Working at Escape Hunt

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French Speaking Finance Assistant

Escape Hunt Global

Candidate Overview

Either AAT qualified or with a significant level of bookkeeping experience, the Candidate will be a native or fluent French speaking accountant who has a strong financial background and a desire to help continue the growth of a young organisation focused on bringing premium Escape Rooms to the UK and abroad. They will have a hands-on approach to their work, work at a fast but thorough pace, be versatile with a can-do attitude and have an exceptionally high level of attention to detail allowing them to deal with large numbers of inputs across multiple companies, currencies and systems.

Company Overview

Escape Hunt Plc is a recently formed company registered in the UK, heading up the Escape Hunt group of 9 companies. These companies are currently rolling out owner operated escape room sites whilst also managing franchisees and collecting revenues from other escape rooms in over 13 countries and 5 different currencies. The company is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

Role Overview

Escape Hunt Plc now seeks a versatile assistant with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team to supplement its current finance function. This post will report directly to the Group Financial Controller and will be supported by the income reconciliation function, currently outsourced to a company in India.

We are open to applicants looking for both part time and full time roles and can be flexible around working patterns, with salary flexing accordingly. At present the candidate will work remotely as we currently do not have a permanent head office. However, being located within travelling distance of London is preferable as the candidate will be required to join regular team meetings which will take place in Central London.

This is a great chance to support a business through a time of growth. Responsibilities will include:

Accounting & Reporting
  • Liaising with accounting services in France and Belgium to ensure correct reporting of revenues from Paris and Brussels branches
  • Supporting the income reconciliation function to manage the debtors ledger and ensure correct revenue recognition at all times across multiple companies and currencies
  • Billing of franchisees in relevant currencies both monthly and quarterly
  • Communication with overseas owned and operated bookkeeping functions to ensure deadlines are met across the entire estate
  • Bookkeeping in multiple currencies and companies ensuring all ledgers are reconciled and correct
  • Ensure accurate and complete record keeping at all times to ensure the delivery of management accounts on time each month
  • Manage bank functions on Xero and perform appropriate bank reconciliations
  • Expenses processing
  • Ensure correct application of VAT rules to ensure VAT returns can be filed correctly and on time
  • Supporting the sales team to ensure correct revenue recognition of corporate income
  • Assist with preparation of weekly reporting and monthly management accounts
  • Assist with the year end and half year audit and preparation of financial statements
Other
  • Provide ad hoc support to Financial Controller and other Senior Management
  • Provide ad hoc support to other areas of the business where finance input is required, such as sales, marketing and web development
  • Input into product & other business ideas through game development and testing

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • French speaking either native or fluent
  • AAT qualification or significant level of bookkeeping experience
  • Strong academic background
  • Extensive experience of VAT reconciliation
  • Experience of bookkeeping in multiple currencies and foreign currency translation
  • Experience of posting and reconciling intercompany accounts
  • Experience reconciling retail income from various sources
  • Experience of consolidating monthly management accounts is helpful but not essential
  • Knowledge of the accounting system Xero would be helpful but not essential

 

Part-time hours: 20-40 per week

Application deadline: 08/08/2021

Escape Hunt provided the following inclusive hiring information:

We are an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability status.

  • Disability accommodations
  • LGBTQ+ friendly workplace
  • Age-inclusive

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent

Salary: £26,000.00-£30,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Additional leave
  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Sick pay
  • Work from home

Schedule: Monday to Friday

Application question(s): Do you have experience with VAT, such as VAT on gift vouchers and deferred revenue, VAT on overseas invoices, reverse charges and import VAT?

Experience: Bookkeeping: 4 years (required)

Language: French (required)

Licence/Certification: AAT qualification (preferred)

Work remotely: Temporarily due to COVID-19

PR Exec/Senior PR Exec

Escape Hunt Global

(dependent on experience)

Location: Central London

Reporting Relationship: Marketing Manager

 

Company Background:

Escape Hunt is the global leader in escape rooms which is becoming a significant trend at the heart of the leisure and entertainment industry. Through its franchise partners, Escape Hunt operates 250 rooms in 50 cities around the world. In the last 18 months, Escape Hunt has opened 14 new owned and operated sites in the UK with approximately 60 rooms with a further 5 sites planned for UK in 2021.

Experiential entertainment and leisure activities have been evolving over recent years: the explosion in breakout or escape room games being one of the most recent and significant developments. Escape Hunt operates in an increasingly competitive, but fragmented market with relatively few established players in which the majority of venues are run by small local operators. With growing awareness and demand and an almost unlimited customer base spanning families, students, young professionals and corporates, the potential for a professionally run, well- capitalised global organisation is significant. In May 2017, Escape Hunt became the first “escape room” company to list on the London Stock Exchange, marking the growing popularity of this leisure activity among consumers and businesses. With its ambition set much more broadly to become the leading experiential entertainment company, the business is already experimenting with new game formats. From Virtual Reality to Augmented Reality outdoor games, Escape Hunt immersive adventures can take you beyond the room and deliver teambuilding events of significant scale, anytime, anywhere.

Escape Hunt has built a strong leadership team and with new owned & operated businesses recently launched in the UK, it has now identified the need to upscale its marketing resource to support the drive for growth on a global capacity.

 

Key responsibilities:

  • Support Marketing Manager on:
    • Strategic development of the Escape Hunt brand and its identity
    • B2B marketing goals, strategies and tactics that deliver against the UK business objectives for commercial sales with specific focus on PR
    • B2C marketing goals, strategies and tactics that deliver against the UK business objectives for consumer sales with specific focus on PR
  • Lead the PR resource to create strong national and regional relationships where PR ideation can be explored, created and executed
PR specific
  • Regular maintenance and growth of media and social influencer contact lists
  • Develop B2B PR strategy for increased exposure and presence in trade publications
  • Build strong relationships with Escape Hunt’s target national and regional press and liaise on a daily basis, via telephone and email – with face-to-face opportunities at each site where possible
  • Build up on existing influencer relationships and build an excited, engaged and involved fanbase
  • Monitor the media, including newspapers, magazines, broadcast, newswires, social media sites and blogs, in order to identify Escape Hunt opportunities
  • Create internal communications strategy and roll out across O&O sites on an ongoing basis
  • Develop campaigns and implement PR activity
  • Explore and write thought leadership content for Escape Hunt Team Fuel B2B blog
  • Collate and evaluate press coverage in order to prepare internal PR reports
  • Research, write and distribute press releases and other media materials to targeted press
  • Sell-in news stories and features directly to the media
  • Manage events, including sites / game launches and stunt activity and relationships with external agencies and company contacts (including nurturing and developing our relationship with shopping centres)
  • Track budget and issue purchase orders as required

 

To be considered for this role:

You must have:
  • Passion building relationships with both B2C and B2B press and influencers
  • Creative ideation to build relevant and enticing PR content
  • Skills in writing playful, engaging entertaining copy for different audiences
  • Great communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Attention to detail and strong organisation skills
  • Results-driven acumen; always thinking of ways to improve and innovate
  • Self-motivated and proactive attitude; not afraid to get stuck in and get stuff done
Ideally you would have:
  • 2/3+ years experiencing creating and implementing PR campaigns alongside other core channels
  • Experience in marketing campaigns and passion to develop skills further
  • Experience managing communities and building strong relationships with online communities, influencers and media.
  • Experience in media / entertainment field preferable

 

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive salary
  • 5 days annual leave (and an extra day off on your birthday!)
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Flexi Hours
  • Personal development and on-the-job training and mentoring