Accounting and Financial Manager


London, GB, SE16 7FU

Contracted Hours:  39
Sport:  Any Sport

International. Sports enthusiasts. Collaborative team members. Stronger together through our driving force to move people through the wonders of sports. 

At Decathlon UK, we offer Careers That Let You Play. As part of the DECATHLON Group, one of the world's largest sports retailers headquartered in France, we specialize in creating sports products and distributing them through online and physical stores across 56 countries with over 1,700 locations. With over 40+ stores in the UK, our mission is to be the spirited cheerleaders of sports and healthier living in the nation!

As our Accounting and Financial Manager, you will oversee and enhance the financial operations of our company, ensuring accuracy, compliance, and strategic growth. You will be responsible for group reporting, statutory accounts, taxation, and external financial communication, while also leading and developing a talented team. 

Your role will focus on maintaining robust internal controls, managing stakeholder relationships, and driving the automation and efficiency of financial processes.



Financial Reporting and Compliance:

  • Group Reporting:

    • Oversee monthly and annual group financial reporting.

  • Statutory Accounts:

    • Manage the preparation of annual reports and financial statements in compliance with UK GAAP and IFRS.

  • Tax Management:

    • Handle VAT, corporate tax, and other tax-related matters.

  • External Financial Communication:

    • Serve as the primary contact for country-level external financial communication.

  • Compliance and Internal Controls:

    • Ensure compliance with all regulations and maintain robust internal control systems.

  • Risk Management:

    • Conduct risk mappings, fraud prevention, and group compliance activities.

Accounting Operations:

  • Accounting Processes and Closings:

    • Supervise monthly and annual accounting closures.

  • Daily/Weekly Operations:

    • Oversee daily and weekly accounting operations.

  • Flow Mapping:

    • Manage IT and physical flow mapping for financial processes.

  • Process Automation:

    • Work on the automation of financial flows to enhance efficiency.

Team Leadership and Development:

  • Team Animation:

    • Lead and develop a team of 5-6 teammates and 2 Accounting Partners(functional).

    • Animate 4 accounting specialists (AP, AR, Property, United Services), LFO - New Business Models and 1 financial controller. 

    • Provide functional animation for 2 accounting partners working from the Center of Excellence in France.

  • Development Plans:

    • Propose tailored development plans, teach, and share knowledge.

    • Identify improvement areas and implement effective solutions.

    • Identify and nurture talents, offering increased responsibilities and monitoring progress.

    • Build an effective, motivated, and complementary team.

  • Career Development:

    • Present and promote internal career opportunities and development plans.

    • Involve the team in external recruitment processes, considering their input and maintaining high standards.

    • Ensure the continuity and integration of new teammates through permanent recruitment and comprehensive onboarding.




  • Minimum 5 years of experience in any related job

  • You have a profound understanding of business operations and market dynamics.  

  • You have accounting knowledge with solid Accounting principles and practices.  

  • You have expertise in establishing and maintaining internal control systems.  

  • You are familiar with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).  

  • You have an understanding of local Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  

  • You know both local and international taxation regulations and compliance.

  • You have previous experience managing a team 




  • You are committed to continuous improvement and adaptability in the face of change.  

  • You have a demonstrated ability to lead, inspire, and manage teams effectively.  

  • You have proficiency in articulating ideas clearly and effectively in both spoken and written forms.  

  • You have expertise in identifying issues and developing efficient solutions.  

  • You can analyze situations and think strategically.  

  • You are meticulous in ensuring accuracy and thoroughness in all tasks.  

  • You are capable of working independently with minimal supervision.




 This is a hybrid role and would require the successful candidate to attend at least three days a week in one of our Offices in London HUB (Surrey Quays) or Manchester HUB (Stockport).



  • Get to enjoy the following benefits and perks:

  • Yearly pay evaluations

  • Healthy discounts on all Decathlon goodies

  • Fun weekly Staff Sports/Activities

  • Pedal your way to work with the Cycle-to-Work Scheme

  • Dive into top-notch training at Decathlon Academy

  • Dive into hundreds of discount vouchers (think groceries, travel, shopping, and more!) with our discount hub developed by SmartSpending!

… and many more

Decathlon is committed to inclusion and non-discrimination, and thus acts on a daily basis in favor of disability, a multi-generational workforce, social diversity, and equality between women and men. If, due to a disability, you require any special accommodations during the recruitment process, please let us know. At Decathlon, first and foremost, we are recruiting personality and character.

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