Management Accountant Job SummaryKey responsibilities will include the delivery of monthly management accounts with supporting commentary and analysis, working closely with departmental heads and the finance team. The role is also responsible for ensuring a robust and thorough balance sheet reconciliation routine.The role also assists with budgeting and forecasting, the preparation of statutory accounts, consolidations and leading on the development of systems, controls and procedures relating to the management account function.The role is responsible for managing and developing the management accounts strand of the finance service. This includes directing team members, setting objectives, and ensuring that work is performed to a high standard and on time.Additionally, the role involves supporting budget holders in to understand their financial statements and assisting them to prepare reliable and well thought out budgets and forecasts. There is an expectancy that personalised training is delivered to upskill the knowledge and understanding of budget holders. Main Duties All work needs to be accurate, timely and understood, clearly communicated with a philosophy of no financial surprises. DeliveryCreation of monthly management accounts packs to agreed deadlines.Prepare statutory annual accounts and supporting schedules and liaise with auditors.Balance sheet reconciliationsQuarterly VAT returnsMaintain and update the fixed asset systems, including monitoring major capital projects.Preparation of consolidated forecasting and budgeting schedulesPreparation of forecasting and budgeting templates.Review and maintain the accuracy of accounting information.Identify improvements to both the reporting of financial information and controls around the finance function.Ad hoc project workTeam ManagementLeadership and support to the management accounts team and other appropriate individuals.Identifying future opportunities and leading on their implementation.Refining team objectives and adapting procedures, tasks and output to meet these.Line management responsibilities, including annual appraisals, objectives, regular reviews, development and monitoring.SupportSupport budget holders to understand their financial statementsSupport budget holders in preparing reliable and well thought out budgets and forecasts.Develop and deliver personalised training to budget holders.Ad-hocAny other duties commensurate with the grade as appropriate.Engage in the implementation of Quality systems.Show a commitment to diversity, equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practices.Show a commitment to ensuring that children and young people learn in a safe environment.Ensure that all information is secured, used and maintained in line with internal and external standards including ensuring that confidential information is processed in line with the Data Protection Act and policiesParticipate in relevant and appropriate training and development as required.These duties may be amended from time to time by the line manager in consultation with the post holder.Line ManagementIf your job includes line management you may be asked to line manage members of staff who spend most of their time working in the section that you lead. If you are asked to line manage staff, your manager or Head of Department will discuss this with you and ensure you are supported and receive appropriate training. Method of WorkingWe expect all staff to work effectively as part of a team or teams, delivering high quality education and support to staff and students. As a minimum this requires dealing with people politely and tactfully, communicating with colleagues and students both formally and informally, offering guidance and information in accordance with guidelines, policies and procedures when requested and contributing to the maintenance of the environment. In order to do this staff are expected to make themselves aware of the relevant policies and procedures. All staff are required to maintain confidentiality as required. Public RelationsConsiderable importance is attached to the public relations aspect of all work undertaken by staff. It is a prime objective therefore that staff will at all times project to the public the image and keen to assist wherever possible, and positively promote the work that is carried out across its various services.CANDIDATE SPECIFICATIONEssentialQualified or in the final stages of studying towards a professional accountancy qualification (CIMA, ACCA, ACA)Minimum two years relevant work experienceResponsible for producing and preparing the bulk of a management reporting pack.Experience of working with accounting packagesSkilled user of spreadsheets.Excellent problem solving skillHighly numerate with attention to detailAble to prioritise workload and work to tight deadlineAbility to supervise, motivate and develop staffExcellent communication skillsDesirableSole responsibility for producing management accounts information to tight deadlinesExperience of supervising staffExperience of business partneringExperience of working with workflow accounting packages.