Payroll, Commissions & Month End Accountant - Europe

Outbrain is seeking a fun loving individual to join a dynamic finance team based in the London office.

The European finance team is responsible for the financial management of Outbrain across 5 countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain). This team member will play a key role in ensuring the maintenance and integrity of certain account ledgers with a heavy focus on payroll and commissions.

Reporting directly to the European Finance and Accounting Manager, this represents a great opportunity to gain experience in many aspects of a finance department in a rapidly growing digital organisation. Outbrain provides a great environment and culture which includes weekly office lunches, social events, the Outbrain football team, to name a few.


For this position, we are committed to finding an accountant who has a proven track record of delivering to tight month end timelines and able to demonstrate they are a team player (don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and helping out in different areas).

Your first year should look like this:

In your first month, you should find your bearings and understand how Outbrain operates across the 5 European countries. You will learn the Netsuite ERP system that will be used day in day out and get comfortable with how the team operates around month end.

After 3 months, you will be an expert in recording and reconciling general ledger accounts related to payroll, commissions and employment taxes, as well as pensions and accrued vacation. You will be a key point of contact on queries related to these accounting areas under your manager’s direction and working close with the HR team to ensure accuracy of the records. You will also coordinate monthly payment of salaries and related taxes timely across 5 countries. You will get involved with other areas of the month end close to get an understanding of the overall accounting environment.

After 6 months, you will be able to assist fully in external filings as related to employment and payroll across EU, as well as year end statutory audits and accounts preparation. You will be involved with implementation of any future commission plans and work closely with the Senior Finance Manager on commission analytics and other analytical areas.

When you finish up your first year, you will be an essential part of the month end accounting team, having improved processes and workflows in several areas that you touch, to increase efficiency and productivity.

What you’ll need to be successful

  • Relevant work experience in payroll accounting +1 year
  • Accounting experience +2 years
  • Experience in handling sensitive information with professionalism and care
  • Forensic attention to detail
  • Effective communication skills
  • Highly organised and self-motivated
  • Proactive attitude – ability to take initiative to get things done
  • Strong Microsoft Excel and IT skills
  • Be motivated with an eye for process improvement
  • Pan European experience would be preferable

Please submit a cover letter with your application.


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