Secret Escapes is hiring a

Junior Finance Manager

London, United Kingdom

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and fast moving company and department. As a key member of the finance team, you would be expected to be both a credible and essential support to the Finance Manager and wider Management Accounts team.

The Junior Finance Manager will be responsible for supporting the Finance Manager in the preparation of the month-end accounts and reports, whilst taking responsibility for the various statutory audits and associated tax administration required (e.g. VAT reporting) required for our local entities. 

About Secret Escapes

Secret Escapes is the UK’s biggest members-only website that runs best-in-market flash sales of four and five star hotels and holidays worldwide. We offer our members exclusive rates of up to 60% off.

We're looking for grafters and self-starters to join the gang, who can keep up with the pace and want to make a difference. We still work in relatively small teams, so there's no room for coasting along. We're friendly, happy, and most importantly, we work hard. We're not afraid to get our hands dirty and we're all madly passionate about our brand. 

If you're ambitious, excel at what you do and you want to help us add a few more impressive things to our list of achievements, then we'd love to hear from you.

Main Responsibilities

The Junior Finance Manager will work closely with the Finance Manager responsible for Group Reporting and have contact with other parts of our Finance team in order to meet their responsibilities.

Responsibilities will include the following, but may develop to reflect both ability and the strategy of the business:

  • Responsible for day-to-day management of the audit relationship with the external auditors, including management of the audit timetable for the Group and statutory audits and reacting and resolving emerging issues,
  • Responsible for the planning and undertaking of some of the local entity statutory and tax reporting (including management of relationships and work streams involving local accountants),
  • Part of the payment review, KYC and approval team in order to manage daily operational payment requirements,
  • Responsible for SE’s R&D claims process,
  • Responsible for preparing elements of the m/e management pack, specifically the preparation/finalisation of the Balance Sheet, review of month end Balance Sheet reconciliations and Cashflow Statement,
  • Responsible for preparation or review of certain loan covenant calculations, and collation of others, to prepare the covenant compliance certificates,
  • Responsible for the accounting and monthly review of certain P&L activity, such as loan interest and amortisation of intangibles,
  • Contribute to  the preparation of the month end SE performance review, and management of the associated timetable,
  • Leading/assisting in adhoc reporting or financial analysis projects, as they arise.

How the magic happens

Secret Escapes has a turnover of c£500m and is growing rapidly. We are a team of about 45 people, spread over London, Berlin, Dublin, Warsaw and Prague and covering finance, payments, legal, tax and fraud. 

The business is ambitious, and we are ambitious about improving our business. Plus, we want to work with stakeholders to provide them with real insights. We also have a rapidly growing global statutory footprint (22 and counting) and are kept busy with international and regulatory reporting requirements.

Skills/Requirements

  • Qualified accountant 
  • Strong academic record
  • Sound technical knowledge of UK GAAP/IFRS, including the mechanics behind the preparation of a cashflow statement
  • Excellent attention to detail whilst being pragmatic
  • A mentality of ownership and delivery combined with emotional warmth 
  • Excellent verbal communication with the ability to communicate clearly & effectively with colleagues at all levels
  • Excellent Excel skills
  • Cleared to work in the UK/EU

Beneficial but not essential

  • Experience of Netsuite 
  • Language skills
  • Experience of working in a fast moving environment
  • Experience in the travel sector

Things you should know 

We are a team of diverse and friendly faces. Be prepared for random trivia moments, some terrible puns and a much more modern approach to finance.

We are an equal opportunity employer:

Diversity and inclusion are important to us at Secret Escapes and we encourage a culture where everyone can be themselves at work. We value and actively seek out a richly diverse range of talent and our policies ensure that every job application and employee is treated fairly, with equal opportunity to succeed. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to any characteristic protected by law.