Senior Contract Accountant

  • Job Reference: com/2607/457700/52502449/SU
  • Date Posted: 1 August 2022
  • Employer: Compass Group Plc
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  • Location: Birmingham
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: £29725 per annum
  • Sector: Accounting
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

Compass Group Plc (Compass) is a £20 billion turnover, global organisation and the world's leading provider of food and support services. With operations across seven key business areas (Foodservice; Support Services; Business & Industry; Healthcare & Seniors; Education; Sports & Leisure; and Defence, Offshore & Remote), Compass serves customers in offices and factories; schools and universities; hospitals and senior living communities; major sports and cultural venues; and remote mining camps and offshore platforms.

As a Senior Accountant at Compass, you will work within a financially focussed team in understanding key drivers of the business and to support in driving improved business performance.  Through effective business partnering, the role will continually improve service levels, cost effectiveness and add value to any commercial activities undertaken.

What we'll give:

We ensure you're rewarded for all your hard work, which is why we offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes but is not limited to:

  • Exclusive travel discounts with TUI, Expedia, and many more
  • Save money on your food shop with discounts on Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and many more
  • Up to 44% off cinema tickets to enjoy your favourite blockbuster
  • Regular emails filled with the best discounts and savings available
  • Receive Wow Points every time you spend and use them on a wide range of brands
  • Un-wind with us with free wellness, mindfulness and exercise classes
  • You can share all discounts and offers with your friends and families
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Grow your career with our Career Pathways programme
More about the role:

Key Responsibilities:

PURPOSE: Commercial Support
    Business Partner key stakeholders (financial and non-financial) ensuring strong commercial and operational decision making, managing financial risks and opportunities
    Attend designated site and client meetings
    Delivering proactive ad-hoc financial analysis to support business unit decision making
    Understand and manage the financial risks and opportunities arising from volumetric and other contract mechanisms - and ongoing business performance
    Understand and highlight the financial risks and opportunities arising from balance sheet maintenance

    Help prepare key business reporting such as month end reports, business reviews, client reports, budgets, cash analysis and other ad-hoc analysis to be discussed at monthly review.
    Assist in training of operational teams in the use of business reporting to understand and improve their financial performance
    Monthly balance sheet review for area of responsibility, escalating key risks/ opportunities to senior stakeholders.
    Promote working capital improvements through timely, accurate contract billing, active management of debt ledgers and timely resolution of queries
    Support with the budgeting and forecasting process by consolidating the budget, understanding variances and preparing the budget presentation for senior stakeholders
    Support with completion of documentation for client tenders, negotiations and capital expenditure appraisals
    Support operational teams with understanding actions required on mobilisation and ensure that these are executed in line with timetable
    You will ensure health and safety of all colleagues within the business and report any incidents via the approved company processes

PEOPLE: Relationship Management

  • Working effectively as part of a team
  • Building relationships with key stakeholders
  • Support the development of junior team members and facilitate in training courses for new team members and operators alike
Who you are:


  • Actively studying Accountant in CIMA/ACCA/ACA or the like with good experience in accounting roles
  • Experience of management accounting inclusive of accounting adjustments, producing reports/analysis to support commercial decision making
  • Analytical and with a high level of attention to detail
  • Experience of business partnering non-finance professionals to support the delivery of sound financial information


  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • Excel Macros and VBA
  • Experience of SAP and Cognos as analysis and reporting tools
Who we are:

Eurest, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, typically serves 250,000 meals daily, servicing approx 300 contracts across over 700 sites nationwide. The company is a major business and industry foodservice provider for UK organisations many of which have been crucially important in keeping the UK economy and society in general, functioning during the pandemic.

Job Reference: com/2607/457700/52502449/SU

Compass Group UK&I is an equal opportunities employer, committed to cultivating diverse and inclusive environments for every employee.