WIP Controller – 12 month FTC
40 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1JA

Company Description

Publicis Groupe UK is a marketing and digital transformation business made up of 5,000 talented and versatile people with expertise in media, creative, influence, technology and data, working across 21 agencies.

Publicis Groupe UK creative agencies include Saatchi & Saatchi, BBH, Digitas, Leo Burnett and Publicis•Poke. Also, within the stable are PR agencies MSL and Kekst CNC and sustainability consultancy, Salterbaxter. Publicis Media is home to Zenith, Starcom and Spark Foundry as well as specialist practices PMX, Performics, Publicis Sport & Entertainment and Publicis Content, providing expertise across media strategy, investment, data and technology.

Langland, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness and Digitas Health serve clients across health and wellness, science and medicine. They combine expertise across advertising and branding, clinical trial experience, data and analytics, technology, medical strategy and education and public relations and policy. 

At the core of Publicis Groupe’s data and technology offering sits Epsilon which provides personalisation at scale through CORE-ID, its proprietary data tech platform.

Publicis Sapient is the business transformation arm of Publicis Groupe, marrying technology, data sciences and business consulting with engineering and creativity, it helps clients transform digitally.

Publicis Groupe UK clients include BT, McDonald’s, ASDA, Tesco, L’Oreal, P&G, Kellogg’s, VW UK, Reckitts Benckiser, Samsung and Disney among others, encompassing six of the UK’s top 10 advertisers.

Employees share a common purpose, consistent ways of working and a financial structure that encourages collaboration.

In 2015 Publicis Groupe introduced the Power of One. Simplifying the traditional agency structure, the model removes silos between agencies and disciplines to put clients’ needs at the heart of the structure.

Publicis Groupe UK has offices in Chancery Lane, Television Centre in White City, Baker Street, Turnmills in Farringdon, Windsor, Teddington and Dublin, and people based in Edinburgh.  Publicis Groupe has a presence in more than 100 countries and employs nearly 84,000 people worldwide.

Our Commitment
As part of our dedication to create an inclusive and diverse workforce, Publicis Groupe UK is committed to equal access to opportunity for people without regard to race, age, sex, disability, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. 

Job Description

Saatchi & Saatchi is a globally renowned advertising agency known for its innovative and creative campaigns. With a prestigious client portfolio, we are committed to delivering outstanding results for our clients.

Role Overview: As a WIP Controller, you'll manage client financial matters, acting as the bridge between account management, production, and finance teams. Your role ensures accurate financial transactions and meticulous record-keeping to support smooth operations.


  • Raise client and intercompany invoices/credit notes.
  • Allocate costs for billing on a job-by-job basis.
  • Maintain job tracking sheets for approvals, purchase orders, and reconciliations.
  • Chase outstanding client purchase orders and monitor expenditures against estimates.
  • Communicate regularly with account teams to ensure accurate work progress reporting.
  • Resolve client invoice queries and assist with financial audits.
  • Train account groups on financial best practices and process journals and ad-hoc purchase orders.
  • Monitor budgets and contribute to forecasting and profitability analysis.

Key Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong client accounting management experience.
  • Customer service-oriented with excellent communication skills.
  • Highly organised with the ability to work autonomously.
  • Proficient in finance software and tools.
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
  • Degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field preferred.
  • Relevant professional certifications advantageous.


Additional Information

Publicis Groupe operates a hybrid working pattern with employees being office-based on Mondays and two other days during the working week.

If you have any adjustment needs arising from a disability or medical condition to fully participate in the recruitment process, please discuss this with the recruiter who contacts you.


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