Media Accountant

  • Location:

    London, England

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  • Salary:

    £140.00 - £200.00 per day

  • Contact:

    Kane Pelgrom

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  • Published:

    5 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 months

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The successful candidate will work with editors and budget holders to help with the accounting and reporting.
The right candidate will be able to work out how much has been spent against the budget as well as forecast future spend.
Ideally the right candidate will be qualified or working towards a qualification, Happy to accept ACCA, AAT, CIMA
Experience managing headcount
Forecasting project spend
Dealing with ad-hoc queries
SAP experience is desirable
Good communication skills to be able to manage stakeholders and partner with the business
Previous roles worked; Management accountant, Senior Assistant, Finance Assistant, Finance Analysts might be too senior but happy to see candidates who have the experience mentioned above.

Job title Media Accountant
Job family Finance Band C

Job purpose
Delivering an integrated, sustainable and high quality accounting and reporting service to our business and Finance customers at the right level of cost. They will help inform and shape financial plans. The key role purpose of the

Media Accountant is to:
Work within divisional business teams (News Group, Nations and Radio & Music) and to be responsible for providing professional financial support to the Business Managers, Editors, Budget Holders and Centre of Excellence teams
Provide effective controllership and deliver operational excellence
Adopt and contribute to continuous improvement across finance and key processes

Key responsibilities and accountabilities

Budgeting and Forecasting:
Provide information, analysis and supporting commentary to Centre of Excellence teams, budget holders and regional management. Work closely with and influence budget holders to help drive business performance and decision making
Review short term plans for divisional continuous cost centres and programme projects
Assist in the production of divisional continuous cost centre budgets, extrapolating trends and supporting the input of financial data
Review the short term financial plans for the divisions in collaboration with cost centre managers, embedded finance and Centre of Excellence teams
Meet month end timetable requirements

Accounting and Reporting:
Undertake budgetary review and update forecasts for continuous cost centres and programme projects
Assist in balance sheet reporting
Provide insightful commentary and analysis to Centre of Excellence process teams in respect of financial reporting and accounting
Monitor, and report actual expenditure against set budget
Adhere to Centre of Excellence reporting deadlines
Maintain short term financial plans for divisions in collaboration with budget holders
Assist in closing year end accounts
Assist in completion of any additional requirements for year end statutory reporting purposes
Analyse variances and supply supporting analysis where necessary

Controls and Compliance
Apply best practice to suggestions and recommendations to improve services
Undertake quality management of own work and the work of others
Improve the efficiency and controls finance processes, methodologies and environments
Develop test and review new methods and practices
Provide data for non financial reporting (DQF, Talent, Fair Trade, Service Licences)
Be a custodian for explaining and reinforcing finance policies and guidelines across the business and division

Facilitate self development by identifying and meeting own skill development needs and future career opportunities with the support of the Finance stakeholers (FBP and DFC)
Facilitate collaboration between team members through sharing information, collaborating on decision making, and taking mutual responsibility for the work of the team
Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements as well as internal control mechanisms (including Safety and Diversity Policy) - promoting an efficiency driven culture within
Undertake such other duties and tasks as may lie within the scope of this post to ensure the effective delivery and development of the service

Knowledge, skills, training and experience
Significant experience of delivering a high quality accounting and reporting service.
Highly developed written and verbal communication skills with the ability to influence.
Ability to take complex data / principles and to communicate these in an understandable way to non SME's.
Knowledge of the theory and practical application of accounting principles and controls.
Desirable - professional accounting qualification e.g. ACCA, ACA, CIMA, or equivalent qualification AAT or studying

The successful candidtae must be immediately available and have relevant experience as outlined.


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