Global logistics, UK and Ireland distribution, warehouse storage, customised contract packaging and worldwide freight services

Commercial Accountant

Contract type: Permanent

Location: Fraser Place, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1ED

Working Hours: Monday - Friday

Annual Leave Entitlement: 28 days including bank holidays

Following a period of sustained growth AKW Warehousing are seeking a Commercial Accountant with logistics/manufacturing industry experience, to provide timely and accurate financial information to support the growth and profitability of the Warehousing business. The successful candidate will possess strong commercial awareness and take a hands-on approach becoming a key member of the leadership team, providing strategic reporting to assist in the development of the business.

Role and responsibilities :

  • Analysis of the financial accounts, identifying improvements & working with the operations team to improve efficiencies.
  • Supporting the Directors and Sales team in tender submissions & sales contract negotiations.
  • Assisting the Management Accountant as required, providing cover for annual leave and seasonal peak periods.
  • Submission of Payroll information to Payroll Department
  • Supporting production of Forecast & KPI reports, with detailed variance commentary and recommendations playing an integral role in ensuring the company adheres to budgets and operates profitably.
  • Providing financial costing projections for identified growth opportunities.
  • Appraisal of customer SLAs/Contracts including management of company liabilities
  • Play a key role in the implementation of the planned WMS 2020 upgrade project
  • Introduction of weekly dashboard reports
  • Evaluating and negotiating with providers and managing supplier contracts.

Key skills:

  • Qualified/Qualified by experience Accountant with commercial exposure gained within logistics/manufacturing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong Accounting and IT skills including MS Excel and Paperless Sage 200
  • Knowledge of Reporting Software such as Crystal and JDA/Red prairie WMS will be advantageous.
  • Demonstrable experience in providing insightful analysis to optimise decision making
  • Experience working in Warehousing and/or Contract Packing industry will be advantageous.
  • Strong Commercial Acumen with ability to identify commercial opportunities
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail.


We offer all of our employee’s fantastic company benefits, including: 

  • Pension
  • Loyalty Awards (Recognises employees with 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40 years’ service).
  • Employee Benefits Platform (Includes a Cycle to work scheme and access to a range of offers and discounts).
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee and customer referral schemes