Trainee Management Accountant

Chichester, West Sussex
19 Jun 2019
19 Jul 2019
Job Role
Finance Graduate
FMCG, Retail
Contract Type
Graduate scheme
Level of qualification
Not qualified, Part qualified

Trainee Management Accountant (Reporting & Information Analyst) 

About the role 

Are you a Finance /Business/Maths Graduate or Trainee with some accounts experience? 

Would you like to get qualified and develop your career within Management Accounts and Reporting? 

If so, we would love to hear from you! 

You will be working at our newest site on the Chichester Food Park in beautiful West Sussex. Our offices are modern and open plan so there’s great team camaraderie. 

We are one of the largest employers in the Chichester area, employing more than 1,200 talented individuals and we are growing! 

So, it’s an exciting time to join us, make your mark and be a proud part of our onward journey. 

A day in the life of… 

We make delicious salad meals, fruit pots, coleslaw, potato salad, bagged salads and leafy salad bowls across our 4 manufacturing sites. Our products are stocked by leading Retail supermarkets & popular restaurant chains, consumed by millions of customers in the UK. So, you may well have eaten something made by us! 

The beginning of your career is a crucial time and will shape your future. Our Reporting and Information Manager Sarah understands this and has successfully coached and developed many people throughout her career. Will you be the next person that Sarah develops? 

Your natural attention to detail and accurate analytical skills are key to the success of this role, so you could be a Graduate or have some accounts experience. 

Sarah manages our Reporting & Information team, they all have a good sense of humour and are part of the wider finance and corporate finance teams of over 20 people. 

You will get involved in a variety of tasks including:


  • Preparation of period end management accounts.

  • Compile reporting packs for one main trader (NWF) + smaller entities.

  • To include P&L, balance sheet, cashflow + supplementary schedules.

  • Preparation of period end overheads by function.

  • To include period end meetings with relevant budget holder.

  • Analysis of period position vs budget with variance commentary.

  • Preparation of period end balance sheet reconciliations.

  • Review period end balance sheet reconciliations. 


  • Support the production of NWF “Weekly P&L”.

  • To include preparation/analysis of supporting schedules that feed into the NWF “Weekly P&L” – published to the wider business each week.

  • The “Weekly P&L” includes areas such as raw material, distribution, labour and waste variances as well detailed sales and margin analysis. 


  • Preparation and review of monthly returns. 


  • Preparation and review of monthly general ledger postings. 


  • Preparation of overhead budgets by cost centre.

  • Support compilation of NWF total company plan.

  • P&L.

  • Inputs to gross margin level come from Finance Business Partnership team.

  • R&I team compile overheads plan.

  • Consolidation of NWF + smaller entities – P&L.

  • Consolidation of NWF + smaller entities – Balance Sheet & Cashflow.

  • Annual Audit support. 

Role type: Permanent

Hours: Admin hours: Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm, 1 hour for lunch. 

About you 

  • Finance Graduate/Degree/AAT or starting study towards CIMA 

  • A love of being in the detail with excellent analytical skills.

  • Excellent Excel skills preferred – Pivot tables, v Look ups, formulas.

  • Experience of period end reporting cycles or preparing balance sheet reconciliations. would be useful although training can be provided.

  • Desire to pursue a career within Finance.

  • Flexibility - especially around reporting cycles.

  • A logical approach to work.

  • Positive with good communication skills 

Your journey with us 

We always look to promote from within where possible. Your career within Finance at Natures Way Foods can lead on to different specialisms within the Finance or Corporate Finance teams, upwards into management in the future or on to different career paths within the wider business. 

There’s plenty of training opportunities and you’ll be able to undertake internal and external training courses to build your skillset from soft skills to continuing your professional training in CIMA. 


  • A competitive salary.

  • Company performance bonus.

  • Company pension.

  • 25 days holiday + 8 days bank holidays.

  • Discounted gym membership.

  • 1 day company paid volunteering day.

  • Healthshield Perks healthcare package.

  • Life Assurance policy.

  • Plenty of development and training opportunities.

  • Employee Assistance Programme.

  • Exclusive online benefits and discounts.

  • Business casual dress down policy.

  • Free parking available across all sites. 

About us 

We are Lovers of the Leaf, Kings of Coleslaw, Fanatic about our Fruit and proud of our Stunning Salad Meals! 

As a private label food manufacturer, our products are sold in Retailers (including – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi) and Foodservice businesses (including McDonald’s, Pret and Itsu).

 Our manufacturing sites are centres of excellence and have grown significantly since 1994. Natures Way Foods has a core foundation in the Chichester area, employing over 1,200 talented individuals that all have a part to play in our success story. 

We are also a social bunch and get involved in a regular charitable and community projects such as Field to Fork and raising money for our chosen charity of the year. 

If you want to grow your career with a supportive manager, talented colleagues and a company that champions equal opportunities - Lettuce know!

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