Job Description & Person Specification

Title:   Accounts Assistant
Reports to: Head of Finance
Accountable to: Management Accountant
Location: Home-based, might include some travelling to other activity centres as necessary.
Hours:                   Full time: 37.5 hours per week

Job Purpose

As an Accounts Assistant you will:

Assist in the operational delivery of the Accounts Department, ensuring continued compliance with all relevant legislation. Working with the Management Accountant and the Head of Finance you will ensure the provision of a high quality, outcome focused support which enables individuals and ensures organisational priorities are met in accordance with available resources

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Management Accountant, some of your key responsibilities and duties as an Accounts Assistant include:

  • Assist with the operations of Accounts department processes with particular emphasis on data entry into the Xero system. Process purchase ledger invoices across all activity centres/services, ensuring all purchase invoices are authorised, coded and posted to the right cost centres. Set up and maintain existing account details within the purchase ledger
  • Prepare payment runs and process BACS payments in a timely manner
  • Manage the business expense system and ensure payments are made in a timely manner
  • Process some sales invoices as required
  • Assist in month end close processes; balance the general ledger/trial balance, prepayment, accruals processing and posting
  • Cash and banking, bank reconciliation
  • Query resolution and partnering with Surrey County Council in all invoicing query
  • Assist in posting journals, reconciliations and analysis as required.
  • Assisting with cash flow data and other ad hoc analysis

Person Specification

The Accounts Assistant will have previous experience in a similar role with the ability to learn quickly in a small team environment. He/she should have the following qualifications, skills and knowledge:

  • AAT/CAT qualified / part qualified,
  • Have experience dealing with purchase and sales ledgers
  • Good Excel Skills and generally good IT skills.
  • Possess an excellent team spirit and work ethic maintaining a flexible approach to work
  • Confident and enthusiastic
  • Working knowledge of the finance department and dealing with non-financial colleagues is highly desirable.
  • Computer literate especially MS Office.
  • Have excellent communication skills

Values and behaviours

  • Have a positive attitude and have empathy for people with disabilities.
  • Ability to handle high levels of pressure and be proactive and decisive.
  • High integrity and openness combined with commitment to good governance.
  • Energetic, highly motivated, with an enquiring mind and passion for finance and accounting.
  • Demands high performance of self and colleagues, working positively and effectively.
  • Supports others to work together to develop solutions.

This Job Description is neither exhaustive or exclusive and may be subject to change in light of company requirements and the development of services.

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