Financial Accountant

fss Published: 20/11/2014


This group of companies based in the Docklands seeks a qualified Accountant to effectively provide accounting, payroll, taxation, and administration support to the Finance Director and shareholders.

Main Responsibilities:


  • Ensuring that all transactions are posted to Sage Line 50 accurately and promptly, including the preparation and posting of accruals, prepayments, journal adjustments
  • Maintenance of supporting control accounts and summaries
  • Reconciliation of multiple bank accounts
  • Processing supplier payments and import into NatWest Bankline for authorisation by the Finance Director
  • Full responsibility of Sage accounting system up to trial balance
  • Assisting the Finance Director in preparing quarterly management accounts and year end financial statements.
  • Credit control
  • Supervision of all financial roles undertaken by administration staff.

Other Accounting Tasks

  • Preparation of quarterly accounts of pension schemes.
  • Various tasks to assist the Directors’ of the business in any of their other interests, including invoicing, making payments and preparing accounts.
  • Assisting the Finance Director to prepare quarterly budgets and rolling forecasts.
  • Obtaining quotes from suppliers (including contracts) ensuring that the best value is achieved without compromising overall quality.
  • Summary of source information onto Excel prior to invoicing by the Finance Director.


  • The accurate preparation of a monthly payroll summary (circ’ of 100 employees), to be provided to an external payroll bureau from the source documentation supplied by administrative staff
  • Dealing with all aspects of statutory requirements e.g. SMP SSP AOE
  • The review of manually prepared summaries
  • Upkeep of the annual leave summary to ensure that both salaried and variably paid hourly staff, do not exceed their entitlement year/period of employment
  • Monitor personnel annual leave requests of administration, maintenance and managerial staff, ensuring requests are approved, do not exceed limits and are filed accordingly
  • Check and resolve payroll queries

Petty Cash & Bank Records

  • To check that all payments made are wholly and exclusively for the purpose of the business; monitoring all expenditure and liaising with the homes manager, Finance Director and or Operational Director
  • To ensure all backing documentation is retained for each homes bank/petty cash and ensuring that transactions have been correctly summarised (assisting homes with preparation of this may be required)

Skills Required:

  • At least 3-4 years experience, working within an accounting function. Preferably from a practice background (but not essential).
  • Qualified Accountant, i.e. ACCA, ACA or CIMA
  • Sage Line 50 experience essential
  • An excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel (ability to use lookup & if formulas), and a good working knowledge of Word and Outlook are essential.
  • Strong understanding of fundamental accounting concepts, with the ability to improve systems and controls.
  • Competent to apply sound professional guidance where required
  • Experience of preparing budgets and Sage Forecasting desirable
  • An organised and methodical approach with attention to detail
  • Able to work on own initiative and competently manage tasks
  • Can cope under pressure and able to meet deadlines
  • Uphold confidentiality and Safeguarding issues
  • Ability to work effectively within a constantly changing and busy environment

This is an excellent opportunity to join a busy organisation that can offer variety, security and the opportunity to progress your career.

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