Management Accountant

Simpson Judge
26th February 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom
Job Type
£45000 per annum


Simpson Judge are recruiting for a Head of Management Accounts on behalf of a Logistics Business based in Trafford Park. 

The Role:

  • Ensure accurate and timely production of financial information across the legal entities - Monthly, quarterly and annual year-end financial reporting
  • Ensure standard procedures and financial controls are followed, assuring the integrity of the financial reporting and managing financial risks
  • Manage and develop direct reports, and ensure all indirect reports are developed and engaged 
  • Manage workloads across department in order to meet deadlines, provide a good service, on-time accurate reports.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Staff Management

  • Ensure that direct reports are properly managed, fully understand their roles and, where possible given the opportunity to develop to their full potential  
  • Ensure all job descriptions, goals and appraisals are properly completed
  • Ensure that development and training needs are identified and delivered
  • Encourage a ‘can do’ and continuous improvement mindset among all finance staff
  • Manage workloads to ensure all staff are fully utilized, challenged and deadlines/requirements are met.


  • Ensure group reporting deadlines are met and the data is accurate, clear and concise
  • Ensure annual budget and re-forecasting deadlines are met and the data is accurate, clear and concise
  • Ensure all KPIs are reported accurately and on time  
  • Assist local Managers with reporting requests and explanations, without impact on reporting deadlines either internal or external.
  • Manage relationship with local Managers to ensure collaborative business partnering
  • Raise any reporting issues or large reporting variance to Group Financial Controller on a monthly basis.

Financial Management

  • Ensure Balance Sheet reconciliations are completed monthly, follow up any discrepancies, raise any issues with Group Financial Controller
  • Ensure Duty/VAT reconciliations are completed on a regular and timely basis
  • Ensure all banking and currency transactions are posted accurately per standard procedures

Risk Management

  • Ensure segregation of duties to safeguard company assets and prevent fraud 
  • Ensure any compliance procedures and financial controls are followed to ensure integrity of the accounts


  • Act as Super User (or appoint a team member to Super User)(SUN 6, Infor Q&A, Compass, Kewill, Excel)
  • Answer queries, collaborate with regional support to ensure any system issues are identified and rectified

Statutory and legal obligations

  • Compile and file annual/statutory accounts on-time per country requirements. 
  • Ensure audits are well prepared for and completed in a timely manner and audit adjustments are minimized. 
  • Ensure internal audits are well prepared for and completed in a timely manner, and any audit findings are minimized. 


  • CIMA/ACCA/ACA Qualified
  • IT Literate - Intermediate Excel Skills
  • Experience of engaging and motivating a small number of direct reports
  • Process improvement mindset.
  • Problem solver, completer finisher personality, initiative taker
  • Good at managing multiple tasks and for different sides of the business
  • Technically minded, comfortable with interrogating systems
  • Logistics industry experience desirable
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