Compass Group


Compass Group
Cheltenham, UK
£45,000 per annum dependent on experience
08 Sep 2023
08 Oct 2023
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Part qualified

About the Role

What you'll be doing:

As our site Accountant you will report into the Regional Director with a dotted line into the Regional Finance Manager.

You will be based at Cheltenham Racecourse with site visits to other SW racecourses, you will ensure use financial and operational controls for forecasting and month-end reporting.

Being the Head of Dept, you will provide commercial acumen to drive efficiency, profitability and customer satisfaction.

This is not a typical Accountant role with a good deal of self-thinking and broad skills needed. Its not “9-5” as there is a large element of being operational during race days and events.

More about the role:

  • Ensuring adequate and appropriate financial controls, processes and procedures exist (and are audited) in accordance with the Controls Procedures
  • Recommendation and adoption of enhancements/improvements of operational controls
  • Creation of data and trend analysis leading to effective communication which will influence local management decision making
  • Ensuring appropriately skilled and trained accounts staff are in place to perform day-to-day financial and operational accounting functions
  • Managing and preparation of management reporting including event forecasting, month-end close down, profit & loss statements, partial balance sheets, budgets, and forecasts
  • Manage the weekly and monthly process of input into accounting ledgers through invoice and journal postings
  • Co-ordinate, manage the preparation and interrogation of weekly and monthly profit & loss, KPIs for the unit accounts. Authorship of narratives
  • Client meetings to review performance and future operations/projects
  • To ensure the business is complying with all appropriate contractual obligations, and monitoring of contractual KPIs
  • To ensure all IT operating systems are used to the best of their ability and to make any recommendations for suitable improvements
  • Liaise closely with divisional and central accounting functions. Assist where possible in spirit of teamwork including Profit Protection
  • Record, monitor and report and recommend on effectiveness of capital investment projects
  • Be fully involved in the interviewing, recruitment, training and development of the Account Team

Operationally active:

  • During the key race days to ensure cash office controls and security, and general commercial management is effective
  • Event set-up entailing tills, tariffs, credit card machines, training, on-event monitoring and decision making
  • Further support to the Jockey Club Catering Division including attending other race days such as the Grand National

What we’ll give:


  • £45,000 per annum dependent on experience, per hour, 40 hours per week
  • Compass exclusive offers on PerksAtWork
  • Access to a wide range of programs to train and develop you
  • Pension contribution
  • Medicash healthcare
  • Eyecare vouchers
  • Free food while working
  • Discounted tickets to JCC events

Who you are:

Key Qualities:

  • Industry operational experience, part qualified or QBE
  • Ideally experienced in the operational finance of Sporting/Venue/Events/Hotels
  • 5 years’ experience of the management of a finance function, preferably in similar industry
  • A dynamic team player with a flexible approach plus self-motivated with an ability to effectively plan and organise own work
  • Driving license and access to a vehicle as some travel will be required
  • Excellent communication skills - ability to communicate oral and written information concisely and logically
  • Computer literate especially Excel
  • Assertive self-starter with high level of creativity and confidence

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below.

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