Graduate Commercial Accountant

Abingdon, GB, OX14 3YP

Finance

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 be focussed on providing Finance support to the to the Senior Management Team, and will prepare commercially-focused financial analysis to support understanding of Sophos plc results and to aid strategic decision-making.   The individual will also assist in the handling of rebates schemes designed to incentivise channel-partners, and will play a key role in the monthly close process for billings.

 

Study for a professional qualification is encouraged (and will be supported by Sophos) and the post-holder will 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

 

Rebates

  • Assist in the financial review of proposed channel rebate schemes (schemes designed to incentivise Sophos’ network of resellers and distributors)
  • Assist in ensuring that each contract is approved at the necessary levels in the organisation and conduct reviews to ensure that targets set out in legal contracts align with approved targets

 

Reporting

  • Provide a monthly suite of KPIs focussed on renewal book conversion, identifying trends in renewal rates, and cross-sell/up-sell business
  • Drive the provision and communication of self-service reporting by the business, including becoming a super-user of our CRM and Business Intelligence systems
  • Provide monthly reporting on Travel and Entertainment expenditure in the Global Sales organisation
  • Provide daily reporting on billings performance at the end of each Financial period
  • Provide annual analysis of Group travel expenditure as part of Greenhouse Gas emissions reporting required in annual financial statements
  • Calculate revenue provisions required in respect of anticipated refunds for retired products
  • Assist in ad-hoc reporting activities as required
  • Support other members of the wider Commercial 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

 

Forecasting

  • Support the annual and half-yearly forecasting process for billings and for Sales Organisation overheads

 

Billings accounting

  • Day-to-day handling of orders which fail to automatically post to SAP (including e-invoicing orders)
  • Day-to-day handling of requests from the Sales team in respect of how billings are accounted for
  • Assist in the close of the billings ledger each month, including checking that billings are assigned to the correct Sales regions

 

Organisational Responsibility

 

  • Reports to the Senior Commercial Accountant

 

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 to meet reporting requirements
  •  As an employee of a publicly-listed company, you will be required to work with complete confidentiality

 

Experience

 

Essential

 

  • Experience of working in a performing team
  • Working within an office environment
  • Working with Microsoft Office, including Excel and PowerPoint

 

Desirable

 

  • Working in a Finance team
  • Planning and forecasting experience
  • Salesforce.com experience
  • SAP experience

 

Skills and Abilities

 

Essential

 

  • Highly numerate
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Data analysis skills
  • Excellent verbal & written communication
  • Handling multiple deadlines and prioritising accordingly
  • Confidence in communicating and building working relationships within and outside the department

 

Desirable

 

  • Language skills

 

Behaviours

 

Essential

 

  • Attention to detail
  • Proactivity
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Desire for continuous learning and development

 

Desirable

 

  • Planning & organising
  • Tenacity

 

Qualifications

 

Essential

 

  • Ambition to complete a Professional Accountancy Qualification
  • Bachelor’s degree level, Accountancy or business-related preferable

 

Desirable

 

  • Maths to A-Level or higher
  • Degree, ideally a 2:1 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.

 

 

If you choose to explore this opportunity, and subsequently share your CV or other personal details with Sophos, these details will be held by Sophos for 12 months in accordance with our data protection policy which can be found here and used by our recruitment team to contact you regarding this or other relevant opportunities at Sophos.  If you would like Sophos to delete or update your details at any time, please reply to this or other emails from Sophos clearly stating your request, or follow the steps set out in the data protection policy describing your individual rights.  If you have any questions about Sophos’ data protection practices please contact dataprotection@sophos.com.

At Sophos, we want every organization to be protected by innovative, next-generation IT security, even those who don't have a huge IT staff. We protect organizations of all sizes, all around the world by making enterprise-grade security that is simple to deploy, manage, and use. It is our passion, and something we are truly proud of.


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