Financial Accountant

Trace Recruit
£45k - 55k per year
Closing date
8 Oct 2020

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Finance & Legal
Full Time
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12m FTC Financial Accountant, South East London – Higher Education, up to £55,000

A London based university is looking for a qualified financial accountant to join their team for a 12-month fixed term contract. Suitable candidates will have an ACA/ACCA qualification with a minimum on 2 years post qualification experience and will have strong technical accounting knowledge. This role sits as part of a large finance function, reporting directly into the Head of Financial Reporting.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Key role in preparing the statutory accounts of the University and its subsidiaries, including schedules and analytical reviews
  • Preparation of the Finance Record to meet reporting timeframe and provision of required analysis
  • Deputising for the Head of Financial Reporting and Compliance in his/her absence
  • Responsible for the opening balances of the University and its subsidiaries, ensuring agreement with the statutory accounts and facilitating timely upload\transfer into the new accounting year
  • Operational oversight of the accuracy and completeness of data in the nominal ledgers of the University and its subsidiaries; reconciliation of all managing period end cut-off and period end closure
  • Responsible for the year end processes on the Finance system including the roll forward of open purchase orders to the new financial year
  • Authorising BACS payment runs of suppliers and salaries
  • Dealing with internal and external auditors, and assisting in the implementation of audit recommendations
  • Some project work around a system transformation may be available

Key Skills & Qualifications:

  • Qualified ACA/ACCA accountant with min 2 years PQE
  • Can be straight from practice or come from an industry background
  • Not for Profit experience, particularly higher education, would be a bonus but not essential
  • Highly computer literate with advanced knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint and computerised accounts systems
  • Proactive, solution focussed individual
  • Ready to drive for improvements and change within the systems and processes and willing to question current procedures
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills

Trace is a London based specialist Accountancy & Finance recruitment consultancy. We deliver permanent and interim briefs in London and the Home Counties across Industry & Commerce, Financial Services and Not for Profit.

Our Consultant's specialise in a Market and either Permanent or Interim, and are trained with a suite of tools to offer an additional level of service and assessment so often promised but rarely delivered by our competitors that ensure we live up to our promise - Tracing Talent that Fits.

We believe that it is our intuition regarding person and company "fit" that makes the difference. But how do you quantify "fit" - and how is it measured?

We believe in 3 layers of fit when assessing a candidate:


1. Has the candidate got the right qualifications and experience?

2. Are they any good at what they do? Are they competent?

3. Will they fit into the organisation?


Currently the third layer is typically based on an instinctive point of view by the recruiter you engage with. Trace has launched the Predictive Fit Profiler to help assess “fit”. As part of our recruitment process every candidate we represent will complete the online profiler assessing, personality type, thinking style, cultural compatibility and motivations bringing an extra level of insight into our process, increasing the success rate of the recruitment we deliver. We are also able to profile your team so we can match your internal culture carries against external talent.


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  • 1 Quality Court
  • Chancery Lane
  • London
  • WC2A1HR
  • GB
  • 02070428421
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