Financial Accountant - Costs

West London  |  Head Office

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Competitive Salary and Excellent Benefits
Competitive Salary
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The Financial Accountant is responsible for posting & analysis of all stores & Head Office costs, including calculation of accruals and prepayments, therefore this individual will be a key member of the Harvey Nichols Financial Accounting team to deliver month end deliverables. Also responsible for the preparation of the relevant balance sheet reconciliations on a monthly basis and providing full support & visibility to the business on cost reporting. In addition preparation of annual statutory accounts and tax computations for Harvey Nichols companies.

What you'll be doing: 

  • Ensure all month end journals are calculated and processed accurately and on a timely basis.  Liaise with purchase ledger, sales ledger, sales accounts, payroll and finance department colleagues
  • Ensure balance sheet reconciliations are completed on a monthly basis, with issues resolved on a timely basis
  • Circulating cost reports to all sites and Head Office, including Directors and Senior Managers.  Respond to queries as appropriate
  • Provide commentary to explain all variances against budget and last year
  • Prepare ad-hoc analysis by department as requested by Director/cost controllers
  • Assist in the preparation of the monthly management pack
  • To provide support to the Financial Accounting Manager and provide cover within the team as required
  • Assist in preparation of budgets and forecasts
  • Provide information required for the half year and year-end audits with explanations of movements, trends and large/unusual variances
  •  To support the Financial Analyst in preparation of balance sheet related schedules including prepayments and accruals analysis and significant debtors and creditors analysis
  • To work closely with the Financial Accounting Manager and Group Accountant in the preparation of year-end statutory accounts and tax computations
  • To support in the preparation the quarterly UK VAT return and bi-monthly Irish VAT return and reconciliation of the VAT balance sheet accounts
  • To develop and maintain thorough knowledge of the operations of the business and the activities of other departments within the business
  • To plan and organise any other ad-hoc projects and take on any additional month end responsibilities as required by the Financial Accounting Manager

A bit about your experience: 

  • Qualified / Part-qualified and studying towards an accounting qualification (ACCA/ACA/CIMA)
  • Strong PC skills, particularly Excel (Intermediate to Advanced desirable)
  • Retail experience would be advantageous

A bit about you: 

  • Proven experience of working in finance department
  • Strong interpersonal skills – able to work as part of a team
  • Good communication skills – able to communicate to Directors and Senior Managers confidently
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Good planning and prioritisation skills. Able to work in a methodical manner
  • Good attention to detail
  • Interest in understanding systems and making improvements

All your hard work, rewarded:

Our colleagues are as important to us as our customers. When working with us you will be introduced to a huge variety of benefits including:

Flexible working
Very generous staff discount plus annual clothing allowance

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