Assistant Accountant

Posted 9 April by Punchdrunk Global Ltd Ending soon


Formed in the UK by Felix Barrett in 2000, Punchdrunk is a theatre company which has pioneered a game-changing form of immersive theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic and emotional storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classical texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation, and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences. Our award-winning productions invite audiences to rediscover the childlike excitement and anticipation of exploring the unknown and experience a real sense of adventure. The company’s international production,Sleep No More, has recently celebrated seven years of its extended run in the USA, and opened a new version in Shanghai in December 2016.

Punchdrunk’s award-winning productions include:

Faust (in collaboration with the National Theatre, 2006)
The Masque of the Red Death (in collaboration with BAC, 2008)
Tunnel 228 (in collaboration with The Old Vic, 2009)
It Felt Like A Kiss (with Adam Curtis and Damon Albarn, Manchester International Festival, 2009)
Sleep No More (with the American Repertory Theatre, Boston, Mass., 2009 & London 2003)
Sleep No More, New York (2011)
The Duchess of Malfi (with ENO, 2010)
The Crash of the Elysium (Manchester International Festival, 2011)
The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable (with the National Theatre, 2013)
Sleep No More, Shanghai (2016)


Punchdrunk International is seeking a self-motivated and proactive Assistant Accountant to support the Finance Director with the management of the day to day accounting and financial operations.


The Assistant Accountant will work closely with the Finance Director to maintain and improve the accounting function within Punchdrunk International. This will require someone with an ability to prioritise their workload, work to deadlines, build strong internal relationships, contribute suggestions to improve processes and maintain internal financial controls.

Role & Responsibilities

The Assistant Accountant will work with a wide variety of internal stakeholders providing a high standard of accounting support while ensuring compliance with the company’s financial policies and processes.

Key Duties will include:

  • Day to day accounting and bookkeeping including managing purchasing and sales ledgers
  • Running the monthly and year end payroll including PAYE/NI submissions, payments to HMRC and pension calculations
  • Preparing invoices and managing aged debtors
  • Bank and credit card reconciliations
  • Preparing and posting journals including any prepayments and accruals
  • Reconciling and maintaining Fixed Asset register
  • Preparing the quarterly VAT return
  • Petty cash control
  • Assisting with the year-end audit/ preparation of financial statements
  • Prepare monthly finance reports for various productions and R&D projects
  • Assist the Finance Director in preparing management accounts and other ad hoc financial reports
  • Assist with the maintenance and development of robust finance control processes



  • Qualified or studying towards a professional financial / accountancy qualification
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in a finance department
  • Previous working experience with an accounting system
  • Have a flexible approach to changing priorities and calmness under pressure
  • Microsoft Office competent, with advanced Excel skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Ability to deal well with uncertainty and meet changing deadlines
  • You will have strong time management skills


  • Experience with Xero
  • Experience with multiple customer accounts in multiple currencies
  • Experience of working in the Arts sector or a passion for/ knowledge of the Arts, in particular Punchdrunk’s work


As an Equal Opportunities Employer, Punchdrunk International welcomes applications from all sectors of the community, regardless of gender, age, race, sexuality or disability and makes appointments based solely on ability to fulfill the duties of the post. We actively welcome applications from individuals with backgrounds currently under represented in the arts. Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be given the opportunity to specify any access needs so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Required skills

  • Communication Skills
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Part Qualified
  • Time Management
  • Working Experience

Reference: 34862843

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