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Accounting and Reporting Assistant Analyst

Exciting new opportunity has become available for an Accounting and Reporting Assistant Analyst to join our expert FP&A Team, which will report into the Accounting and Reporting Analyst within Sainsbury’s Argos.

The Reporting & Forecasting team provides a key link between the various business partnering and FP&A teams across the business to create budgets, forecasts and strategic plans as well as delivering corporate performance reporting e.g. weekly trading packs, periodic management accounts and investor relations analysis.

At Sainsbury’s Argos, the great digital transformation is under way. It’s our aim to become the digital market leader in choice, value and convenience, so our Finance teams are more important to us now than ever before. They’re the people who provide support across the business and help make the crucial decisions that will allow us to develop into a leading digital retailer.

We have joined Sainsbury’s in our journey to become a leading retail organisation and ensuring we place our customers at the heart of everything we do. Together we have a great opportunity to build a brilliant future and do a fantastic job for all our customers.

The Role

As Accounting and Reporting Assistant Analyst you will support and drive the execution of standard period-end transactions in conjunction with the finance business partner teams. This will also include driving completion of accurate and representative financial statements in line with agreed deadlines and quality standards. Be responsible in supporting the production of standardised reporting suites for Business Partnering teams to drive productive business performance. You will identify and evaluate opportunities to improve the accounting and reporting processes across a range of business areas.

As Accounting and Reporting Assistant Analyst, your main responsibilities will include:

Execute standard period-end transactions and journals in the core finance system submitting outputs to the Accounting & Reporting Manager for review.
Produce and Develop standardised reporting suites for Business Partnering teams to support the continuous drive of business results.
To own and drive the delivery of period-end results to the agreed deadlines and standards, ensuring that the results are communicated in a timely and accurate way with a clear articulation of the drivers of performance and impacts.
Ensure that the appropriate control mechanisms are in place and followed.
Support external audit preparation.
Support the delivery of Finance improvement initiatives and implementation of internal & external best practices to enhance process efficiency and quality of outputs including:

Data quality improvements
Elimination, simplification and/or automation of transactional activities (e.g. journals, period end, reconciliations etc.)
Reporting improvements e.g. report rationalisation, design and implementation

Your skills & experience will include:

Graduate calibre professional studying towards a professional accounting qualification ideally ACCA or CIMA.
Some experience of working with and presenting analytical results to Non-Finance users.
Possess good inter-personal skills, have an empathetic nature and a good sense of humour.
Be enthusiastic, positive and have ability to proactively engage with key Finance and non-Finance stakeholders.
Be a team player with good presentation and communication skills (both verbal & written)
Ability to communicate and influence effectively across multiple grades and departments.
Possess can do attitude with an adaptable approach suitable to operating at pace and switching between priorities.
Strong systems skills including Excel and Access.
Experience in a large company environment, preferably retail.

What you’ll get in return:

If being part of a hugely influential Finance team wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive a host of great benefits. As well as a competitive salary and bonus scheme you will receive a huge range of learning and development opportunities, 22 days holiday, a save-as-you-earn scheme, pension and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat.


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