Coley Porter Bell Apprentice

Professional Accountant Apprenticeship

Location: London
Job type: Apprenticeship (18 months)
Salary: £21,000


Coley Porter Bell is a specialist brand and design agency within the Ogilvy network (part of WPP). For over 40 years, Coley Porter Bell has used strategic skills, design thinking philosophies, and illuminating insights to help clients turn their business and brand challenges into moments of opportunity. ​

This role will report into the Finance Controller (FC) initially with a dotted line into the Management Accountant (MA). This is an important all round role within a small finance team. The position presents the opportunity to get broad exposure across financial administration, client finance and some aspects of management accounting and reporting.

A typical day

  • Ensure that all jobs opened by client services have corresponding budgets and that they are input onto Maconomy on a timely basis ensuring accuracy
  • Run weekly timesheet and job reports within Maconomy to be used to track progress of live jobs and future resource allocations
  • Assist client services with any ad hoc information requested from clients. Ensure that any information is system generated and manipulated in Excel to ensure it is presented to clients in a clear and concise format
  • Add value by suggesting alternative or additional analyses
  • General assistance to client services with any Maconomy/Excel issues
  • Monthly billing for all client jobs. Ensure invoices are accurate and raised on a timely basis.
  • Ensure that Income Models accurately reflect billing activity
  • Assist MA with the roll forward of month-end reports when required
  • Assist with the input of management accounts and forecasts into Cartesis system
  • Enter freelancer timesheets on a weekly basis onto Maconomy
  • Update freelancer tracker in preparation for month end
  • Approve expenses on Maconomy and ensure they are sent to FinancePlus in time for payment on a weekly basis

You must have

  • Five GCSE grades C – A* (4-9) or equivalent, including English and Maths
  • B or 5 at GCSE Maths
  • Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC or equivalent)

Skills needed

  • Communication
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to produce and ensure work is accurate before passing for review
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Ability to self-manage and prioritise workload, managing expectations when required
  • Outgoing and confident with the ability to work with people of all levels across the agency
  • Willingness to think outside of the ‘finance box’ and gain a good understanding of the company, its services and the way it works in order to become fully integrated into the agency