Merlin Entertainments plc


Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
24 Mar 2023
21 Apr 2023
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Newly qualified
1 Elmwood, Crockford Lane, Chineham Park
Basingstoke, RG24 8WG
United Kingdom

A job with Merlin isn't like a job anywhere else. With attractions around the world, from rollercoasters to wax figures, we don't trade in suits, handshakes or briefcases. We trade in fun. In smiles, shrieks and spine-tingles. In Memories. In magic. But there are no tricks behind our magic. Instead, there are people like you. Passionate, dedicated people who are committed to making sure our worldwide attractions and guests' experiences are the best they can be.

Due to continuing growth and development of Merlin's attractions and brands on a global scale , we hiring for Accountant's to join our Finance team. We are looking for an individual who is a fully qualified Accountant with experience, and 5 individuals who are newly qualified.

These roles will be based at our The Merlin Hub - Basingstoke office and reports into the Senior Accountant - R2R on a permanent basis.

About the Role...

  • Preparation of monthly journals working closely with key business partners for the appropriate level of support
  • Accurate and timely month end reporting in line with the Finance hub timetable across international legal entities
  • Preparation of month-end analysis and commentary for management reporting
  • Completion of balance sheet reconciliations to support reviews with Finance hub managers and business partners
  • Intercompany accounting and reconciliations, including an overview of group recharges and settlements in line with transfer pricing agreements
  • Maintain financial controls in accordance with group policies and procedures
  • Support the preparation of daily, weekly and monthly flash reports in line with the centralised reporting strategy
  • Preparation of statutory financial statements and supporting information requests for tax return completion
  • Support indirect tax, local tax and ad-hoc statistical reporting
  • Liaise with internal and external audit teams
  • Main point of contact for external stakeholders
Fully qualified and experienced:

  • Deputise for line manager when required
  • Take responsibility to guide others and ensure outputs from across the team are to the required standard
Newly qualified:

  • Review the work of others and develop logical sense checks where required
About You...

  • Experience working in a UK shared services role preferably within a similar operating model and size of organisation
  • Experience of month end close process
  • Experience of working with new finance systems preferably during implementations and stabilisations
  • Experience of process improvements and standardising finance processes
  • Evidence of building and maintaining strong relationships with key business stakeholders
  • Proactive individual with experience working in a flexible and changing environment
  • Communication skills necessary to coordinate month end close across multiple functions
  • Attention to detail with a proactive approach to obtaining appropriate supporting evidence
  • Coordination with divisional finance organisations to highlight/resolve issues
  • Confident to engage and challenge senior stakeholders on change, process and policies
  • Fully qualified ACA, ACCA or CIMA plus experience OR newly qualified/finalist ACA, ACCA or CIMA
Please state clearly what stage of your studies you are currently at on your CV.

The Perks...

We're growing fast and alongside a fun and friendly environment, we offer a fabulous package and amazing prospects - ideal if you're already fantastic and can quickly become even better (our magic can help here). Benefits include Pension, Life Assurance, discretionary company bonus, 25 days' holiday and, of course, a Merlin Magic Pass which gives you and your friends and family free admission to all of our attractions worldwide, as well as 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants and 40% discount on LEGO.

Everyone Matters at Merlin.

At Merlin we welcome the world to our magical attractions and resorts every day and we want to reflect that same multicultural mix inside our business too. We strive to create an inclusive and diverse workplace where people can be themselves, have the same opportunities and thrive together. Because at Merlin, everyone matters!
Together, we work to create a workplace where everyone feels valued, no matter their age, race, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Although we understand that we'll always be learning and growing, we aim to be the most inclusive and flexible employer in our industry.

Returning to work

As part of our approach, we welcome applications from people looking to return to work after a long career break.
We have an active Return to Work programme, which offers training, mentoring and more, to support with the transition back into working life. So, if you've been on a career break for any reason we can support you.

If you have any questions or if you require any assistance, because of a disability or medical condition, please contact us by email at and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.


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