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Accountant

  • Job reference: acceastborough1
  • Location: Lewes, East Sussex
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Finance
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Job description: Job Title: Accountant
Duration: 3 Months
Hours: 37.5 Hours PW
Location: East Essex (Eastbourne or Lewes)

Brief description of role:
*To assist the Principal Accountant in the proactive review of the Team activities and any related activities and the improvement to suitable standards for internal and external audit compliance. To ensure all audit recommendations related to the post's specialist field are implemented.
*Where appropriate, manage up to 4 staff directly or indirectly. Lead, mentor and manage staff including setting clear targets and objectives and proactively managing work flow, priorities and performance; and carrying out effective recruitment, induction, coaching and ongoing staff management and development.
*To initiate change and continuous improvement in service performance and efficiency. To participate in related training events and provide on to one training to staff when required.
*To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, changes in accounting standards, tax requirements, guidance related to the team being managed.
*To represent the council's interests as required at appropriate working groups as well as in negotiations with external partners, regulatory bodies or commercial suppliers.
*To develop advanced financial models that go beyond predicting future net-revenue positions to examining alternative business models, supporting service redesign options.
*To take responsibility for managing and improving financial systems and processes across the council so that they operate in compliance with financial policy and statute and any necessary amendments are designed and implemented promptly in response to framework changes or to any identified exceptions to governance and control standards.
*To represent the Finance service and deputise for more senior finance officers when required at working parties and project teams, both internally and externally. Take responsibility for the financial aspects on allocated projects and work in partnership with services and third party consultants in the assessment and review of business plans, and identify the financial implications and benefit realisations. Ensure the Service and Financial Plan or the relevant company business plan includes all associated costs or savings.
*Carry out ad-hoc accounting or other projects as required to meet the demands of the service.


Essential skills:
*AAT qualification or qualified by experience with proven track record of experience in an accountancy environment. (Desirable CCAB)
*Ability to analyse financial information and keeping accurate financial records.
*Advanced financial modelling
*Advanced financial and management skills
*Able to influence senior officers
*Strong Team player
*Ability to build positive relationships with colleagues at all levels.
*Initiative
*Ability to deal with personnel and sensitive work confidentially
*Ability to prioritise, meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure, without direct supervision
*Very good written and verbal communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills
*Resourceful, innovative organised and IT literate
*Knowledge and understanding of accounting concepts and rules
*Understanding of preparation and interpretation of Financial Appraisals
*Use of computerised financial information systems and tools
*External and internal audit requirements
*Basic Knowledge of company law and tax (if required for the specific position)
*Data Protection
*Strong experience in accountancy, including budgeting, monitoring, financial modelling and end of year reporting


Applicants should be confident in their own abilities and keen learners in order to fulfil the role to the best of your ability. If this sounds like you, and if you want to discuss the role further then please contact Daniel at Service Care Solutions Ltd on 01772 208963, or alternatively send an updated CV to daniel.wagner@servicecare.org.uk