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Financial Reporting Accountant

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Date Posted: May 14, 2024

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Financial Reporting Accountant

This role is ideal for an Audit trained qualified accountant with 3 to 5 years PQE and previous experience in professional services or similar. The successful applicant has the opportunity to work in a dynamic, world-leading consultancy. Our high performers are rewarded with career development in a fun environment.

The company
Alvarez & Marsal is one of the world’s leading independent global professional services firm specialising in turnaround management, performance improvement and corporate advisory services. With more than 7,000 professionals based in 40 locations across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, our firm excels in problem solving and value creation. Drawing on a strong operational heritage and hands-on-approach, our professionals work closely with organizations and stakeholders to help tackle complex business issues and maximize value.


The Team
The Corporate Accounting Team supports offices across Europe and the Middle East as part of the shared service function. It works closely with Overseas Accountants and are responsible for all financial accounting and reporting for the EMEA business including but not limited to month end close, balance sheet reconciliations, intercompany reconciliations and statutory and compliance filings (VAT, Financial Statements, and so on).


The Role
Reporting Accountant will report to the Director of Corporate Accounting and will work alongside the Finance Team, external advisors, auditors and the wider business as required.


The Responsibilities
Month end - GAAP
• Completing monthly close to global deadlines including preparation and posting of month-end journals
• Preparation / review of monthly balance sheet reconciliations, including timely resolution of differences.
• Preparation / review and settlement of intercompany invoices
Monthly local statutory accounts, fiscal and compliance
• Take responsibility for the preparation of various UK (and potentially non-UK) statutory accounts, entities will include a mix of LLPs, Limited and Holding companies
• Support Manager Group Audit and Reporting on the UK Group audit ensuring resulting in a timely completion and filing
• Partner with other team members to ensure consistency of process, approach and accounting treatments are adopted across all entities as appropriate
• Assist with the preparation of the UK group financial statements.
• On a monthly basis review and reconcile local GAAP / management accounts, understand differences and where appropriate make adjustments to GAAP and/or local books
• Build strong external relationships with the wider A&M business, also external advisors, including auditors and local accountants
• Where relevant, prepare monthly data pack for local accountants and share to agreed timelines.
• Lead the preparation and review of VAT return (s) and support on VAT compliance matters as required.
• Support the preparation of other fiscal returns e.g. Corporation Tax, PSA, Statistical Returns etc
• Support and partner with the wider Finance Team; Accounts Payable, Billing, Treasury and Payroll
• Liaising with Accounts Payable and Billing Teams to ensure that costs are correctly allocated to each business unit
• Patner with the Tax team to ensure CIT returns, withholding tax and transfer pricing obligations are met
• Assist on ad-hoc projects as required
• Support the development and mentoring of junior team members
• Ensuring a robust control environment is operated and maintained


The requirements
• Qualified accountant (ACCA/ACA) with 3-5 years PQE experience in industry ideally also with a background in audit/practice in a top tier firm
• Previous experience operating in an international multi-site business with exposure to FX transactions
• Experience of overseeing the preparation of local GAAP financial statements, in addition to group financial statements in accordance with FRS 102
• Experience in VAT preparation, review and submission
• Strong technical knowledge
• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel
• Consolidation experience is advantageous
• Professional services industry experience is desirable
• Demonstrable ability to meet deadlines, results orientated and “can do” attitude
• A natural team player who can interact easily with your colleagues and have strong communication skills
• A&M is an organization where a hands-on approach is adopted by all - candidates should understand that this is a hands-on role and should be prepared to get involved in the transactional side of accountancy to resolve issues and assist in the development of staff


What can we offer you?
• Competitive salary plus bonus and benefits including 25 days holiday, private medical, dental insurance and the opportunity to travel aboard to our oversea offices
• Career development: A&M expects high performance and rewards individual contributions to the team’s success
• The opportunity to work for a dynamic global organization and deal with the complexities of a pan-European business

Diversity & Inclusion

A&M’s entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work—guided by A&M’s core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity—are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity, and we foster inclusiveness, encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work each day. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is Alvarez & Marsal’s practice to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, family medical history, genetic information or other protected medical condition, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by and in accordance with applicable laws. Employees and Applicants can find A&M policy statements and additional information by region here.

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Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters are engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening and in alignment with our Inclusive Diversity values. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

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