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Financial Accountant - 6 month fixed term contract - Edinburgh

£42,000 per annum plus benefits - Public / Third Sector - Accountancy & Finance
Ref: 1882 Date Posted: Monday 06 Dec 2021
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Working pattern: Opportunities for flexible working will be considered


About our Client’s Team                              

Our client is seeking a financial accountant to support their team on a 6-month basis.

Purpose of Role


The purpose of the role is to perform financial accounting tasks that ensure financial integrity and control exists over financial transactions, the general ledger and the financial statements. The role holder will work with the other financial accountant as team and provide cover as appropriate.


Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities:


Key accountabilities:

  • Ensure financial transactions are recorded appropriately to comply with relevant accounting standards, relevant legislation and internal policies.
  • Prepare journals for posting to the general ledger.
  • Prepare financial reconciliations to an agreed standard and agreed timetable. Escalate issues to senior management as appropriate.
  • Prepare intercompany transactions.
  • Produce the balance sheet for review and incorporation into the management accounts.
  • Forecast balance sheet for inclusion in budgeting and forecasting process.
  • Support accounting requirements for endowment funds, donations and investments.
  • Support the timely production of the statutory accounts/financial statements/notes ensuring produced in line with accounting standards, internal policies and relevant legislation.
  • Liaise with the internal/external auditors, manage queries and issues in a timely manner.
  • Perform ad-hoc investigations into financial accounting matters.
  • Maintain an accurate fixed asset register, ensure fixed assets and associated depreciation are accurately accounted for.
  • Work with the management to ensure a suite of critical controls are developed, operationalised and monitored.
  • Input into reports and papers on accounting matters for presentation at senior governance meetings.
  • The role holder will have frequent interaction with staff at all levels.
  • Continue to make improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the financial accounting processes and controls. 
  • Deliver changes to and embed processes that support the new ERP system. 


Education, Qualifications & Experience:


  • Accountancy qualification, part-qualified or qualified by experience.
  • Experience of working within a similar environment as outlined above.
  • Competent in the use of relevant IT packages.
  • Proven relevant experience of financial accounting which will have been acquired over a number of years, with a basic understanding of the relevant theory.
  • Analytical problem solving skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrable excellent customer service.
  • Demonstrable ability to work quickly, flexibly and accurately in a dynamic, changing and pressured environment.
  • Demonstrable professional and proactive approach.