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Financial Accountant

  • Location:
    Support Office
  • Practice Name:
    Support Office Structure
  • Position:
  • 13 Feb 2020
  • Vacancy Type:
Surgery Information / Job Description
Pets at Home Group Plc is the UK’s leading pet carebusiness; our commitment is to make sure pets and their owners get the verybest advice, products and care. Pet products are available online or from our453 stores, many of which also have vet practices and grooming salons. The VetGroup, based in Swindon, also operate a UK leading small animal veterinarybusiness, with 440 First Opinion practices located both in our stores and instandalone locations, as well as four Specialist Referral centres. For moreinformation visit:

Job Purpose

The role will be part of a team of 8 Financial Accountants and Assistant Financial Accountants.

Reporting to the Head of Partnership Finance and with a team of 2-3 Assistant Financial Accountants reporting directly to you, you will be responsible for assisting with, amongst others, the following tasks:

  • Management of a team of 2-3 Assistant Financial Accountants’ including performance reviews and day to day management;
  • Acting as the technical expertise, specifically on small company accounts, for the Commercial Team and other teams within the business
  • Reviewing and challenging Assistant Financial Accountants’ reconciliations and postings.
  • Reconciling key balance sheet accounts across JVCos
  • Managing audit process for the JVCos.
  • Working with the Support Office finance team to develop processes and to implement ‘best practice’.
  • Pro-actively developing and implementing internal controls and processes.
  • Implementing internal audit recommendations and supporting the internal audit process.
  • Managing stock count process across JVCos.
  • Investigating and responding to queries from the Commercial Finance team and other internal stakeholders.
  • High level reviews of general ledger balances.
  • Project work e.g. data migration.



Person Specification

Requirements for the Role

  • Qualified ACCA, ACA, CIMA

  • Exposure within an accounts environment dealing with application of accounting standards;

  • Strong Excel skills are essential with knowledge of other MS Office applications;

  • Organised and proactive with good attention to detail;

  • Strong communication skills and ability to work well in a team meeting tight deadlines;

  • Strong focus on completion of tasks and the ability to see a task through;

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise competing deadlines.


  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA)

Skills & Knowledge

  • Advanced Excel skills are essential, and knowledge of other MS Office applications is required

  • Ability to work at pace and have a high level of organisational skills

  • Be able to deliver a high level of customer service

  • High level of attention to detail

  • Ability to prioritise workload and manage strict deadlines

  • Line management of 2/3 individuals    

Personal Attributes

  • Effective communicator at all levels, must be able to communicate complex financial issues in a simple and easy to understand manner to non-financial partners and colleagues

  • Team player, able to communicate and work effectively across disciplines

  • Strong service ethos and demonstrates vision and values of the vet group

  • Passion for accuracy and drive for improvement

  • The ability to own problems to a conclusion


•Salary £32K-36K plus bonus and market leading benefits

•36 days paid annual leave (including bank holidays)

•Birthday Leave - 1 day extra leave to celebrate your Birthday!

•The option to buy extra holidays

•Pension Scheme

•Colleague Discount- 20% discount for you (plus one family member). This can beused in Pets at Home Stores, Groom Rooms, Companion Care Veterinary Services,and Pet Plan Insurance!

• “Treats” benefits- an onlinerange of offers and discounts which are available exclusively to Pets at HomeColleagues

• 4 x Life assurance

•Contributory Private Health Care

•Charity Leave- You are entitled to have one paid day’s leave each year to workfor your favourite animal related charity.

•Celebrating Special Celebrations? You’ll get 1 extra week off and a gift tocelebrate your wedding or civil partnership, and a gift from us if you areexpecting or adopting a baby!

•Free Car Parking

•Subsidised Gym

•Colleague of the Month Awards

• Cycle to Work Scheme