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Accounting & Reporting Manager

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.

Sainsbury’s Argos is at the heart of the Group’s growth strategy. Since joining Sainsbury’s, Argos has revolutionised the way we do business, bringing expertise, technological innovation and hugely talented people to the team. We have outperformed the market in a number of our key business areas by presenting customers with convenience, choice and value. As well as opening c.280 Argos stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets, customers can also pick up their Argos and Tu clothing orders from 320 collection points in our supermarkets and Convenience Stores, where customers can also collect eBay and DPD parcels. Our own delivery network is also breaking new ground. We are the only retailer in the UK who can deliver to 92% of UK postcodes within four hours.

Role Overview:

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.

In this role you will lead the team that provides reporting requirements and support, to the business trading teams as well as business partner finance teams, by providing them with financial information and analysis to enable and help them to make sound commercial business decisions. You will lead and drive improvements in the development of procedures and processes to facilitate an accurate view of sales and adjusted margin on a weekly, periodic and quarterly basis. The role focus will include owning the production of standardised reporting suites for Business Partnering teams to drive productive action / improved business performance in collaboration with the business.

As Accounting & Reporting Manager your role will involve:

Leading the accounting process to drive and execute standard period-end transactions and journals in the core finance system, working together with the business to drive completion of accurate and representative financial statements, for review by the Reporting and Forecasting Controller and senior management.

Drive and lead the development of standardised reporting & insight for Business Partnering teams to support clear business decisions to either drive action / improved business performance in collaboration with the business. This includes:

Communication and explanation of period-end results to the agreed deadlines and standards to senior management.
Production of agreed standardised reporting to Business Partnering teams across weekly and period reporting timelines. This should be timely and accurate and provide insight to the teams using the information.

Drive the implementation of Finance improvement initiatives as well as leading the move to best practices to enhance process efficiency and quality of outputs including:

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

Lead and Support external audit preparation.
Drive and own the financial control process to ensure results are reported in a timely and accurate manner.
Lead and develop team members.

Your skills & experience will include:

Qualified Finance Professional (ideally 5yrs+ PQE)
Strong technical accounting knowledge with experience gained in similar role.
Understand drivers of business performance and the levers available to impact performance.
Strong analytical skills, Excel & Access skills and attention to detail.
Ability to operate and influence effectively at a senior finance level.
Assertive, challenging and confident with strong inter-personal skills.
Experience of working with and presenting analytical results to Non-Finance users.
Strong coaching and team leadership skills.

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, holiday allowance, healthcare, a save-as-you-earn scheme, pension and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat.

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