Working Hours Full time, Monday - Friday
Location Matford Jaguar Land Rover, Exeter
Benefits 22 days holiday plus bank holidays, a workplace pension (salary exchange option), childcare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme, refer a friend rewards, death in service insurance and discounted products & servicing
Closing Date 05/10/2018


Salary £30,000 - £37,000


Location: Exeter base with time spent in Somerset
Hours: Full time, Monday to Friday

Salary: £30k to £37k

  • Workplace pension
  • Life insurance
  • Employee discounts
  • Access to Employee car scheme

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Management Accountant to join our growing Shared Services finance team in Exeter, serving several group dealerships of various brands in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. The successful candidate will have the privilege of joining with the team in our brand new state of the art Jaguar Land Rover dealership which opened at the end of July 2018.

The group

Helston Garages Group are one of the 25 largest dealer groups in Britain, and the largest in the South West, employing more than 1,100 staff across 37 franchise dealerships providing customers throughout Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset with high-quality new and used cars and vans generating a turnover in excess of £600 million and representing a range of franchises including VW, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and Skoda. The company is privately, family owned and is very proud of their history, determined to retain the principles of honest dealing, customer service and staff welfare that are responsible for nearly 60 years of success.

The role:

Working as part of the management accounts team you will provide valuable management information to operational management and Directors through a variety of tasks, both routine and ad-hoc, including:

  1. Undertaking timely preparation of monthly management accounts to a high standard with all supporting reconciliations
  2. Various management reporting, including submissions to the manufacturer
  3. Work alongside dealership management teams providing Business Partnering approach, identifying improvement and profit opportunities advising on all financial matters and upskilling non-financial managers
  4. Working capital management and reporting
  5. Budget and year end preparation
  6. Input to Payroll submissions and VAT return preparation
  7. Provide support to more junior accounts staff on complex issues. This may involve some time supervising a more junior member of staff.
  8. Occasionally assist and provide cover at other group dealerships
  9. Help to identify and implement process improvements
  10. Check and promote adherence to group processes and policies
  11. Taking part in project work as specified from time-to-time will provide exciting opportunity and challenge and an opportunity to add value

Working within our shared services team will give you with a platform to learn and develop and provides a structure for progression within the team and wider group.

The person:

Minimum essential requirements for applications to be considered are:

  1. Motor trade experience
  2. Experience of preparing management accounts within a busy accounts team
  3. Qualified accountant or demonstrable experience at this level
  4. Good inter-personal and communication skills
  5. Flexible, willing, “can do” approach. Keen to undertake a challenge and willing to be hands on
  6. Excellent IT skills, especially Microsoft Excel
  7. Strong process and problem solving skills
  8. Analytical skills and an attention to detail
  9. Driving licence and prepared to drive to other group dealerships regularly

The perfect applicant will have the following (note: desirable, not essential):

  1. Experience of using Kerridge motor trade accounting software
  2. Commercial experience
  3. Experience of supervising and managing other accounts staff

If the role is something that interests you and you wish to be considered for an interview, or if you require more details contact Mandy Hussey -

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