Group Reporting Accountant

Finance & Accounting Kings Cross, London Req. UMG-3197


Job title: Group Reporting Accountant
Responsible to: Group Reporting Controller
Department: Central Finance
Location of work: 4 Pancras Square


Music is Universal

Everyone is welcome to apply for our roles, and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, age, marital status, background, pregnancy or caring responsibilities. We also recognise the importance of diversity of thought within our teams and are fully committed to embracing the talents of people with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and other forms of neurocognitive variation. We will always seek to make appropriate adjustments to recruitment, workplaces and work processes to be fully inclusive to people with different needs and working styles. If you need us to make any reasonable adjustments for you from application onwards, please email


The A Side: A Day in The Life

To deliver high quality statutory accounts for Universal UK recorded music, ensuring that all deadlines are met. A key aspect of this is managing the audit process, ensuring high quality information is provided to the auditors in a timely fashion, and that their timelines and progress are monitored with our deadlines in mind. The role will provide opportunities in other areas, including internal audit, legal entity rationalisation, acquisition and disposal accounting, and preparation of holding company management accounts and forecasts. These additional responsibilities involve engaging with different teams, and will require someone with strong communication skills, problem solving ability and willingness to take ownership of tasks.

The B Side: Skills & Experience

Be analytical

  • Ownership of the annual UK recorded music accounts preparation process, covering consolidated financial statements, audited and non-audited companies
  • Key point of contact for external auditors throughout half year review, hard close audit, year-end audit, and statutory audits
  • Responsible for internal audit process


Be administrative

  • Key contact for UMG compliance team
  • Preparation of holding company management accounts
  • Liaising with UK tax department regarding UK group tax provision
  • Involvement in accounting for UK acquisitions and disposals
  • Driving forward with the ongoing process of legal entity reduction and rationalisation
  • Liaising with numerous other departments to improve control environment and processes


Be operational

  • Maintaining K-Trinity accounting software
  • Knowledge of technical processes within the SAP and Hyperion environments
  • Ad hoc work as required – providing support to the Group Reporting Controller


Person Specification

  • Qualified ACCA/ACA
  • Experience in preparing/reviewing statutory accounts under FRS 102
  • Experience in preparing/reviewing consolidations
  • Technically strong accountant
  • Proactive approach and willingness to take ownership of tasks
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Systems experience of SAP, HFM, Smartview, SAP BPC, SAP Analyser desirable


Bonus Tracks: Your Benefits


  • Group Personal Pension Scheme (between 3% and 9%)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 25 paid days of annual leave
  • Interest Free Season Ticket Loan available
  • Holiday Purchase scheme
  • Dental and Travel Insurance options
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Cars
  • Subsidised Gym Membership
  • Employee Discounts (Reward Gateway)


Just So You Know…

The company presents this job description as a guide to the major areas and duties for which the jobholder is accountable. However, the business operates in an environment that demands change and the jobholder's specific responsibilities and activities will vary and develop. Therefore, the job description should be seen as indicative and not as a permanent, definitive and exhaustive statement.