Cost Accountant (part time), Colchester

Are you looking for the next step in your finance career? Have you considered working for a creative and internationally renowned organisation?


Penguin Random House UK is the UK’s largest book publisher, following the merger of publishers Penguin and Random House. Penguin Random House employs more than 2,000 across the UK and 10,000 globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually.


We are looking for a Cost Accountant to join our team on a part time basis, based at the main distribution centre for the Penguin Random House Group in Frating, Colchester.  This role is offered on a permanent basis and will sit within our Accounting Services department.


The working pattern for this position will be 8:30-16:30, 3 days per week.


Your day to day responsibilities within the role will be:


  • Managing the end to end costing function for a commercial publishing division
  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the integrity of our costing approach
  • Provide immediately visibility to any exceptions in terms of abnormal costs
  • Further developing and maintaining a framework of accounting controls to enable the department to be operated in an efficient and effective manner, safeguarding assets and minimising liabilities.
  • Ensuring that the financial information within The Penguin Random House Group is accurate and reflects the true position of the company at any one point in time
  • Carry out month end tasks


To be successful in this role you will ideally be studying towards an accounts qualification and will have a good working knowledge of MS Excel. Experience of  SAP, balance sheet reconciliations and variance analysis would be beneficial but not essential.


You’ll be a detail focused, highly self-motivated and organised individual with the ability to work collaboratively to ensure personal and departmental success. A demonstrable ability to build and maintain strong working relationships will be key, alongside strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities.


If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please send your CV and Cover Letter by midnight on Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.


Company: The Random House Group Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: Essex 

City: Colchester 

Postal Code: CO7 7DW 

Job ID: 44900

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