Job Description

The job in a nutshell

This role is responsible for all areas of statutory compliance, tax compliance, ensuring and maintaining a suitable internal control framework, control and reporting of property finance cost areas, treasury management, fixed asset control and Spanish finance.

 
This is a 6 month role that will be based from Head Office in Thame (OX9 3AT) with some scope for working from home to fit with the needs of the team and business.

What you’ll be doing:

You will lead a team which includes 3 direct reports (Head of Accounting & Corporate Reporting, Payroll Manager and Systems Support Manager) to ensure the below areas are all delivered:


Statutory compliance

  • Preparing and ensuring compliance to the timetable for a successful audit;

  • Ensuring accounts are prepared on a timely and accurate basis;

  • Filing of the Group’s statutory accounts;

  • Building and maintaining relationships with the Group’s auditors; and

  • Ensuring an appropriate Group company structure is maintained.

 

Tax Compliance

  • Ensure the Group remains compliant for all tax filings including Corporation tax (through working with the Group’s outsourced tax advisors), VAT, PAYE, CIS, stamp duty and environmental taxes; and

  • Maintain appropriate control systems to ensure compliance, including making tax digital.


Internal Controls

  • Ensure appropriate processes, systems and controls are in place and operate effectively to accurately report results on a timely basis and provide accurate balance sheet positions at each month end; and

  • Ensure regular review of the Group’s balance sheet; and

  • Prepare for the new UK internal controls regime.


Property finance

  • Ensure accurate reporting of property finance cost lines including rent, rates, service charge and insurance across cashflow, profit & loss and balance sheets;

  • Ensure accurate and timely payments to landlords / managing agents;

  • Build and maintain relationships with landlords / managing agents and work with other areas of the business such estates and development; and

  • Proactively review for cost savings.


Treasury management

  • Ensure appropriate controls, checks and balances are in place to ensure the Group’s risk of cash fraud or error is minimised;

  • Ensure appropriate authorisation levels are in place and operating effectively to support the business;

  • Ensure compliance with the Group’s investment policies, interest rate and foreign currency policies including any hedging;

  • Ensure covenant calculations are completed in an accurate and timely fashion; and

  • Ensure the Group’s debt is reported accurately and that interest rolls and payments are made on time.


Fixed asset control

  • Ensure the Group has appropriate systems in place to report on and control capital expenditure and assets; and

  • Work with and support other areas of the business, mainly development, maintenance and IT with their forward plans.

 

What we’ll expect from you

Essential:

  • Graduate, qualified accountant

  • Experience working in a complex, multi site environment

  • Management of a large team with varied remit

  • Attention to detail

  • Strong financial reporting skills and knowledge of IFRS and UKGAAP including FRS102.

  • Ability to manage numerous deadlines and projects simultaneously

  • Proactive attitude with get up and go

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse areas of the business,

  • Ability to use own initiative and confident to challenge and present own point of view concisely and effectively,

  • Be able to express and resolve queries in a concise and timely manner in order to meet business deadlines,

  • Strong IT skills

At Travelodge, we believe that behaviours are just as important as the activities you carry out. The ones we look for in every colleague are:

I care about people

  • I treat everyone in a way I would like to be treated

  • I am easy to work with

  • I have a can do attitude

  • I care about the impact my work has on others


I pay attention to detail 

  • I do the little things that make a difference to our customers 

  • I work to brand standards

  • I treat Travelodge time, equipment and stock as if it were my own


I drive for results

  • I hit targets in my role and work at the right pace

  • I take ownership of problems and try to fix them fast

  • I look for ways to avoid future problems

  • I look for ways to promote Travelodge


What you can expect from us 


Culture 


At Travelodge, we are warm, straightforward and optimistic. We have a big footprint in the UK, but still a small company feel and you can expect quality and value to be built in to everything we do. You’ll have the support of a close network of colleagues and managers, and every day is different here! We want you to bring your personality to work and we love our diversity.


Reward and recognition 


It’s not just our customers we want to wake up with a smile on their face. As well as a competitive salary, being part of our hotel support centre means great holiday entitlements, pension contribution deals, being part of our bonus scheme, and a Thanks Card giving generous room and food discounts as well as friends and family rates.


Career and development 


We want you to develop further with us at Travelodge and we’ll provide you a development plan to help you reach your goals.   You can expect to have a full induction and training relevant to your role. We advertise all our vacancies internally, so you’ll have the opportunity to really develop your career with Travelodge.


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