Kier Group
16 Jul 2017
16 Aug 2017
Job role

Location: Manchester City Centre

Negotiable Salary


Kier Group plc is looking to recruit an Accountant to join our Finance Shared Service Centre (FSSC) in Manchester.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the execution of comprehensive general accounting and period closing activities, liaising with the Finance Manager on a daily basis to provide updates on financial performance and provide additional insight, through reporting and commentary as required.


Key Responsibilities:

Team Leadership

    Effectively lead a team of 1-2 Assistant Accountants.
 Period end close & reporting

    Timley review of mid-month and month-end journals, applying  accounting knowledge in addition to medium level of judgement, and communicating changes required to Assistant Accountants. Timely review of mid-month and month-end reports applying commercial/industry knowledge and communicating changes required to Assistant Accountants. Support the Assistant Accountants in preparation of supporting journal calculations for non-recurring/non-standard and/or complex journals. Manage execution of month-end project accounting activities to allow VCR process to operate. Delegation of review to Assistant Accountants as appropriate. Maintain an ongoing daily dialogue with Business Unit Lead, for example in highlighting material impacts to performance, and review of reporting therein Take ownership of FSSC month-end and year-end reporting elements pertinent to the relevant Business Unit.
 P&L preparation & BS reconciliations

    Timley review of FSSC impacted P&L and BS control account reconciliations using judgement to highlight and investigate key and unexpected variances providing supporting commentary when required prior to review by FSSC Finance Manager.
 Management Reporting

    Timley review of FSSC management reports (e.g. Flash reports, KPI, etc.) using business knowledge and judgement to provide supportive commentary at appropriate level prior to review by the Business Unit Lead. Delegation of review to Assistant Accountants as appropriate.
Statutory Reporting

    Create detailed project plan for completion of relevant FSSC elements of statutory accounts, including delegation of activities and task to Assistant Accountants as appropriate. Timely review of activities and task prepared by Assistant Accountants and communicating changes required.
Regulatory and Other Reporting

    Timely review of VAT return pro-forma prior to detailed review by Group Tax VAT team. Delegation of review to Assistant Accountants as appropriate.
Fixed Assets/Journals

    Timley review of fixed asset and project manual journals. Delegation of review to Assistant Accountants as appropriate.
Budgeting & Forecasting

    Where required, provide specific knowledge and support to Business Unit team during the budgeting and forecasting process. Delegation of review to Assistant Accountants as appropriate.
Project Work

    Provide accounting support for specific project related activities at the BU level, such as preparation of chart of account changes, requesting updates to reports as a result of new cost centres.
 Continuous Improvement

    Support the Finance Manager and FSSC Service Management and Operations team to identify and implement initiatives and opportunities (e.g. process improvements).
 Continued Compliance Focus

    Adhere to Group and Business Unit specific policies and procedures. Support External and Internal Audit activities as required, such as providing information as requested in a timely manner. Monitor and remediate effectiveness of controls by responding to breaches in a timely manner. Ensure accurate recording of transactions for tax purposes.
Person Specification 

    Fully qualified accountant with 3+ years Post Qualified Experience in an operational finance role with exposure to issues of similar complexity. Able to develop, motivate and lead a diverse team. Excellent knowledge of current regulations including IFRS / UK GAAP, Companies Acts etc. Good knowledge of  core financial systems and general accounting procedures. Adaptive to changing objectives and priorities to deliver results. Focused on creating value for the Business Units. Strong organisation and time management skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills with presentation experience. Collaborative, able to work with/through others as part of a team and to mentor colleagues. Ability to operate in a service driven culture, continuously challenging and seeking to be better. Good customer service skillset, going above and beyond the call of duty where necessary. Committed team player who is able to manage upwards and downwards. Trustworthy and self-motivated.
 Functional and Technical Skills

    Proficient in MS Office applications (particularly MS Excel). Degree-level education or equivalent. Knowledge of FSSC equivalent systems, processes and workflow technology. In depth knowledge of ERP software (ORACLE would be preference, SAP experience acceptable). Undertake any necessary training associated with duties of the post and participates in training and development procedures. Comply with all Company H&S policies and legislation in performance of duties and responsibilities. Maintain confidentiality and observes data protection guidelines. Carry out any other reasonable duties commensurate with their capability. Good process analysis skills with ability to break down processes into their constituent parts, identify problems and suggest solutions. Knowledge of Kier systems, processes and workflow technology useful but not essential.
About Kier:

Kier Group plc. is a leading construction, property, residential and services group which invests in, builds, maintains and renews the places where we work, live and play. We operate globally across a range of sectors including defence, education, health, housing, industrials, power, transport and utilities. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, we are a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

With a network of 88 UK offices Kier offers national coverage across all of its core activities. Employing 22,000 people, Kier has the financial strength and technical expertise to undertake some of the most significant construction, civil engineering and service contracts in the country.


Kier is an equality and diversity employer



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