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Cost Accountant (12m FTC) - Non-Qualified

We have an exciting opportunity for a Cost Accountant to join our team in Frating on a 12m FTC, covering a period of secondment. You do not require a formal accountancy qualification to be considered for this role.


Reporting into one of the Senior Cost Accountants, this role will manage the end-to-end costing function for a commercial publishing division of one of the Penguin Random House Group Companies. Liaising with internal and external stakeholders, this role will ensure integrity of our costing approach, and provide immediate visibility to any exceptions in terms of abnormal costs or costing activity.


As a Cost Accountant you will further develop and maintain 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


Some of your responsibilities will include:


  • Investigating, resolve, and communicate discrepancies

  • Establishing and maintaining a regular and formal review of Work in Progress Variances with Production and commercial finance teams in London

  • Run reports in SAP to determine wip variances for books printed

  • Prepare variance schedules downloading reports in SAP to excel templates

  • Post journals to transfer costs as required

  • Process agreed finalised variances to the Profit & loss accounts

  • Reconcile stock quantities for stock held in Frating and other offsite Warehouses

  • Balance sheet Reconciliation

  • Run and reconcile monthly reports in SAP to the general ledger


To succeed in this role, you'll have:


  • Have high attention to detail

  • Experience using Excel

  • Experience of working in an office environment and be able to work as part of a team to meet deadlines                  


If this sounds like your next role, please submit your CV and cover letter by Sunday 30th January. This role is based at our distribution centre in Colchester, but flexible working is available and can be discussed at interview.




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:


Salary: Circa £20,000 depending on your skills and experience, plus bonus and benefits. 

This salary is in line with other non-qualified roles

 •    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one (plus bank holidays), increasing a day each year up to 30 days
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended gender neutral parental leave
•    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.


As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we’re part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview. We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at  Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here:


We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

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: Frating 

Postal Code: CO77DW 

Job ID: 193767

Date:  06-Jan-2022

Frating, ESS, GB, CO77DW

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