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Senior Financial Accountant

Job Introduction

When you join Saga we welcome you with open arms and we fuel your career possibilities. We support. We encourage. We champion you to reach your full potential.

This role is an important part of the Group Finance team who strive to facilitate, to help and support the Group function of the business.

Reporting to the Finance Manager – Saga plc, the Senior Financial Accountant will be responsible for the production and delivery of the Company’s statutory financial statements, be a key point of contact with external auditors throughout the year, provide technical accounting advice to the wider Saga Services finance team and assist with the balance sheet and cashflow planning, budgeting & forecasting process.

This role is suited to a qualified finance professional looking for their first move from practice or with previous comparable industry experience. Previous experience in IFRS statutory accounts preparation and the external audit process is essential. The individual will need to have strong analytical skills and be able to work to tight deadlines.

And in return, you can look forward to all of the responsibility and involvement of an integral role, providing you with a rewarding and fast paced career with an excellent benefits package including life assurance, pension, high street and online discounts, and concessions for holidays and travel.

Role Responsibility

The primary responsibilities of the role are as follows:               

  • Lead the production and delivery of the Company’s financial statements in line with internal and external requirements.
  • Act as a lead point of contact with external & internal auditors for the Company’s half year review, interim audit and year end audit which all form part of the Saga plc Group audit requirements.
  • Lead with the delivery of any changes resulting from new IFRS accounting standards impacting the Company, including input in any necessary accounting papers for internal and external use.
  • Assist with the cash flow and working capital forecasts for the 5 year plan, annual budget and monthly reforecast, ensuring intercompany eliminations are accurately forecast.
  • Assist with the delivery of the Interim and Final audit CAS requests and audit schedules.
  • Assist with the tracking and management of the balance sheet and cash flow risks and opportunities throughout the year.
  • Build working relationships with the Senior Management team for Saga Services ensuring all reporting requirements are achieved and completed within the specified deadlines.
  • Proactively input to the management of the financial control environment for the Group, ensuring adoption and adherence to group policies, procedures and best practice.
  • Supporting the Finance Manager – Saga plc and Finance Manager – Saga Services Financial Control on all financial matters as required.
  • Adhoc projects and other data analysis.

The Ideal Candidate

Capability, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Formally qualified accountant who can demonstrate strong financial accounting skills, with a good understanding of financial reporting and IFRS.
  • Able to quickly establish credibility, winning the respect and co-operation of colleagues at all levels, including Heads of Departments and Directors.
  • High integrity and objectivity capable of selling ideas and implementing change.
  • Able to work as a team and capable of delivering to tight deadlines.
  • Very high level of proficiency in the use of Excel and general ledger systems with previous experience of Unit 4 Dream, IBM Cognos Controller and IBM TM1 advantageous.

Education and Qualifications:

  • Qualified Accountant (either ACCA, ACA or CIMA) with at least two years PQE.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to operate in a fast decision-making and entrepreneurial environment.
  • A strong team orientation, an assertive style and well developed commercial and finance acumen.
  • Analytically strong with the ability to challenge and think outside the box.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • An eye for detail and the ability to understand technically complex accounting issues.
  • Demonstrates a professional manner.
  • Good levels of energy and stamina, and able to cope with a demanding schedule with a flexible approach to satisfying the demands of their role and team.
  • Understanding the importance of deadlines and the ability to organise tasks to ensure they are achieved.
  • Very high standard of accuracy is essential.

Package Description

The standard benefits when you join Saga include:

  • 28 days holiday
  • Option to purchase a further 5 days annual leave per year
  • Free private medical insurance after 1 years service
  • Pension
  • AXA Be Supported
  • Apples Nursery (Folkestone only and on a waiting list basis)
  • Free fruit 
  • Give as you earn
  • Free eye tests
  • Honeymoon benefit
  • Sharebuy
  • Salary finance
  • Discounts on Saga holidays and insurance products
  • A range of reductions and offers from leading retailers, travel groups and entertainment companies
  • Long service awards

About the Company

When you join Saga you will see that we are committed to treating all employees fairly and to offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement. 

We value diversity not just because it is the right thing to do, but because diverse teams perform better. Creating a culture in which everyone feels welcome and offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement is incredibly important to us. Fair consideration is given to applications from all applicants, including those with disabilities. If you need support at any point with your application please let us know as we will be happy to help.

To all recruitment agencies: Saga does not accept agency CVs unless specifically engaged on the role by the HR Recruitment Team. Please do not forward CVs to our recruiters, employees or any other company location. Saga is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.


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