• Group Accountant

    Location UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
    Job ID
    2018-3112
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Category/Function
    Accounting/Finance
    Brand
    Pentland Brands
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    Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation

     

    Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.

     

    We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.

     

    We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. Last year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.

     

    We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.

     

    For further information, please visit www.pentland.com.

     

    Key Purpose of Job:

     

    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.

     

    Responsibilities
     

    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.

    Projects

    • 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

                        

     

     

     

    Desirable skills:

    • SAP experience
    • Hyperion Experience

     

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

     

     www.pentland.com                                     https://careers-pentland.icims.com/                                    

     

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