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Group Financial Accounting Senior Manager

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Date: 11-May-2019

Location: Hemel Hempstead, GB

Company: Britvic






Britvic is the name behind iconic and market-leading brands such as Robinsons, Pepsi, Fruit Shoot, Tango, Squash’d, J2O, R.Whites, Gatorade, 7UP and Lipton – and we are on a journey to become the most dynamic, creative and trusted soft drinks company in the world. To get there we need to be continually sharpening our competitive edge, maximising value through  creative, effective, strategic, passionate and professional Operational teams.


Progress your career:

Britvic is a very exciting and supportive place to be, with award winning brands, a clear vision, personal development and an open and honest culture. We offer a comprehensive package for this position - including a highly competitive basic salary, bonus scheme, enhanced company pension contributions, share save schemes, annual pay reviews, healthcare, vouchers and a whole host of flexible benefits.

About the Role:

The person in this senior accounting position is the lead technical expert for the business and owner of the consolidated group accounts, local GAAP statutory reporting and external audit process. In addition, the person in this role is the controller of all non-trading entities within the Britvic group and key point of contact for tax and treasury teams.


Key aspects of the role are:

-Ensuring Britvic complies with all financial reporting regulatory requirements;

-Managing the relationship with Britvic’s Company Secretarial team to ensure filings are successfully completed;

-Ensuring compliance with accounting practice and policies by developing and maintaining the Britvic Finance & Accounting Policies Manual;

-Co-ordinating with Britvic’s Compliance/Internal Audit teams on Financial Compliance areas on behalf of the Director of Finance Control & Governance and Head of Group Financial Control;

-Having oversight of the integrity of consolidated reporting on a periodic, half-year and full-year basis; and

-Taking the accounting lead on any M&A activity.

The role includes the management of 1 qualified accountant and 1 part-qualified accountant, and co-ordination of the Finance Reporting & Control team based in Solihull throughout half-year and full-year reporting periods.


Key Responsibilities:

-Statutory Reporting

-Plan and lead delivery of full-year and half-year reporting, including managing audit issues and resolution

-Good understanding of consolidation adjustments and reserves reconciliations

-Plan and lead delivery of all subsidiary company accounts, with direct responsibility for non-trading entities and support for Business Unit (BU) completion of trading company statutory accounts

-Plan and manage the group external audit

-Review and implement key IFRS/UK GAAP changes that will impact the group (including IFRS 16 and IFRS 9)

-Review accuracy of covenant submissions

-Ensure accurate reporting of financial instruments, pensions and share based payment schemes


Management Reporting

-Oversee periodic reporting of non-trading entities

Review consolidation of BU reporting and intercompany eliminations

-Implement and monitor group controls/checks over BU reporting

-Implementing periodic balance sheet reporting

Manage controls over BU and group reporting (including performing quarterly Balance Sheet reviews)


Accounting Policy & Control

Review, update and own group finance and accounting policies

-Co-ordinate with Britvic’s Compliance/Internal Audit teams on financial compliance areas (e.g. implement and monitor Minimum Control Framework)

-Perform and manage half-year and full-year impairment review methodology and testing

Manage internal audit relationship, reviews and actions for group finance


Technical Business Support

-Technical query management to support all accountants across the group

-Tax – ensure correct accounting for entity restructures and tax owned recharges

-Treasury – ensure correct accounting for financial instruments

-Technical support to strategic projects – acquisition accounting including co-ordinating PPA work, write offs/impairments etc

-Supporting the business through contract reviews, documenting accounting considerations and conclusions


Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required:

-4+ years PQE (7 years total) in a Financial Accounting environment, preferably with PLC exposure

-Expert in technical accounting and reporting – IFRS, Local GAAP and Annual Report production

-Excellent attention to detail and strong organisation and planning skills

-Management and Statutory reporting process expertise

-Management of external relationships – audit/regulatory


Key Behaviours:

-Leading teams – both direct reports, financial reporting teams and project teams

-Influencing senior stakeholders

-Managing complex technical problems

-Taking ownership and accountability

-Proactive problem identification and resolution

-Managing competing priorities effectively



-Degree or equivalent

-Qualified accountant



We’re committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees – in fact this is at the heart of our company culture and values, and we welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

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