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Finance Placement

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Location: Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 45031
Date Posted: Mar 3, 2020
Segment: Others (Including Headquarters and R&D )
Business Unit: Hitachi Regional Headquarters
Company Name: Hitachi Europe Ltd.
Profession (Job Category): Finance
Job Type (Experience Level): Internship
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: No

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Role Overview:


Hitachi Europe Ltd are currently looking to recruit a Finance Placement on a 12-month fixed-term placement contract. This is a fantastic opportunity to take on real responsibility within a supportive and encouraging business environment, which will provide you with a great foundation for your future career. You will also gain further exposure to the wider Finance teams.


Main Tasks and Responsibilities:


As part of our commitment to your development, we will be offering a varied and challenging 12-month undergraduate placement. It is a ‘hands-on’ role and you will gain wide-ranging finance exposure.


Specifically, you will assist in these areas:



  • Monthly internal financial results, close process and month end process including but not limited to journal posting, balance sheet reconciliation
  • Quarterly consolidated financial reports to parent company
  • JSOX annual certification of effectiveness of financial reporting controls and statutory financial statements
  • Managing an assigned business group (limited complexity) or share service customer
  • Providing analysis to the finance team to assess actual performance versus forecasts and preparing reporting schedules in collaboration with the Financial Planning & Analysis team, Finance team, Manager and Director

Commercial Finance:

  • Reporting requirements
  • Preparing quarterly and annual forecasts
  • Analysing variations against expected results
  • Supporting finance and business teams with insights on key input & output performance indicators

You will learn how Finance supports the various business teams in forecasting and analysing actual financial results.

Tax / VAT:

  • Preparing, data collection of R&D tax refund
  • Assist with the preparation on other Hitachi Group company tax legislation

Finance System:

  • Be responsible for preparing training videos and slides for finance system
  • Assist with data cleansing and mining
  • Assist with data mapping and architecture


  • Be part of process improvement project within the team, learning and applying process improvement techniques
  • Assist in any project implementation
  • Be responsible for the updating current SOP by capturing and documenting processes and procedures
  • Work with data source providers and technology teams to ensure that key decision data is accurate, automated and timely
  • Assist with development, and implementation of policies and programs that drive best practices


Key Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate will be working towards a degree in Finance, Accounting, Business and/or similar discipline focused on analytics an expected grade of 2:1 or above
  • Good knowledge in Excel and PowerPoint, and overall computer skills, with willingness to further develop skills
  • Strong numerical and logical understanding and ability to think analytically
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Keen interest in working with data, numbers and technology
  • Be proactive and self-motivated, with the ability to set priorities and manage tight deadlines
  • Willing to travel

Benefits Package:


  • Salary - £17,000 per annum

  • Generous holiday entitlement

  • A Holiday Banking scheme allowing you to bank untaken holiday to use another year

  • Group Personal Pension

  • Ample employee parking at our Whitebrook Park headquarters


Company Overview 

Hitachi Europe Ltd is a social innovation company with headquarters based in Maidenhead, England. The company’s European operations employ over 550 people to deliver services and solutions to customers in several key business areas. The company's portfolio includes digital media products, industrial components and equipment, European procurement and sourcing, research and design, information systems. 

HEU is also responsible for managing a Shared Services Group that provides the Company's business units with a range of innovative and effective common services that deliver value, create ‘lean’ processes and support growth and development - including HR, IT, Legal, Finance & Accounting, Corporate Communications & Sustainability, and Business Development. 


Applications deadline: Sunday 6th March
Assessment centre: Monday 16th March
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