Fender is hiring a

Management Accountant

East Grinstead, United Kingdom

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is a world-famous brand with offices across the globe. Fender was born in Southern California and has built a worldwide influence beyond the studio and the stage. A Fender is more than an instrument; it’s a cultural symbol that resonates globally.

About the role

We have a unique opportunity for a Management Accountant to join our Finance Team, based at our Fender EMEA head office in East Grinstead! Reporting to the Financial Manager, this role will have responsibility for preparing, examining and analysing financial performance of Fender EMEA by region, territory and product line.

If you're passionate about making a difference, working with a close knit team, and will enjoy the challenge of working across a European business...this role is for you!

Hybrid Working

Post COVID-19, Fender is working under a hybrid flexible working arrangement, with most employees working both from home and the office. This means that in most cases, our employees will experience a blend of working from home, or from the office, dependent on what type of role they undertake and the requirements of that role. We encourage leaders to both manage business requirements and offer flexibility where possible.

Main Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance with all company policies and standard operating procedures and identify/establish internal controls and ensure their operating effectiveness,
  • Ensure month end accounts are submitted accurately and on time according to specified Corporate formats and deadlines,
  • Preparation of monthly balance sheet control account reconciliations to ensure that the accounting records are properly reconciled and that all aged items are resolved in a timely manner, including, but not limited to the following categories:
    • Inventory provisions,
    • Outbound delivery and costs,
    • Inbound delivery and duty costs,
    • Standard Cost and Purchase Price Variances,
    • Warranty and Returns,
    • Warehouse costs
  • Produce reports and analytics on the Other COS areas identified above
  • Providing variance analysis and commentary for Other COS line items, for inclusion in the monthly reporting pack
  • Active involvement in the forecast and budgeting processes for Other COS
  • Working with the Logistics team provide support in resolving open issues
  • Identify process improvements and implement once approved
  • Ad hoc projects and tasks

This is an indication of the main responsibilities of the role and the Company reserves the right to amend the content of the role at its discretion.

Person Specification

Essential Skills/Knowledge/Experience

  • Part Qualified Accountant,
  • Two or more years of experience in product-based company,
  • Excellent attention to detail, and high level of accuracy,
  • Deadline driven with the ability to remain calm under pressure,
  • Comfortable of working with large volumes of data,
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Experience of working in a multi-currency environment,
  • Advanced excel skills to manipulate volume of information,
  • Proactive and inquisitive,
  • Multi-tasking, flexible and adaptable.


           Desirable Skills/Knowledge/Experience

  • Practical experience of all parts of the finance function including statutory and fiscal reporting for companies of a small/medium sized company.
  • SAP
  • Hyperion experience
  • Knowledge of US/IFRS GAAP
  • AS400


Why Work for Fender?

We offer a range of Company benefits to our employees, and we would love you to join the team!

  • Private Medical Cover

All employees are eligible to join our private health care scheme through salary sacrifice. Employees are eligible to benefit from tax relief of this provision.

  • Learning and Development

We have an extensive range of courses and Udemy training sessions to enhance your learning! We also fund accreditations and externally recognised qualifications.

  • Season Ticket Loans

If you need a season ticket loan for travel, we offer season ticket loans that cover your travel, and the cost is repaid free from interest.

  • Birthday Voucher

Every employee receives an employee voucher on their birthday!

  • Long Service Awards

We operate a long service awards that recognises your individual contributions to Fender.

  • Employee Assistance Programme with Health Assured

Unlimited telephone counselling 24/7 counselling helpline and where applicable, structured short-term solution focused therapy. Advice and information for practical legal, financial, and medical matters. Online CBT and resources, face to face sessions up 6 per year.

  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Cycle scheme gives employees access to bikes and safety equipment with big savings up to 50% over retail prices created by economies on VAT*, Income Tax and National Insurance.

  • Workplace Pension Scheme

We offer a workplace pension which Fender will contribute 50% of your contributions, capped at 3%.

  • Free unlimited access to Fender Play

Want to learn the guitar, bass, or ukulele? Look no further than Fender Play, free to all our employees!

  • Fender Staff Discounts Program

We offer comprehensive discounts on all products and accessories available from our Fender.com & Jackson.com websites.

  • PreSonus Staff Discount Program

Discounts are also available on products from PreSonus Audio Electronics, a member of the Fender Family of brands.

  • Working from Home Allowance

All employees that can work from home are eligible to receive an allowance to cover the extra costs of working from your home.

  • Working from Home Equipment and Support

We want to support all our employees to work from home and offer a wide range of support mechanisms and equipment to ensure you’re all good to go!

  • Flexible Working Culture

All our employees* have the opportunity to work from home and from the office environment. We have offices in East Grinstead and Endell Street, London.

For this role, we would like the successful candidate to be in the East Grinstead office 2-3 times a week.

  • Fender Days

2 x discretionary annual leave days taken on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve for all employees.

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