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Senior Group Accountant

Inchcape Shipping Services
Closing date
23 Feb 2021

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Key Accountabilities:

Financial Accounting & Reporting (50%)
  • Support the preparation and review of all monthly Actuals reporting (P&L and Balance Sheet) ensuring it is compliant with IFRS and Group accounting policies.
  • Ensure the completeness and accuracy of all consolidation procedures is performed (check system consolidation is performed correctly, prepare manual consolidation journals, where required).
  • Ensure the accuracy of foreign currency accounting transactions in the system in accordance with the Group Finance Manual, understand and flag to Group Treasury underlying reasons for foreign exchange exposures.
  • Preparation of accurate and timely consolidated financial accounts (including P&L, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow statement (monthly) and notes to the financial statements (half-yearly)) to the shareholders.
  • Support the development of new reporting formats and system developments, to drive improved compliance and efficiency.
  • Have the in-depth knowledge of the reporting systems (Hyperion & Unit4Financial) to be able to advise end users on reporting requirements through the system.
  • Support the review of new IFRS requirements and/or regulatory issues and recommend how the business should prepare to meet them.
  • Support the development of the Group accounting policies, ensuring they evolve with the business and driving adherence globally.
  • Ensure the Inchcape consolidated statutory accounts are completed and filed on time.
  • Support the roll out of a robust Financial Accounting and Reporting control environment that adheres to the Inchcape Group policies and embeds best practice across the business.

Technical Advice (20%)
  • Provide best in class technical accounting advice to the business through written technical accounting papers.
  • Support the identification and mitigation of accounting risks across the Group.
  • Support the business through educating and advising them on how to use the accounting systems (you will be a Super User on a newly migrated system).
  • Support ad hoc analysis as required by the Global teams, including Treasury, Tax, IT, Internal Audit, Legal and HR.

External Audit (15%)
  • Support the group audit process. Work directly with the external audit team, providing them with high quality information, to ensure the audit is completed on time and with ever-reducing number of audit differences.
  • Support the completion of the local statutory accounts in the UK, ensuring they are filed on time and they can be reconciled to the group consolidation system (HFM).

Finance team development (15%)
  • Be an active part of the Group Finance team, support the development of a professional, high performing function.
  • Coach and develop junior financial accounting and reporting team members in London and remotely in Chennai.
  • Approach all tasks with an improvement mindset

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of IFRS and statutory accounting
  • Experience as accountant/controller and financial auditor
  • Experience in financial risk management and enforcing control environment
  • Experience in working in a multi-national, multi-cultural organization
  • Excellent communication skills and a good command of the English language (oral and written)
  • Experience in working on a group consolidation system
  • Good time management
  • Open to change and new ideas

  • Knowledge of the shipping industry
  • Knowledge of Hyperion Financial Management system
  • Knowledge of Unit4 Financial system
  • Experience in working on a GL accounting system
  • Experience in project management
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