Finance Graduate / Trainee Accountant


Job Details


Liverpool Head Office

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Depending on experience

Closing Date

03/04/2019 11:00

About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Finance Team at Head Office as a Finance Graduate / Trainee Accountant. Working alongside a group of both part and fully qualified accountants you will be given an opportunity to take responsibility very early on in your career. A key priority of the role will be to drive value and challenge across the business through the building of effective working relationships.

As a Premier Partner of CIMA, we are recognised for providing excellence in supporting lifelong professional development. This begins with a study support package, giving you the potential to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts after 3 years. Your development will be a key priority for us and as well as completing your professional exams you will be guided through comprehensive personal development programmes, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to exceed expectations within your role and progress your career.

  • You will be responsible for proactively building key relationships and acting as a business partner to a number of areas across the business, ensuring that there is transparency and a thorough understanding of the cost base.
  • You will be responsible for delivering effective and timely financial information, particularly in the form of cost reviews, always with the stakeholders in mind, thereby ensuring that their needs are met if not exceeded.
  • You will be encouraged to challenge costs and identify areas of opportunity to be more cost effective and maximise profitability, working with the business areas to put ideas into practice.
  • You will be required to accurately account for costs associated with specific areas of the business in line with International Financial Reporting Standards.
  • The role will input into the financial planning of the business, primarily through the production of short term rolling views and biannual budgets.
  • You will be required to perform variance analysis in order to understand and explain why costs have out-turned differently to budget/prior year and follow through on any actions in order to mitigate impacts on the financial year’s profitability.

About You

  • Minimum of 2:1 degree classification, academically strong and highly numerate.
  • Commitment to study the CIMA qualification, whilst working full time.
  • Ability to perform well as part of a team, working calmly under pressure and delivering to deadlines.
  • Confident in managing changing priorities in a fast paced environment.
  • Hard working and committed to deliver high quality work, exceeding expectations
  • Strong interpersonal skills, confident and engaging when dealing with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates initiative and an eagerness to learn and develop personally, together with a desire to take on increasing responsibility in the workplace.

About Matalan

Founded in the early 1980s by John Hargreaves in Liverpool, Matalan is a family retail business that is proud to serve its customer excellent quality at great value. With over 200 stores in the UK, a growing online presence and over 15,000 employees, working here is exciting, collaborative, challenging, and above all fun!  As part of the Matalan family you can expect some great benefits and the opportunity to be part of our exciting vision - to become the UK’s most trusted value retailer.  This is Retail Made Real.