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Assistant Finance Accountant

Hatfield, UK

Ocado Group is an equal opportunities employer and as such makes every effort to ensure that all potential employees are treated fairly and equally, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, age, or disability or union membership status. 

About Us
Our teams are putting the world’s retailers online using the cloud, robotics, AI, and IoT. We provide services to partner clients globally via our innovative advanced robotics technology, known as the Ocado Smart Platform ("OSP"), this drives our highly automated, multi-million pound Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs). In our CFCs - together with the proprietary software applications - we operate a world-class online grocery business that automates the single pick of products, ready for your online delivery.

About the role
Excellent opportunity for an Assistant Finance Accountant to join Ocado for a 12 month contract. Reporting to the Senior Finance Accountant (Intercompany & Consolidation), you will be responsible for the intercompany invoicing/accrual process, supporting the reconciliation of Group intercompany monthly and the consolidation of various entities as required. You will support the month end close process to ensure that the intercompany invoice/accrual workflow is completed, Group intercompany matrix differences are resolved and entities under your responsibility consolidated to enable the timely close of intercompany and consolidation.

Support the consolidation of acquired entities, primarily in the UK & US, using chart of account mapping tables 
Responsible for Balance Sheet substantiation of consolidated entities, providing first level commentary and working closely with the owners of the underlying balances to resolve any queries
Working with wider finance to support the resolution of intercompany differences ensuring period end deadlines are understood
Reconciliation of various intercompany balance sheet accounts across all entities within Ocado group 
Ensuring the accurate processing of intercompany invoices and accruals  
Processing journal entries/allocations and intercompany transactions to allow for accurate and timely reporting
Support external audit requests as required
Support accurate and consistent ad hoc reporting on intercompany balances
Support ad hoc projects including system changes and related testing
Embed a culture of controls within the team, responsible for operating effectiveness of all key controls within the department’s processes and remediation of any control weaknesses
Proactively identify opportunities to standardise, streamline and improve processes and accuracy 
Responsible for the adhering to the period end close calendar timelines
Adhere to Group accounting policies 

About you 
Part Qualified ACCA/ACA/CIMA
Understanding of relevant regulatory environments
Understanding of core financial processes and relevant systems
Knowledge of accounting, tax and reporting standards & principles, 
Experience in a fast-paced global environment (preferable)
Experience of delivering great customer / user experience 
Experience in process improvement, automation
Good communicator who has a good attention to detail

What we offer you
Our employee benefits are designed for you, we care about people and we’ve ensured we have a wealth of benefits that focus on your well-being. We regularly review our benefits to ensure we are supporting our employees appropriately. 
30 days ‘working from anywhere in the world’ policy 
Wellbeing support through dedicated apps and an Employee Assistance Programme 
25 days annual leave, rising to 27 days after 5 years service (plus optional holiday purchase)
Pension scheme (various options available including employer contribution matching up to 7%)
Generous Private Medical Insurance (within the first month of joining!)
Income Protection (can be up to 50% of salary for 3 years) and Life Assurance (3 x annual salary) 
22 weeks paid maternity leave and 6 weeks paid paternity leave (once relevant service requirements complete) 
Train Ticket loan (interest-free)
Cycle to Work Scheme
Free shuttle bus to and from Hatfield Train Station to the Hatfield offices 
Free shuttle bus to and from Welwyn Garden City Train Station to the Welwyn Garden City offices
Opportunity to participate in Sharesave and Buy as You Earn share schemes
15% discount on and free delivery for all employees (within the first month of joining!)

About Ocado Group

When our journey started, we were all about changing the way people shop for groceries. 20 years later, we’re developing our own ground breaking technology, opening multiple sites at an accelerating rate and engaging in exciting new business partnerships around the world!

Transforming an industry also means transforming the way we do business.   As we continually develop new technologies and customer propositions, we’re looking for the Everyday Pioneers to lead us into the next stage of our evolution: enhancing our capabilities, inspiring our teams and developing new ways of working.

Changing the way the world shops, for good.

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