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Senior Analyst Accountant 

Remote working
£31,247 - £39,059 

Job Overview

The People Support Senior Analyst/Accountant will be responsible for developing and preparing labour-related spend, labour data, and providing analytical support to the business to optimise labour efficiency.

You will work closely with People Lead to provide support to the stakeholders to identify areas for improvement, monitor labour costs, and drive labour productivity

We are Reach Plc?

You might not have heard of us but we have probably met without you even realising it. We are home to the UK and Ireland’s most iconic digital platforms, magazines and newspapers. From the Mirror, Daily Express and OK!, to our regional titles such as the Liverpool Echo, BirminghamLive and the Manchester Evening News (plus lots more), our brands and the stories we cover are as varied as our people. We help all kinds of people share experiences through our stories because we believe this is what makes us human.

Oh, and we should probably also mention that with a monthly readership of 47 million people, Reach is the largest commercial publisher in the UK. At Reach, not only will you feel better understood, you will also feel you understand other people better too.

Job Description

  • Develop and maintain labour cost reports, providing insight and analysis which help drive efficient and optimised use of labour resources.
  • Provide support to People Lead to partner with other finance teams, including Corporate Finance, Procurement, and HR, to develop labour cost savings initiatives.
  • Working alongside HR, ensure accuracy and completeness of all labour data, including workforce analytics, headcount, compensation, and other labour related metrics.
  • Identify and implement process improvements to drive financial performance, business efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • Participate in special projects and initiatives related to labour productivity.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with key stakeholders across the organisation.
  • Ensure timely and accurate financial reporting for labour-related spend and provide insightful management information enabling informed business decisions.
  • Prepare labour trends and budgets, analyse labour patterns and opportunities for improvement to optimise labour efficiency.
  • Prepare and maintain labour-related issues and risks, keeping the People Lead informed and seeking advice where necessary.


  • Strong financial analytical skills with experience in managing labour-related spend in a commercial finance role.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, comfortable interacting with senior management.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to manage high volumes of data.
  • Ability to deliver complex financial analysis on various levels in a clear and concise way.
  • Strong project management skills with a proven ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Experience of working in a global multi-currency environment.
  • Demonstrate experience of driving change and continuous process improvement to meet business needs.
  • Excellent Excel skills and experience working with other databases and reporting tools.
  • Highly organised and able to meet tight deadlines.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Qualified accountant or qualified through relevant experience in an accounting role.
  • Previous experience in a business facing finance role, and in a labour-related spend management role.
  • Experience of developing budgets, forecasts and KPIs, with involvement in setting targets.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement process improvements.
  • Experience in providing financial analysis and modelling to support strategy development and business decisions.
  • Experience in using workforce analytics and labour data to drive efficiency and cost savings.

Essential Behaviours

  • Collaboration – Demonstration of working collaboratively, internally and externally.
  • Determination – Demonstration of perseverance to achieve effective outcomes.
  • Imagination – Demonstration of creativity and innovation
  • Customer Focus – Consider the Customer in everything we do

Salary & Benefits

We are offering a salary of £31,247 - £39,059 and benefits including;

  • Help saving for your retirement - join our pension scheme and we’ll match contributions up to 6%
  • 25 days’ holiday per year when you join. After three, five and ten years’ service with Reach, you’ll accrue one additional day of annual leave. We also have a Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Giving back day - an additional day’s leave each year to support a cause close to your heart
  • Enhanced family leave - including maternity, paternity and adoption - and you’ll be eligible after just six months’ employment
  • As one of the UK’s top 50 Inclusive Employers everyone’s invited to join our events, programmes and networks to celebrate diversity and build an environment where all our people can thrive
  • Wellbeing support - including a 24/7 assistance programme for you and your nearest and dearest,
  • Awesome career opportunities - you’ll have support from your line manager and a range of learning & development programmes
  • member of the 30% Club, a global campaign aimed at increasing gender diversity at board and senior management levels


Reach plc believes diversity brings benefits for our customers, our business and our people. This is why we are committed to being an inclusive employer and encourage applications from all suitable applicants irrespective of background, circumstances, age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation.