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Group Accountant

Group Accountant

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Permanent Full-Time
UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
Pentland Brands

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Pentland Brands’ purpose is to create stakeholder value by building one of the world’s leading brand management groups in sports, outdoor and fashion


Pentland Brands was founded in the 1930's in Liverpool by the current CEO's grandparents. It started life as a small shoe business and has grown into the UK's leading global brand management group in sports, outdoor and fashion. Pentland Brands owns the following brands globally: Speedo, Canterbury of New Zealand, Ellesse, Berghaus, Red or Dead, Mitre, Kangaroos and Boxfresh; and is also the global licensee for Lacoste and Ted Baker footwear.


Pentland Brands is part of Pentland Group plc which was publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange until 1999, but was then taken private by the Rubin family. The Group is now privately owned in the UK by the Rubin family. Pentland is also the majority owner of JD Sports Fashion plc which operates over 800 sports, fashion and outdoor stores in Europe. We sell our products in over 190 countries and globally employ 16,000 people.


Pentland Brand’s Headquarters in Finchley, North London was awarded best corporate workplace in the UK on completion in 2003, and in 2008 we were voted the best family business in the UK by the Institute of Family Businesses. Pentland has also won 4 Queen’s Awards for innovation and export. 


Most recently we were also recognised as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces 2012 by Great Place to Work®. Pentland Brands was the only fashion or outdoor business to make this year’s list and, at number 16, is ranked higher than any other sports company.


Our culture is people centred, and the work environment reflects and supports this. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.


The key purpose of the job as a Group Accountant:

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a qualified accountant within the Accounting and Governance team which would suit an individual looking to obtain a broad range of experience across the central finance function.  It will require excellent interpersonal and technical accounting skills, flexibility and ability to work in a deadline driven environment.


The role will require liaising with senior management to ensure that the reporting requirements provided are relevant and accurate as well as providing support and guidance as required on some exciting projects.




Produce Management Accounts / Forecasts / Budgets / Month-end submissions

  • Timely submissions of management accounts, forecast, budget and month end processes for Pentland Group Plc and other medium sized subsidiaries to SAP and Hyperion.
  • Review of intercompany loan and deposit balances between Pentland Group and other brands/entities and follow up on variances with the respective business units.
  • Responsible for the monthly postings and month-end tasks to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the general ledger. 

Treasury / IT2

  • Prepare analysis on interest and FX swaps for Treasury.
  • Ownership of treasury (IT2) postings.
  • Managing the opening/closure of accounting ledgers in SAP & uploading exchange rates to SAP, Hyperion and IT2.

Payroll posting

  • Ownership of payroll postings and balance sheet control accounts reconciliation responsibility.

Group tasks

  • Provide support throughout the group consolidation process. 
  • Contribute towards the maintenance of the group chart of accounts and provide assistance to the users of our consolidation system
  • Contribute towards the preparation of Pentland Group Board Pack and Pentland Group monthly management accounts for senior management review, which provides a clear and detailed understanding of the groups position and key messages for the Group Board to consider.
  • Provide analysis, review of Associates & Investments, review information gap.
  • Assist in the Preparation of the Quarterly Banking & Covenant Information for Treasury and helping to ensure group information reconciles against management forecasts.
  • Responsible for the preparation of the Group and Brands statutory accounts.
  • Support the Assistant Group Financial Controller in managing the external auditor.
  • Assist in the provision of technical accounting advise as required by the business.


  • Assist the Assistant Group Financial Controller with group wide policy or process standardisation projects.
  • Development of user guides and process notes for key team responsibilities and tasks.
  • Other projects and ad-hoc work as required.



                         What you need to have

  • Qualified accountant, preferably with Big4 experience.
  • Consolidation experience in multi geography and currency organization, including cash flow experience
  • Rigorous, with attention to detail
  • Positive “can do” attitude, flexibility to change and proactive attitude to improve processes
  • Have a confident approach to getting things done within a very demanding environment, able to meet deadlines.
  • Experience in monthly reporting, preparing accounts, balance sheet controls & working with commercial teams.
  • MS Office computer skills to advanced level
  • Excellent stakeholder management – ensuring the needs of Group Finance and the Senior Management are met
  • Ability to analyse financial data & discuss with non-finance customers
  • Ability to see high level view
  • Ability to influence
  • Pro-active, exceptionally well organised and able to prioritise
  • Discreet with sensitive/confidential information
  • Focused on performance, result, teamwork



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