Trainee Management Accountant

Job ID: 3476


Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation.


We are Pentland Brands, a global family business bringing some of the most loved active and footwear brands to millions of people around the world.


We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, ellesse, Boxfresh, SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead. We’re the global licensee for Karen Millen footwear and Kickers in the UK.  We also have a joint venture partnership for Lacoste footwear.


All our brands have their own unique identities and every one of them is powered by Pentland. We have more than 1,400 employees worldwide and we’re always on the lookout for talented, enthusiastic people to help shape our future.


We celebrate differences and give everyone the freedom to innovate and develop, be it through creative working environments or learning opportunities. Our brands are there in the moments that matter - being there for more people, in more of those moments, drives everything we do.


At Pentland, we’re guided by four principles, we use these to make sure we’re not only doing a great job, but we’re doing it in the right way:


  • Success is a team game
  • With clarity and courage
  • Better as standard
  • In good conscience


To find out more go to or follow @pentlandbrands on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook. 

Please note because this is an apprenticenship, we use an external company so Please apply here    


Job overview / purpose:

You will assist in the production of the management accounts for Pentland Brands, reviewing and understanding performance versus budget and ensuring accuracy of the numbers.  You will be responsible for specific areas of the balance sheet, ensuring reconciliations are up to date and strong controls are in place.


Main responsibilities: [will include but not be limited do]

  • Delivery of specific month end tasks across Pentland, such as posting journals and reviewing accruals and prepayments.
  • Raise ad hoc invoices and credit notes.
  • Assist Management Accountant in P&L review for brands/functions, ensuring that numbers are accurate and variances to budget or forecast understood.
  • Assist with submission of month end numbers into Hyperion, ensuring all validations cleared and numbers reconciled to SAP.
  • Input into the divisional/functional packs, providing commentary and insight for P&L areas.
  • Produce other management accounting reporting, providing commentary on actuals.
  • Preparation of detailed balance sheet account reconciliations and resolution of any issues.
  • Assist in year end accounting process including audits files and liaison and discussions with external auditors.
  • Support the team agenda of continuous improvement, seeking to improve quality and speed of month end processes.
  • Cost centre reporting and review across Pentland, ensuring queries dealt with in a timely manner.
  • Ensure all accounting processes are documented, with full context and understanding of tasks completed.


What you need to have:

  • Positive attitude and desire to learn, commitment to study and progress through Accountancy exams.
  • Good excel skills.
  • Continuous improvement mind-set, actively challenging existing processes and implementing new ways of working.
  • An understanding of our industry, our brands and the mission of the business.
  • A positive confident approach to getting things done within a very demanding environment.
  • Passion for customer service.

What we need to see in you:

  • Good communicator.
  • Flexible in approach and ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • Focused on performance.
  • Have ability to work under pressure, prioritise workload and meet tight deadlines.

Important Information:


QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education.

To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.


 This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.                                


Please note because this is an apprenticenship, we use an external company so Please apply here                           


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