Senior Accountant - Americas.

Leeds, United Kingdom
27 Jul 2021
24 Sep 2021

Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, Burberry is a global luxury brand with a distinctly British attitude. We are a global business with an extensive network of both owned and franchised stores across EMEIA, Asia Pacific and Americas. We are digital pioneers, and innovative technology underpins every aspect of our business, from product design to distribution and marketing. We believe that modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible; this mindset is core to our business and key to our long-term success.


Burberry plc, a global multi-billion-pound luxury fashion business, is seeking to hire a Senior Accountant in RTR Americas. The role is part of Burberry Business Services (BBS) organisation based in Leeds, United Kingdom.

The successful candidate will actively participate in the development of the team, helping to transition work into the BBS function ensuring processes are identified, transferred and improved to ensure a streamlined, efficient team within the overall BBS Finance function and will have at least one direct report.

The person will be will be responsible for a set of small entities accounts and Burberry service. Managing relationships with key internal stakeholders including Group Finance and Commercial team. Other elements of the role include:
  • Execution, review and approval of Report to Report transactions and reports.
  • Perform his/her own BS reconciliations and also review those prepared by direct reports.
  • Responsible for timely completion of compliance tasks associated with areas they are accountable for.
  • Responsible and accountable for the end-to-end solution and performance of an integrated set of processes.
  • Ensure compliance with the Group Policies, including operating effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting.
  • Role may require some travel at times and work on some weekend/public holidays during half year and year end periods.


  • Contributes to and makes authoritative recommendations on how the Americas entities processes are to be structured and what services will be delivered to stakeholders; taking transformation projects to completion by overseeing the change and its implementation.
  • Ensures that Group Finance, Tax, Commercial Finance, Operations and Burberry business goals and performance objectives are reflected and achieved in the process improvement projects and operations of the end-to-end process.


  • Sets future objectives to align to BBS customer and business strategies.
  • Apply understanding of assigned business process to identify gaps and propose continuous improvement measures.
  • Work closely with the process owners to understand root causes and represent process procedures, practicalities and exceptions.
  • Proactively seeks feedback from peers, Group Finance, Tax team, Commercial Finance and Operations specialists, as well as their team, and uses this to inform future delivery of services.
  • Works with other Burberry Group functions to leverage potential upgrades or consolidate shared systems and processes.


Qualifications & Experience
  • Professional accounting qualification is required e.g. ACA, CA, ACCA or CIMA
  • Strong technical background with experience in a FTSE company applying IFRS or local accounting GAAP is preferred.
  • Worked within a multicurrency environment, analysing and understanding the impact of movements in exchange rates in all areas of income statement.
  • Experience of BPC, and advanced excel skills, an advantage.
  • Must be able to fully grasp the broader issues and provide functional guidance to those reporting to them, rather than rely on their own technical skill set.
  • Requires good understanding of IT systems and processes.
  • Has track record and appetite for delivering continuous improvement. Able to generate commitment to change amongst own team.
  • Can provide evidence of working collaboratively with peers.


Burberry is an Equal Opportunities Employer and as such, treats all applications equally and recruits purely on the basis of skills and experience.


Posting Notes: United Kingdom || Not Applicable || Leeds || FINANCE & OPERATIONS || FINANCE REPORTING || n/a ||

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