London, United Kingdom



Group Financial Accountant

Job title                      Group Financial Accountant
Contract status         Initial fixed term contract of one-year. May be extended or made permanent on mutual agreement.


LEWIS is a multi-channel marketing agency that has gone from start-up to multi-national in a little over two decades. The company is one of the largest independent agencies worldwide with 29 offices, 550 employees and revenue of £42m. Its success is due to a combination of factors: talented people delivering award winning campaigns; expanding client relationships into new markets or services; making strategic acquisitions and investing in people and training.

Purpose of the role

The role will report into the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (Director of FP&A) and will assist with:

  1. Group audit and statutory accounts preparation
  2. Local audit and statutory accounts
  3. Act as the lead on corporate compliance issues (tax and otherwise)
  4. Monthly planning, internal reporting & ad hoc analysis
  5. Business-facing projects and process improvement

Detailed responsibilities and tasks

Group Statutory Accounts & Audit

  • Provide support on Group and local audits and preparation of deliverables
  • Provide support on preparation of Group consolidated accounts as well as the UK entity’s accounts
  • Assist in preparation of Group management charge schedule used in the final Statutory Accounts
  • Acquisition accounting and consolidation into the Group accounts

Compliance, Local Statutory Accounting and Tax

  • Corporate tax and all other statutory compliance across all the legal entities in the Group
  • Leads local accounts / annual tax return preparation for Europe and Asia entities
  • Assists the US Financial Controller with the calculation of quarterly and annual tax returns
  • Set up/dissolve legal entities as and when the business requires
  • Employee Benefit Trust returns
  • Closing year end in SAP, posting all local adjustments, and rolling forward the new financial year

Month End Accounting

  • Prepare the monthly UK payroll journal and monthly management charge
  • Maintain the Allocations schedule used for the monthly management charge
  • Monthly regional forecasting and management pack board reporting

Business Consultancy & Support

  • Decision support including investment appraisal, profitability analysis, hiring and recruitment review, property acquisitions
  • Provide financial support for new business opportunities including RFIs, RFPs, and PR industry surveys
  • Support the Global Finance Team on initiatives, ad hoc projects 

Reporting & Analysis

  • Support senior management in decision making through insightful financial analysis with a focus on visual presentation skills
  • Annual business planning and target setting
  • Develop, maintain and enhance reporting and analysis tools/processes


  • Helps coach and develop the finance team on technical accounting matters, answering questions and advising on how to account in various instances
  • Remains abreast with changes in relevant accounting standards and proactively works out how these changes may affect the Group
  • Approving payment runs via online banking tool
  • Ad hoc duties as required

Key relationships

  • Director of FP&A (line manager) (London)
  • Regional Financial Controllers (UK, APAC, Europe, USA)
  • Chief Operating Officer (London)
  • Corporate Finance Director (London)
  • External parties: Group auditors and local advisors 

About you

  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or local equivalent) with one to two year’s PQE
  • Marketing/PR sector experience preferred but not mandatory
  • Experience at preparing group consolidated accounts
  • Excellent technical skills, including a good knowledge of FRS102
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of SAP Business One and Vision an advantage
  • IT literate with a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Strong internal relationship management skills and the ability to quickly establish credibility and respect
  • Well organised, strong ability to prioritise and excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future trends and assess risk
  • Extensive up-to-date knowledge of financial practice, industry trends and the macroeconomic environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills