Senior Accountant, Property

Leeds, United Kingdom
Closing date
24 Oct 2023

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At Burberry, we believe creativity opens spaces. Our purpose is to unlock the power of imagination to push boundaries and open new possibilities for our people, our customers and our communities. This is the core belief that has guided Burberry since it was founded in 1856 and is central to how we operate as a company today.

We aim to provide an environment for creative minds from different backgrounds to thrive, bringing a wide range of skills and experiences to everything we do. As a purposeful, values-driven brand, we are committed to being a force for good in the world as well, creating the next generation of sustainable luxury for customers, driving industry change and championing our communities.


Burberry plc, a global multi-billion-pound luxury fashion business, is seeking to hire a Senior Accountant, Property; within Burberry Business Services organisation based in Leeds, United Kingdom. In addition to the relevant technical accounting expertise, the position requires a strong delivery of projects and process improvements. The successful candidate will actively participate in the development of the team, service levelling, standardisation and helping transition work into BBS.



• Job holder working with Lead Accountant and the business will be responsible for delivery of worldwide property costs budgeting, forecasting and analysis.
• Will have ownership of Lease forecasting processes and delivery for the Fixed Assets and Leases Centre of Excellence team
• The job holder is expected to support an effective and sustainable Leases team which has the capacity to deliver the agreed services now and in the future
• Managing the various internal and external stakeholders and accompanying change management programmes to oversee successful delivery
• Working with Lead accountant, being responsible for all Leases processes within BBS for EMEIA and Americas, driving efficiencies and process improvements
• Responsible for elevating the service delivery to the business and as a point of escalation for all of the business on Leases
• Managing rent payments including adhoc payments and cashflow preparation and forecasting
• Support RTR in preparing and delivers specific audit requirements (both internal and external)
• Responds to ad hoc queries, and analysis as required, prioritising work effectively to ensure that these queries are responded to on a timely basis
• Ensuring compliance with Group policies, including operating of internal controls over financial reporting
• Role may require work on some weekend/public holidays during half year and year end periods.


• Ensures that Group finance, Finance Business Partners, Operations and BBS business goals and performance objectives are reflected and achieved in the process improvement projects and operations of the end to end process
• Continuous improvement
• Sets future process and service direction and alignment to BBS customer and business strategies in the Centre of Excellence sub function
• Apply understanding of assigned business process to identify gaps and propose continuous improvement measures
• Work closely with other process owners and team leads to understand root causes and represent process procedures, practicalities and exceptions
• Proactively seeks feedback from Group Finance, Finance Business partners and operations specialists, 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 and Experience

• Professional accounting qualification is essential i.e. ACA, ACCA, CIMA or similar
• Relevant accounting experience. Experience in application of IFRS/UK GAAP is required. Experience of BPC, an advantage. Accounting role within a large, listed, multinational company is a plus. Worked within a multicurrency environment
• Experience working in an accounting team in a Shared Service environment is a plus.
• Excellent technical skills including solid understanding and awareness of IFRS16
• 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 proven leadership skills in managing teams. Can provide examples of effective leadership and getting the best out of people, including during demanding or unsettling periods of change.
• Has track record and appetite for delivering continuous improvement. Able to generate commitment to change amongst own team.
• Advanced Excel skills with experience of building and working with complex models and large data sets
• Can provide evidence of working collaboratively with peers.


• Uses a variety of techniques to influence a range of technical and non-technical stakeholders across a range of operational issues. Able to establish personal credibility at all levels.
• Builds effective relationships through interpersonal skill and technical expertise to aid cross-functional working, delivery and a sense of collaboration and teamwork.
• Proactively asks for and acts on personal feedback, developing a high level of self-awareness.
• Can operate both at the tactical and, where required, detailed level. Thinks conceptually and identifies and addresses future challenges and opportunities, often in an ambiguous environment
• Displays an affinity for technology's ability to drive efficiencies and enhance service delivery

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 SHARED SERVICES || n/a ||


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