EMEIA Accountant, BBS

Department:  Finance
City:  Leeds
Location:  GB

Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, Burberry is a global luxury brand with a distinctly British attitude. We are a global business with an extensive network of both owned and franchised stores across EMEIA, Asia Pacific and Americas. We are digital pioneers, and innovative technology underpins every aspect of our business, from product design to distribution and marketing. We believe that modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible; this mindset is core to our business and key to our long-term success.


Burberry is seeking an EMEIA (France) RTR Accountant within the Finance function in BBS (Burberry Business Services) organisation based in Leeds. The successful candidate will be responsible for execution of Record to Report (“RTR”) EMEIA team tasks in accordance with Group Policies, IFRS and local GAAP requirements. In addition to relevant technical accounting expertise, this position requires a good level of computer literacy, use of Microsoft, Webex, Outlook and ERP systems.




  • Execution of RTR transactions
  • Reconciliation, review and approval of RTR balance sheet reconciliations
  • Preparation and review of RTR reports
  • Responding for a significant number of ad hoc queries, and analysis as required, prioritising work effectively to ensure that these queries are responded to on a timely basis
  • Train Junior Accountants and review their work if necessary
  • Ensure compliance with the Group Policies, including operating effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting
  • Managing the various internal stakeholders and accompanying change management programmes to oversee successful service delivery
  • The job holder may be expected to establish the business case for consolidating, upgrading or implementing new/improved systems and processes but may not necessarily own them
  • Role may require some travel and work on some weekend/public holidays during half year and year end periods


Continuous improvement


  • Apply understanding of assigned accounting processes to identify gaps and propose continuous improvement measures
  • Work closely with the process owners, colleagues and managers to understand root causes and represent process procedures, practicalities and exceptions
  • Proactively seeks feedback from fellow team members and other internal and external customers, and uses this to inform future delivery of services
  • Works with other Burberry Group functions to leverage potential upgrades or consolidate shared systems and processes

Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • Professional accounting qualification/part qualified is required i.e. ACA, ACCA, CIMA or similar
  • SAP training and certification is a plus
  • 3-5 years of relevant accounting experience
  • Experience in application of IFRS/UK GAAP is required
  • SAP and retail or FMCG industry experience preferred
  • Experience in operating expenses accounting as well as preparing financial statements is required. SAP and fashion retail industry experience preferred. Strong technical background with experience in a FTSE company applying IFRS is required. Worked within a multicurrency environment, analysing and understanding the impact of movements in exchange rates in all areas of income statement. Experience of BPC, and advanced excel skills, an advantage.
  • Must be able to fully grasp the broader issues and provide functional guidance to those reporting to them, rather than rely on their own technical skillset. Requires a good understanding of IT systems and processes
  • Can provide evidence of working collaboratively with peers
  • Advanced Excel skills with experience of building and working with complex models and large data sets 




  • Ability to build strong relationships, both with the wider Finance team and throughout the BBS
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Observes and champions corporate policies and business values
  • Thinks conceptually and identifies and addresses future challenges and opportunities, often in an ambiguous environment
  • Needs to be comfortable in ‘dealing with the numbers’ - i.e. able to extract strategic themes and trends, compare and convert figures across the group and use high-level figures to make decisions
  • Has track record and appetite for delivering continuous improvement. Able to generate commitment to change amongst own team
  • Can provide evidence of working collaboratively with peers