General Accountant

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12 months
Swan Recruitment Ltd
flag_no United Kingdom
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General Accountant

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Reports to: Accounting Coordinator
Location: Basingstoke, UK
Notice period: One week
Work Pattern: 5/2 (Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week)
Start Date: ASAP
Job Description: See attached
Hourly rate to the contractor: Up to £28.00 per hour Ltd Company. If PAYE, rate to the individual will need to be amended accordingly

To record financial information in order to enable preparation of financial statements and all financial accounts in accordance with accounting principles and civil, fiscal and company norms. To identify assets and liabilities in line with the administrative/fiscal/statutory requirements thereby ensuring proper handling of accounts for nature and destination.
Main Accountabilities and Responsibilities:
The incumbent is able to perform the following tasks:

  • Prepare asset, liability, and capital account entries by compiling and analysing account information.
  • Prepare journal entries and synthesize common ledger for subsidiary accounts.
  • Develop good knowledge of eni chart of accounts and ensure adherence thereto while recording financial information.
  • Send request for, and determine appropriateness and correctness of accruals in the books for each month end reporting including half year and annual reporting.
  • Supervise all regular accounting processes such as A/P and Journal Entries plus monthly closure of books & accounts.
  • Run currency revaluations at each month end.
  • Document financial transactions by entering account information.
  • Recommend financial actions by analysing accounting options.
  • Monitor working capital situation at fortnightly intervals and suggest appropriate actions to management where required.
  • Summarize current financial status by collecting information; preparing balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and other reports in accordance with IFRS as well as local reporting standards
  • Prepare vendor and GL account reconciliations on monthly basis including Intercompany account management and reconciliation
  • Reconcile financial discrepancies by collecting and analysing account information.
  • Substantiate financial transactions by auditing documents
  • Maintain accounting controls by ensuring adherence to policies and procedures and recommending improvements thereto
  • Guide accounting staff by coordinating activities and answering questions
  • Maintain financial security by following internal controls
  • Check documents by monitoring and implementing all accounts payable checks including but not limited to contractual compliance checks in relation to approved contract values, tariffs, fees etc. for onward payment by Treasury function.
  • Post vendor invoices and ensure correctness of invoice register
  • Monitor aging of overdue invoices
  • Ensure that all invoices and staff reimbursements are paid accurately and in accordance with Finance policies and procedures
  • Answer accounting procedure questions by researching and interpreting accounting policy and regulations
  • Comply with international & local financial & legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements, and advising management on needed actions.
  • Prepare Adhoc financial reports by collecting, analysing, and summarizing account information and trends
  • Perform personnel accounting including but not limited to salaries posting, expense reports, expatriate insurance etc.
  • Provide support on fiscal matters
  • Protect operations by keeping financial information confidential
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies
  • Contribute to team effort by performing assigned tasks and accomplishing related results as needed
  • Provide support during audit activities.

Main Interfaces:
INTERNAL: Contracts & Procurement, Administration, General service Units and other departments managing contracts.
EXTERNAL: Customers; suppliers; Contractors; Partners

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Business Admin. Professional/Master's Degree is preferred
  • 5 years of General accounting experience in a global/multinational organization

Required Competencies:  

  • Experience with SAP or similar ERP system and Hyperion.
  • Advanced MS Office skills.
  • Strong Analytical & Organizational Skills.
  • Must be a professional of unquestionable integrity, credibility and character.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Vision and values through project/team work.
  • Ability to adapt to a challenging and developing environment; willingness to take on new responsibilities as our business evolves.
  • Strong interpersonal skills (communication, persuasion, motivation, and loyalty).

Working Conditions:
Specify (if applicable) unusual working conditions and special physical requirements.