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Accounting and Reporting Associate

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:

This is an ideal opportunity for a graduate level candidate to join our team. In this role you will execute standard period-end transactions in conjunction with the finance business partner teams to drive completion of the accounts. You will produce and run standardised reporting suites for Business Partnering teams to drive productive action / improved business performance in collaboration with the business. Exciting role where you will be able to implement opportunities to improve the accounting and reporting processes across a range of business areas.

Team:

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.

More about the role:

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, submitting outputs to the Accounting & Reporting Manager for review.
Produce and Develop standardised reporting suites for Business Partnering teams.
Supporting the delivery of period-end results to the agreed deadlines and standards ensuring the results are communicated in a timely and accurate way.
Ensure that the appropriate control mechanisms are in place and followed.
Support the delivery of Finance improvement initiatives to enhance process efficiency including: Data quality improvements • Elimination, simplification and/or automation of transactional activities.
Support the production of Management Accounting schedules and reporting (Orange/Red Book).

To be successful in this role, you’ll have the following experience and skills:

Educated to minimum “A” level standard or Degree qualified.
Strong analytical skills, Excel & Access skills and attention to detail.
Ability to work fluidly with data and across systems e.g. reporting tools.
Team player with good communication skills (both verbal & written)
Organisational and prioritisation skills.
Ability to work collaboratively with key stakeholders and across different finance teams (e.g. Property centre of excellence and finance business partner teams)
Experience in a large company environment, preferably retail (desired)

What you’ll get in return:

If being part of a hugely influential 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, a save-as-you-earn scheme, pension and staff discounts at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat.

We know that candidates may be put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box. We also know that ‘normal’ office hours aren’t always doable, and while we can’t accommodate every flexible working request we are happy to be asked. So if you are excited about working with us and think you can do much of what we are looking for but aren’t sure if you are 100% there yet… why not apply and see how it goes?

Here at Sainsbury’s Argos we’re a proud equal opportunities employer that values diversity at every level of our business. Inclusion and Diversity are fundamental to our culture and values, fostering an innovative, collaborative and fast paced work environment that means we can build a better future for our colleagues and our customers. Everyone is welcome at Sainsbury’s Argos. Want to find out more? Then visit our Diversity & Inclusion page on our Careers site – www.argos.careers/diversityandinclusion

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