Position Description

Accountant
Location Esh - Bowburn
Job Code ACCT
# of openings 1
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Overall Objective 
 
1. Be a valued a member of a centralised Group Accounts Function. Ensuring that all assigned accounts tasks are performed accurately, to a defined process and to time.
2. Provide accountancy services to Esh Group business units as customers of the central Shared Service department.
3. Take ownership of one or more Esh Group business units, being responsible for the completion of periodic trial balances and associated balance sheet reconciliations.
4. Perform shared accountancy services for all Esh Group business units as and when required to balance team workload, provide cover etc
5. To Liaise and meet with commercial and finance business partners across the Group to coordinate transfer of information, provide periodic reporting and analysis. 
6. Contribute to process reviews and other assignments to drive continuous improvement of system and process efficiency
7. Contribute to the transition to the Oracle Fusion ERP finance system from existing period processes and reporting to updated standards.
 
Key Accountabilities
 
Teamwork
Become a valued member of the Shared Services Group Accounts team
Work closely with key customers (Business Partners, Management, CFO), developing relationships to ensure processes operate effectively.
 
Process and Data
Operate finance processes in line with established Group policy and procedure documentation
Monitor processes to ensure they are running effectively, reporting non-compliance or ineffective process. 
Contribute to process and control continuous improvement assignments
Take ownership of assigned datasets, providing compliance monitoring service and promoting process compliance with data entry users.
 
Management Accounts
Work as part of the Group Accounts team to contribute to the preparation of:
Month end accounting entries including project costing allocations, 
Management accounts of Esh Group companies
Reconciliation of key balance sheet control accounts
Work closely with business partners to manage process inputs.
Completion of primary responsibility business unit trial balance/s
Completion of shared accountancy services for all Esh Group business units to achieve efficiency, balance team workload, and provide cover.
Issue appropriate management reporting to key customers (Business Partners, Management, CFO)
Completion of all periodic activities in line with Group accounting timetable
Provide ad-hoc financial analysis and reporting when required
 
Financial & Statutory Reporting
Contribute to the production of annual statutory accounts for Esh Group companies
Maintain compliance with, and contribute where required to the filing of statutory returns (VAT, CIS, PAYE, NIC etc)
Liaise with external auditors during the annual audit process
 
Internal Control
Adherence to Group internal control program
Ensure compliance with accounting standards, codes and practices
Contribute to preparation of control documentation (reconciliation files, control checklists) and take appropriate action as required.
Provide a continual monitoring role to ensure all risks (financial, commercial, legal) are flagged early to enable appropriate remedial action
 
It is not possible for this document to totally encompass or define all tasks that may be required of the post holder. The outlined duties may therefore vary from time to time without materially changing either the character or level of responsibility.
 
General Responsibilities
 
The Group is committed to achieving a high standard of Health and Safety in all its activities and the post holder will be expected to contribute to maintaining standards to ensure compliance with all appropriate legislation.
To take a full role in the implementation of personal development through appraisals and to participate in any identified training or development opportunities.
To recognise the importance of fairness and equality in the workplace, to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
Ensure that the Group’s GDPR obligations and procedures are satisfied at all times.
 
Skills, Experience and Qualifications
 
Strong background in general accounting and finance, construction industry beneficial
Accounting qualification (AAT or equivalent), part qualified ACCA/ACA
Expert / advanced MS Excel skills
Knowledge of key relevant taxes, notably CIS, VAT, PAYE and Corporation Tax
Experience using ERP finance IT systems, Oracle Fusion beneficial
Customer focused, experience providing accountancy and finance services to senior management and wider business partners
Ability to interact with leadership, key stakeholders, employees and customers in a professional manner.
Strong problem solving, documentation, research and resolution, data analysis and multi-tasking skills.
 
Competencies: Skills and abilities required for the role
 
Process
Demonstrated knowledge of core business processes and internal controls. 
Good book keeping skills and strong systems aptitude.   
Ability to understand business requirements.
 
Time Management
Ability to manage time pressures.
Persistence to push through obstacles and continually improve processes to meet Shared Service Objectives and satisfy customer requirements.
 
Integrity   
Strong work ethic and high standards to model company’s core values and develop trusting relationships with peers, direct reports, and customers.
Demonstrable experience of working in a position of trust.
 
Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork
Good interpersonal skills with strong business communication skills.
Clear, professional verbal and written communication skills. 
Ability to work well in a participative, collaborative team.
Ability to work well in a participative, collaborative environment and apply good customer service principles.
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