Fin. Accounting & Ext Reporting Lead

November 13, 2023

Job Description

Job title: Fin. Accounting & Ext Reporting Lead

Company: Royal Mail

Job description: Job reference number 300527

Fin. Accounting & Ext Reporting Lead

Competitive salary

£5500 car allwoance or £5000 cash equivalent

Full family private healthcare

Annual bonus potential

Generous annual leave offering of 27.5 days, plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days after 10 years service

Company pension scheme with highly competitive contribution rates

Full time


This is a Hybrid Working role with a requirement to attend your closest geographical office, Chesterfield or London, 2-3 days per week, with flexibility required in line with business needs.

At Royal Mail we’ve served our communities for over 500 years, helping to lead and transform the postal delivery market on a global scale. Our journey to improve never stops, and that’s where we need you.

Are you a Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or CIMA) with strong working knowledge of IFRS? Are you a focused, organised individual with excellent communication and stakeholder management skills? If so, we would love to hear from you. We need someone who has the skills, energy, and ambition to be part of Royal Mail’s change story! Interested? More details and how to apply can be found below.

This is a Hybrid Working role with a requirement to attend your closest geographical office, Chesterfield or London, 2-3 days per week, with flexibility required in line with business needs.

About the role

You will lead the production of accurate and timely year end (Annual Report and Accounts) and half year group (consolidated) financial statements, providing oversight and sign off in relation to entity financial statements for the UK Group’s subsidiaries and the regulated business. You’ll be the key point of contact for technical accounting guidance across the Group including any developments in new or revised standards.

You’ll foster relationships and manage multiple key stakeholders, including functional leads, Senior Royal Mail and GLS management board members, and the external auditor. Alongside this, you’ll be responsible for having key input into Board/Audit & Risk Committee Accounting papers and the Annual Report and Accounts.

You’ll lead a small team responsible for external reporting for the Group, and manage the Group external audit relationship and the audit process, acting as a key point of escalation for the external auditors. You’ll be responsible for ensuring best practice reporting including review and update of accounting policies.

You’ll be the main contact for all technical accounting advice across the Group, providing advice and Group sign off.

About you

To truly excel in this role, you’ll possess, and be able to evidence, the skills and experience listed below:

  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or CIMA) with significant PQE
  • Strong working knowledge of IFRS
  • High calibre written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines, but still maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent people management and organisational skills, being able to prioritise your own and your team’s workload
  • Strong interpersonal skills, being able to communicate effectively with all levels of management and senior executives
  • A continuous improvement mindset – a desire to improve processes and make efficiencies.
  • Up-to-date and strong working knowledge of international accounting standards

We don’t expect every candidate to meet the full criteria for the role. If your experience looks a little different from the job requirements, but you feel you have the relevant skills to bring value to the role, we’d love to learn more about you.

Extra Benefits

  • Generous holiday entitlement of 27.5 days (plus bank holidays), increasing with years completed service
  • Company pension scheme with competitive contribution rates
  • RMG Share Schemes – partnership and matching share offer
  • Family friendly support – enhanced maternity pay, paternity leave, adoption leave and shared parental leave
  • Discounts and offers – there are more than 800 offers to help you save on things like groceries, days out, holidays and your household bills*.
  • Supportive and generous company sick pay
  • Access to our Feeling First Class service, providing both mental and physical wellbeing support
  • Lifestyle benefits – You can purchase a car, bike, home technology or mobile phone, or choose from a range of health benefits and insurance products. You make regular payments from your salary, and so could save on tax*.
  • Financial support – information and services to help you manage debt and grow your financial knowledge, with debt consolidation & savings plans*
  • Your peace of mind with – Healthcare CashPlan, Dental Cover, Additional Life (life insurance) & Additional Life Partner, Hospital & Death Benefit Plans; Voluntary Critical illness & Voluntary Critical illness Partner
  • Free & discounted RMG products – free keep safe & redirection, partner discounts
  • Free stamps at Christmas

*Available only to perm employees

Your career in safe hands

At Royal Mail we value our people and we want our people to be proud to work for our businesses.

We have the assets, the infrastructure and the scale that others don’t, yet we are a big part of the communities we operate in, making billions of precious deliveries each year. We are responsible for the largest B2B customer database in the UK and are one of the largest employers in the UK, providing one in every 194 jobs.

An operation of this size needs a strong support network, and the HR, Legal, Finance, IT, Risk & Governance, Customer Experience, Sales & Marketing departments are all integral to helping us to utilise the latest technology and business approaches to optimise, automate and digitise our operations.

Royal Mail is a forward thinking, innovative organisation, that is also committed to reducing emissions and improving air quality in our communities. This includes investing in technologies such as electric vehicles, drones, alternative fuel trucks and energy improvements to our estate.

For more information on Royal Mail Group and our values please click here:

Next Steps

The next stage of the selection process will be an interview consisting of competency based and role specific questions.

Trust forms the foundation of everything we do in Royal Mail. We want to be transparent about what kind of qualities we are looking for and build trust from the very beginning of your journey with us. The first step is your interview, and we mean ‘your’ interview. We want to give you the opportunity to shine. To enable you to do this, we will provide you with your interview questions ahead of the interview taking place. This will allow you time to prepare, and ensure you have your best examples in mind. Royal Mail Group values both trust, and our people.

Royal Mail are proud of our diverse employee network groups and the active role they play to support belonging and encourage a positive work environment. We are firmly committed to inclusion and passionate about our people representing the communities we serve.

We are happy to support your need for any adjustments during the application and hiring process. Please share the details within your application if required.

For more information on Royal Mail Group and our values please click here:

Closing Date: Monday 13th november 2023. Please note, this advert may close early if the appropriate number of applications has been reached.


Expected salary:

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Job date: Sat, 04 Nov 2023 23:45:30 GMT

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