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Senior Budget Controller

Publicis Groupe
London, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
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Feb 13, 2024

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Publicis Groupe UK is a marketing and digital transformation business made up of 5,000 talented and versatile people with expertise in media, creative, influence, technology and data, working across 21 agencies.Publicis Groupe UK creative agencies include Saatchi & Saatchi, BBH, Digitas, Leo Burnett and Publicis•Poke. Also, within the stable are PR agencies MSL and Kekst CNC and sustainability consultancy, Salterbaxter. Publicis Media is home to Zenith, Starcom and Spark Foundry as well as specialist practices PMX, Performics, Publicis Sport & Entertainment and Publicis Content, providing expertise across media strategy, investment, data and technology.Langland, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness and Digitas Health serve clients across health and wellness, science and medicine. They combine expertise across advertising and branding, clinical trial experience, data and analytics, technology, medical strategy and education and public relations and policy. At the core of Publicis Groupe’s data and technology offering sits Epsilon which provides personalisation at scale through CORE-ID, its proprietary data tech platform.Publicis Sapient is the business transformation arm of Publicis Groupe, marrying technology, data sciences and business consulting with engineering and creativity, it helps clients transform digitally.Publicis Groupe UK clients include BT, McDonald’s, ASDA, Tesco, L’Oreal, P&G, Kellogg’s, VW UK, Reckitts Benckiser, Samsung and Disney among others, encompassing six of the UK’s top 10 advertisers.Employees share a common purpose, consistent ways of working and a financial structure that encourages 2015 Publicis Groupe introduced the Power of One. Simplifying the traditional agency structure, the model removes silos between agencies and disciplines to put clients’ needs at the heart of the structure.Publicis Groupe UK has offices in Chancery Lane, Television Centre in White City, Baker Street, Turnmills in Farringdon, Windsor, Teddington and Dublin, and people based in Edinburgh. Publicis Groupe has a presence in more than 100 countries and employs nearly 84,000 people worldwide.Our Commitment
As part of our dedication to create an inclusive and diverse workforce, Publicis Groupe UK is committed to equal access to opportunity for people without regard to race, age, sex, disability, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. Partnering with Heads of Departments (HoDs) to analyse and maximise profitability, utilisation and Balance Sheet management through the detailed tracking and management of jobs.Work with HoDs to provide suggestions and guidance for improving profitability, compliance and job management. Managing and developing Budget control team members.Working with HoDs and agency partners to manage timely and accurate forecasting / budgeting of key clients.Providing variance analysis on clients and departments against budget and forecast.Working with the team to manage month end reporting, WIP and open jobs.Reviewing final job cost reports with the wider team for key clients and material productions.Providing training to the wider team, including technical accounting and day to day processes. Communicating any key changes to contracts, processes, and audit requirements.Help manage client and statutory audit requirements.Working closely with the management accounts team and the wider business on key tasks such as new client set ups, reducing aged accruals and debtors.Provide necessary finance and system training to producers for sufficient job management.Looking at ways to improve processes embracing automation.Build close working relationship with the wider Groupe Finance Team and Shared Service centre to resolve queries as necessary.Ad hoc Client Reporting as required by Management.3+ years’ experience working in a core finance team.Proactive and confident with a willingness to learn.A self-starter with the ability to work effectively to deadlines on multiple.Ability to work independently, as part of a team and with multiple stakeholders.Experience managing and developing more junior staff members.Experience of partnering with and influencing non-finance members.Analytical with good attention to detailGood knowledge of Microsoft Office, with an intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel.Experience managing and developing more junior staff members.Good understanding of accounting principles (potentially studying towards an accounting qualification)An interest and understanding of the production and creative industries.Publicis Groupe operates a hybrid working pattern with employees being office-based on Mondays and two other days during the working week.If you have any adjustment needs arising from a disability or medical condition to fully participate in the recruitment process, please discuss this with the recruiter who contacts you.#LI-Hybrid

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