Technical Accounting Specialist

Farnborough, UK
31 May 2019
27 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Technical Accounting Specialist

Permanent, Farnborough

A role exists in QinetiQ's Group Reporting team for a Technical Accounting Specialist to provide technical accounting expertise to QinetiQ's finance community. Though a Group role, significant interaction is required with the businesses as this individual needs to fully understand the contracts we deliver to customers and is a key resource for 'business finance' to call on.

Responsibilities include:
  • Supporting the Group in meeting its financial reporting requirements as a publicly listed company;
  • Ensuring that the Group is appropriately prepared and set-up to be compliant with new accounting standards (managing/leading this process); [specifically IFRS16 adoption]
  • Investigating and facilitating solutions to potentially complex accounting issues that arise both at a Group level and within the business
  • Liaising with business finance staff to provide technical advice and support e.g. how to account for the LTPA contract, see link; Leading and Modernising Test & Evaluation - Investors - QinetiQ
  • Providing financial and accounting support to other Group functions including treasury, tax, business strategy, and investor relations on an ad-hoc basis
  • Monitoring changes in the Financial Reporting environment, producing assessments of the impact on QinetiQ of new accounting standards
  • Maintaining the Group Finance Manual - ensuring it is continually reviewed and updated to reflect latest best practice and is a user-friendly document readily referred to across the Group;
  • Maintaining share-based payments models and owning all aspects of accounting and reporting for share-based payments
  • Assisting in the production and reporting of monthly Group accounts
  • Project work including accounting/financial aspects of acquisitions and contributing to the further development of finance systems and processes.

Desired skills and attributes

  • Must hold a relevant accounting qualification, ideally from a big 4 firm;
  • Detailed experience of statutory financial reporting for listed companies (consolidated Group) and non-listed subsidiaries
  • Strong technical accounting skills with detailed and comprehensive knowledge of IFRS. Some subsidiaries report under UK GAAP so experience in this area is also required;
  • Preparation of group consolidations
  • Experience of consolidation reporting software (e.g. Hyperion) is advantageous;
  • Excellent communication skills, able to effectively interact with other members of the Finance community at all levels and with non-Finance individuals within the business
  • Excellent presentation skills - able to produce clear, concise working papers and recommendations
  • Incisive, logical and analytical
  • Very good problem-solving skills - able to investigate and facilitate solutions to potentially complex issues
  • Ability to influence at senior levels
  • Self-starter, but committed team player
  • Maturity to interact effectively with a dispersed and diverse set of stakeholders;
  • High degree of energy, commitment and integrity; Sense of humour, with grace under pressure and ability to deliver on tight reporting deadlines.

This is an excellent opportunity to establish oneself as a valued expert within a growing International Group and to get a detailed understanding of the interesting and exciting projects being delivered to our customers.

We're committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. The benefits you can expect to enjoy include an excellent salary, generous holiday entitlement, & competitive pension scheme with life assurance. You'll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.

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