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Group Accountant – Balance sheet & tax controller

Location London Position Permanent

We are currently recruiting a Group Accountant that will focus on balance sheet and tax control, this role offers an excellent opportunity for you to fully utilise, as well as expand, your financial skills and business management knowledge. Reporting to, and working closely with, the Group Financial Director, the Group Accountant (will take responsibility for supporting day-to-day operation of a range of other group financial and management accounting matters. This role is ideally suited to a pro-active and ambitious qualified accountant who is looking to further their career and personal development. Occasional travel will be required to overseas entities.

The Group Accountant – Balance Sheet / Tax Controller will be in charge of:

  • Managing the month-end calendar for Group and local entities , making sure process and controls are managed on timely manners to ensure the accuracy of our accounts
  • Overseeing the Group payroll processes
  • Producing the Group Balance Sheet review
  • Intercompany invoicing
  • Managing the monthly management account pack production in timely manners, with appropriate signed off by business owners and full details explanation vs prior years, budget and forecast
  • Ad hoc systems audits
  • Developing reporting tools (AX – Tm1 – CRM) to leverage analytics and controls when appropriate

This position is also accountable for cost recognition policies to ensure costs are applied in the appropriate periods under UK GAAP (FRS 102), and for the resultant accruals calculations and journals.

Key Responsibilities and Job Standards

  • Timely and accurate submission and payment of VAT returns to HMRC
  • Assist with corporation tax filings for UK and French entities
  • Intercompany invoicing
  • Timely and accurate recording of business costs
  • Support cost analysis for R&D Tax Credits and in that regard lead the analysis of reliable timesheet data
  • Liaising with budget holders to ensure costs are understood and controlled (Marketing – COS1/ IT – HR)
  • Timely and accurate review of balance sheet
  • Timely and accurate bank reconciliations review
  • Responsible for checking prepayments postings and fixed assets on a monthly basis
  • Reconcile Petty cash monthly for UK
  • Complete the accounts pack for MetaPack France and send to outsourced accounts along with TVA claim workings
  • Create Management account reports on AX Dynamics and Tm1 for review
  • Monthly reconciling the systems (salesforces – AX – Tm1)
  • Prepare monthly commentary on performance
  • Management of 1/2 direct reports
  • Manage annual audit process – prepare accounts pack, delegate tasks and answer any queries
  • Assist in the production of business review packs for execs
  • Prepare Statutory accounts

Key Skills

  • Qualified Accountant with excellent track records
  • Experience overseeing payroll processes
  • Experience of Microsoft AX Dynamics and TM-1 analysis software , with experience developing – mandatory
  • Excellent Excel and general office IT skills
  • Good understanding of input VAT rules and experienced in the preparation and submission of VAT returns
  • Exposure to US GAAP
  • Proficient in European Tax
  • Determination to identify and query variances in reported numbers and to seek the truth
  • Drive to seek continual improvement in processes
  • Excellent time management to set and meet deadlines
  • Ability to coach and influence colleagues in meeting deadlines and enacting change
  • Ability to document standard work practices
  • German language skills (desirable)

So why work at MetaPack, with year-on-year growth of 40% over the last 5 years, and with further growth planned, there has never been a better time to join us on our journey as we further cement our place as the number one global player in the industry.

If you are interested please send your resume to