Assistant Accountant

  • Full-time

Company Description

Publicis Groupe UK is a marketing and digital transformation business made up of 5,000 talented and versatile people with expertise in media, creative, influence, technology and data, working across 21 agencies.

Publicis Groupe UK creative agencies include Saatchi & Saatchi, BBH, Digitas, Leo Burnett and Publicis•Poke. Also, within the stable are PR agencies MSL and Kekst CNC and sustainability consultancy, Salterbaxter. Publicis Media is home to Zenith, Starcom and Spark Foundry as well as specialist practices PMX, Performics, Publicis Sport & Entertainment and Publicis Content, providing expertise across media strategy, investment, data and technology.

Langland, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness and Digitas Health serve clients across health and wellness, science and medicine. They combine expertise across advertising and branding, clinical trial experience, data and analytics, technology, medical strategy and education and public relations and policy. 

At the core of Publicis Groupe’s data and technology offering sits Epsilon which provides personalisation at scale through CORE-ID, its proprietary data tech platform.

Publicis Sapient is the business transformation arm of Publicis Groupe, marrying technology, data sciences and business consulting with engineering and creativity, it helps clients transform digitally.

Publicis Groupe UK clients include BT, McDonald’s, ASDA, Tesco, L’Oreal, P&G, Kellogg’s, VW UK, Reckitts Benckiser, Samsung and Disney among others, encompassing six of the UK’s top 10 advertisers.

Employees share a common purpose, consistent ways of working and a financial structure that encourages collaboration.

In 2015 Publicis Groupe introduced the Power of One. Simplifying the traditional agency structure, the model removes silos between agencies and disciplines to put clients’ needs at the heart of the structure.

Publicis Groupe UK has offices in Chancery Lane, Television Centre in White City, Baker Street, Turnmills in Farringdon, Windsor, Teddington and Dublin, and people based in Edinburgh.  Publicis Groupe has a presence in more than 100 countries and employs nearly 84,000 people worldwide.

Our Commitment
As part of our dedication to create an inclusive and diverse workforce, Publicis Groupe UK is committed to equal access to opportunity for people without regard to race, age, sex, disability, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. 


Job Description

About the role
This role will be supporting Salterbaxter in London, the sustainability experts at Publicis Groupe. You will report directly to the senior management accountant and working closely with key stakeholders across Salterbaxter. You will collaborate with other finance teams across Publicis Groupe and is a great opportunity for someone who has the ambition to develop their career with a fast-growing company.

Your responsibilities will include:
Accounts Payable
 - Managing Salter Baxter Accounts Payable function: liaising with our Shared Service Centre and reviewing the Aged Creditors Report.

Time Management - Managing the time recognition process for accurate reporting. Setting up and reviewing Employee SAP Access. Inputting weekly Studio Timesheets onto SAP and chasing missing time.

Month End & Reporting -Assist in preparing month-end accounts for management review by deadline, including posting Accruals and Prepayment journals. Preparing and reporting Weekly WIP and job servicing reports for Salter Baxter. Preparing and reporting accurate utilization reports for Salter Baxter

Revenue & WIP Management - Invoicing/Job management - Full responsibility for your clients revenue (approx. 10 invoices per month), WIP (costs) and Intercompany billing. Ensure all instructions are received and invoices are finalised according to month end timetable. Business partnering - Monthly meetings with the Salter Baxter Client Leads and Project Managers to review their project financials.

We are looking for
You will have good attention to detail, a strong understanding of accounting principles and be a confident and able Excel user. Furthermore be interested in developing your accounting, analytical skills and commercial skills. You will have some experience of working in an organisation in a similar role and be ready to take your next step and build your career.

Other things you would have:

  • Must be studying towards an accountancy qualification (ACCA, CIMA)
  • Clear understanding of accounting concepts and processes
  • Excellent user of Excel with experience of managing large data files and complex formulas including, vlookups, sumifs, match & index functions.
  • Thorough with excellent attention to detail
  • Meets deadlines by managing time and priorities
  • Knowledge of costing system, Hyperion & SAP preferred

Additional Information

Publicis Groupe operates a hybrid working pattern with employees being office-based on Mondays and two other days during the working week.

We are supportive of all candidates and are committed to providing a fair assessment process. If you have any circumstances (such as neurodiversity, physical or mental impairments or a medical condition) that may affect your assessment, please inform your Talent Acquisition Partner. We will discuss possible adjustments to ensure fairness. Rest assured, disclosing this information will not impact your treatment in our process.


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