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Senior Accountant (External Reporting)

Contract type: Permanent

Category: Finance

Location: Dunstable


Role: Senior Accountant External Reporting

Function: Finance

Location: Dunstable - we have a fantastic hybrid working environment, you’ll need to be in the office at least 2 days per week but the rest of your week can be flexible to what works best for you and your role.

Employment Type: Permanent

The Senior Accountant - External Reporting is a member of the team which ensures the accurate and efficient accounting, consolidation and external reporting for Whitbread PLC and subsidiary undertakings.

Inside the role:

  • Identification, communication and managing the resolution of accounting issues including drafting of technical papers
  • Liaison with and challenge to external auditors
  • Drafting of audit committee papers
  • Management of the production and control of all versions of accounts and development of reporting in line with best practice/FRC guidance
  • Provision of ad hoc accounting advice, e.g. acquisitions, disposals, provisions, impairment
  • Liaison with tax, legal and audit
  • Creation of accounting papers that consider technical and practical accounting from UK GAAP and IFRS perspective
  • Chair Technical Accounting Forum
  • Accounting for adjusting items including analysis against major projects
  • Accounting for provisions for onerous contracts including decisions on how to deal with specific long-term contracts
  • Accounting for pensions, share based payments, financial instruments and earnings per share

We're open to you:

  • Qualified Accountant (ACA)
  • Strong knowledge of IFRS and UK GAAP
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good technical accounting skills
  • Report writing
  • Senior stakeholder engagement
  • Audit or production of listed entity financial statements (FTSE 100/250 or Big 4/mid tier professional services firm)

We’re 1,200 hotels and restaurants in the UK, Germany and the UAE, but we’re more than that. We’re the 35,000 people supporting our brands every day. The ones sourcing the nation’s favourite breakfast, plating up family favourites, and the great night’s sleep guaranteed people. We’re also always preparing for new openings, looking ahead and revamping our online presence. We do it for our guests, and it’s the details that keep them returning time and time again. We could be at the end of their road, their trusty choice for business trips, or we could be the place they associate with big celebrations up and down the country. We’re a constant in a changing world, and we’d love you to join us. Bring your energy, ideas and sense of fun, we’re waiting and so are our brands. #

In return, we will offer you:    

  • An annual Whitbread performance incentive worth up to 30% of base salary  
  • An optional contributory pension matched up to 10% 
  • BUPA healthcare 
  • Up to 60% discount on Premier Inn stays and a regular 25% discount in our Restaurant brands  
  • Access to Whitbread’s Save As You Earn scheme, with a fantastic 20% discount on Whitbread shares 
  • Recognition for service anniversaries, starting from 1 year 
  • Access to a range of discounts from everyday brands 
  • Charity donations through our Give and Match and Raise and Match schemes 
  • A collaborative work culture that focuses on enabling your success and continuing your personal development 
  • Hybrid working and a genuine flexible working policy 



We believe that everyone is unique and there should be no barriers to entry and no limits to ambition. We are committed to being an inclusive organisation that values diversity and welcome your application whatever your background or situation.

Under-represented groups such as women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities & members of the LGBTQ+ community (those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and non-binary or those who use a different LGBTQ+ term), are strongly encouraged to build a career with us. We are open to part-time and flexible working and, where possible, will try to support this.

Job ref: 787881-1629
Advertised: 17 Feb 2023

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