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General Accounting Manager - International

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Date: 17-Apr-2021

Location: Solihull, Solihull, GB

Company: Britvic

General Accounting Lead – International

At Britvic, we’re on a journey to become the most dynamic, creative and trusted drinks company in the world. As one of the UK’s leading players in the FMCG market we pride ourselves on setting high standards, being courageous and pushing ourselves to think outside the bottle.

About the Role:

We are looking for a General Accounting Lead who will be responsible for leading the International general accounting team within our Finance Shared Services department. You  need to be disciplined in your way of working as you the final point of key financial controls and will need to ensure that you and your team ensure the delivery of timely and accurate reporting to the business and specifically Britvic’s International business unit.

We are looking for someone who is able to take on a true advisory role as you will be working alongside some of our most influential stakeholders in the business. You will need to be bold in approach as there are times where you may need to challenge conventional thinking to overcome barriers that you may be presented with.

It is key that you are someone who has the confidence to drive and develop the appropriate systems and controls to enable efficient production of financial information which is ‘one version of the truth’. Together with your team you will champion balance sheet controls, ensuring accurate and complete balance sheet reconcillations and balance sheet reviews.

Having the experience of operating in a PLC environment but also bringing in an entrepreneurial mindset coupled with your strong commercial acumen will allow you to thrive and truly excel in this role.


Key Responsibilities:

Periodic
•    Ensure accuracy, completeness and robustness of financial information included in the periodic Management Information Packs (MIP) and full year/half year statutory disclosure packs for International (EMEA, Americas and Singapore)
•    Ensure all finance reporting deadlines are met
•    Ensure all financial information reflects the underlying financial records of the business, complies with group requirements and provide insight to the business
•    Manage senior management expectations to minimise surprises and/or audit issues
•    Manage journal reviews, balance sheet reconciliation process and balance sheet scorecard
•    Minimise number of manual adjustments by understanding and improving processes underpinning the SAP and BPC financials such that data flows freely between systems
•    Collate and review MIPs and disclosure packs, ensuring completeness, accuracy and consistency within the packs
•    Manage production of insightful P&L, BS and CF analysis and reporting
•    Liaise with the overheads reporting team to understand key variances

 

Budget/forecasting
•    Support business partners including the overheads team in collecting and collating budget/forecast data
•    Provide supporting analysis

Cash
•    Support business partners in delivering currency forecasts and short-term cash forecasting to Treasury


Business partnering
•    Manage the team’s interactions with finance business partners
•    High level of interaction with PLC finance and shared services teams on all reporting
•    Key contact for internal Tax team
•    Key contact for external auditors, managing audit requests and responses

 

Audit and control
•    Continuous improvement of period end close processes, MIP preparation processes and presentations
•    Reduce amount of manual intervention required such as journal corrections, manual adjustments and creation/use of manual reports
•    Responsible for preparation of/providing information for the statutory accounts
•    Manage the team during user acceptance phases of system changes and/or upgrades

 

Knowledge, skills & experience required:


•    Post-qualified experience in a FMCG environment – preferable
•    Experience of managing a team
•    High level of technical accounting competence
•    Strong analytical and interpretative skills
•    Ability to identify issues, be proactive and subsequently problem solve through to resolution
•    Ability to manage multiple tasks and deliver quality output in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment
•    Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written. Able to clearly articulate finance concepts to non-finance colleagues
•    Familiarity with process for preparation of statutory accounts and disclosure requirements
•    Systems: BPC, SAP R3, BBW, MS Office, Onesource - preferable
•    Systems and process improvement experience - preferable

 

Qualifications:

Qualified accountant (ACA / CA preferred but other financial qualifications will also be considered)

 

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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