Financial Accountant

  • simmons and simmons
  • Bristol, UK
  • May 10, 2022
Financial Accountant

Job Description

The role:

We have an exciting opportunity for a Financial Acccountant to join our Bristol office on a 12 month fixed term contract to cover maternity leave.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the provision of management accounting; financial compliance and financial control services, including budgeting, reporting, VAT compliance, balance sheet reconciliations and analysis for UK, Luxembourg and Ireland. They role also involves providing commercial analysis and advice to support the Global Business Services Directors. This includes month-end analysis and review, support through the budget process as well as ad-hoc queries and general financial analysis.

What will you do:

Management Accounting
Responsible for the timely preparation of the monthly management accounts for all groups within the UK; Luxembourg and Ireland. The roles are responsible for the review of all monthly entries and includes producing detailed transactional and summary reports to send to budget holders. The roles are responsible for reconciling the balance sheet monthly.

Management of business services costs
The roles will have responsibility for specific Business Services functions which will require a good understanding of all budgeted and actual expenditure to monitor variances; hold monthly meetings with the budget holders to review variances and identify any issues - ensuring corrective action is taken where necessary.

Financial Accounting
As part of financial accounting; compliance and control, the roles have responsibility for the following:
1. Fixed assets - accounting for additions and depreciation, including budgeting
2. Review of Inter-office postings
3. Preparation of the quarterly VAT returns
4. Cashflow reporting
5. Project Accounting
The roles will assist in the preparation of the statutory accounts information and will prepare analysis required for the annual audit.

Planning and Budgeting
These roles are responsible for providing support to particular Business Services functions in the preparation of their annual plans and budgets. This will involve a review of assumptions made, discussions with budget holders and the preparation of summary analysis and commentary.

Operational Support
The roles are responsible for co-ordinating the provision of the necessary information, analysis, explanation and support to the directors in managing their departments. This individual will act as a main point of contact within Finance for the specific Business Service functions.

What we are looking for:

Education / qualifications / experience:
Qualified in a recognised professional accounting qualification
University degree (2.2 or above)

Knowledge and technical skills:
Advanced Microsoft Excel skills is essential (both formulae and working logic)
Good working knowledge of Microsoft office products
Knowledge of General Ledger and reporting systems
Strong technical accounting knowledge - maintains awareness of changes to UK GAAP and understands the consequences of such changes.

General skills:
Effective working both in person and remotely
Strong written skills with documents produced clearly presented
Excellent oral communication skills with the ability to work with remote team members
Able to prioritise workload to meet daily, monthly, quarterly and annual deadlines
Ability to work under pressure at high levels of performance
Shows attention to detail and accuracy in work
Self-motivation and commitment
Reliable and works well as part of a team
Discreet, maintains confidentiality
Professional manner and approach

Other requirements:
Flexibility and a willingness to work additional hours on occasion as required