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Technical Accountant

Employer
Kantar
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
4 Oct 2021

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Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Title: Group Technical Accountant - M&A

Location: London (flexible working)

Job Type: Permanent/Full Time

JOB PURPOSE

Reporting to the Group Technical Accounting Manager, this is a newly created role within our transforming finance organisation. With the recent change from public to private ownership, we are building a future-fit Group Finance function to support the evolution of our business under the ownership of our private equity parent, Bain Capital. The Group Technical Accountant is a critical role accountable for the financial reporting of the Group, with initial focus on acquisitions, disposals and other group restructuring activities and supporting critical activities throughout the M&A process.

The Group Technical Accountant is responsible for providing subject matter expertise support on multi-disciplinary finance transformation and deal advisory projects such as business structuring, group reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Project manage the technical accounting / group reporting workstream for various M&A and restructuring projects.
  • Support accounting integration and consolidation, including assisting in integration of accounting systems and accounting policies and procedures and internal controls.
  • Assist in financial due diligence, preparation of closing and opening balance sheets, purchase accounting, transaction cost tracking, post-close accounting and purchase price adjustments for acquisitions.
  • Prepare technical accounting papers for management and the auditors on the transactions, including journal entries and financial statement disclosures.
  • Liaise with the audit team and advisors on scope, deliverables and timing.
  • Lead selected monthly and quarterly analysis processes to support senior leadership financial and business reviews of acquired companies.
  • Co-ordination with the wider finance community regarding shared service integration, financial planning, analysis and forecasting including post-acquisition integration planning and execution including synergy development, measurement and tracking.
  • Manage and ensure compliance with internal review control for acquisitions and perform the necessary procedures and documentation.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of accounting policies, procedures and systems for relevant accounting and reporting, ensuring accurate MI.



WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR...

  • The ideal candidate will be an experienced qualified accountant with proven ability to analyse complex financial information, strong attention to detail and a passion for delivering improvements.
  • Audit and technical advisory training and industry exposure would be desirable.
  • Strong technical knowledge and experience of practical application of accounting standards, in particular, IFRS 13, IAS 38, IFRS 3, IFRS 10, IFRS 15 and IFRS 16.
  • Excellent communication skills written reports and presentations are essential. You will be working with Senior Leadership Teams, Boards, and external stakeholders, explaining results and options for decision-making with clarity and focus.
  • Strong ability to evaluate technical issues, research and analyse facts, ability to influence and deal with senior individuals, consult and deliver solutions to clients.
  • Comfortable managing key relationships with external finance parties and service providers.
  • You should enjoy working at pace with high achieving individuals and teams.
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