Financial Accountant – Dobbies
Rutherford Cross
September 27, 2022
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Job Type
- Edinburgh
Industry and Commerce
Financial and Statutory Accounting


The company

For 150 years, the Dobbies name has stood for quality horticulture. During this time Dobbies have been proud to provide the very best products and expert advice to gardeners throughout the UK. Today Dobbies is the UK's largest Garden Centre retailer with stores across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Naturally, Dobbies have one of the biggest and best ranges of quality plants and gardening equipment around. Dobbies currently have 74 stores across the UK, 69 of which are the well-known garden centre format encompassing our plants and gardening, home and food ranges, restaurants, and in some locations, soft play areas. Dobbies also have a number of concessions partner stores in most locations that complement the brand. Dobbies other five stores are little dobbies, which is a concept launched in 2019 with the opening of a smaller format store in Stockbridge, Edinburgh with others following in Bristol and London. This format store offers a miniature garden centre and gifting range in city centre locations.

Gardening remains one of the most resilient and fastest growing segments within the broader UK Retail sector. As a private equity backed business, Dobbies have doubled their garden centre estate in the last three years and have plans to sustain this going forward through both organic growth and further acquisitions. With over 3,900 employees, this is an exciting and vibrant place to work.

The role

Dobbies Garden Centres are seeking to recruit a Financial Accountant. This is an excellent opportunity for a qualified accountant to support the Finance Team in the preparation and reporting of the financial accounts insuring a high level of accuracy across your work.

  • Financial reporting and control
  • Preparation of month end reporting of the balance sheet and cash flow
  • Preparation, monitoring and reporting of key business and financial controls within the business
  • Review of balance sheet reconciliations each month
  • Review and challenge of existing processes and controls
  • Development of enhanced reporting to drive efficiencies and improved control
  • Drafting of technical accounting papers as required
  • Accounting support for non-routine transactions
  • Management of information requirements from lenders
  • Supporting the Finance Manager in the build out of the finance function to support the growing business
  • Coordinating audit requests during the audit process and acting as a contact for the auditors
  • Involvement in the preparation of annual budgets
  • Providing support to the wider financial reporting and control team
  • Encouraging the wider team to think proactively about continuous improvement of the month end reporting process
  • Supporting the professional development of the wider team through mentoring
  • Business partnering with the wider business to provide financial support and ensure commercial awareness and that accounting implications are considered
  • Work closely with the FP&A team to ensure consistency in reporting
  • Ad hoc project work as required by the business
  • Train and mentor team members
  • Takes the lead in creating a great place to work for everyone; creates a positive and engaged team through recognition, fun and inspiring others to achieve
  • An effective coach with the ability to provide direct, honest and constructive feedback


You’re making a great impact when…


  • You deliver all information and reporting on time, accurately and in line with business and legislative timelines
  • You are adding value by questioning and pushing improved working practices to ensure excellence
  • You have a good understanding of people management requirements, approachable and understanding and able to work with team members to find solutions to day-to-day issues
  • You have knowledge of business goals and how team will contribute to company success
  • You resolve conflict and handle negative behaviour effectively

The individual

  • Experience with mentoring/managing a team
  • Excellent organisational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Strong planning, prioritisation, presentation, and problem-solving skills. You'll need to be comfortable managing multiple tasks with tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills – you will be building relationships with colleagues and stakeholders across the business
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Highly numerate
  • Thirst for knowing a business and its drivers
  • Articulate and driven to gain additional knowledge
  • Interest in data and models


  • Attractive package commensurate with background and experience required for the role.

What to do Next

  • To find out more on remuneration, the role or to see a full Position Profile, please contact their retained advisor, Harry Thomson at Rutherford Cross by emailing [email protected]

Please note that any direct or third-party approaches will be sent to Rutherford Cross for review and assessment.

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