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Accounting Analyst

Contract type: Permanent

Category: Finance

Location: Dunstable


Role: Accounting Analyst

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.

Type of role: Permanent

The Accounting Analyst is responsible for processing journal transactions, executing month-end processes and preparing balance sheet reconciliations to ensure reliable, timely and accurate information is provided to key stakeholders. The successful candidate will need to be a ‘hands on’, pragmatic individual who will ensure that results are delivered on time without compromising the standards expected for financial processes and controls. This will be a broad role, covering a number of areas of the P&L and Balance Sheet – as well as supporting in some of the IFRS 16 specific accounting.

What you will be doing:

  • Executing the month end process and posting journals
  • Ensuring P&L lines owned are well understood, with timely insight provided at month-end and key reporting periods i.e. Year End and Half Year
  • Proactive analysis to support issues arising from the above
  • Liaison with third party service providers and ensuring data integrity
  • Building and maintaining strong working relationships with the PI Ops. finance, Retail Audit and Commercial finance teams
  • Supporting the above teams and others with ad-hoc queries and projects
  • Management of the sites queries mailbox in partnership with the other GL Analysts, ensuring all queries are answered in line with the agreed SLA
  • Understanding and providing commentary for variances against budget/ forecast and YOY/ MOM movements of the balances
  • Support the delivery of the Financial Control Framework within the wider Reporting & Control team and assist the Accounting managers to deliver a timely month end close with relevant insight and commentary
  • Ad hoc duties include answering audit queries (internal and external), and answering site level P&L queries
  • It is important that this person has a good grounding in double entry accounting and is part qualified. Experience in Control and/or commercial roles gained within hospitality is desirable

Why we’d love you to apply:

  • Studying for or recently attained a professional accountancy qualification. As a result – strong double entry skills
  • Commercial finance experience supporting a business unit
  • Strong Excel and communication skills in speaking to finance and non-finance trained people
  • Tenacity in problem solving and analytical skills to identify root cause issues and participate in solutions
  • Knowledge of Oracle preferred
  • Presentation skills and dealing with non-finance people on a regular basis
  • Involvement with providing schedules to audit

 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 10% 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: 789833-1629
Advertised: 22 Nov 2022

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