Lead Accountant

DS Smith Plc
Caerphilly, UK
13 Oct 2019
18 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
DS Smith has an opportunity for a Lead Accountant to join us on a permanent basis at Business Services. The main purpose of the role is to assist in the delivery of a World Class accounting service to the UK businesses. This will involve performing general accounting and reporting activities on behalf of the business in accordance with Group Accounting Policies and service level requirements. The position will require an understanding of business process, and will require interaction with the P2P and C&C departments within the SSC, to ensure that all processes are understood and supported. Some UK travel may be required.

What being a Lead Accountant at DS Smith will involve...
  • Managing the production of appropriate and timely month end activities, including reporting, analysis and metrics
  • Responsibility for controlling designated financial reporting for sites under your control
  • Working in conjunction with other members of the team to continuously improve processing and reporting
  • Ensuring activities are completed on timely basis to meet reporting deadlines
  • Liaising and supporting Group and Divisional requirements
  • Dealing with auditors and year end within the period cycle activates
  • Identifying areas of improvement to facilitate continuous improvement
  • Working with and/or lead user groups in implementing standardised processes and improvements across the board
  • Supporting SSC initiatives including x-departmental projects and work transfer activities
  • Guiding, monitoring and being responsible for the work and performance of team members
  • Providing or co-ordinate staff training and support the team to achieve excellent performance
  • The ability to supervise and motivate staff in a team
  • Undertaking PDR's
  • Ad hoc Team Leader duties as required
    What we would like our candidate to have...
  • Preferably a Qualified Accountant (ACCA/CIMA)
  • Preferably experience of a supervisory position in a Finance Function
  • Up to date knowledge to apply accounting standards (UKGAAP/IFRS) to Group Policies
  • Experience of manufacturing and associated reporting requirements
  • Experience of large international organisation
  • Experience of using ERP systems, including QAD and SAP
  • Track record of providing accounting/reporting services
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with both technical and business audiences
  • Experience of managing and supporting a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience of working in a Shared Service Centre environment

Location: Caerphilly, DS Smith Business Services

Salary: Competitive


•25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays
•Competitive Pension and Life Insurance Package
•Annual cycle to work scheme

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