Technical Accountant

Location:
Bristol
Vacancy Type:
Permanent
Department:
Finance
About The Role

DAS UK Group (part of the Munich Re Group), the market-leading insurer and legal services provider, is seeking to recruit a Technical Accountant to join our dedicated Finance team. Based in central Bristol, just a short walk from the train station, this is a great opportunity to use technical and collaborative communication skills within a friendly and supportive environment.

Your core responsibility will be to ensure the successful delivery of a number of regular accounting activities including the monthly close process. This will include managing a fast and well-controlled month-end accounts close process, enabling robust and timely financial reporting to key internal & external stakeholders, and supporting the needs of the business with insightful financial information.

In addition to the above, your day-to-day duties will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Providing excellent support to key stakeholders across the business, both within and outside Finance, by building strong relationships and by using analytical skills to respond to queries and provide value-adding guidance and advice.
  • Taking responsibility for developing solutions to technical accounting risks, issues and change requirements resulting from business, accounting or regulatory developments.
  • Maintaining a robust control environment and ensure all processes are efficient. Actively seek to identify opportunities to enhance control and/or efficiency and take the initiative to implement these.
  • Continuous development of processes to enhance the efficiency and control of such and to meet the evolving requirements of stakeholders and developments within the business.
  • Posting / reviewing complex accounting entries requiring expertise and professional judgement, performing / reviewing balance sheet reconciliations, analysis & other financial control activities.
  • Supporting internal and external audits and prepare for these by ensuring strong closing control processes and audit trails exist for areas of responsibility.
  • Line Management of junior colleague/s in the Technical Accounting team, including performance & development management, coaching & training, prioritisation, allocation of responsibilities and resource planning to ensure key deliverables are met to agreed timescales.
About You

Ideally, we are seeking individuals with the following skills and experience:

  • Qualified accountant
  • Accounting within the insurance industry / financial services would be highly desirable
  • Some management experience preferred
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Ability to build solid working relationships both within and outside own team, including junior and more senior colleagues
  • Working knowledge of SAP is preferable
  • Strong Excel skills are essential
  • Experience of month-end close culture of strict deadlines, tight financial controls and taking responsibility for quality of work produced
  • Experience of problem resolution and process improvement/development tasks

As a team we are passionate and enthusiastic about what we do. Our people are encouraged to think independently and to take ownership of their work. You will be agile in the way that you work and adaptable to change. In return for your commitment we will offer you generous remuneration and an attractive benefits package, including:

  • 25 days holiday with the option to buy up to a further 5 days
  • Company pension scheme with the option to increase contributions
  • Group Income Protection for all employees
  • Group Legal Protection for all employees
  • A choice of either European Motor Assistance or Home Emergency Assistance
  • Salary sacrifice benefits including Cycle scheme and season ticket loans
  • A comprehensive wellbeing programme including a range of free weekly exercise classes (dependent on your office location) and free eye tests
  • Access to our employee discounts hub offering exclusive discounts across thousands of retail partners, including discounted gym memberships at over 3,000 gyms across the UK
  • The option to join our Sports and Social club which organises discounted events such as theatre visits, wine tasting and shopping trips

Whilst this is a full-time position, at DAS we support flexible working and are happy to discuss flexible working options.

About The Company
As a market leader in the Legal Expenses Insurance market we have undergone rapid growth in recent years.

Thousands of businesses, motorists and individuals defend or pursue legal action each year safe in the knowledge that DAS are paying their legal bills. We have always been aware that it is the people that really make it happen; the quality of our people defines the quality of the company and the standard of service we offer.

DAS are owned by the ERGO Insurance Group, one of the major insurance groups in Germany and Europe and are dedicated to the development of the best staff in the industry. At DAS, we don’t simply talk about our values they are at the heart of everything we do. They guide us with the way that we work and provide the framework for how we do business. ‘Doing the right thing’ is central to our behaviour – from building  trust, being accountable, putting our customer at the heart of everything that we do which we believe drives performance

We believe it is an exciting time to join DAS. You can expect an organisation that will challenge and develop you to progress your career.  

By giving you every opportunity to develop yourself professionally and personally, we also pride ourselves on having an open, inclusive and high energy culture that encourages a fun working environment and places our customers at the very heart of everything we do.

If you are keen to become part of our exciting future then we would love to hear from you. In addition to the very genuine development opportunities we provide we also offer an extremely generous reward and benefits package.