Assistant Financial Accountant

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

Job Description

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

The role is responsible for the support of management accounting; financial compliance and financial control services, including budgeting, reporting, VAT compliance, balance sheet reconciliations and analysis for UK, Luxembourg and Ireland. The role also involves providing 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 role is responsible for the review of all monthly entries and includes producing detailed transactional and summary reports to send to budget holders. The role is also responsible for reconciling the balance sheet monthly.

Management of business services costs

The role will have responsibility for specific Business Services functions which will require a good understanding of all budgeted and actual expenditure to monitor variances; review variance with budget holders and identify any issues - ensuring corrective action is taken where necessary.

Financial Accounting

As part of financial accounting, compliance and control, the role has 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 role will assist in the preparation of the statutory accounts information and will prepare analysis required for the annual audit.

Planning and Budgeting

Support during the annual budgeting cycle, with focus on specific business services departments.

Operational Support

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:

  • Part Qualified in a recognised professional accounting qualification
  • University degree (2.2 or above)

Knowledge and technical skills:

  • A good level of 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.

Here at Simmons & Simmons:

We believe our people define us. Our working environment is genuinely collegiate with a supportive atmosphere and team ethos - we have a reputation for being a friendly culture which we are very proud of. An inclusive and diverse culture, our innovative approach and being truly international are just a few more things that make us, us.

· Competitive Offer Package including bonus's dependant on role/level, private medical insurance & pension contribution to name a few.
· Dress 'for your day' Code.
· Hybrid working approach of 2 days a week required in the office with flexibility dependant on role/team/client demands.
· A wide range of international offices including: Hong Kong; Dubai; Tokyo; Dublin; Milan; Bristol; Madrid; Singapore.
· All offices have their own artwork collections - with a Damien Hurst and a Tracey Emin in the London office. We have a long standing history in supporting the art community especially up and coming artists.
· The creation of Simmons & Simmons Solutions - bringing together the best legal advice from our established legal teams with non-traditional capabilities that enhance, expand and differentiate the Simmons offering.
· We were ranked as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women and Top 30 Employer for Working Families in 2020.
· We have Social and Sport Committees contributing to Xmas & Summer parties, end of month drinks and various sporting events.
· We also have a range of Diversity Network Groups including LGBT+, Emerge (Race & Ethnicity) and The Number One Club (Women's network) who have organised various talks and events firmwide.