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Group Financial Reporting Accountant

Date: 04-Dec-2018

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: Thomas Cook

Over 175 years ago, our founder Thomas Cook began this company with a vision to ‘broaden the mind of others and break down the partition walls of prejudice.'

Once describing himself as ‘the willing and devoted servant of the travelling public,’ Thomas Cook was a true pioneer of the travel industry, opening up a world of new destinations and new travel experiences to everyone. By obtaining the best services and prices for his customers, he laid the foundations of the company that still bears his name today.

Thomas Cook is now one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups, supported by around 22,000 colleagues and operating from 15 countries.

Our vision today remains true to Thomas Cook’s ambitions - to be the world’s most loved holiday company.

Group Financial Reporting Accountant


Job purpose:  Support the Financial Reporting team in delivering the monthly accounts providing technical accounting support to the finance community


Key accountabilities:

  • Liaise with segments to ensure reporting to Group is both timely and to a high standard – where required, provide guidance and support on Group accounting policies; 
  • Responsible for preparing the monthly consolidated accounts (consolidating, reconciliations, journals etc);
  • Takes ownership and is responsible for preparing month end reporting as well as external reporting, ensuring that appropriate accounting treatment is applied (with support in place for treatment applied);
  • Responsible for maintaining Cognos controller (the consolidation system) and ensuring all segment teams have appropriate level of training and understanding;
  • Support the Group Head of Financial Reporting with external reporting requirements (IMSs, Interim Announcement, Annual Report);
  • Provide accounting support to the Head of Group Financial Reporting and key finance personnel within the business;


Skills, know-how and experience:

  • Qualified accountant with strong academic background
  • Experience in group multi-currency consolidations as well as external reporting under IFRS
  • Strong technical accounting background
  • Able to deliver confidently and quickly despite  changing priorities and an ability to prioritise and take ownership to achieve deadlines;
  • High level of drive, commitment and self-motivation;
  • High standards and attention to detail in all aspects of output;


Technical / professional qualifications:

  • ACA qualified accountant
  • Strong up-to-date financial reporting knowledge (IFRS)