Emerald Publishing • Remote, UK

Systems Accountant

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  circa £49,000

Remote-first – with office for co-working

Fully flexible hours

Job Description

As the subject matter expert (SME) for Cognos, you will be responsible for the administration, maintenance and development of Cognos applications, TM1 models and BI reports at Emerald.

Day to day we’ll trust you to:   

  • Act as an administrator and developer for Cognos Planning Analytics (TM1) and Cognos Analytics (BI), responsible for the system roadmap and delivery of key milestones
  • Carry out maintenance of Cognos data structures, TI processes and reports including:

o Cognos user licence allocation
o End user security
o System backups
o Chart of accounts updates
o TM1 slices and TM1Web worksheetso Cognos Analytics Report Studio reports over both relational databases and TM1 cubes

  • Support Finance team users with Cognos data loads, TM1 Web input form updates and maintenance of TM1 slices (e.g. management accounts and forecast packs) as required.
  • Provide BAU systems process cover for the FP&A Analyst, such as quarterly forecast rollovers, lockdowns and month end balancing checks as required
  • Manage the annual Cognos licence support renewal process.
  • Support and troubleshoot Cognos related issues.
  • Support the integration of any company acquisitions into our existing financial systems and processes.
  • Support continuous improvement across all systems and processes within the Finance team as necessary.
  • Represent the Finance team in business wide change projects.

You’ll need to have:   


  • Experience as an admin/developer in IBM Cognos Planning Analytics/TM1, including complex rules, feeders and turbo integrator processes.
  • Experience as an admin/developer in IBM Cognos Analytics/BI, including integrated user security and Report Studio reports based on both relational databases and TM1 cubes.
  • Advanced MS Excel, competent with an array of formulae and modelling techniques.


  • Experience developing Cognos Workspace dashboards/reports.
  • Good understanding of SQL and relational databases, ability to read and write basic/intermediate SQL code (highly desirable).
  • Experience maintaining MS Excel VBA macros.
  • CIMA, ACCA or ACA qualified / part-qualified, or qualified by experience.
  • Change management / project delivery experience.


  • IBM Cognos Planning Analytics v2
  • IBM Cognos Analytics v11
  • IBM Cognos Framework Manager
  • IBM Cognos TM1 Web
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP (and Integration Manager) – desirable

What’s in it for you?

At Emerald, we value our people. Becoming a part of our team means you’ll join a trusting and flexible environment and we've been flexified so you can trust that we're a truly flexible workplace. All we ask is that you attend the office once a month to come together with work colleagues. You'll also have numerous opportunities to progress your career, as well as access to professional development and the opportunity to learn new skills.

You’ll receive a wide range of benefits, such as 38 days annual leave (inclusive of bank holidays, remote flexible working, a discretionary performance bonus, 6% pension contribution and various benefits aimed at supporting your wellbeing and work-life balance such as a working from home allowance. You can check out a full list of our benefits here.

Roles are advertised at a benchmarked market median rate. Offers will be made within a range of the median, depending on skills and experience.

Emerald Group is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all of our applicants. If you would like to request any accommodations/adjustments from application through to interview stages, please complete the relevant section within the application or contact us at peopleteam@emerald.com and let us know.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 16 weeks full pay, 16 weeks half pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 4 weeks full pay
Adoption leave – 16 weeks full pay, 16 weeks half pay
Shared parental leave
Work from anywhere scheme – In-country
30 days annual leave + bank holidays
Work from home allowance
Pregnancy loss leave
Carer’s leave
Tax-free childcare
Compassionate leave
Buy or sell annual leave
Cycle to work scheme
On-site gym
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Annual bonus
Volunteer days – 2 paid days per year
Charity donation scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee discounts
Summer Fridays - Friday afternoons off during the summer period
2 annual volunteering days
Emerald Extras - discounts /cashback schemes
Moments that Matter days
Regional variances apply to our regional offices

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options Emerald Publishing provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Emerald Publishing is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

Working at Emerald Publishing

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

UK, China, USA, Dubai, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia

Hiring Countries

South Africa
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Media & Agencies

Media & Agencies

Industry awards 2023
Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2023
2nd – Media

2nd – Media

Industry awards 2022

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