Category:Commercial Jobs
Location:York (Heslington)


Our client is seeking an experienced Accountant for a full time maternity cover position of 9-12 months.

The Accountant provides operational financial support to the Professional Services Finance Manager and Management Accountant. You will work flexibly across a number of Professional Services departments (including External Relations, Information Services, Student Academic Services and the Research Enterprise Office), under the supervision of the Management Accountant, providing management accounting support.

You will be an effective contributing member of the professional services finance team, and be responsible for managing an Accounts Assistant providing support to the professional services finance team.

You will assist in managing the professional services budget, working with Directorates based across the campus, in the role of an operational specialist. You will perform detailed work on the financial systems in the production of high quality financial information.

The role will require for a large degree of autonomy and independent working, leading on project work with the support of the Management Accountant whilst encompassing strategic support and also act as day-to-day liaison. You will offer high quality technical assistance, and maintain positive relationships between the finance team and professional services departments.  

  • Provide timely and accurate monthly management accounts for the Directorates
  • Assist budget holders in understanding their management accounts in order to allow them to make informed decisions.
  • Undertake an analysis of monthly variances with departments and present the management accounts and these findings to the Management Accountant and Senior Management Team within the Directorates.
  • Work flexibly across the directorate under the supervision/direction of the Management Accountant and Professional Services Finance Manager, leading on projects as required.
  • Assist in the co-ordination and formulation of the quarterly forecasting and budgeting processes.
  • Support budget holders in the preparation and prioritisation of the budget submissions and profiling of agreed annual budgets.
  • Identify and where appropriate make improvements to the financial processes and reporting associated with month end, forecasting and budgeting.
  • Assist budget holders in the formulation of business cases.
  • Ensure an up to date staffing establishment is maintained.
  • Provide support and training to staff within the Directorates on financial matters, processes and systems as appropriate.
  • Identify areas for optimisation of cost management or income generation.
  • Lead on a range of time limited projects as required.
  • Carry out other duties and responsibilities that come within the remit of the post’s purpose, as assigned by the Management Accountant.


AAT qualified or CCAB/CIMA part qualified

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