Finance Graduate Programme (J002470)

East Midlands
Date added: Wednesday 04 August 2021

o Do you have an ambitious nature that strives towards high performance?
o Personal integrity to pursue a career for life in an industry that will continue to grow?
o Willing to be inclusive and embracing of a diverse forward-thinking business?
o Feel you have the excellence to drive innovation through dedication and hard work?
o Looking for a company you want to work with and for?

As an inclusive, forward thinking business, we take pride in our approach to Finance across Avara Foods and are looking for a highly competent and motivated Finance Graduate to be part of a high-performance team. You will be a key part of our Finance Team, based at our site in Brackley (Northamptonshire), however there is a need to be flexible in location over your programme.

Purpose of the role

As a Finance Graduate you will be joining our Finance function and working as part of Shared Services Financial Accounts team, this role will gain exposure across various aspects of Financial Accounting across the group.

You will develop your skills and raise your strategic awareness, with the aim of becoming a key member of the Financial Accounting team. 

Key responsibilities of the role:

Working within a fast paced and diverse environment, this role will be varied and at times challenging, and you will interact with multiple business functions and key stakeholders, both internally and externally.

Your key activities and responsibilities will include:

  • Part of the Site Finance team preparing Weekly & Monthly Management Accounts, highlighting key variances and opportunities to improve performance with the Site Operations Team 
  • Gain experience in supporting the budgeting & forecasting process as part of the monthly S&OP process 
  • Support the std costing process, understanding the key drivers of the factory operations in understanding product costs 
  • Prepare & post accruals & prepayments journals as part of the Month-End process 
  • Prepare & complete Balance Sheet reconciliations, ensuring all balances held are accurate and any anomalies robustly investigated 
  • Support the Operations Finance team on the transition into the new ERP system (Oracle – cloud based) – in designing, implementing and rolling out the new process from existing files 
  • Maintain and improve financial controls & processes 

What we are looking for:

We are looking for a driven and ambitious Finance graduate to join our team. To be successful you will:

  • Have achieved a 2:2 degree (or higher) in a Finance / Economics / Accounting / Business / Maths (or related subject)
  • Have an inquisitive and forward-thinking mindset, who is always looking to learn and develop
  • Highly numerate, with strong analytical and excel skills
  • Be commercially aware, with a passion for finance
  • The ability to communicate confidently and effectively across all levels of the business
  • Be confident in building effective working relationships and working as part of a team
  • Be able to pick up and deliver a variety of work, with the ability to work unsupervised
  • Have a flexible approach and responsible attitude to work and driving development
  • Ideally have experience working in a finance related role in a year in industry or work experience based position

What’s in it for you?

As a Finance Graduate, we want you to feel supported and inspired to be the best version of yourself and progress your career with us. Your training and development will comprise of both structured graduate development, including a comprehensive mentoring and coaching network, as well as specific financial training and sponsored qualifications to support you in your role.

You can also look forward to benefits that amongst other things include the following:

  • £26,000 starting salary
  • A real job from day one, with responsibility where you can have an influential impact
  • Relocation Support, the business will support Graduates when relocating to a new area for a role
  • Structured Graduate Development Pathway and opportunity for qualifications and training in line with career aspirations
  • Sponsorship and support for professional qualifications such as CIMA
  • Pension Scheme
  • Enjoy a secure, supportive and progressive working environment, where your contribution and achievements will be recognised and rewarded.
  • Lifestyle benefits such as exclusive perks and discounted shopping vouchers, wellbeing support and discounted gym membership
  • 22 days holiday plus bank holidays (raising to 25 days over duration of employment)

A little about us:

Avara Foods is one of the UK’s largest food businesses, supplying chicken and turkey to the nation’s most popular supermarkets and restaurants. We are a fully integrated business controlling the whole product supply chain, which include feed mills, farms, hatcheries and factories with associated transport and logistics functions that employ more than 7000 people. This is achieved by investing in people, utilising the latest technology and being uncompromising in our commitment to high quality and food standards.

All our facilities are Covid secure, with protective measures and precautions in place to keep our people safe which include:

  • Virtual interview process
  • Daily temperature screening
  • Social distancing measures – including floor markers and 2m separation where possible
  • Screens and barriers installed at workstations and canteens
  • Face coverings required in all shared spaces
  • Increased cleaning regimes across sites
  • Virtual meetings and remote working

If you’re ready to work in a dynamic environment alongside talented people who take pride in delivering great results, apply today.

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer.  


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