Assistant Accountant

Reach plc
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
Competitive + company benefits
20 Aug 2019
12 Sep 2019
Reach plc
Contract Type
Full Time
Assistant Accountant

Here at Reach plc we are looking for an Assistant Accountant to join our team in Newcastle. We are looking to appoint someone who is AAT qualified, with previous experience of working in a finance department.

Reporting into one of our Management Accountants, the role purpose is to assist in the preparation and provision of management information and insight to colleagues and managers. Working across the regional product portfolio within the management accounts hub, the successful candidate will be joining a high performing team who are committed to providing quality work and supporting each other to achieve deadlines.

This is a brilliant opportunity to join an established and well known business, with professional study support available towards CIMA or ACCA for the successful candidate.

Ideally the successful candidate will be confident in processing month end accruals and prepayments, balance sheet reconciliations and cost analysis.

We are Reach because it's what we do

Every day our newsbrands - national and regional, in print and online - reach millions of people up and down the country. We are the UK's largest news publisher, with influential national newsbrands such as the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Sunday People, Daily Record, OK! & New! Magazines and more than 100 distinguished regional titles.

Our brands have a long heritage of being trusted sources of news and information, with our editorial conviction and high standards of journalism providing audiences with timely information and opinion across multiple platforms.

Last year we sold 620 million newspapers, with 5 million readers of one of our brands each month. Our network of over 70 websites provide 24/7 coverage of news, sport and showbiz stories, with 8 billion page views per year.

Key Responsibilities
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly management accounts
  • Accruals and prepayments
  • Record and analyse key areas of spend to provide insight
  • Liaise with remote AP team to resolve issues and assist in providing accurate coding of invoices
  • Involvement in budget preparation
  • Variance analysis and production of reports
  • Balance sheet reconciliation and control
  • Support year end preparation and statutory reporting
  • Ad hoc provision of information as required
  • Preparation of weekly forecasting

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, you will be AAT qualified as a minimum, ideally currently studying or wishing to study for CIMA or equivalent (study support package available ). Along with this you must possess a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent, be a strong team player and reflect excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

Package Description

In addition to competitive salaries, 25 days holiday and a contributory pension scheme, Reach plc have a wealth of flexible benefits on offer. These include holiday purchase up to ten days per year, discounted gym membership, cycle scheme, a technology scheme in conjunction with Curry's PC World, car scheme, health cash plan, employee loans and lots of high street discounts! Our business is fully committed to health and wellbeing in the workplace with an employee assistance programme and trained mental health first aiders across the business.

Reach plc believe diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why we are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all suitable applicants irrespective of background, circumstances, age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation. We will be reviewing applications as they are received so please don't delay in submitting your application.

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