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Job Title Financial Accountant
Department Finance
Role Business Services
Job Location Bristol

Simmons & Simmons have an exciting opportunity for a Financial Accountant to join our growing Finance team in Bristol.

Reporting into the Financial Controller, this role is responsible for the provision of management accounting; financial compliance and financial control services, including budgeting, reporting, VAT compliance, balance sheet reconciliations and analysis for UK, Luxembourg and Ire t the Global Business Services Directors. This includes month-end analysis and review, support through the budget process as well as ad-hoc queries and general financial analysis.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Management Accounting

Responsible for the timely preparation of the monthly management accounts for all groups within the UK; Luxembourg and Ireland. The roles are responsible for the review of all monthly entries, posting of relevant accounting journals and includes producing detailed transactional and summary reports to send to budget holders. The roles are responsible for reconciling the balance sheet monthly.

  • Management of business services costs

The roles will have responsibility for specific Business Services functions which will require a good understanding of all budgeted and actual expenditure to monitor variances; hold monthly meetings with the budget holders to review variances and identify any issues - ensuring corrective action is taken where necessary.

  • Financial Accounting

As part of financial accounting; compliance and control, the roles have responsibility for the following:

  1. Fixed assets - accounting for additions and depreciation, including budgeting
  2. Review of Inter-office postings
  3. Preparation of the quarterly VAT returns
  4. Cashflow reporting
  5. Project Accounting

The roles will assist in the preparation of the statutory accounts information and will prepare analysis required for the annual audit.

  • Planning and Budgeting

These roles are responsible for providing support to particular Business Services functions in the preparation of their annual plans and budgets. This will involve a review of assumptions made, discussions with budget holders and the preparation of summary analysis and commentary.

  • Operational Support

The roles are responsible for co-ordinating the provision of the necessary information, analysis, explanation and support to the directors in managing their departments. This individual will act as a main point of contact within Finance for the specific Business Service functions.

Personal qualities

Education / qualifications / experience:

  • Qualified in a recognised professional accounting qualification
  • University degree (2.2 or above)

Knowledge and technical skills:

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft office products including Powerpoint
  • Able to work with Microsoft Teams or equivalent communication tool
  • Knowledge of General Ledger and reporting systems (use of an ERP system is an advantage)
  • Strong technical accounting knowledge - maintains awareness of changes to UK GAAP and understands the consequences of such changes.
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