Senior Finance Manager - Technical Accounting ___ Projects (12 month Secondment)

Job reference: 136288BR Previous
Location: Nottingham Support Office
Function area: Finance
Shift pattern: Full-time
Contract type: Secondment
Hours per week: Over 35 hours per week
The Senior Finance Manager – Technical Accounting and Projects is crucial for driving accounting change and quality into an ever evolving financial reporting landscape with full ownership for all technical accounting change, determination of subjective matters, and technical input to business propositions & projects within Boots UK and the Republic of Ireland on both US GAAP and IFRS. Working in partnership and driving alignment with WBA Technical Accounting Group plus external auditors on all technical accounting matters.

Key Responsibilities
  • Leadership and ownership for a number of areas of accounting including impairment reviews, pensions and other areas requiring technical accounting determination. There is often a significant element of subjectivity on these which require the initiation and resolution of technical debates with senior WBA Corporate functions and external auditors to Partner level alike;
  • Leading the implementation of new accounting standards into the business;
  • Provide technical accounting review and direction for transactions including acquisitions, reorganisations, new business ventures and investment projects
  • Review, approval and documentation of accounting judgements and estimates (including gaining inputs from executive level internal and external stakeholders to reach correct conclusions) and development of the supporting processes to ensure robustness of controls;
  • Involvement in system development to ensure that all changes made adhere to Group accounting policies, and that a clear audit trail of changes is maintained;
  • Bringing accounting expertise to assist the monthly close process;
  • Developing a world class finance team through education and training;
  • Managing review and agreement of technical accounting areas with external and internal auditors;
  • Working in partnership and driving alignment with WBA Controllership & Technical Accounting Group on all technical accounting matters;
  • Providing support and leadership around the year-end (and quarter-end as required) audits including support with the co-ordination of audit deliverables and the co-ordination and review of the statutory accounts.
  • Providing support to the Financial Controller and wider Controls team with any ad-hoc tasks or projects.
A bit about you…
  • A qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA) with a minimum of 5 years post qualification experience;
  • Possess strong accounting skills and deep experience of both US GAAP and IFRS;
  • Good understanding of SOX control requirements;
  • Have experience of providing technical accounting advice to a variety of stakeholders at the most senior level;
  • Good stakeholder management skills and experience with a high credibility; the ability to communicate and influence individuals at all levels and to the most senior levels of finance within WBA and our external auditors;
  • Be resilient and flexible, with the ability to cope with a change in a fast-paced environment;
  • Have the ability to work well as part of a team, and be able to build effective relationships across the business;
  • Be able to deliver to tight deadlines and manage a diverse workload;
  • Have drive for self-development and growth;
A bit about us…

The Finance team is fundamental to our success, playing an active role across the entire business ensuring targets are met and strategies are understood.

As trusted advisors, we’re involved in a wide range of activities; reviewing weekly and monthly sales-margin-cost performance and assessing the performance of key promotions to partnering the business teams to develop and track the performance of new store openings, new customer propositions like a new online trading platform, to some large scale IT investments.

It’s a supportive, collaborative and committed team. We’re big on communication and we hold quarterly conferences to celebrate our successes. We have a strong development culture, showcased at our annual yoUniversity week, which encourages our colleagues to focus on their potential and wellbeing. If you’re keen to build your career - there’s no better place as you’ll be supported to take on new challenges and develop your skill set with access to opportunities across the Boots UK, Global Brands and Boots Opticians Finance teams.

Boots UK is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance and is the UKs leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. With over 2500 stores in the UK our purpose is to help our customers look and feel better than they ever thought possible. You can learn more by visiting

What we can offer you:
  • Competitive Salary
  • 25 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays & option to buy an additional 5 days annual leave
  • Annual discretionary bonus plan
  • Market leading staff discount scheme including Boots Opticians - frames and contact lenses
  • Competitive company pension scheme
  • Flexible benefits scheme available ranging from private medical insurance, cycle to work scheme and many more
  • Onsite Staff Shop, Opticians, Gym, Costa, Canteen and Dry Cleaning
  • Boots Benevolent Fund - a registered charity that can offer support to eligible current and former colleagues in the UK, as well as their immediate relatives and dependants, at times of financial hardship
Diversity and inclusion is at the centre of everything we do. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We offer a number of flexible working options to suit our colleagues’ needs including job share and part time working. Our website shows examples of colleagues enjoying different working patterns. If this interests you, please talk to us about it.

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