Management Accountant

Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 29/03/2024
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Finance
Location: Midlands
The opportunity
  • Do you thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment?
  • Would you like to be influential in someone's development?
  • Do you love numbers and have great attention to detail?

This is a role in the Financial Reporting & Accounting (‘FR&A’) team reporting to the Financial Controller with the principal objective of supporting the Financial Controller to deliver robust, timely, accurate management and financial information, improve ledger integrity and accounting control with specific responsibility for own tasks and deliverables.

Key duties include:

  • Preparation and posting of month end journals & provisions to ensure accurate and timely delivery of the monthly management accounts. This will include supporting with the relevant analysis, schedules, variance analysis and commentary on key movements
  • Maintain the fixed asset registers in line with group accounting policies & procedures to include additions, disposals, project categorisation and depreciation postings.
  • Preparation of the control account reconciliations assigned to the management accountant to ensure we are operating with strong financial controls. This will include highlighting any potential issues identified and raising as necessary with the Financial Controller/Group Financial Controller.
  • Preparation of the monthly intercompany reconciliations ensuring the group intercompany balances agree between all entities. This will include processing any intercompany recharges required.
  • Responsible for GL integrity and driving brand allocations.
  • Responsible for the monthly bank loan reconciliations.
  • Preparation of the monthly IT & consultant spend analysis to highlight any unusual costs or potential areas of overspend. Support the CM with any queries associated with this analysis.
  • Preparation of the ONS reports.
  • Reconciliation of month end finance reports back to Aderant/TM1 balances to highlight any variances or concerns in the reports to strengthen our financial controls.. Highlight and work with the Finance Systems Team to resolve any issues identified.
  • Supporting the Financial Controller and Group Financial Controller in the annual audit process. Preparing backing audit schedules and analysis as required.
  • To provide additional ad hoc financial reporting support as required by the Financial Controller and Group Financial Controller to meet the needs of the business

Skills and experience you will have:

  • Finalist in one of the following qualifications (ACA/ACCA/CIMA)
  • Experience in a similar role, legal or professional services sector experience preferred
  • Desire and ambition to grow as a professional in the role as the firm grows
  • The ability to work across a number of IT platforms; Intermediate-level Excel skills

Key competencies you will need:

  • excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport, credibility and impact quickly with stakeholders at all levels
  • able to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • to be flexible and have the ability to operate in a changing environment
  • to be enthusiastic, positive and have a ‘can do’ approach
  • a strong attention to detail with high levels of accuracy
  • the ability to use initiative to work independently and as part of a team, as required
  • to be quick and keen to learn, adapting to new systems and processes and developing as the role evolve
How we work

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield.  This role will be predominantly home based with travel as required into Birmingham or one of our other West Midlands hubs.

Additional information

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Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.