Financial Accountant

Unipart Rail
Doncaster, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
11 Jun 2021
02 Jul 2021
Experience level
Qualified accountant
Main Purpose
We are looking for a Financial Accountant to join our Finance team based at our Head Office site in Doncaster to support our Operations Business Unit.

Reporting to the Finance Manager, you will be responsible for the monthly production of management account reports for overheads, to maintain cost control throughout the business, and ensuring that the Rail business is delivering acceptable returns on its Supply Chain contracts. You will liaise with cost center owners on monthly performance and understand reasons for any over-spend and support overhead budgeting and forecasting in line with planned timetable. You will also be responsible for interfacing with Inventory/Procurement teams on understanding drivers of stock and partner on cost reduction initiatives.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for overhead reporting for the Rail business unit and the subsequent correction of off-target areas by working with the relevant budget holder
  • Supporting the creation of Corporate Planning, Forecasting and Budgeting process in relation to costs and overheads to support the targeted sales
  • Preparing the accounts for Supply Chain contracts and Financial support to ensure contracts are returning profit targets
  • Liaising with Procurement teams to maintain tracker of Cost Reduction initiatives
  • Financial lead within aspects of Inventory reporting and represent the function in material forecasting and planning meeting, and review slow moving items
  • Analysis of month end results highlighting key variances and commentary.

  • Supporting large supply chain bids which are significantly impacted by the level of resource and cost of the operations team to deliver them
  • Ensure key business process improvement projects are on time, cost and delivering the benefits expected once introduced
  • Requirement to take the lead on ad-hoc problems and to be able to take on cost improvement projects.

Essential criteria:
  • Ideally degree qualified (or equivalent experience gained working in a Financial Accountancy role)
  • Recently qualified or working towards a professional accountancy qualification (ACCA, CIMA or equivalent)
  • Financial and commercial awareness
  • Strong analytical skills with an understanding of how to build effective reporting structures that enables budget holders to clearly understand their costs and drive business improvement
  • An ability to influence the senior budget holders to drive the right performance and behaviours.
  • Strong fiduciary responsibility as well as high level of confidentiality
  • Highly IT literate with experience in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Familiarity working with MRP systems, ideally SAP
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to negotiate with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Positive, Pro-active and self-sufficient attitude
  • Reporting writing

  • Competitive salary
  • Pension and death in service provisions for employees in pension scheme
  • 25 Days Hols (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Health and Wellbeing Initiatives
  • Employee offers and discounts from various retailers
  • Cycle to work scheme, recognition events and rewards
  • Free car parking

Unipart Rail - Who are we?
We have a long heritage in the rail industry based on decades of experience, we have continuous improvement plans to embrace innovation in both products and business techniques to ensure that we remain the first and best choice for our customers. Our focus on Technology in our products, services and solutions places us at the forefront of industry 4.0 and in our Technology & Product Solutions and Supply Chain Solutions, delivering value for our customers.

Unipart Rail is part of the Unipart Group, one of Europe's leading independent logistics' companies that employs more than 8,000 employees worldwide and has an annual turnover of more than £800 million.

As a valued employee of Unipart Rail, you can look forward to a varied and rewarding career with a company that holds the Investors in People accreditation and also world class status in employee engagement.

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