Regional Management Accountant

11 Jan 2018
11 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Brakes Group is a leading supplier to the foodservice sector in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden. The Group is committed to provide its customers with outstanding service, products and foodservice solutions, its people with a ‘great place to work’ and its suppliers with a great company to partner.

Owned by Sysco, the world’s leading foodservice company, Brakes Group comprises a family of specialist businesses which are able to deliver everything the caterer needs. It provides a professional, friendly regional service supported by a national network of depots, which ensures it offers an exceptional and individual service to each and every one of its customers

Part Qualified Management Accountant

Purpose Statement

To provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge to the Distribution Centre management teams to enable them to achieve the business objective of sustainable profitable growth, with key focus on effective operational delivery and high levels of customer service. This role will be predominately based out of Aylesford, Kent and supporting our Harlow, Brighton and Thorpe depots and as a result some travelling between the sites will be required (company car will be provided).

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities

Provision, analysis and interpretation of weekly and monthly reports to enable Distribution Centre performance to be monitored and enhanced
Production of monthly management accounts and variance analysis
Provide weekly flash and monthly forecasts of depot costs and volumes
Reporting and monitoring of KPIs & volume on a weekly basis
Close liaison with the Distribution Centre management teams to help identify trends, new opportunities, underperformance and such other issues as may enhance the performance and profitability of the business
First point of contact for Distribution Centre management teams for Finance related matters
Assist in the production of robust Budgets and Forecasts
Ensure compliance with Group policies and procedures to deliver tight financial control
Involvement in ad hoc projects and queries as required by the Regional Finance Manager, and other senior Regional management
To identify and resolve errors and discrepancies.
To plan, organize and manage own workload to ensure your contribution to the department’s monthly and financial reporting process is achieved in a timely and accurate manner.
To create, develop and maintain accounting spreadsheets used in the Finance function.
To champion a culture of process improvement and assist with the execution of change programmes
To maintain departmental MI/SAP systems.

Competencies/Leadership Themes

Ability to work autonomously is key to the success of this role.
Conceptual Thinking - the ability to see the “big picture”; to recognise cause-and-effect; to spot trends and patterns
Analytical Thinking - applying logical, methodical approaches to problem solving; having an attention to detail
Managing Results - being results-focussed; recognising the need to sometimes make compromises; having the ability to manage change
Impact & Influence - the ability to communicate clearly in either written or verbal form; persuading others of your point of view. Communication with non finance personnel & people at all levels of the business
Flexibility - being able to cope with changing demands, amending priorities appropriately
Self Confidence - the ability to recover from setbacks; having the confidence to admit to mistakes
Team-working - the ability to work constructively and effectively in cross-functional teams
Demonstrates a sense of personal ownership for outputs and has a ‘can do’ attitude
Has the ability to prioritise and effectively manage time
Has enthusiasm and tenacity to strive for continuous improvement particularly through times of change
Engages and motivates others to meet their objectives

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

Part qualified / Finalist (e.g. CIMA/ACCA) who is looking to take the next step in their career
Advanced level MS Excel skills
Excellent communication skills and have the ability to liaise with both finance and non-finance individuals
Ability to work alongside various senior stakeholders
Experience in a fast paced and commercial working environment
Accomplished interpersonal skills


Knowledge of SAP would be advantageous
Experience of a Distribution-based industry is desirable

Brakes Group is committed to reducing the environmental impact the business has on both the communities it serves and the countries it operates in. It has ISO 14001 accreditation - an internationally recognised standard for environmental performance.

Brakes Group operates as an equal opportunities employer and we welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or beliefs, disability, age, political opinions or trade union membership.

Brakes UK uses a third party to undertake a number of checks. Any offer of employment made by Brakes UK would be conditional upon receiving a satisfactory; reference, identity document(s), basic DBS certificate and basic credit check.
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