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Management Accountant

Central Services Harrogate


Job description

Title: Management Accountant

Location: Harrogate

Salary: Dependant on Experience

Contracted Hours: 40

Reports to: Senior Management Accountant


Job Role:

The primary responsibility of the Management Accountant will be the production of accurate monthly & annual management accounts in line with set internal deadlines. The role will involve taking ownership of stakeholder queries relating to properties financial accounts and a detailed analysis of the P&L prior to the review of the Senior Management Accountant, Finance Manager and Director. Excellent communication skills, accuracy, commercial acumen, efficiency, and an eye for detail are essential. With the company growing, the responsibilities of the role will develop in-line with any future structural changes.

Key Responsibilities

- To ensure the monthly management accounts of properties are prepared to 1st draft review to SMA and submitted within agreed timescales.

- Taking a lead on the accounting side of accruals, prepayments, fixed assets, and relevant reconciliations.

- Ensure the company payroll posting are accurate vs budget figures.

- Ownership of the financial processing and reporting in relation to the central project function(s).

- Monthly balance sheet reconciliations and action follow ups.

- Responsible for creating accounts preparation efficiencies. Movement from transactional based accounts process to more automation.

- Review financial data for accuracy, correctness and completeness.

- Production and development of property accounting packs, and review of submissions from Operations.

- Responsible for preparing specific client monthly reconciliations for review.

- Primary contact for internal accounting queries for properties.

- Attendance at monthly financial management reporting meetings with relevant operational stakeholders and developing relationships with key stakeholders.

- Developing Inter Relationships/Understandings with the client facing accounting functions.

- To support on the annual external audit.

- To support in the production of the annual property budgets.

- Ad-hoc project work.

- To support and maintain best practice regarding GDPR.

- To be committed to continuous improvement within the finance department and reporting.

- Support on ad-hoc tasks and reporting.

- To keep up to date with industry initiatives to enable best practice to be adopted at all times.

The above outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the position, however, this cannot be comprehensive and other duties, as directed by the company and within the job holders capabilities may be required. The duties will evolve and be modified by changes within the company. Although the standard hours of the position are 40, the senior roles are expected to be flexible and work the hours required to complete the role. The company offers a TIL for additional hours worked.

IT Skills (includes Key Competencies)

• Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office (Excel skills are key in this role)

• Accounting Packages - ideally Navison

• Reporting Packages – ideally JET reports

• An excellent level of IT understanding – ad-hoc packages are used within the function

Personal Qualities

• Commitment and enthusiasm to Homes for Students and its work

• Commitment to quality in all aspects of service delivery

• Commitment to equal opportunities

• Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimum guidance; confidence in taking the initiative, making decisions and consulting as appropriate

• Ability to manage the delivery of detailed work

• Willing to be flexible and respond to changing circumstances

• Key attributes are an ability to demonstrate a flexible and positive ‘can do’ attitude and to become quickly established to add value to the business

Experience and Qualifications


• AAT Accounting Qualification or studying towards a Professional Accounting Qualification (CIMA/ACCA).

• Minimum 3 years’ experience in a relevant Accounting/Finance Function.

• Experience in designing and implementing automated reports/processes.

• Good organisational skills and can work in a methodical manner.

• Time management skills.

• Proven track record in all areas of accounts.


• Full driving licence and use of own vehicle

• Experience with Navision system and Jet Reporting

Key Relationships

Internal Stakeholders

• Head Office Staff (Accounts, Commercial, Marketing and Sales)

• Regional Managers

• Property Managers/Staff

External Stakeholders

• Navision Development

• Bank

• Students

• Customers

• Suppliers


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