Commercial Accountant

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Our client is a Healthcare Communications Agency known for original thinking and innovative delivery of healthcare communications campaigns in the UK and globally. They are looking for a Commercial Accountant to join their team.

Reporting to the Financial Controller and with a dotted line to the Commercial Director, you will be responsible for a range of commercially focused finance tasks. This is an opportunity to become a trusted supporter of the business and you will be responsible for ensuring strong project financial management and forecasting. Your work will support decision making and you will be a key conduit of information between the financial team and the account handlers. In addition, we are also a small Finance team so there will be opportunity, and indeed times when you are needed, to support financial and group tasks.

This is an exciting point in the life-cycle of the agency who are experiencing significant growth and this is an chance to support that growth.

Client/project finances

Work closely with the account teams and support all aspects of project finances including;

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of client account finances
  • Complete monthly WIP reconciliations accurately in line with tight deadlines
  • Attend meetings with client teams internally and externally. Clearly articulate the current position and identify any actions required
  • Client PO Management
  • Provide professional guidance and support to the client teams
  • Process time moves quickly and accurately
  • Review client project budgets not just for accuracy but also provide value add insights
  • Request invoices and assist in the resolution of debt collection issues
  • Train and support client teams relating to financial systems and processes, and build commercial awareness
  • Ensure compliance with client contracts and support client procurement requirements


Revenue recognition

  • Reconcile monthly revenue recognition and complete required journal postings in a timely and accurate fashion
  • Produce monthly revenue variance analysis and supporting commentary highlighting the underlying drivers and identifying action plans where required
  • Maintain and an up-to-date and accurate rolling revenue forecast


Tracking performance vs forecast

  • Produce traffic light reports. Highlight and help to resolve areas of concern
  • Further develop management reporting to aid the effective management of the business
  • Support profitability.



  • Supporting the effective allocation of resources


Agency Finances

  • Timely and accurate flash revenue reporting to the Group with inciteful commentary
  • Support audit


People skills

  • Projects & other responsibilities
  • Support key Finance and Business projects
  • Other ad hoc finance tasks and analysis as required
  • Promote the company values at all times


Individual professional development

  • Proactively identify and participate in learning and development opportunities related to your individual development path
  • Seek regular feedback and proactively deliver feedback regarding your own development


Must haves

  • The successful candidate will most likely be part-qualified or qualified
  • Commercial finance experience is essential covering WIP management and forecasting, in a business facing role
  • Strong communication skills. Must be able to translate financial issues into language understood by the business
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt to changing priorities
  • Proficient in Excel (medium to advanced) and financial systems and a keen eye for detail
  • Agency experience is essential, and healthcare comm’s agency experience would be a distinct advantage
  • A flexible problem-solving approach and positive, proactive mindset
  • Working to deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team
  • Commercial acumen


Nice to have

  • Group financial reporting experience
  • Medium/Large network agency experience
  • Have taken the financial accounts to trial balance
  • Experience of working in a standalone role
  • Have developed and maintained financial controls
  • Systems implementation
  • Multi-currency experience


If this sounds like you then please send us your CV now!

Due to the high volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.

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£45,000 - £50,000
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