Senior Financial Accountant

Discipline: Finance

Sector: Education

Location: London

Type: Fixed Term Contract

Date posted: 17/12/2019

Start: ASAP

Duration: 12 months FTC

Salary: £50,000 - £57,500 per annum


An impressive and globally respected educational institution situated in the heart of Central London is currently recruiting a Senior Financial Accountant for a year long contract.

This is a key, hands-on role that will involve working closely with the Financial Accounting Manager in order to assist the organisation whilst they are undergoing their ERP system implementation. The role will entail a mix of responsibilities as multiple members of the existing team will be focused on the ERP project.

The key responsibilities of this role are as follows:

  • Cover the Financial Accountant and Assistant Finance Manager roles for the period when they are working on the ERP implementation.
  • Assist with the process for month end closure.
  • Primary responsibility for monthly bank reconciliations, balance sheet reconciliations and maintaining supporting records including the grants income and endowment records summary.
  • Support the Financial Accounting Manager during the external audit and internal audit processes.
  • Assist with the maintenance of the fixed asset register whilst providing advice to budget holders.

Key person specification:

  • Fully Qualified CCAB accountant
  • Previous experience working in the public sector, ideally within the Higher Education sector, with a good track record in financial accounting.
  • Good communication abilities to be able to summarise financial information clearly to non finance trained staff while establishing credibility with other finance professionals, directors, management teams and other key stakeholders.
  • Acts strategically and innovate to come up creative solutions whilst having the confidence to propose new ideas and take risks when necessary.
  • Strong IT skills with excellent analytical and Excel skills.
  • Prior experience using Agresso or a similar accounting software is essential.
  • Experience with ERP implementation within a complex organisation is desirable but not essential.

You must be available to start by the 20th January.

If this specification describes you then we would appreciate sending us your resume and your ideal day rate. Please note applications will be reviewed prior to closing and as such immediate application is recommended.

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