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Assistant Accountant

  • Salary: £80 - £88 per day
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Braintree, Essex
  • Sector: Other
  • Date posted: 06/12/2018
  • Job reference: BBBH94494

My client, a large international consulting firm, is currently seeking an Assistant Accountant to work one of their client sites near Braintree in Essex in a short term 3 month contract. This could turn into a longer term opportunity for the right person.

You should ideally be immediately available or on a maximum of 1 week's notice and able to work via an umbrella company.

Reporting to the Technical Accountant, the Assistant Accountant is responsible for ensuring that client transactions recorded on the financial ledgers are valid, complete and accurate and in accordance with Legislation and Service Level Agreements.

Key Duties

  • Analyse data to assist in the preparation of the statutory accounts, under guidance
  • Prepare draft statutory returns to government departments on behalf of clients
  • Process PAYE and 3rd party deductions, ensure all payroll deductions, Tax, National Insurance, Superannuation and voluntary deductions are accurately paid to the relevant authorities within the Government guidelines
  • Analyse and identify all transactions that have occurred on balance sheet control accounts or third party calculations on a monthy basis
  • Analyse information on the General Ledger systems to ensure VAT has been correctly treated and correct it where necessary
  • Request for invoices or credit notes to be raised as required
  • Perform balance sheet and VAT reconciliations
  • Process VAT reclaims prepared by internal and external VAT advisors as required
  • Prepare the monthly VAT return for submission to HM Customs & Excise
  • Adhere to financial procedures in own area of work for the accurate and efficient recording of financial transactions and highlight any issues for revision as necessary
  • Act as a deputy for the Technical Accountant
  • Ad-hoc duties as required and agreed with the Technical Accountant

Essential skills, knowledge and qualifications

  • AAT qualified and studying towards a professional qualification
  • A minimum of 4 years' experience in a similar transactional finance role
  • Understanding of VAT regulations
  • Experience of balance sheet and VAT reconciliations
  • Operational knowledge of financial systems and strong Excel skills
  • Strong analytical skills, able to extract useful data from the ledger