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
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.
As part of financial accounting; compliance and control, the roles
have responsibility for the following:
Fixed assets - accounting for additions and depreciation,
Review of Inter-office postings
Preparation of the quarterly VAT returns
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.
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
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.