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Financial Accounting Manager

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Financial Accounting Manager

  • NE02283
  • Bristol, England, United Kingdom

About us

We're a truly international company, forth largest in our industry and operating across 120 markets. An inclusive, innovative global FMCG business supported by over 27,500 employees. As we embrace a new era of growth, we are transforming. Our ways of working and culture are driven by a challenger mindset, constantly questioning the status quo. Our agility and entrepreneurial spirit, alongside award winning development programmes, enable innovation and success while creating exciting and rewarding career choices.

As we move forward, our customers will be at the heart of what we do, evolving to needs and expectations and committing to a more meaningful contribution to harm reduction by building a successful NGP business. Integral to our long-term success is our sustainability strategy, behaving responsibly and supporting our ambitions, all underpinned by high governance.

Encouraging inclusion at local levels and supporting a developing and robust diversity agenda globally, we’re fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference.

The role

Working within Group Finance, the Financial Accounting Manager will be involved in operational treasury accounting and reporting for the Group financing entities (Imperial Brands Finance Plc (IBF) and Imperial Brands Enterprise Finance Limited (IBEFL)).  This is a Head Office role for at FTSE30 entity offering exposure to senior finance leaders within the Group.  The role will include responsibility for monthly management accounting and reporting into the Group consolidation system.  In addition, the role will involve input into various support processes including the posting of accounting entries, assessment of financial instrument valuations, adjustments to hedge accounting positions, plus ad-hoc financial analysis and reporting.  The role also supports interim and full year statutory reporting under IFRS and includes external auditor liaison as part of both subsidiary and group interim and year end audits.

This is very much a hands on role involving a significant amount of data analysis, maintenance of accounting ledgers and reconciliation of various accounts.  There is currently significant scope for process improvements in this accounting area, particularly in the use of spreadsheets, and improving the efficiency and accuracy of the accounting process will be a key deliverable for this role.

Key accountabilities

  • Responsibility for delivering operational treasury accounting and reporting and working with senior accounting colleagues and the Group's auditors to secure agreement on areas of judgement.
  • Assists with the maintenance and development of treasury accounting processes and policy within the Group.  Supports the Imperial Brands finance community in the application of relevant accounting policies including advising on what any changes to policies mean in practice.
  • Assists the Senior Accounting Manager with ad-hoc treasury analysis including the projected impact of proposed changes to the Group’s corporate structure, loan structures, financial instrument portfolio and hedging strategies.
  • Contributes to an ongoing review of improvements to Group financial reporting and disclosures for both internal management information purposes and external statutory reporting.
  • Assists the Senior Accounting Manager with providing analysis and advice on accounting implications of large or complex transactions. 
  • Involvement in technical and judgemental accounting areas supporting senior management stakeholders.  This includes input into treasury related technical accounting papers some of which form the basis of pre-reads for meetings of the Group’s Audit Committee.
  • Will be involved in regular reviews of balance sheet and income statements and will be required to prepare regular reconciliation of key accounts. 
  • Will be involved in administering intragroup loan changes and will support internal counterparty finance teams in managing through any changes to internal funding requirements. 
  • Will work with the Senior Accounting Manager on the development and maintenance of the treasury accounting function’s  approach to the documentation ensuring a strong and efficient financial control framework.

Skills & Experience

  • Qualified financial accountant with at least two years post qualification experience
  • This role does not necessarily require prior treasury accounting experience but does require a high level of numeracy and ability to understand financial instrument valuations and accounting processes, foreign exchange and interest rate risk and associated statutory reporting requirements
  • Prior experience of dealing with IFRS 9 and/or IAS 32 or working in a financial services accounting or treasury accounting environment would be an advantage but is not essential
  • Highly technically astute, with experience of accounting and reporting in the context of preparing company financial statements
  • A strong overall knowledge of IFRS
  • A general understanding and preferably experience of period end close processes in the context of a Group
  • Strong organisation and project management skills, including the ability to prioritise, keep key interested parties involved and flag up issues to the right people as necessary
  • Excellent report writing skills with an ability to clearly communicate and explain complex technical issues to different audiences
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills including the ability to work with pivot tables, V-Lookups and multiple linked spreadsheets
  • A general understanding of the need for financial controls and basic associated requirements within a treasury financial accounting and reporting function
  • Close attention to detail where required but also the ability to identify the significance of issues within the context of the overall financial statements
  • Drive and enthusiasm to ensure team succeeds in achieving fixed and demanding deadlines
  • Not afraid to challenge norms and a willingness to focus on continuous improvement to process.
  • Commitment and flexibility to work with other team members to deliver on shared goals

What we offer

Imperial Brands offers a competitive package of salary, bonus scheme, pension and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period and bank holidays).

Next steps

Interested applicants should apply with their CV highlighting their suitability for the role. 

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1901

The year Imperial was founded through the
coming together of 13 UK family-run
businesses

33,000

Imperial employees worldwide

160

Number of markets worldwide in which our products are sold