Assistant Management Accountant


Job Details


Sittingbourne - Finance

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Competitive Salary and Package

Closing Date

14/12/2022 23:45

About IPL

The IPL Group of companies are here to support Asda’s mission to help their customers to save money and live better lives. We are one of the largest privately-owned food processing businesses in the UK. We have thousands of colleagues across our Group companies’ multiple sites in the UK and in our country offices around the world.

The IPL Group is comprised of IPL, Forza and Kober. IPL’s biggest area is fresh produce but we also focus on a number of other areas including beverages, protein and nuts. We procure everything from Australian Chardonnay, to Kenyan flowers; South African citrus fruits, to British strawberries. Forza and Kober focus on their brilliant cooked meats and bacon ranges. Across the entire IPL Group, our buyers work hard to ensure we source the very best products at the very best price.

About the site

Sittingbourne is the second largest of our operations where we also pack fresh fruit and vegetables.

Our pack house is in operation 24 hours per day, employing over 500 colleagues. We offer a broad range of roles based at site from Quality Assurance to Site Planners, Warehouse Operatives to Shift Operations Managers. We also have a small number of support roles to facilitate the day to day running of the operation.

About the role

We are recruiting for an Operations Assistant Management Accountant to join our team at our Sittingbourne site.

Key duties will include:

  • Production of the weekly and monthly Sales & IB reporting analysis on the direction for the business unit.
  • Production of stock reports to monitor and drive the management of stock levels ensuring stock loss is minimal.
  • Ensuring complete product costings are agreed with correct exchange rates and submitted before communication to the Walmart markets.
  • Responsibility for monitoring the inputs onto the PO’s on a regular basis. Using checker reports to identify and correct spurious inputs.
  • Ensuring PO closure is carried out in a timely manner including any housekeeping required alongside.
  • Posting of all the month end journals for the Management Accountant and checking for incorrect postings.
  • Production of monthly GL balance sheet reconciliations and monitoring postings.
  • Responsible for maintenance of weekly and monthly reporting data held in the central databases.
  • Reviewing and correcting old PO’s which are causing accountancy inaccuracies, and investigating respective profitisation accruals/ provisions.
  • Working with the Business units to ensure accuracy of cost cubes and in turn PO accuracy going forward.
  • Ensuring forecast integrity, reviewing spreadsheets for retail change, promotional volumes, new products, prices with corresponding volumes.
  • Ensuring Master data accuracy including but not limited to: WIN numbers and descriptions, selling prices to Asda, historic metrics, ASDA and IPL data source information.
  • Supporting the Management Accountant to ensure accurate forecasting and accrual of overheads. Achieved by proactive query resolution.
  • Understand and resolve pricing queries with ASDA.
  • Production of ad hoc management information using PR2 and Retail Link.
  • Ensure compliance with internal controls and external standards.

The hours for this role at 8:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.

Hybrid working is available, with up to 2 days working from home per week.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a motivated individual who is AAT qualified/holds a desire to complete an AAT qualification and holds strong analytical/excel skills. You will need to demonstrate experience of working to tight deadlines within a fast moving environment.

You will be a strong communicator and strategic thinker with the ability to build and develop relationships. A resilient attitude with the desire to influence others and see tasks completed is key.

Experience in people management and working within a manufacturing environment will be advantageous.

Why work for us?

We are a rapidly growing and exciting business, dedicated to the development of our colleagues and committed to creating a great place to work. In order to grow we need to find people already living our Values – Supportive, Trailblazing, Engaging and Principled.

In return we will offer you development, a competitive salary and benefits package, inclusive of:

· 33 days’ annual leave (including bank holidays) – pro rata

· Colleague Annual Bonus Scheme

· Enhanced Pension Scheme

· 10% Asda Discount (terms and conditions apply)

· Life assurance (4x base salary)

· Health and wellbeing assistance programme

· Access to Free Parking