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Finance Manager, Children's (18-month FTC)

We’re looking for a Finance Manager to join our Children’s Finance team on a 18-month FTC, here at Penguin Random House UK. In this role you will partner closely with our Children’s division and will build key relationships across the editorial, marketing, publicity, sales, production and contracts teams.


This role reports into the Children’s Finance Director and has responsibility for the line management of supporting Finance Analysts. This is a unique opportunity to blend your experience in finance within a publishing setting, and your key duties will include:


  • Effective control of the Children’s division finances with clear reporting provided on a regular timely basis leading to effective decision-making within the division and supported by robust analysis
  • Monthly management accounts – preparation of P&Ls and balance sheets where relevant, including the posting of journals
  • Budgeting and forecasting including working with sales teams
  • Preparation of group and statutory reporting and budget KPI packs
  • Acquisition P&L’s and calculation of author bonus advances
  • Clear ad hoc analysis and commentary on division/brand or title performance to support commercial decision making
  • Dealing with external partners including any queries from auditors both internal and external
  • Identifying system enhancements to improve processes


To be successful in this role you’ll be able to convey complex financial information to people across the business who are not from a finance background and will be able to effectively challenge the business to be financially efficient. You’ll be able to manage competing priorities and ensure that financial policies are implemented. An understanding of revenues and costs associated with publishing will be desirable, alongside a highly analytical and accurate mind-set. 


Building relationships and collaborations that enable challenge, support and influence with all levels of these teams will be vitally important and will help you to significantly increase the financial acumen of the department overall.


We’re looking for someone with experience of working within a finance department with exposure to the commercial side of the business, who has experience of people management and is ideally working towards a professional qualification or is qualified.


This role will be based at our office in Embassy Gardens (SW11 7BW). We are currently trialling hybrid working, so we can discuss flexible working options with you during your interview. All interviews will be held virtually.


To apply for this role, please submit your CV and Cover Letter by midnight on Thursday 9th December 2021.





What you can expect from us:


Salary: circa £50,000 dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.

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), 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

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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: Penguin Books Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 185083

Date:  23-Nov-2021

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

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