Financial Accountant, Colchester

Are you looking for the next step in your finance career? Have you considered a position servicing the creative industry?


Bertelsmann Accounting Services Ltd (BeAS) is an accounting shared service centre established in 2018 to provide accounting functions for Bertelsmann group companies in the UK. Comprising of a team of over 50, and based at the Penguin Random House distribution centre on the outskirts of Colchester, the group companies served by BeAS include Penguin Random House, DK, BMG, Arvato SCM and Prinovis. The services provided by BeAS include Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Banking and General Accounting (general ledger, fixed assets, tax, financial reporting etc.).


We are looking for an experienced Financial Accountant to join our Essex based Finance team to provide a range of financial services to both our publishing and non-publishing customers in the UK.


Positioned within our Accounting Services team, your main responsibilities will include:


  • Implement and take ownership of the full balance sheet review process
  • Manage and develop the financial accounts activities to ensure strong balance sheet control
  • Supporting year-end group reporting and statutory audits
  • Assisting with the preparation of statutory financial statements  
  • Liaising with internal & external stakeholders to ensure integrity of period end reporting
  • Reviewing, updating and enhancing departmental procedures
  • Ensure correct application of Group Accounting Policies


This role will be best suited to a candidate who is an experienced, proficient and focused finance professional. Your ability to work collaboratively within a team will be crucial in ensuring departmental success, and will be at the forefront of your skills. You’ll excel under pressure and will have the demonstrable ability to build and maintain strong working relationships.


Your analytical and problem-solving capabilities will be second to none and you’ll ideally be an advanced user of IT and systems, with a high proficiency in Microsoft Excel. You will be a qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) with relevant experience.  Ideally you will have either trained at, or had previous experience working within, an accountancy practice and had exposure to auditing.


If this sounds like your next role, please apply with a CV by midnight on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.


What you can expect from us

Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:
•    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Personal Learning Allowance
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended Parental Leave policy 
•    60% Discount on Company books
•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business


Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.

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: 110963

110963The Random House Group Limited 

Date:  18-Nov-2020

Colchester, DOR, GB, CO7 7DW

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