Job Description


Assistant Accountant (12 Months FTC)


Job Requirements/Description
The Finance Shared Service Centre (FSSC) will be formed from the Transformation of the Finance teams throughout Cambridge. The main purpose is to provide clear direction and focus and a single hub for all accounting activities in the UK. With a focus on the processes, a desire to leverage improvements across the Finance team. The ability to harmonise systems and processes and a desire to provide career development frameworks for the R2R (Record to Report) team. The Assistant Accountant will be part of the Financial Accounting team in the FSSC that report to the Finance Manager (R2R) in delivering all financial and statutory accounting and reporting, financial control, tax and regulatory compliance across all IACs within the remit of the FSSC. * Support the Financial Accountants in the timely and accurate production of all financial and statutory accounting, reporting, tax, and compliance requirements. * Support the Financial Accountants to deliver R2R (Record to Report) activities efficiently and effectively to meet the agreed SLA's and KPI's. * Work alongside the Financial Accountants to develop and report Key Performance Indicators on SLAs with a focus on providing higher quality service as well as transparency to the internal customers. * Posting of all appropriate journal entries e.g., payroll, accruals and prepayments, fixed asset, and depreciation etc. * Completing all accounting and reporting requirements during the monthly/quarterly/annual close periods and ensure completeness of all financial, statutory and group accounting and reporting whilst ensuring compliance with accounting principles/standards and relevant regulations. * Assist in controlling operational planning by setting priorities and contents in close consultation with the responsible managers across the divisions. * Timely and accurate account reconciliations of Balance Sheet control accounts supporting the financial accounting process and overall Balance Sheet management * Work closely with the FSSC AP and AR teams to ensure accurate P&L and Balance Sheet reporting. * Support the Budget and Forecasting process as agreed and instructed by the Finance Manager, R2R and/or the Financial Accountants. * Compiling and providing financial analysis and variance analysis as agreed and instructed by the Finance Manager R2R and/or Financial Accountants. * Assist with internal and external audits to ensure complete, timely, and accurate responses to information requests. * Improve internal control environment to monitor transaction risk and financial exposure more efficiently. * Completion of R2R Standard Operating Procedure manuals to ensure they reflect the most up-to-date processes and controls. * Support & participate in any required testing or design activities as part of IT software upgrades or changes on behalf / alongside FSSC users. * Actively promote the sharing of innovative ideas and best practice across all areas * Build and maintain relationships with the IACs and their respective Finance Partners and Directors to ensure effective delivery of aligned Finance business processes. * Act as a point of escalation for Finance business leaders and ensure timely remediation of issues. * Support any ad hoc projects or tasks as agreed by the Finance Manager or Head of R2R. As well as supporting activities when cover is required
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