A Bit About Us
We’re a bunch of people who go to great lengths to make sure our customers are the happiest customers out there. We may sell everything from washing machines to PlayStations, but at our core we’re a people business.
We roll up our sleeves and work together to make things happen. From logistics, recycling to our award winning IT teams, almost everything we do, we do ourselves to make sure every aspect of our customer journey is done properly.
We launched in 2000 as a result of a £1 bet in a Bolton pub. 18 years later we have a 5* TrustPilot rating (after 100K reviews), expanded our business into Europe and floated on the London stock exchange, but we never lose sight of what we’re about.
More About the Role
An exciting opportunity for a qualified accountant working within the main Retail entity of the business. In this role, you’ll be reporting directly into our divisional Finance Manager and contributing directly to the profitability of the business. This is a busy and demanding role, and requires somebody who is happy going into the detail with a meticulous attention to detail. The UK Retail Finance team are a close- knit bunch, with a work hard, play hard attitude and they do a pretty good job of making sure they live by our ‘Fun’ value! This is a very varied and often demanding role so we need someone who is up for the challenge!
Here's What You Can Expect to be Doing
Review and analysis of costs vs budget and forecast, producing detailed MI for various business stakeholders
Working with contacts in the business to accurately re-forecast costs for the rest of the year and beyond, which includes proactively challenging the business and seeking ways we can improve and streamline cost
Weekly forecast reporting, including detailed week on week, budget, and forecast variance analysis on a timely basis
Full ownership of P&L, including commentary and variance analysis
Involvement in preparation of full year forecast and budget
Adhere to month end procedures and department KPIs
Other ad-hoc work as required by Finance Director, Head of Finance and Finance Manager
Assist where necessary to cover holiday and absence
A Few Things About You
Fully qualified or Part qualified accountant (ACA/CA/ACCA/CIMA)
High proficiency in MS Excel (sumifs, vlookups, pivots etc.)
Takes ownership of tasks, maintaining focus when tight deadlines are required
Demonstrates good time management to achieve task completion and utilises time effectively
Good level of communication and confidant within own abilities
Coaches others to higher levels of performance, offers encouragement and supports and helps others to view change as an opportunity for growth
Listens for understanding and expresses information clearly and concisely
Demonstrates creative thinking when solving problems, establishes the issue and options available and has confidence in decision making
Understands a common goal, shares information with colleagues, contributes to an atmosphere of trust
Demonstrates a positive attitude, focuses on a ‘can do’ way of thinking, and is willing to accept new challenges
Ability to build strong relationships with various stakeholders across the business including senior management
Nice to have:
Experience using Microsoft Dynamics AX
Why Choose AO?
At AO, our culture and our AO’way of doing things is vital to our success. We’re passionate people, determined to do whatever’s necessary to make our customers happy.
The AO motto is "treat every customer like you’d expect your nan to be treated, and make decisions your mum would be proud of". To do this, we train and empower each and every AO’er to strive for better ways of doing whatever they are doing.
Our AO’ers don’t just go through the motions and follow processes, it just isn’t our thing. We don’t follow trends, we set them.
Great People Deserve Great Things
As an AO employee you can take full advantage of our benefits package. As well as the fundamentals, like pensions and holidays, we have designed our "AO Perks" to help you out financially and make your work life a little easier.