Management Accountant

  • Full-time
  • Office: London

Company Description

We are champions of rail, inspired to build a greener, more sustainable future of travel. Our purpose is our momentum. It makes us feel good because we know we’re doing good. As we lead the way to a greener future, we do it together. We’re all about connections - with each other, with our customers and with the world. Just as our platform brings the world together, it’s our ambition that connects us. We motivate each other to go beyond our limits, to experiment, to fail and to always grow. 

With over 110 million visits every month to our platform and £5.3 billion in net ticket sales, we're always innovating and making moves towards our final destination — a world where travel is as simple, seamless, and affordable as it should be. 

And we couldn't do any of it without our incredible people driving us forward. Today, we're a FTSE 250 company that's proudly home to more than 1000 Trainliners from over 60 nationalities across offices in London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Edinburgh, Berlin, Madrid and Brussels. It's this diversity that energises us and makes us stronger, helping us to achieve amazing things. 

With our sights firmly set on further European growth, there is no better time to jump on board this high-speed train and be part of our continued success. 

Job Description

We are looking for a qualified accountant to join us, in a critical finance role, you’ll be responsible for preparation, reporting and commentary on key financial information. Bringing strong business partnering skills and a confidence in presenting financial information to senior non-finance staff, you’ll provide meaningful insight to help the business track against its budget and forecasts. In addition, you’ll input into the monthly management accounts, and will use your broader business knowledge to provide meaningful commentary, performance analysis and explanations of significant variances to budget at a level of detail and tone appropriate for the Board.

Our ever-expanding business changes by the day. With this comes a wealth of ad-hoc projects and process improvements we’ll seek your involvement in. As such, we’re looking for someone with initiative who can recognise and act on these opportunities for change and is keen to get involved with new projects to help the business and broaden their own knowledge.

Financial Accounting & Reporting

  • Management of month end close process.  Ensure all month end reporting and supporting performance analysis is completed and reviewed within strict timeframes.
  • Preparation and communication of insightful and meaningful analysis of the following key areas:
      • Settlement Costs and reconciliation of credit card receipts of sales data
      • Chargeback costs
  • Prepare group and individual entity month end balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Preparation of complex calculations and journal entries, including multi-currency transactions.
  • Proactively work with business stakeholders to forecast key cost and cash drivers, on an ongoing basis. 
  • Management of revenue and costs of sales accounting entries and cash settlement processes.
  • Key contact point of contact for external and internal audit visits.  Collation of interim and year end audit requirements.

Finance Business Partner

  • Proactively create and promote partnerships with business units. Provide all relevant financial support and analysis to assist in decision making.
  • Be able to enquire, express opinion and provide feedback constructively and with confidence.
  • Key contributor into annual budget and quarterly reforecast process across areas of responsibility, working together with business partners and commercial finance team.

Process & Controls Champion

  • Proactively work with other key finance stakeholders to define and implement new financial reporting processes that are well controlled and provide insightful commercial information.
  • Continuous review and improvement of existing finance processes.
  • Implement (where required), review and update process documentation to ensure internal controls framework remains robust, accurate and complete. 


  • Management and coaching of one direct report. Provide opportunities to develop and support them in completing their accounting qualification, whilst building experience in a variety of areas.
  • Lead by example and promote Trainline behaviours.


  • Demonstrate continuous process improvement and work with others within the business to streamline key processes.
  • Strong focus on controls
  • Work alongside wider finance team on central projects.
  • Preparation of ad hoc financial reports.


Ideally you will have experience of:

  • Qualified CA/ACCA/CIMA
  • Experience operating with an enterprise wide, integrated finance system across multiple business units.
  • Decisive and confident in operating autonomously on a regular basis, positive, self-reliant, open-minded and enthusiastic attitude.  Confident in a fast paced, change environment.
  • Very strong interpersonal skills including excellent leadership with the ability to motivate and enthuse staff, facilitating their work both as part of the team and under their own initiative with minimum supervision.
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Passionate and committed
  • Keen to work in a growing, dynamic, and fast paced company
  • Able to build relationships and utilise them both within the wider Finance team and across the business
  • Well organised and able to manage/prioritise own workload and meet deadlines
  • Analytically minded, able to investigate the detail but also consider the bigger picture
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team

Additional Information

Why should you jump on board? 

We pay special attention to learning and development and organise quarterly company learning days as well as offering a learning budget that can be put towards resources of your choice. We will cover the costs of your professional subscriptions and give you access to our very own learning platform. 

At Trainline, we care about the wellness of our employees. We host puppy therapy sessions, in-office yoga and run Mental Health First Aider training courses as well as having an Employee Assistance Program as one of our many company benefits.  

We regularly throw fun social events such pub quizzes, karaoke nights and our large-scale Summer and Winter Festivals every year. Additionally, we love hosting meetups in our amazing event spaces and having the opportunity to support internal and external community groups.  

We also hold companywide hackathons and our annual Trainline Tech Summit, which provides Trainliners with an opportunity to stand up and share their story, learnings, or new skills with their colleagues in a safe environment. 

Our flexi-first approach 
We believe in the importance of a healthy work-life balance and the value of a flexible workforce. Our flexi-first approach outlines our commitment to a hybrid way of working and our expectations of Trainliners. A key part of what makes Trainline special is our people and the value we get from the buzz and energy of our workplaces, and that’s why we’re proud to offer the best of both worlds. In practice this means in–office attendance at least 40% of the time over a 12-week period for all Trainliners. These in-office days are typically team led to help us connect, collaborate and create together.  

Our Values 

  • Think Big - We're building the future of rail 

  • Own It - We care about every customer, partner and journey 

  • Do Good - We make a positive impact 

  • Travel Together - We're one team 

Interested in finding out more about what it's like to work at Trainline? Why not check out what our employees say about us on Glassdoor? You can also find out more information by following us on LinkedIn or our 'Life at Trainline' Instagram account.  

We value open expression at Trainline, we believe it’s the diversity of experience, backgrounds and perspectives of our employees that makes us who we are. We encourage everybody to play a part in changing the way people travel across the world. 


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