Group Financial Accountant

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    Cheshire, England

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    Ian C Hull BA (Hons) Dip RP

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    7 months ago

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Group Financial Accountant - Temporary Contract position based Northwich

Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) is the UKs sole producer of sodium carbonate (soda ash) and sodium bicarbonate, as well as the market leading producer of white salt. Our heritage dates back to the 1870s and we have been an important contributor to the economy of Cheshire ever since.

We have exciting times ahead for us as we embark on major investment across all our manufacturing sites in Cheshire to grow the business and deliver reliable high quality products into increasingly diverse markets. The Finance team will be at the core of this growth, being a key enabler on the journey, and the creation of this new role demonstrates our increasing need for high quality finance professionals.

We have an temporary vacancy for a Group Financial Accountant in our business and this opportunity presents a varied, challenging and full workload associated with a c £200m turnover business which is part of an international quoted group. With two bank groups, four distinct Business Units and multiple UK legal entities to manage, the team is always busy. TCE serves more than 1,000 customers worldwide and has hundreds of active suppliers, so there is a constant focus on enhanced governance, systems development and reporting excellence.

Job purpose statement:

To produce complete and accurate financial accounts (including corporation tax), in accordance with group timetables and in compliance with both internal and external reporting requirements, for the TCE group of companies.

The Ideal Candidate:

As an accountant in our group reporting team you will need to have proven relevant technical skills, knowledge and experience to enable you to thrive in this complex and fast-moving business environment. You will need to have the ability to embrace the behaviours and leadership qualities that resonate throughout our organisation.

Reporting to the Group Financial Controller, this is an important role and as a member of a small team you will need to deliver an exemplary service. Your commitment to high standards of analysis and reporting is of paramount importance, however, we require more than this - we want someone who will also be proactive in addressing our evolving business challenges. In doing this you will continuously seek to develop yourself personally and add value through improved engagement, both within and outside the business.

You will be a person who enjoys working with people, whether this is working with colleagues to understand the key business drivers behind business performance or when championing ideas for improvements to systems, processes, data management and stakeholder engagement. You’ll need to be a hands-on, innovative person who is unafraid of being direct, but who can also adapt to new ideas and challenges from colleagues.

Your ability to solve problems, keen communication skills and enthusiasm for the business will ensure that you are a valued member of the team. TCE is both a successful business and great place to work and the appointment of the right person to this role will help to ensure that this continues.

Principal Accountabilities:

Prepare monthly and quarterly financial accounts for the TCE group of companies, including banking group sub-consolidations, under International Financial Reporting Standards for inclusion in the Tata Chemicals Limited group accounts.

Prepare annual statutory accounts for each of the UK companies and be the first point of contact for external auditors, from first draft through to sign-off.

Prepare quarterly corporation tax calculations (including deferred tax), completing tax packages to support the outsourced production of UK corporation tax computations and to liaise with external tax advisers to ensure the completeness and accuracy of tax returns.

Manage the inter-company reconciliation process, ensuring that Sales Ledger, Purchase Ledger and General Ledger balances net off on consolidation and transactions are in compliance with relevant transfer pricing regulations.

Drive continuous improvement in the monthly Record To Report process, particularly regarding the operation of and output from the cloud-based consolidation reporting system.

Co-ordinate the data gathering for and completion of the advance documentation required for the annual insurance renewal process ensuring the information provided is complete, accurate and produced on time.

Required knowledge and experience

ACA / ACCA or equivalent

Previous Experience and Skills

Working knowledge of IFRS and preparation of consolidated accounts.
Working knowledge of corporation tax computations and issues relating to corporation tax compliance.
Exposure to external / internal auditors.
Working with stakeholders at different levels to develop good two-way working relationships, positively influence others and improve processes.
SAP experience (desirable).