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Assistant Financial Accountant

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Vacancy Introduction

We are looking for an accomplished and detail-oriented Assistant Financial Accountant to join Our Co-op's dynamic finance team. In this pivotal role, you will take charge of maintaining our fixed asset register and capital expenditure forecasts, while also providing crucial support in tax return preparation and contributing to the meticulous crafting of our year-end accounts.

Your expertise will be instrumental in ensuring the financial stability and success of Our Co-op, as you become an integral part of a skilled, engaged, and diverse team working collectively to achieve excellence in the East of England. If you are ready to bring your financial acumen and contribute to our vision, we welcome you to apply and be a driving force in our journey towards unparalleled success.

Role Responsibility

  • Thoroughly account for fixed asset additions and disposals, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of our financial landscape.
  • Take the lead in maintaining capital expenditure forecasts, applying foresight to navigate the financial course towards optimal outcomes.
  • Execute period end reconciliations with precision, harmonising financial data to present a cohesive and accurate financial picture.
  • Assist with preparation of the VAT return, navigating the intricate web of regulations with utmost accuracy and compliance.
  • Contribute to the seamless preparation of the corporation tax return, ensuring adherence to all regulations while optimising tax efficiency.
  • Collaborate in preparing year-end accounts at both subsidiary and group levels, contributing to elevated financial reporting standards and transparency.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate the following core skills:

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Technical Proficiency
  • Adaptability
  • Customer Focussed

Package Description

What’s in it for you

At the East of England Co-op, we strive to be the best place to work. We invest in our colleagues to help them to progress in their careers and achieve their full potential. How do we do this?  

  • Competitive rates of pay
  • 20% discount in our food stores, along with other discounts across our family of businesses
  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holiday entitlement) which increases with service
  • 5% employer pension contribution
  • Death in service benefit
  • Access to our colleague communications app, The Loop
  • Enhanced* family leave and pay arrangements
  • Opportunities to grow, with award-winning training and apprenticeship programmes
  • Great deals and discounts across 100’s of high street and online retailers
  • Financial wellbeing support, including Wagestream®

Check out the detail of all our colleague benefits here.

* Enhanced on statutory terms, subject to service criteria.

We recognise the challenges people face trying to balance commitments both in and out of the workplace -  perhaps studying, caring commitments, or other employment. We therefore aim to be as flexible as possible, to create shift patterns that work for both our co-op and our colleagues.


About the Company

The East of England Co-op is the largest independent retailer in East Anglia, with over 230 stores and branches across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Owned by over 260,000 members – including our colleagues – our vision is to be the most valued organisation in our region, by being a better kind of business and using our profit to make a positive impact on our communities.

Our Community Cares Fund provides hundreds of thousands of pounds to support groups and good causes, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing, food justice for all and creating community spaces. 

With a focus on environmental sustainability, we’re proud to have led the way on reducing food waste, being the first major retailer to sell food past its Best Before date for just 10p. 

At the East of England Co-op, we strive to be the best place to work. We invest in our colleagues to help them to progress in their careers and achieve their full potential, whether in food retail, funeral services, property investment, travel, security, stonemasonry, events, or our support functions. 

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Our Recruitment Process

If this is the job for you, simply click ‘apply’. You will be required to register a profile on our careers page. To do this simply click apply. The good news is you’ll only have to register once – after this, it’ll be easier and quicker to apply for any roles in the future too.

Please note that our working patterns are non-contractual. The advertised working pattern represents the normal working pattern for the role at time of advertisement and is subject to change.

East of England Co-op

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