Job Description

Are you a newly qualified chartered accountant looking to make your first move from practice into industry? We have a great opportunity to join our Group reporting team. 


Our Group reporting team plays a pivotal role in the production of our external financial reporting.  Reporting to the Group Reporting Manager, you will support and work collaboratively with peers in the Management Accounts and wider finance team.


You will principally be responsible for:


  • Preparing general month end financial accounting journals and balance sheet reconciliations, 

  • The preparation of all statutory and group management accounts, 

  • Supporting external advisors with corporation tax returns and statutory audits and ensuring we make our debt and interest payments on time. 

 

Why Travelodge?


Travelodge is a growing, fast paced energetic organisation with a small company feel. Behind the scenes of this big UK-wide company, you’ll find a close-knit team. Our people are passionate about understanding what our customers need and making sure we get every detail right for their stay.


We’re proud to have a diverse team and we want everyone to be able to bring their unique personality to work. Every day is different here – and every person is too.


What we offer you:


  • Exciting, fast paced environment with the opportunity to progress

  • A role that you can make your own within a supportive, people focussed environment

  • Hybrid working, giving you the flexibility to work from home

  • 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.

  • Further development with us at Travelodge with a development plan to help you reach your goals.   

  • You can expect to have a full induction and training relevant to your role. 


A bit more about what you’ll be doing:

 

Financial Reporting


  • Preparing intercompany journals and a monthly reconciliation of intercompany balances and interest; 

  • Preparing month end journals and balance sheet reconciliations;

  • Preparing draft monthly Group Management Accounts and Cash Flow statement for review by the Group Reporting manager, providing commentary on trading performance and variances to budget, particularly around working capital; 

  • Assisting in the preparation of the quarterly Bond statements with commentary and analytical review of prior-year variances;

  • Assisting in the preparation of the draft annual statutory accounts for review by the Group Reporting Manager, preparing year end audit schedules and liaising with external auditors;

  • Monitor spend against provisions, exceptional costs and finance lease creditors providing budget and forecast input where needed;

  • Review,  translation and posting of monthly submissions from overseas subsidiary;

  • Support the Management Accounting team with month-end activities, ensuring there is good communication and mutual support between the teams;

 

 Corporation and other taxes

 

  • Provide third party tax advisors with supporting information to enable the company corporation tax returns to be submitted on time;

  • Maintain the company PSA agreement and draft the annual PSA return to HMRC ensuring that a detailed ledger review has been undertaken to identify employee benefits;

  • Respond to all queries received from the Office for National Statistics in good time.

  

Debt and Interest

 

  • Ensure all interest payments and other financing obligations are met, validating payment schedules received from banks, preparing journals and preparing supporting calculations for the budget and forecast processes;

 

 A bit more about you:

 

  • You will hold an Accounting Qualification, ideally ACA although CIMA and ACCA will also be considered.

  • You will already be working in a financial accounting or reporting capacity either within practice or a multi-site industry.

  • You will be looking for a stretching role that requires a high level of attention to detail and a proactive and flexible approach to taking on new challenges. 

  • You will be a confident, articulate communicator comfortable interacting with senior leaders in the business and challenging the status quo appropriately. 

  • You will have a keen eye for identifying and implementing efficiencies and process improvements.

  • A high level of competence in Microsoft Excel is a prerequisite and literacy in financial systems and reporting tools vital.  Knowledge of SUN and/or Q&A is beneficial but not essential.

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