Group Accountant (Controls)
Ever since 1998, when our founder, Jonathan Milner, started selling antibodies from the back of his bike, Abcam has aimed to help scientific researchers make breakthroughs faster. We now have offices and labs in the UK, the US, China and Japan, and as we continue to grow, we remain ambitious, driven by our customers’ success and their research needs.
It’s our goal to provide a world-standard in protein research tools, technical support and delivery. When you join Abcam, you’ll join a global business with the passion and the vision to become the most influential company, and, best-loved brand in life sciences.
Our culture is our key differentiator. We believe in empowering individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, collaborative and outcome focused, with a strong customer focus. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package (which includes shares for eligible employees), a culture focussed on wellbeing and opportunities for growth and development.
About the role
A new role has been created in our Finance team for a Group Accountant to help strengthen expertise provided to the Group. This role will help deliver the external reporting responsibilities of the group, including liaison with external auditors and advisors as required and providing expertise in technical accounting interpretation.
Reporting to the Head of Group Financial Reporting & Treasury, The post holder will also be instrumental in helping to review and revise the Group’s financial policies and ensuring these are translated into solid internal controls across the Group to strengthen compliance.
About Group Financial Reporting at Abcam
The Group Financial Reporting team is currently made up of 4 people based in the UK head office in Cambridge. The team prepares the monthly consolidated numbers through a combination of Navision and TM1 (IBM Cognos planning product), delivers the external reporting responsibilities of the Group and is seen as the go-to technical accounting experts.
The consolidation consists of 1 UK and 11 overseas trading companies and consequently the team has frequent communication with Abcam finance personnel across the globe. The nature of work can be wide ranging with multiple demands due to the rapidly changing environment – recent projects which the team have been, or are currently, involved in include group structure simplification, acquisition accounting, and new global ERP system implementation.
The small team size requires each team member to take responsibility from an early stage and be as comfortable working independently as working in a team.
Roles & responsibilities:
- Input into monthly group management accounts process i.e. consolidation adjustments/elimination preparation balance sheet recs
- Assisting the Head of Group Financial Reporting and Treasury in investigation of technical accounting queries, including producing first draft accounting papers
- Support the Head of Group Financial Reporting and Treasury in production of the group interim and year end statutory accounts, including ownership for certain notes to the group statements and preparation of associated accounting papers
- Assist with implementing a regular review process of Group policy compliance, including on-site visits to overseas entities, to ensure material control deficiencies are identified and mitigated, and corrective actions implemented
- Conducting detailed half-yearly subsidiary balance sheet reviews for allocated subsidiaries
The ideal candidate will be ACA/ACCA qualified from an audit background with experience of performing group consolidations, including consolidation eliminations, in an international group business. As such, this would be the ideal first move for a candidate who has qualified in profession with significant experience in auditing international groups.
You should have a comprehensive understanding of financial controls & related testing and possess a strong technical background supported by up to date IFRS knowledge. Experience of working in a SOX compliant environment would also be advantageous.
If this sounds like you and you’d like to be a part of a fast paced, growing business with the vision to become the most influential company and best-loved brand in life sciences please apply now!