Head Office Financial Accountant

Crawley, UK
19 Sep 2019
02 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Travelopia is headquartered in the UK and is one of the world's leading specialist travel groups providing customers with unique travel experiences. This includes adventure travel, private jet and polar expeditions, tailor-made luxury holidays, yacht and river boat charter holidays, educational and sporting based school trips, corporate hospitality and sporting event fan travel. The Group comprises of over 40 international travel businesses using over 45 diverse brands across seven divisions.

Travelopia is dedicated to delivering the very best travel experiences. We pride ourselves in offering a seamless and specialised customer journey, from the exceptional service and in-depth knowledge of our sales teams, to our best-in-class tour guides and concierges around the globe. This dedication to service delivers high customer satisfaction and our brands frequently receive industry awards and media recognition.


The Head Office Financial Accountant is a key role for the Group Finance team in undertaking the financial accounting and reporting roles for a number of the Group's UK parent companies, including responsibility for the accounting Group's payroll costs and recharges together with the monitoring and control of central function cost centres and monthly intercompany balance reconciliations.

What You will be doing:
  • Responsible for the accounting for the Group's UK payroll, including variance review of payrolls, cost allocations, reviewing changes, checking; recharges queries; invoicing and posting payroll.
  • Liaising directly with the payroll team to understand and account for the Group's UK payroll costs.
  • Be pivotal in improving the payroll controls, checks and key balance reconciliations for the paying companies as the Group transitions from Dynamics to SAP in October 2019.
  • Responsible for contractor, bonus, healthcare etc accruals, together with the capitalisation of payroll costs and allocation of costs amongst the UK entities.
  • Responsible for recharging activities and the driving the simplification of the recharging process.
  • Headcount reporting including variance analysis and reporting.
  • Intercompany reconciliation process to maintain financial control, P&L and BS reconciliations are undertaken thoroughly, minimising mismatches across numerous entities to a very low level.
  • Cost centre pack creation for Travelopia Holdings Limited, the Group's central cost company, periodic reviews with cost centre owners to ensure high levels of monitoring and cost control are in place.
  • Review and accounting for certain project costs and recharges.

Line management
  • This role reports into the Financial Controller - Group parent companies

Key Relationships
  • Group & Business Unit Finance teams
  • Payroll and HR teams
  • Group Finance team
  • Group Tax Manager
  • Group Auditors (BDO)

The role will be based at our head office in Origin One in Crawley but agile working is permitted.

What we are looking for:
  • ACCA/CIMA part qualified finance professional
  • Previous experience of SAP 4/Hana is essential
  • Previous experience of financial and management accounting and reporting for a number of UK companies.
  • Experience of accounting for payroll costs and Group recharges and allocations.
  • Demonstration of an ability to improve financial processes and controls across all areas within the area of responsibility.
  • Excellent Excel and analysis skills
  • Previous experience of HFM (the Group's financial consolidation system), Dynamics (the Group's current financial system) would be beneficial
  • Organised, dedicated, process orientated and deadline focused
  • Ability to build strong working relationships and communicate with people at all levels across the business

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