Accounts Assistant

Accounts Assistant

Location:
Haywards Heath
Salary:
£17,000 to £26,000 depending on experience
Department:
Finance
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We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.
 

Job Purpose:
Support the processing, payment and bookkeeping for the groups payable and receivable ledgers for the group and its subsidiaries. Perform key transactional reconciliation activity across business and finance systems to ensure timely and accurate information is maintained in the financial ledgers. Responsible for ensuring the daily bookkeeping is maintained inline with internal policies and procedures to ensure timely and accurate financial information is representative of the business performance.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the accounts payable and receivable ledgers in a timely fashion. Ensuring accurate recording and processing of transactions
  • Support a monthly statement process for key accounts on the payable and receivable ledgers
  • Handle supplier queries and disputes with appropriate business engagement in a timely and professional manner
  • Perform key reconciliations daily and weekly across the bank accounts and systems across the business
  • Attend meetings across the organisation to ensure operational functions are aware of reconciliation issues and promote timing resolution and safeguarding against future issues
  • Ensure proportionate reporting and oversight is supported for accounts payable and receivable activities that are operated both within and outside of finance
  • Provide analysis of reconciling items showing monthly ageing and supporting business ownership for resolution
  • Identify and recommend process and system changes for first line control failures leading to unreconciling items being created
  • Prepare schedules for the team in preparation of the Group’s audit, supporting the year-end audit process runs smoothly
  • Adherence to the Group accounting policies and procedures
  • Support activities in other finance teams as required
  • Ensure second line financial reconciliation activities are both efficient and effective with FCG


Job Specific Competencies:

Experience

  • AAT qualified or equivalent, or significant relevant equivalent experience
  • Experience in running purchase or sales ledger within a shared services function
  • Experience in organisations of high growth and change
  • Significant experience in an accounting department including but not limited to double entry
  • Significant experience in bank and system reconciliations

Skills

  • A good level of oral and written communication skills, communicating effectively with managers, colleagues and external supplier
  • Strong ability and preference in reconciliations of complex data and ability to summaries and present key findings
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to drive process improvement, based upon analysis of data
  • Work effectively under pressure and think clearly and logically in challenging situations


Knowledge

  • Preferable industry knowledge of the financial services / regulated industry in the UK
  • Awareness of internal and external fraud that is prevalent in finance departments and the financial services sector

Behaviours

  • Results driven with a constant eye on the detail but understand the audience.
  • Empathetic approach to leadership with an ability to get the best out of a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A driven attitude to deliver controlled change and rapidly overcome obstacles.
  • An agile approach to project management and able to rapidly react to changes in business priorities to take advantage of emerging business and customer opportunities.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working during the recruitment process .

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