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Financial Accountant

Location: Fulham  | Contract: Permanent

Job Summary

Laura Ashley is a quintessentially English lifestyle brand founded on a rich design heritage and on the traditional values of quality and originality. We use prints and designs that evoke the alluring beauty of the English countryside, for the way you live today.
Working as part of a close-knit team and reporting to the Group Financial Controller, the successful applicant will participate mainly in financial accounting and tax pack preparation work. Applicants must have some experience of financial accounting and possess good analytical, interpersonal, Excel and IT skills.

The key duties and responsibilities of this role are as follows:
- Assist with the year-end and half-year preparation of the Group plc accounts and reports 
- Assist in the preparation of the annual accounts and reports for 9 subsidiary companies
- Assist in various treasury functions including cash flow monitoring, foreign currency dealings and treasury administration duties
- Prepare initial year-end tax computations for review by the tax adviser, under guidance from the Group Financial Controller.
- Assist in some management accounting functions comprising weekly and monthly report generation and budget preparation
- Liaise with the Group auditor, tax adviser, bankers and other authorities
- Prepare the National Office of Statistics returns 
- Assist with preparations for board meetings, the AGM and other committee meetings
- Communicate with the business at all levels, including senior management
- Perform other ad-hoc duties, as required by the line manager

It is essential that applicants possess the following skills:
- Part qualified or newly qualified Accountant (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, AAT or equivalent)
- An ability to gather, analyse and evaluate facts
- Good team skills combined with an ability to work alone and within deadlines
- Good communication and listening skills, and the ability to maintain the strictest confidence.

Ideally, applicants will be familiar with the JDE accounting software, although this is not essential.
If you wish to apply for this vacancy, please send your curriculum vitae and a covering letter, stating your current salary and benefits package, to: Careers@lauraashley.com.  We regret only successful candidates will be contacted.  

Applications from Recruitment Agencies will not be accepted.


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