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6 months ago
Lookers
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Newcastle
Job type: Permanent
Contact: Jayne McKerral
Category: Accountancy Jobs

Systems Accountant,

Finance Department

Contract Type: Permanent

There has never been a more exciting time to become part of Lookers. We are proud to have recently been voted one of the UK's Top Employers and looking after both our people and our customers is at the heart of everything we do.

About the role

The Lookers Group's recently formed Business Intelligence Reporting department is seeking to strengthen its team with the appointment of a Systems Accountant.

This is a key position and the successful candidate will play a crucial role in the development of Group's reporting and Business Intelligence systems. In particular they will be responsible for ensuring that financial data imported into the Group's reporting systems. They will also assist in designing and continually developing a suite of reports in the Group's agreed reporting platform to agreed specification.

The successful candidate will also contribute to design specification and will be expected to offer challenge and suggestion for improvement to all projects.

Additionally the candidate will working closely with the Group Accounting function to maintain and develop the Group's existing management accounts, budgeting and forecasting systems.

Although knowledge of BI reporting tools is preferred, training will be provided as necessary. However, prior experience of report development and reporting systems to a management team is essential.

What you will do

Understand the business to contextualise the reporting requirement. Previous motor retail experience would be advantageous but not essential.

Be able to express ideas within the team but also deliver solutions at senior management and Board level

Work to strict timescales and agreed standards

Be dynamic in adapting to changes, for example to incorporate acquisitions into the reporting framework on a timely basis

Be responsible for the extraction from source of financial data and ensuring that data is correctly transformed and mapped prior to upload to the Group's financial reporting systems.

Develop and maintain existing reports in the Group's agreed reporting platform to deliver business critical information to users across the Group

Work closely with other members of Group BI and Finance teams in order to contribute to the design of those reports

Challenge the design of business intelligence systems and reports to help improve the provision of information

Support and work with the Group's data extractions and transformation teams to ensure the correct data is available in the correct format

Contribute as necessary to the administration of the BI platforms

What we are looking for

This role is ideally suited to an accountant, assistant accountant, a systems accountant or similar who has significantly above average IT skills

Alternatively an IT professional with working experience of a finance function

In particular advanced Excel knowledge (e.g. VBA, pivot tables etc.) is essential

Knowledge of OLAP data cubes would be advantageous

Knowledge of SQL or other similar reporting / query tool would be advantageous

The ability to work as part of a team

Excellent communication skills

Experience of working under pressure to hit agreed deadlines

The skills and desire to drive improvement in systems and processes

Why us...?

In recognition of the hard work, flexibility and commitment of our people we have recently introduced a new and improved industry leading benefits package. This includes competitive basic salaries, enhanced holidays that increase with service, critical illness cover after 2 years, one year fully paid maternity leave for women and for some roles a company car and high earning potential through commission or bonus.

As well as working with a great bunch of people you can also benefit from ongoing development with investment in specific brand and management training and the opportunity of a long term career path with one of the UK's Top Employers 2017.

If your application is successful we will conduct relevant employment checks prior to you starting with us. Depending on the role, these could include us verifying your recent employment, address and credit history. We may also conduct a criminal record check and a driving licence check.

Please note: We will close vacancies once the required quality or number of applications has been received.

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