Jobs at the LRB

Finance Officer

Salary £25-£29k plus benefits

We are looking for an experienced all-rounder to join our team of four in the Finance department. This role is set in a fast-paced environment, where you will find yourself having to deliver varied tasks to tight deadlines. The job will offer a breadth, depth and diversity of finance experience and challenges over time that will be suitable for those that enjoy working in all aspects of finance.

You will work with almost all departments within the company, playing a key part in supporting the Finance team to deliver improved business processes to support the delivery of monthly management reporting for the three businesses; the London Review of Books magazine, Bookshop and Cafe.

It is the ideal opportunity for a bright and energetic individual, with a wide range of experience, to work in a varied role and in a friendly company within the literary and publishing sector.

You will play a key role in supporting the operations of the Finance department, including:

  • Transaction processing on Sage 200; AP, AR and general ledgers
  • Coding and posting all purchase invoices for all businesses and departments
  • Processing payments to suppliers and handling queries for all businesses
  • Raising sales invoices to UK and US and allocating receipts from customers
  • Chasing customers for payment of UK and US sales invoices
  • Posting bank transactions and reconciling bank accounts for UK and US operations
  • Petty Cash processing for all retail and magazine businesses
  • Credit card and expenses processing across all departments in line with budget applications
  • Reconciling supplier and customer accounts for retail and magazine businesses
  • Balance sheet reconciliations and profit and loss analysis work across businesses and departments

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Sage 200 and or Sage line 50
  • Strong all round ledger transaction processing experience – high volume and accuracy
  • Good accounting competence and understanding of principles up to trial balance with the ability to correctly interrogate transactions
  • Excel intermediate to advanced level: v look ups and pivot tables with good data manipulation skills
  • Understanding basic principles of budget application - departmental and nominal coding cost centres
  • Experience in accounts with various organisations is preferred, but good accounting competence as described above will be suitable for consideration
  • Strong double entry knowledge and application of skills is essential
  • Reconciliation experience of all types, including bank, supplier and customer accounts on ledgers
  • Working calmly and accurately under pressure
  • Able to plan and manage own work effectively to meet targets and deadlines
  • Experience in the publishing/advertising/retail sectors is desirable but not essential

Personal Specification

  • Bright and enthusiastic person required with a flexible and adaptable disposition
  • Responds well to taking instruction and following procedures in order to meet objectives
  • Excellent communication skills, confident, with a keen eye for detail
  • QBE individual or a part or fully AAT qualified only will be considered with good experience
  • Time efficient and resourceful, able to meet deadlines with a flexible working attitude
  • Calm and self-organised under pressure
  • Diligent in all aspects of one’s own work
  • Enjoys working in all aspects of finance prepared to take on more challenges and demands
  • Effective problem solver – able to deal with all queries effectively and in a timely manner

To apply, please send a covering letter addressed to Mrs M. Chana, Accounts Ledger Controller and your c.v. to

Please mention “Finance Officer” in the subject line.