Up to £50000 per annum
2 months ago
World renowned Education organisation looking to recruit a Group Accountant on a 14-month fixed term contract basis. This role with report to the Head of Corporate Accounting.
The Group Accountant provides a comprehensive financial management reporting function for a subset of the Group's subsidiaries and the core organisation. This includes being responsible for the production of the year-end financial statements for the subsidiaries and core, managing their external audits, as well as ensuring timely production of monthly management information.
*Liaise with the relevant operational teams throughout the year and, where relevant, attend the appropriate board meetings to keep abreast of business developments and understand how these will impact on the accounts.
*Provide the necessary level of support (i.e. raising purchase orders, accruals etc.) if necessary, to ensure that the books of account accurately reflect the financial position and performance.
*Produce high quality monthly management accounts/reports for allocated subsidiaries in a timely manner, and be able to explain variances from budget
*Review and reconcile intercompany and sub-ledger to general ledger balances on an ongoing basis and submit quarterly reporting submissions for consolidation.
*Review cash balances and working capital requirements to advise on gift aid distributions and/or additional funding needs.
*Support the preparation of budgets and plans, including capital plans (where relevant), and upload approved budgets onto Oracle.
*Prepare and submit quarterly VAT returns. Provide support ensuring compliance with Making Tax Digital
*Prepare statutory financial statements for subsidiary companies in accordance with FRS 102 and the Companies Act and in accordance with the Charities SORP.
*Liaise with internal stakeholders and the external auditors to develop and execute an audit plan in line with group requirements.
*Responsible for reconciling allocated accounts as part of the quarterly accounts code reconciliation process in a timely manner to the required standard.
*Identify areas for improvement and continuous development with regards to recording and reporting on the areas you are responsible for, including the development of management reporting cashflows and process documentation.
*To provide ad hoc support to management and local operating teams, as needed.
*Qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA)
*Statutory financial statement preparation and audit
*Experience of working with operational teams and providing high quality financial support to them
*Experience of working with a complex chart of accounts structure
*Oracle and Essbase reporting functionality
*Experience of IRIS (or similar) accounting production software
*Relevant emerging issues affecting operating environment of subsidiaries
*FRS 102 accounting standard
Skills & Abilities
*Pro-active with good communication and presentation skills, including collaboration and relationship building
*Enthusiastic team player but with ability to work independently and unsupervised, able to use initiative
*Able to generate new, workable ideas - particularly in areas of data analysis and report design
*Positive attitude and approach to difficult situations, willing to take on challenges
*Ability to plan and progress work
*Eye for detail and willing to take ownership for the quality of information prepared