Group Financial 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

As a fast-moving listed business, we are looking for a qualified chartered accountant to join our Group Finance team located in central London (hybrid working).

As a member of the Group Finance team, you’ll already be an expert in IFRS and will play a key part in the interim and year-end financial reporting process. You’ll be preparing the Group consolidation and financial statement disclosures in the Trainline Group Annual Report and Accounts (ARA) and interacting with external auditors.

You’ll also be responsible for preparing monthly Board reporting and will input to the monthly management accounts, using your broader business knowledge to provide insightful commentary, performance analysis and explaining significant variances to budget at a level of detail and tone appropriate for the Board.

It will be more varied than a typical Group Reporting role and we want somebody who thrives in a varied and fast-paced environment. Someone who always puts their hand up for one off projects and loves learning new things! Our ever-expanding business changes by the day. With this comes a wealth of ad-hoc projects, accounting implications 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, keen to get involved with new projects to help the business and broaden their own knowledge.

Key Responsibilities

  • Preparation of the Trainline Group Annual Report and Accounts (ARA), including working closely with other Finance colleagues and the Company Secretariat to produce high-quality, best-practice financial reporting
  • Preparation of the group consolidation, including accounting for new reporting units as we expand overseas, and deconsolidating legacy entities as we wind-down and rationalise our group structure
  • Preparation of monthly Board reporting over the group’s balance sheet and cash flow statement, including ownership of underlying workings and assessing business performance against banking covenants and liquidity
  • Accounting for the group’s leases, including obtaining and assimilating relevant data sets to update accounting assumptions 
  • Preparation of UK statutory accounts under FRS 101 and FRS 102, including mentoring and overseeing junior team members
  • Maintaining a good working relationship with the external auditors to ensure audits are conducted efficiently and effectively
  • Support the business in its listed environment, including researching competitor results, reporting requirements and other literature to ensure the Group has a well-balanced and informed approach to compiling its public information and presenting it in an understandable and compliant way
  • Providing technical advice to other teams as necessary
  • Ad-hoc project work when required



  • An ACA/ICAS/ACCA (or equivalent) qualified accountant either straight from practice or with industry experience
  • As Trainline is a FTSE 250 listed business, detailed knowledge of IFRS and PLC reporting requirements are a must
  • You will have demonstrable experience preparing or reviewing (e.g. through audit) publicly listed Annual Reports and Accounts (ARA)
  • A sound technical accounting background with extensive IFRS knowledge and experience of complex, multi-currency group consolidations
  • Proven experience in coaching and mentoring junior team members
  • Excellent time management and ownership with proven ability to manage own workload and meet deadlines
  • You are comfortable working autonomously and you’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and take responsibility to do whatever needs doing to solve problems
  • You are an experienced user of MS products, particularly Excel

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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