Senior Group Management Accountant (French Speaking)

Covent Garden
30 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Claranet is an exciting and rapidly changing company in the corporate IT sector that is building a significant portfolio of clients in the sectors of managed hosting, networks and applications. It is expanding through both organic growth and a programme of acquisitions having made 10 in the last 2 years and with the funding and potential to continue at this rate. The company, with a turnover of over c. £310m, has operations across 8 European countries and is in the process of strengthening its group structure to build the financial controls and processes commensurate with a major PLC.

The Group Finance team is key to the growth of Claranet as it is responsible for providing a basis for management reporting, planning, operating controls and financial performance appraisal, as well as analysing risk and economic trends. This is a wide-ranging role in the Group Finance function working closely with the senior management and liaising with local finance and management teams.

The Management Accountant will support Group Finance in delivering group-wide management reporting (monthly, quarterly and annually), improving operating processes and controls and will have the opportunity to support the group’s M&A activity.

This is a role in Claranet, working directly with the Group Financial Manager, Group Accountant, Group FC and Group FD as part of the team responsible for the reporting of the group both internally and externally. This role will work alongside the Senior Management Accountant and Management Accountant.


The areas of responsibility within Group Finance would include:

  • Key contact and reviewer for a number of countries including France, ensuring data is ready for consolidated reporting in line with reporting timetable. Responsibilities include reviewing and assisting countries with production of monthly management accounts, KPI’s, ad hoc reporting, forecasting and budgeting, intercompany reconciliation.
  • Responsibility for accounting for small Group company, including production of monthly MA, reconciliations, VAT returns, audit process, statutory accounts, variance analysis, and reporting back to management.Delivering process improvements and enhancing reporting over time.
  • Identify, design and deliver improvement of processes to effectively manage both the already enlarged group (developed from 5 legal entities* in June 2012 to more than 30 in June 2017) and further new acquisitions each year. Documenting the process and production of user manuals.
  • Support Audit process, and production of Consolidated Financial accounts under IFRS, including restatement of overseas accounts from local GAAP to IFRS.
  • Assist management where required to support local country teams with acquisitions, this may include - Due diligence, KPI reporting, Funding, Modeling and Forecasts, IFRS3 valuation, Synergy and restructuring plans, Post Merger Integration, SPA and assessing forecast impact on Group reporting and covenants compliance.
  • Active role in developing monthly management accounting from aggregation to full monthly IFRS compliant consolidation (i.e. P&L, BS, CFS and forecasts) including supporting the implementation and testing of new reporting systems.
  • Developing and implementing new IFRS compliant financial reporting standards and KPIs across the Group.
  • Shared responsibility for the accounting, tax and treasury management within the Group.
  • Ad hoc projects commensurate with the seniority of the role.

  • French speaker – fluent in business French
  • Qualified CIMA/CA/ACA or equivalent professional qualification
  • Good academics
  • Have experience working in a reporting role in a PLC or large multi-national group environment preferably within a growing acquisitive group
  • Strong Financial reporting skills – IFRS
  • Team player, willing to show initiative to get things done and ownership of tasks to see them through to completion
  • Demonstrated experience delivering process improvements, building strong working relationships between teams, M&A processes or developing financial models
  • Sector experience is not a prerequisite but the individual will have worked in an international group
  • Good communication skills

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