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Assistant Management Accountant (5 month FTC)

Assistant Management Accountant (5 month FTC)

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Position Type 
Fixed Term Full-Time
UK-Stockport (Canterbury HQ)
Pentland Group

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Pentland Group plc is a privately owned, global brand management company with wholesale and retail businesses in sports, outdoor and fashion. 


The Group’s head office in Manchester Square looks after investments in businesses across a number of different industries.


The Group’s brand management division, Pentland Brands, comprises a portfolio of world-class brands covering sports, outdoor and fashion including Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury, Mitre, Boxfresh, Kickers, Lacoste footwear and Ted Baker footwear.


The Group’s retail division comprises the activities of JD Sports Fashion in which Pentland Group holds a 57% share.  Pentland Group also invests in other businesses across a number of different industries.  Headquartered in the UK, Pentland Group employs more than 19,000 people.  Its brands are available across 200 countries, and it operates more than 800 stand-alone shops.


Founded in Liverpool, UK in the early 1930s as The Liverpool Shoe Company, Pentland was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1964, before becoming privately owned again in 1999.


To assist with the preparation of management accounts for three UK businesses, to include control account reconciliations and Group reporting.


The UK finance team is responsible for financial management and reporting of the UK Canterbury businesses as well as overseeing the financial reporting of the Global Canterbury brand from Head office in Stockport, UK.


We are looking for an enthusiastic and efficient team player with experience of working within a busy accounts team across multiple currencies. The role will work closely with the UK based Management Accountants as well as the wider finance team and will also provide exposure to the wider management teams.


This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience within a dynamic and globally recognised organisation. The successful candidate will be self motivated and looking to develop their skills and experience.

  • Preparation of monthly management accounts to include:
  1. Profit & loss and balance sheet within a tight reporting deadline
  2. Preparation of detailed balance sheet control account reconciliations
  3. Audit trail documentation within a robust controls environment
  4. Preparation of analysis schedules
  5. Overhead analysis
  • Intercompany agreements
  • Cost centre analysis against budget and reporting/ liaison with department heads
  • Assisting with budget preparation and rolling monthly forecasting process
  • Preparing up to date analysis of sponsorship performance
  • Management of licensed royalty reporting and invoicing
  • Preparation of audit pack and liaison with external auditors (PwC)
  • Ad hoc finance requests



                         What you need to have


  • Part qualified CIMA/ ACCA
  • Management accounts preparation experience
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to self review
  • Experience of working within tight deadlines
  • Analytical approach
  • Ability to challenge and make recommendations where appropriate
  • Advanced Microsoft excel skills
  • Open accounts, Styleman (Option Systems) and Hyperion experience
  • Passion for the brand

                    What we need to see in you


  • Enthusiastic
  • Highly diligent
  • Organised
  • Enthusiastic with a positive approach to working within a demanding environment
  • Team player  
  • Capable of multi-tasking
  • Strong communicator, including within a non-financial context  


This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.