Graduate Accountant

Abingdon, GB, OX14 3YP


Sophos Overview – Cybersecurity Evolved

As a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, Sophos protects nearly 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by SophosLabs – a global threat intelligence and data science team – Sophos’ cloud-native and AI-enhanced solutions secure endpoints (laptops, servers and mobile devices) and networks against evolving cybercriminal tactics and techniques, including automated and active-adversary breaches, ransomware, malware, exploits, data exfiltration, phishing, and more.

The award-winning Sophos Central cloud-based platform integrates Sophos’ entire portfolio of best-of-breed products, from the Intercept X endpoint solution to the XG Firewall, into a single system called Synchronized Security. Sophos products are exclusively available through a global channel of more than 47,000 partners and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Sophos also makes its innovative commercial technologies available to consumers via Sophos Home. The company is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.”



Job Purpose


As a member of the Commercial Finance team you will assist with day-to-day operational tasks to help deliver the team objectives. The role will be focused on providing support to the wider Finance Business Partner team, assisting with analysis, reporting and month-end close.


Study for a professional qualification is available and the post holder will be encouraged to take on additional responsibilities as experience and department requirements allow. During the period up to qualification you should expect to gain experience working in various disciplines of the Commercial finance function. These may include:

  • Planning and Forecasting
  • Business Partnering
  • Business Intelligence reporting
  • Management Accounts
  • Analysis and financial modelling projects


Main Duties


Headcount Tracking


  • Track actual headcount versus Plan and Forecast for the Group; including
    • Number of heads in the business versus Plan/forecast
    • Total cost of heads in the business versus Plan
    • Forecast headcount and associated costs for future periods
    • Identify issues with headcount processes and work with relevant teams to resolve
  • Support Business Partner team with headcount scenario modelling and cost impact
  • Assist with inputting headcount details into the Planning systems
  • Maintain headcount per office location reporting
  • Present analysis to Finance and HR Business Partners on a monthly basis


Business Partnering Support

  • Provide Finance support to the wider Business Partner team, some examples to include:
    • Reporting of Travel and Entertainment by function, cost centres and employee
    • Reporting of Purchase orders raised and expected receipt of goods and services
    • Input of Plan and Forecast data into the Planning system
  • Variance analysis of actual expenses versus Plan
  • Preparing detailed analysis of expenses by Supplier/Project
  • Assist with other Business Partnering activities in relation to functional cost centres supported by other team members
  • Work closely with Business Partners to identify areas of reporting to centralize in Business Partner Support team
  • Contribute as required to teams meeting



  • Support other members of the team and the wider Group finance function in building reports and accessing finance data, using where appropriate:
    • The BI cube environment using pivot tables and cube (OLAP) formula
    • Salesforce reports
    • SAP reports
  • Provide adhoc analysis and reporting to the Business Partner team
  • Assist with testing in relation to system changes or upgrades


Oganisation Responsibility


  • Reports to the Business Partner Support Manager


Special Conditions


  • Holiday restrictions may apply at month end and Bank Holidays. May be required to work between Christmas and New Year. Flexibility required to work extra hours at short notice
  • As an employee of a publicly-listed company, you will be required to work with complete confidentiality






  • Experience of working in a performing team
  • Working within an office environment
  • Working with spreadsheets and other business systems




  • Working in a Finance team
  • Planning and forecasting experience


Skills and Abilities




  • Highly numerate
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Data analysis skills
  • Excellent verbal & written communication
  • Handling multiple priorities and prioritising accordingly
  • Working to deadlines




  • Strong presentation skills






  • Attention to detail
  • Initiating action
  • Adaptability
  • Able to build good working relationships within and outside of the department




  • Planning & Organising
  • Tenacity






  • Willingness to complete a Professional Accountancy Qualification]
  • Degree, ideally in a Finance/ Business-related subject




  • Maths to A-Level or higher
  • Degree, ideally a 2(i) or above


Equal Opportunities


Sophos is committed to equality opportunity in all areas of its work. All qualified applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.



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