Posted time 12/03/24 Location London, United Kingdom

Role Overview

The Consolidation Accountant is core to the Group’s financial reporting through the accurate and on-time preparation of consolidated financial statements for management and external stakeholders, and for statutory reporting.

This role is designated to support the Group Consolidation Manager in the preparation of the monthly reporting and annual financial statements, as well as day to day support of the Group Finance function.

Business Overview

Established in 1783, ED&F Man is an employee-owned agricultural commodities merchant with 2,800 people in 43 countries and annual revenue in excess of $8bn. We trade sugar, coffee, molasses, animal feed and pulses. Corporate responsibility is ingrained in our culture. We are passionate about sustainable production, take care to limit the environmental impact of our operations and actively support the communities in which we work.

Key Accountabilities

  • Support with the production of the monthly Management Performance Report (MPR) for review by senior management including the preparation of the monthly ‘Flash’ reporting and monthly cash flows.
  • Supporting the preparation of the year-end consolidated accounts, ensuring compliance with Group accounting policies, statutory requirements and IFRS; including the preparation of notes and associated first reviews to ensure accuracy and clarity of explanation with a clear audit trail.
  • To be the key contact and manager of the year end audit process, including preparation of accounting guidance papers for internal users and technical accounting memos for external audit.
  • Preparation of accounts (FRS 101) and other information required for statutory compliance for selected Group entities.
  • Support in identifying and implementing improvements to consolidation team performance, for example:
    • Identification and implementation of automation opportunities within the reporting process wherever feasible to reduce manual work, errors and process time.
    • Lead or contribute to accounting projects related to reporting.
  • Deal with ad hoc internal and external requests, such as the provision of accounting support to BU finance teams, and the provision of information for lender due diligence and questions.
  • Contribution to a high-performance, collaborative team culture within the Finance function, and company more generally, to foster an inclusive environment for our people leading to confidence, growth, retention, and reputation.

Skills and Experience

  • ESSENTIAL Qualified Accountant – ACA / ACCA with post qualified employment experience preferably from MNE/Global corporate or practice accountancy.
  • ESSENTIAL Competent knowledge of IFRS, and interpretation and application of accounting standards.
  • Experience of complex global group consolidation and audit, intercompany transactions, shareholdings, loan structures, etc.
  • Experience of financial reporting consolidation systems / hierarchies (Hyperion a plus).
  • Familiar with managing external audit processes to tight timelines.
  • Professional and confident, with credibility at senior level; proficient presentation, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Detail-driven, results oriented and highly organized, with the ability to work in a dynamic multinational environment.
  • Proven ability in establishing enduring and effective relationships with key business and financial stakeholders – accounting colleagues, business unit finance directors, external auditors, etc.

Key stakeholders:

  • Group Consolidation Manager
  • Group Finance Director
  • Head of Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Business Unit Finance Teams
  • External auditors – EY

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Our Offer

We provide a fast-paced, stimulating and truly global environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the global leaders in soft commodity trading.

Our Values

Respect, Integrity, Meritocracy, Client Focus, Entrepreneurship

Our values define who we are. They are the fundamental beliefs that determine our actions and guide our behaviour. They influence the way we communicate and collaborate, and define the way we engage with our clients, partners, and communities. Our values are underpinned by a set of essential behaviours, which form part of our performance management approach. Delivering on our objectives is very much about ‘what’ we do, but these essential behaviours also provide a guide and measure for ‘how’ we do things. Our performance essentials are Take Initiative, Self‐Management, Deliver Results and Collaboration.

Our Commitment

We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and diverse work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and are focussed on actively building and developing diverse teams. All qualified applicants will receive equal treatment without regard to race, colour, sex, gender, age, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital or civil partner status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment (identity, gender expression), genetic information or any characteristic protected by local law.

We are willing to make any reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process.