Pret A Manger招聘:财务报告经理(中文为优势)

2016-04-13 IDEABOXES


公司:Pret A Manger

职位:Financial Reporting Manager

性质:Permanent, Full-time



The Role: Overall Purpose

This person is responsible for Pret Group’s Cost Accounting & Reporting function, ensuring that financial reports (Financial and Management reporting) are aligned to business and legal requirements and are based on accurate underlying financial records. Reporting into the Financial Controller. They will oversee a team, working closely with Transactional Services and Property Finance Team to ensure P&L cost lines are correct and related balance sheets positions are accurate. They will take ownership of weekly; period / month end; half year and yearly management & statutory reporting process in a way that optimises reporting cycles and provides timely and accurate financial reporting outputs in line with SLAs and agreed timetables. They will lead Pret’s reporting strategy to define and deliver usable finance reports that drive effective and efficient decision making.

They will be responsible for helping to set best in class practice on financial policy and procedure and putting in place a system of corporate governance that can proactively manage the Groups’ growth and identity and manage risk. This person must have a strong attention to detail, have the confidence to challenge and be able to work to and enforce clear deadlines.

They will be responsible for defining, meeting and exceeding Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and customer expectations set by the Finance Leadership Team. To improve operational effectiveness and efficiency, resolve problems and develop team members.

Scope Of Role

This role involves direct management of cost accountants. They will work closely with Financial Controller; Group Financial Controller; have contact with Finance teams across all of Pret’s markets and key internal and external customers.

The person must be an experienced accountant with the ability to challenge current accounting practices, identify and make recommendations (process; system; behavioural) that will ensure efficiency, whilst maintaining effective controls and adding real value to the organisation. They must be customer focused; understand the opportunities that shared services brings; be able to communicate effectively at all levels and be able to manage, train and develop a team.

The role requires a high appreciation of the importance of finance systems and automation for efficiency, as well as a passion to build an effective function that will support the ongoing growth of the Pret group. Working closely with the Head of Finance Systems and the IT Team to ensure accurate reporting.

Core Responsibilities


  • Accountable for consistent and ongoing application of rules, guidelines; policies and internal controls

  • Oversee intercompany account postings and reconciliations across Pret, including process improvement and clear documentation

  • Review intercompany balance sheet positions to ensure that they are transparent and that reconciling items are cleared

  • Provide Holdco accounting support as and when required

Monthly Management Cost Accounts

  • Define strategy and own the ongoing maintenance of the Chart of Accounts (CoA); Subsidiary and Department structures

  • Own the management accounts month / period end close – including review of P&L costs to ensure that they are correctly recorded

  • Accountable for cost line review and report production

  • Accountable for query support from budget holders

  • Accountable for the completion of unaccounted reviews

  • Accountable for the completion of operating cost accounting – including postings; reconciliations and initial reviews

  • Accountable for the completion of shop cost accounting – including postings; reconciliations and initial reviews

  • Accountable for the completion of head office cost accounting – including postings; reconciliations and initial reviews

  • Input into Budget & Projections (understanding variances to budget; projection and prior year) – as and when required

  • Coordinate the completion of mandatory ONS surveys – as and when required

  • Provide support to FP&A Team in the compilation of UK Budget and Projections – as and when required


  • Own reporting strategy, ensuring clear reports are produced that align with genuine business review and decision making requirements of the Pret group

  • Run weekly reporting process – liaising with IT and other markets

  • Accountable for financial report production (e.g. Weekly Trading Updates; Head Office Departmental Reports; Shop reports; Operating cost reports; Property summary reports) – excluding Fixed Assets & Property related reports

  • Accountable for the production of Monthly Board pack; Weekly results; Group Flash Group Summary; Balance Sheet; Cash Flow; Annual HR Cycle; Covenant Reporting; Shop P&Ls; Shop database; Bank & Bridgepoint reporting

  • Accountable for the production of covenant and boarding reporting

  • Ensure that reporting commentary is suitable for the representative audiences (e.g. Management Teams; Executive Board; External Stakeholders)

Continuous Improvement

  • Resolve team queries and challenge current practises to ensure that processes are efficient, including automation where possible

  • Establish and maintain clear programme and strategy to ensure reporting continuously improves

Service Delivery

  • Deliver excellent customer service

  • Help set up and establish a customer service culture and orientation in the team

  • Support the execution of root-cause analysis to prevent quality issues or errors from occurring in the future

  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders to ensure service delivery exceeds their expectations and process and quality issues are resolved effectively

  • Work with the Financial Controller and Head of Finance Systems to ensure processes for financial reporting are appropriately measured and the plan for continuous improvement is maintained; reviewed and executed

  • Deliver service in line with agreed controls and procedures

  • Deliver service and report monthly performance in accordance with the Service Level Agreements

People Management

  • Lead, motivate, develop and manage Cost Accounting & Reporting Team

  • Take on the role of a mentor within the team, providing assistance, guidance and suggestions to improve performance

  • Support Financial Controller in the measuring of individual and team performance within the Cost Accounting & Reporting Team, ensuring that all team members have clear objectives and that regular team meeting & 1:2:1s are held.

  • Support Financial Controller in the monitoring of performance against objectives for all direct reports, taking performance improvement actions where necessary

  • Train new team members

  • Train new team members and support development of finance learning pathways

  • Take proactive role in developing their own career, setting clear development objectives and following Finance learning pathway

Desired Skills and Experience

Additional Responsibilities

  • Supporting the set-up of a new function – Finance Services

  • To build a strong team ethos within the Finance Services with an emphasis on shared responsibility

  • Developing new initiatives and projects (as an extension of Project Enterprise phase 1)

  • Having an impact on overall organisational performance by implementing new platform; processes and new team structure

  • Provide further ad hoc support to Financial Controller & Group Financial Controller – as required

  • To attend the required number of Buddy Days in a designated shop

  • Attendance at professional / industry focused events as and when required

Essential Skills / Knowledge

  • Professionally qualified (ACA / CIMA or equivalent)

  • In depth understanding of, and experience of finance transaction processes; accounting controls; general ledger related entries under IFRS

  • Thorough understanding of how GL / Closing processes fit into overall process and service delivery

  • Proven experience in legal (statutory); management accounting or financial reporting role

  • Understanding of project management & continuous improvement tools & methodologies

  • Experience of working within a shared service or outsourcing environment, preferably having participated in finance transformations; shared services implementations; stabilisation and ongoing Finance Services operations

  • Experience of negotiating, and managing performance against service level agreements

  • Excellent planning and organisational skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Strong aptitude and experience of IT systems including Business Objects and NetSuite

  • Resilient – able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

  • Strong excel skills – quick and efficient at creating reports and manipulating data

  • Able to analyse information and present it in a format that is easily understood by the audience

  • Is able to solve complex problems and extract information from available data to gain a detailed understanding of the root cause analysis and investigations

  • Can look outside the end-to-end process - including inputs from other teams - to identify opportunities for improvement and harmonisation

  • Strategic thinking, change leadership skills and ability to affect change and continuous improvement

  • Proven experience in leading teams through change events; development and growing people

  • Regular attendance at professional and / or industry focused events preferred

  • Fluent in English – other languages would be an advantage (French; Mandarin; Cantonese)


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