Accountant - Tanker Logistics

Muller Dairy
Stonehouse, UK
04 Aug 2019
02 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Müller pride ourselves on offering support to help develop your knowledge and skills. In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful European business that offers financial rewards and resources, including bonus scheme, contributory pension, life assurance, generous holiday allowance and a flexible benefits programme.

We are currently recruiting for an Accountant-Tanker Logistics. We are looking for an experienced individual to provide financial reporting, analysis, and decision-making support to the Finance Manager - Tanker Logistics, and to business partner the Tanker Logistics Area Managers. Please note that the role may be located at either Severnside or Market Drayton and is for a fixed term of 14 months.

Your challenge
  • Detailed understanding of the underlying monthly performance of all aspects of Tanker Logistics, including milk collection, reloads, trunking, swaps and joint collections.
  • Responsible for analysis and reporting of variances to forecast.
  • Preparation of weekly forecasting for Tanker Logistics including investigating and explaining any major variances to forecast
  • Preparation of budgets and quarterly forecasts.
  • Preparation of accruals and prepayments to ensure integrity of the management accounts.
  • Monthly cost bridge to forecast and monthly management reports.
  • Support delivery of ad hoc requests from the Tanker Logistics Financial Controller.
  • Ensure financial integrity for tanker logistics performance, ensuring transactions are recorded accurately and timely.
  • Detailed monitoring and variance analysis of all cost movements, in both PPL and absolute cost.
  • Management of relationship with accounts teams at 3rd party haulage companies and challenge cost submissions where appropriate.
  • Identify and implement appropriate checks to validate and ensure integrity of management accounts.
  • Balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Ensure the correct charges are reflected in the management accounts by ensuring integrity of accruals, prepayments, recharges and balance sheet management.
  • Ensure variances to forecast are fully understood and explained.
  • Develop and implement appropriate KPI's.
  • Budget preparation and quarterly forecasts.
  • Weekly and monthly management reporting for Tanker Logistics, Trading costs, cream movements and interphase movements.
  • Identify and implement improvements in the weekly and month end processes to improve accuracy, integrity and efficiency of reporting.
  • Develop and implement processes for effective use of IT systems to improve efficiency of management accounting and reporting.
  • Work with third party suppliers and internal colleagues to identify and implement improvements in reporting.
  • Strategic development of systems to improve the accuracy and efficiency of reporting.
  • Develop cross-functional working relationships.
  • As a key stakeholder to effectively business partner the operational Area Managers. There are three Area Managers for the UK.
  • Work with the Trading team to improve the understanding of the financial implications of their activities.
  • Support the Tanker Logistics Financial Controller to ensure timely, accurate and efficient management reporting.
  • Cover for other members of the Milk Supply Financial Controlling team.
  • Support the Tanker Logistics Financial Controller in ad-hoc analysis and reporting.

Key skills & experience
  • Part or newly qualified CIMA/ACCA
  • Knowledge of journal postings, balance sheet reconciliations and month end accruals
  • Experience in a Logistics environment would be beneficial.
  • Experience in providing detailed variance analysis and budgetary controls.
  • Strong IT & Systems knowledge and experience, including Excel
  • Ability to visualize the whole picture and understand the importance of their role both within the department and also within the whole company
  • Ability to work on own initiative with a proactive and "can-do" attitude and comfortable working in a fast moving, high pressured environment with changing priorities
  • Needs to be both a team player and capable of working on their own
  • Excellent organizational skills with extreme attention to detail
  • Analytical and tenacious
  • Relationship building and communications skills. Ability to develop internal cross-functional relationships and to influence third party suppliers.
  • Ability to gather data from multiple sources and to summarise and present in a clear manner.

The Process

If you have the skills and experience in the above areas and would like to be considered for this role please apply at

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