Reporting Accountant (Part Qualified) - WPP Group

12 Jun 2019
27 Jun 2019
Job role
Financeplus is WPP's internal Financial Shared Service organisation, providing transactional back-office financial services to WPP companies. Financeplus supports a range of processes including:

- Accounts Payable

- Accounts Receivable

- Media Billing & Payments

- Treasury

- Accounting and Reporting

- Statutory reporting

By consolidating activities under one roof, Financeplus takes advantage of volume to deliver increased efficiency. This is achieved by standardising, streamlining and aligning relevant processes, and introducing tools & technology to drive effectiveness across our operations. By taking over transactional financial activities, Financeplus allows our agencies to focus on commercial activities, client management and revenue / cost management.

Financeplus UK was the first Financeplus, opening in 2011. There are now have offices in Australia, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, the UK and the USA, and have recently started in Venezuela.

Financeplus has a clearly defined migration methodology that we will use for all future deployments. This will ensure a smoother transfer of activities with full clarity and proper preparation.


A member of the Ogilvy reporting team who work on the Management accounts for all Ogilvy related agencies within the WPP group.

Job Purpose:

Working as part of a team to support a portfolio of clients, the Reporting Accountant will be responsible for the delivery of the month end for their agencies. Key to this will be working to a structured timetable of delivery, with support from the Reporting Assistant, and taking the lead in interacting with the agencies. They will review and approve and maintain workpapers to reconcile figures in the Maconomy and Cartesis systems. This role is ideal for somebody keen to take on additional responsibilities, within a Finance team.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Build effective relationship with agency Finance team
  • Show clear understanding of reporting requirements and deadlines
  • Regularly monitor status and assess current work priorities
  • Able to give clear direction and support to Reporting Assistant
  • Review and reconciliation of Cartesis submission, maintaining workpapers to evidence the

accurate reporting by line and pack and the clearance of blocking errors, prior to publishing
  • Review of Month End Folders and ensure these are prepared on a timely basis
  • Work with the Reporting Manager to provide training to colleagues, to develop good resources

for new team members and ensure effective cover for holidays, sickness etc.
  • Posting Journals
  • Prepare and posting of non-judgmental Journals
  • Fixed Asset (FA) Ledger ownership and maintenance
  • Run and analyze Open PO report and send to agency
  • Prepare and post PO provision
  • Opening and closing of ledgers
  • Review and approve bank reconciliations
  • Prepare Aged debtors analysis (MADA) for agency approval
  • Prepare Aged WIP analysis (WIP reconciliation) for agency approval
  • Run Depreciation
  • Run and post AP/AR revaluations
  • Run Maconomy Audit reports
  • Complete Balance Sheet reconciliations and input into ADRA reconciliation tool
  • Intercompany - load data to Cartesis and perform 2 way/3way reconciliations
  • Review AP/AR report balances & narrative
  • Prepare Month End Folders
  • Review and approve payments provided by treasury team
  • Input month end reporting packages into Cartesis system including P&L and Balance Sheet

Qualifications & Education:
  • Educated to degree level, preferable Finance
  • CIMA/ACCA studier

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Ability to work within a strong team dynamic
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Must be a logical thinker and take a questioning approach to resolving reconciling items

Previous Work Experience:
  • Experience working in a finance team
  • Ability to work within a strong team dynamic
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Professional mind-set
  • Enjoys working as part of a busy collaborative team and always keen to achieve deadlines

Training / Learning provided:
  • On the job training provided to familiarise successful candidate with company's system, processes

and way of working
  • Apprenticeship scheme offered to employees once probation has been passed for the studying of


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