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Graduate Job Global Graduate Programme: Graduate Accountant

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: Essentra
Reference: J711
Salary: £24,000 (plus full support towards CIMA qualification)  

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Essentra plc is a FTSE 250 company and a leading international supplier of speciality plastic, fibre, foam and packaging products. 

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Essentra’s global network extends to 29 countries and includes c. 5,500 employees, 42 principal manufacturing facilities, 64 sales & distribution operations and 5 research & development centres.

Alongside working on projects in the UK office you will be enrolled on the Global Graduate Training Programme which runs over 2 years and includes activities at a range of Essentra‘s worldwide locations. Career progression following successful completion of this development programme can be rapid for those showing real drive and potential.

Applicants must be available for interview and to start ASAP as the training programme begins at the start of December 2013.

Purpose of job:

To deliver accurate and valuable financial information to the senior executives, board and stakeholders of Essentra by working as part of professional group finance team. 

The role has considerable exposure to Essentra’s senior management and will be mentored by qualified staff in the team. 

Principal tasks:

  • Involvement with all aspects Essentra’s consolidated financial and management reporting including:

- Weekly sales and net debt report.
- Monthly ‘flash’ revenue report, full financial submissions and executive reporting pack.
- Annual financial plan and quarterly forecasts.

  • Responsible for the interaction with a number of Essentra’s operating divisions to advise on accounting and reporting matters and to ensure compliance with reporting requirements.
  • Review and preparation of report summarising compliance with the Group Finance Control Checklist.
  • Preparation of key elements of Essentra’s published financial statements.
  • Skilled user of the group’s consolidation system (Cognos controller)
  • Critically review existing processes to facilitate improvements in the work of the group finance team.
  • Ad hoc analysis to provide valuable financial information to non-finance users.


Skills and experience:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a strong ability to communicate effectively within finance, across functions and globally.
  • Flexible and motivated team player who manages and meets deadlines.
  • Strong analytical ability and attention for detail combined with an ability to take a high level strategic view.
  • 2:1 degree or better (any discipline) and strong A-level results.
  • Some work experience in a financial or accounting environment is desirable.
  • Willingness to relocate in the future to take advantage of career development opportunities.


Pay and benefits

  • £24k base salary.
  • Full study assistance towards the CIMA qualification including fees and day release.
  • Enrolment in Essentra’s well respected international graduate scheme providing teaching in management skills with other Essentra graduates.
  • Pension contribution matched to 5%.
  • 25 days annual leave.


This is an excellent opportunity for a graduate looking for a career in finance with fantastic prospects for future progression.

If you are successful we will be required to ensure you are eligible to work in the UK.  Please check your eligibility before you apply.

Discovery Graduates is the retained Managing Consultancy.

All applications will be assessed by Discovery Graduates. We believe that every graduate is capable of getting a good graduate job given the right support, advice and training and we only work with companies who recognise the value that the right graduate can bring to their business.

Location: East England, South East England

Recruiter Details

Discovery Graduates
0121 212 3111

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