WHSmith Jobs Near Me – Stores Cost Accountant

Website WHSmith

Job Description:

You’ll be accountable for the production of month end accounts for a range of store costs known as Other Direct Costs (ODCs). This ranges from a top level ‘flash’ report to store level costs for all UK stores (circa 300 stores). They will also be accountable for all planning cycles for ODCs, producing robust budgets, forecasts and plans at detailed level, working closely with key stakeholders to identify risks and opportunities within individual cost lines. Key to the role will be the analysis of costs and driving cost saving initiatives and efficiencies forward.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Production of monthly flash reports, balance sheet reconciliations and an on-going risk & ops register for ODCs
  • Preparation of detailed packs for all planning cycles for ODCs, including bridges and explanations. Ensure involvement of key customers and stakeholders in the process.
  • Produce store level P&L accounts at month end and at Budget and FC1 for intranet publication – using TM1 planning tool.
  • Provide customer support for key stakeholders, particularly the Central Ops team – work with them to identify risks and ops in store costs, as well as assisting with invoice /contract management for key cost lines.
  • Cost Analysis and production of management information to allow good decision making.
  • Respond to a range of queries related to ODCs from Senior HO managers to local store managers, and auditors
  • Tracking of all Capital Expenditure

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to work quickly and accurately to meet tight deadlines
  • Sound understanding of good accounting practice, including accruals and prepayments.
  • Strong PC skills, capable of manipulating large volumes of data.
  • Highly numerate with an excellent analytical ability to analyse exceptions and trends.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels within the organisation, and with external stakeholders.
  • Able to work flexibly and adapt to changing business requirements.
  • Self starter – able to manage own time effectively and juggle demands of the role.
  • Part qualified accountant – ACCA, CIMA or equivalent preferred
  • Advanced Microsoft Office Excel (pivots, lookups etc). Knowledge of TM1 would be an advantage.

Job Details:

Company: WHSmith

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: London, England, UK

Application Deadline: N/A


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