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Systems Accountant

Who we are

FirstGroup plc is a FTSE 250 company and leading transport operator in the UK and North America. During the last year around 2 billion passengers relied on us to get to work, to school or college, to visit family and friends and much more. Each day every one of our 100,000 employees works hard to deliver vitally important services for our customers.

We are one of the UK's most experienced rail operators, carrying around 140m passengers across our four franchises and our open access operation.

Purpose of role

The Systems Accountant role is critical to the ownership of all key finance systems used by Rail Division finance, being responsible for the maintenance, development and control of the systems to ensure they remain efficient and meet all divisional needs whilst maintaining robust internal controls. Promoting best practice across all systems and processes to drive a continuous improvement agenda across Rail Division, including training colleagues across the Division where required.

Key accountabilities

  • Ownership within Rail Division finance of SAP ECC finance system administration, controlling the maintenance and development (incl. testing) and training of the system, working with the SAP Manager and Rail entities.
  • Act as the main point of contact within the Rail Division for financial system issues and liaise with Rail IS SAP /Mistral BI teams along with other teams as applicable to resolve.
  • Control the SAP Chart of Accounts, Financial Statements Versions and Account Groups to ensure alignment across the Division.
  • Key interface between Finance and Rail IS SAP/Mistral BI teams to ensure SAP ECC is robust and facilitates the control and reporting requirements of Rail Division and Entities Finance community.
  • Management & Control of Group's consolidation system ensuring its maintained and aligned with Group Finance.
  • Support the FP&A Manager to drive implementation and development of SAP BPC and ongoing ownership of its maintenance and BAU development.
  • Maintain and control SAP Concur expense system.
  • Key interface between Finance and Mistral BI Team supporting the maintenance and development of data feeds and reporting.
  • Support wider Rail Division finance community through local finance system leads to improve processes and utilisation of systems e.g. exploring opportunities for automation and providing technical support/system knowledge and training.
  • Explore future reporting tools and systems, leading best practice agenda and wider system development.
  • Support Rail Finance team and Rail Division with system projects as required.

Qualifications and memberships

  • Educated to degree standard or equivalent
  • Part (working towards) or Qualified accountant (i.e. CIMA/ ACA /ACCA) or equivalent

Job specific knowledge and skills

  • Excellent information technology skills including advanced Excel and a good understanding of databases, data uploads, extraction, and interfaces with other systems
  • Detailed working knowledge and affinity for financial and reporting systems and software, with a good appreciation of current technologies and the will to continually adjust to these technologies and drive forward changes.
  • Solid understanding and experience of Financial and Management reporting and external reporting
  • Experience of transforming finance reporting requirements into technical system design requirements through collaboration with IT system support
  • Driving process and systems efficiencies through continuous improvement
  • Experience of implementing and understand robust system control processes to manage control risks.
  • Effective communication and relationship building skills across finance, business and IT.
  • Excellent team working skills including the ability to contribute proactively and supportively to the delivery of team initiatives.
  • The ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines

Relevant experience

  • Proven track record in effective maintenance and control of finance and reporting systems
  • Experience of SAP ECC, BI, BPC, Concur, Onestream and Hyperion.
  • Experience of working within an accounting environment including development and deployment of finance reporting systems, procedures and controls.
  • Experience of managing, delivering and supporting a variety of challenging projects including technical, systems and controls.
  • Proven track record of providing an effective interface between finance and system/IT colleagues
  • Proven track record of providing value add insight and recommendations
  • Experience within Rail would be useful but is not essential
  • Head office / group finance experience would be advantageous but is also not essential

What you'll get in return

  • Minimum of 10% contribution to your Pension (5% employer and 5% employee)
  • Private Healthcare Insurance
  • 25 days Holiday plus National Bank Holidays
  • Travel Offers for Bus and Rail *
  • Shopping Discounts including discounts and cashback on electrical goods, your weekly shop, holidays, cinema trips, car insurance, upgrading your mobile and lots more
  • All employee Share Schemes * 
  • Buy as You Earn – allows you to buy shares each month, with 2 free ‘matching' shares for each 3 shares you buy. You can vary the amount you save or stop it at any time. You need to participate in the scheme for at least 3 years to receive the matching shares *
  • Employee Assistance Helpline – free, confidential employee support service provided by an independent provider
  • Payroll Giving – donate directly from your pay to a Charity of your Choice

* After 6 months employment

FirstGroup plc welcomes applications from a diverse range of candidates regardless of background, gender, race, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age. We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive organisation because we believe that diversity brings benefits for our customers, communities and our people. Valuing our differences and drawing on our collective knowledge and experience helps us develop new services, open up new markets and broaden our customer.

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The Point London
8th Floor, The Point, 37 North Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom, W2 1AF
  • Ref:
  • Company:
    First Rail Holdings
  • Website Skillset:
    All Other Roles
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent - Full Time
  • Contracted Hours:
  • Location:
    The Point London
  • Salary:
    £55,000 - £65,000
  • Closing Date:
    14 October 2022
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