Graduate - Accounting Analyst

Date Posted: 30+ days ago

Job Description

About the opportunity:

If you are looking at taking your first steps into accounting, where you can build on graduate level experience to develop and grow within a pan-European accounting function, then we want to hear from you.

As our Accounting Analyst for Inventory and Variable SGA (Selling, General, and Administration), you will be an aspiring Accountant, a self-starter, who will deliver accurate and complete financial reporting, as well as support improvement initiatives in your Group reporting function. You should have a keen interest to develop your financial and commercial acumen, and utilise your enthusiasm and ambition to support the betterment of reporting. In essence, you should be a positive individual, a willing team player, and ready to contribute in a high performing function.

Along with the monthly reporting and preparation cycles, you will also enjoy a business facing profile. As such, you should be keen to understand the commercial side of the business, so that you can become a true Business Partner in all activities, and support standardising processes and procedures, across countries and business groups, in coordination with the Global Process Model, Central Operations and robotic process automation teams.

You will join a highly collaborative team where you will have support, direction and opportunities to progress. In fact, it is our expectation that you bring the self motivation and drive required to grow your profile within the business, and open doors to your next opportunity in due course.

If this sounds like the ideal opportunity for you, apply now, and let’s start your journey with Sony.

You will:

Relating to the area of Inventory & Variable Selling, General & Administration expenses – expressly without limiting to areas of; Inventory costing, Impairment of stock (Devaluation), Inbound/Outbound Logistics, Duties & Levies, Advertisement & Promotions, Sales Commission, Contingencies & Commitments provisions.


  • Maintain accurate and complete General and Special Purpose Ledger accounting and integrity of financial statements.
  • Prepare, review and co-ordinate as needed monthly closing cycle with business input, in line with the central timetable;
  • Prepare and review as needed the calculation, review and approval of journal postings, accruals and provisions, deferred elements line with Sony policy.
  • Co-ordinate responses to queries related to financial accounting and standard reporting.
  • Prepare and Review BS reconciliations and ensure all balances are reconciled and validated.
  • Function as support for Central Operations and BPO as internal customers in defining and delivering financial reporting requirements.
  • Ensure month end close processes are delivered to support WD2 financial reporting and facilitate clear variance reporting against forecast and budget, and prior periods.
  • Maintain clear channel of communications with business groups and marketing organisations to facilitate WD2 close and one-time submission of SEU reporting.

Controllership (Actual)

  • Review and approval of journal (accruals & provisions etc.) postings within own area of responsibility prepared by Off-shore and other parts of the Finance community.
  • Support and coordinate additional transition of activities to BPO and preparation of handover and related work instructions (DPMs)

Financial / Technical Compliance

  • Liaise with the Statutory and Compliance team to ensure all finance and commercial activities under remit in the business comply with the effective application of agreed Sony Corporate Accounting Policy and SOX controls.
  • Support basic accounting guidance under Corporate Accounting Policy/IFRS in verbal and written format to Business as and when needed under the supervision of line manager.

Procedures and Governance Systems

  • Identify and support implementation process improvements and Automation (RPA) that maximise efficiency and improve service to the front-line business
  • Support document retention in line with Sony policy and legal requirements.
  • Support reporting to Europe & Tokyo senior management is carried out in timely manner, addressing key areas such as commercial investment, bad debt, fixed assets, payroll and related bonus, compensated absence accruals and pension schemes accounting, etc. managing technical accounting compliance on operational basis within SEU
  • Support Compliance Team in ensuring reporting to Europe & Tokyo senior management is carried out in timely manner, addressing key focus areas in order to ensure technical accounting compliance on operational basis within SEU.
  • Identify, communicate and support to resolve any issues which might affect Finance Accounting performance levels or reporting.

You will have:

  • An early part qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, or international equivalent), or a relevant Business/Analytical Degree
  • Experience of IFRS advantageous
  • Related system experience advantageous i.e. SAP
  • Proven academic record and career drive

What you can expect from us:

At Sony, we value our people, so on top of a competitive salary, bonus and excellent benefits including discounts on Sony products, you will be supported with your own career development, have access to an extensive range of Learning & Development courses, and some incredible internal mobility opportunities.

Based at the Weybridge HQ, you will enjoy a modern and diverse working environment. We have an onsite canteen, cafe and gym. We also have parking available on site, or if you will use public transport there is a complimentary shuttle bus service that runs regularly between Weybridge train station and the office at peak times.

Bring your uniqueness to Sony

We recognize that each and every one of us is original and different. Diversity and inclusion are in our DNA, they drive innovation. We empower our people to achieve one goal: to fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology.

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