.
  • Experience of MS Word and Outlook.
  • Experience of liaising with external providers – banks (including covenant certificates and other areas of compliance), auditors, etc.

For further information please contact

Please note we will not be engaging agencies for this role. 

Closing Date
Sunday 23 January 2022


A competitive salary.

Bonus and uncapped commission schemes (dependent on your role) that run four times a year, helping you to share in our success.

A generous staff discount scheme allows you to make purchases from our stores at below market price.

Enhanced maternity/adoption and paternity pay, and childcare vouchers.

A ShareSave scheme that allows you to invest in us and share our success.

Pension & Life Assurance schemes with company contributions available to help you provide for your retirement.

A wide range of discounts with selected companies including discounts on insurance, holidays and retail vouchers.

Holiday entitlement that increases with length of service.