Finance Assistant

Category:Commercial Jobs
Location:York (Heslington)


Our client is seeking an experienced Finance Assistant to join the Accounts team on a long term temporary basis for a period of 9-12 months. Full time hours, 37 per week.

This position supports the Professional Services Management Accounts team with the production of accurate and regular management information relating to the various operations and activities within the Professional Services Directorates.

The post holder will contribute to the effective and efficient management and co-ordination of the day-to-day financial operations as well as being the first point of contact for financial queries and requests.

The post holder will support the Accountant and Management Accountant in the production of forecasts and budgets.

  • To act as a point of contact and respond to a wide range of financial enquiries from Professional Services colleagues as well as colleagues within the finance team.
  • To investigate financial queries from the Directorates.
  • To process journals, accruals and prepayment to ensure accurate monthly management information
  • To support the budget and forecasting process
  • To monitor and update the Directorate staffing establishments
  • To provide financial reports as required by budget holders
  • To maintain an auditable financial filing system
  • To act as a key financial systems user and run queries and reports as required and advise and train other financial system users in the University
  • To ensure effective housekeeping of the Professional Service Directorate workorders within the finance system.
  • To ensure compliance with relevant financial regulations, procedures and audit requirements and the resolution of non-compliance.
  • To investigate variances to budget
  • To input budgets and forecasts into the financial system
  • To assist the Accountant, Management Accountant or Finance Manager with project work


  • Knowledge and understanding of the accounting practices and procedures used in a large complex organisation
  • Knowledge of financial regulations and procedures
  • Knowledge of purchase, sales and nominal ledgers
  • The ability to make efficient and effective use of standard office computer systems including spreadsheets, word-processing, databases, and on-line tools
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people orally and in writing
  • The ability to accurately process and record routine financial transactions
  • The ability to administer a system, monitor income and expenditure and analyse and evaluate financial performance against budgets
  • The ability to maintain accounting records and prepare accounts, reports and associated management information
  • Ability to effectively organise and prioritise own work and follow procedures in order to produce work to a high standard, to required deadlines
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