Accountant

£37000 / year

About Candidate

Education/Qualification

  • 2021 ACCA Qualified
  • BA Hons Accounting and Finance (1st Class) – Manchester Metropolitan University
  • A Levels achieved in Law, Sociology and Psychology – Oldham Sixth Form College
  • 7 GCSEs achieved at grade A* – C including Maths and English – Waterhead Academy

Systems used

  • Microsoft Word and Excel – including Vlookups and Pivot Tables
  • Sage Line 50 / Sage 200
  • Quickbooks
  • Power BI
  • Agresso
  • SAP

Career Summary

Current Employer – Software Company

Position – Accountant

Dates – February 2022 – Present

  • Management of multiple direct repartees in the finance team including Accounts Payable and Debt Recovery
  • Managing the month end process and ensuring that all processes are completed within the deadlines outlined by the CFO
  • Monitoring the Bank Accounts to ensure sufficient funds and reporting all major cash inflows/ outflows to the parent company
  • Responsible for all intercompany transactions and reconciliations
  • Major involvement in the acquisition process of transferring all internal control of Accounts Payable to the new system used by the Parent company called Workday
  • Completing the monthly budget and forecast spreadsheets and attending budget holder meetings to discuss key issues

Previous Employer – Retail

Position – Finance Analyst

Dates – April 2021 – January 2022

  • Managed and supervised two Finance Assistants, delegating, and monitoring the tasks to ensure these are completed timely
  • Have regular catch-up meetings and providing additional training and support as required
  • Take ownership of all month-end related activities and ensuring a smooth month end delivery these included:
  • Check the prepayments and accruals schedule had been recognised correctly in the Profit/Loss
  • Completed the monthly staffing reconciliations and reviewing the staff lists with Budget Holders to recognise any incorrect postings timely
  • Managed the Opex and Capex costs to ensure that all committed costs have been recognised against the budget set
  • Provided insightful commentary to Group FP&A on areas such as Opex, Capex and Working Capital each period and highlighting significant movements
  • Completed the monthly reporting packs for all Budget Holders, using Excel skills such as SUMIF and Pivot Tables to quicken the process to provide the year-to-date position against the budget and forecast
  • Attended meetings with Budget Holders to discuss high-cost drivers for the period, year-to-date performance, and potential forecast position for year end
  • Manged the balance sheet reconciliations on the system Blackline for Prepayments and Accruals and providing relevant back-ups to senior management
  • Owning the Head of Finance meetings to present the position for Data and Digital each period and recognising areas of risk to discuss
  • Confirm allocation splits between different P/L within (Food and C+H) to Group FP&A including total costs and depreciation and recognising any anomalies
  • Completed the senior management presentation pack which shows the latest position including the forecast and providing insightful commentary highlighting risks and opportunities
  • Owning the weekly thank you and giveaway sales reports to highlight anomalies between Power BI and SAP – in return preparing journals for the Finance Assistants to post ahead of period end

Previous Employer – University

Position – Finance Assistant

Dates – September 2017 – March 2021

  • Take ownership of all month-end related tasks and responding to any queries from both Project Managers and Budget Holders
  • Manged the budget and attending meetings with the Partnership Manager to discuss the key variances and areas of risks
  • Produced the financial year end accounts and supporting documents e.g., Register of Interest. In addition, leading the audit process and responding to all audit queries such as requests for payslips, bank statements and material Purchase Orders
  • Completed monthly reconciliations such as Endowments, staffing reconciliations, accruals, and prepayments – highlighting anomalies to the Head of Reporting
  • Recognised and developed internal controls to improve the finance processes within the Faculty of Business and Law – e.g., creating a Project sign off excel sheet for Finance
  • Produced budgetary reports for the Faculty of Business and Law, tailoring reports to each stakeholder within the area and ensuring that all non-finance needs have been met
  • Responsible for the Faculty of Business and law Research budget setting for the new financial year and working with Project Managers to understand if any contribution would be required
  • Financial modelling on ad hoc projects within the Faculty of Business and Law and reporting findings to Budget Holders and Finance Business Partner before project proposals
  • Attend and lead monthly review meeting with Budget Holders to discuss key variances and agree budget revisions which are then reflected in the accounting system SAP
  • Liaised with Project Managers on costings of projects, ensuring that all costs are reflected on the financial system SAP and recognise financial risks to report timely
  • Produce the quarterly forecasts for various income streams e.g., European, ERDF, Research Council and monitor these costings to ensure that all income and expenditure is currently reflected
  • Managed contractual arrangements for all collaborative projects within the university to ensure that all financial agreements are been complied with

Previous Employer – School

Position – Assistant Management Accountant – Maternity Cover

Dates – January 2017 – August 2017

  • Analysed the Fixed budget for payroll on a monthly basis to ensure that there has been no overspend and reporting this back to the Management Accountant
  • Completed the monthly detailed Balance Sheet Reconciliations and recognising any discrepancies which widened knowledge on how to deal with errors in the system
  • Ensure meet effective deadlines by completing all month end duties for the Management Accountant which required me to have sufficient time management skills e.g. transferring costs via journals
  • Assisted the internal auditor with any enquiries and documentation they needed, which improved my communication with external parties
  • Monitored and completed the Fixed Asset Register on a monthly basis and ensured that any additional purchased equipment was added on in the current time phase
  • Ensured that the Accruals and Prepayments had been completed for the relevant month
  • Monitored the Finance Apprentice on the sales and purchase ledger and ensured that all transactions had been coded to the correct cost centre and ledger code

Previous Employer – Council

Position – Accounts Assistant – Temporary

Dates – June 2016 – December 2016

  • Accounts Coordinator for the UK’s Apprenticeship Age Grant which aided knowledge of various central government grants
  • Created the Payment Over £500 Report for the public concluding the key payments made, on a quarterly basis which benefits external stakeholders
  • Conduct the monthly Bank Reconciliation via QuickBooks and monitoring the live Cash Flow Statement aiding my current financial knowledge 
  • Assisted Group Finance Lead with the AGMA close down accounts for 2015/16
  • Conducted various SAP cost centre downloads such as creditors and debtors – Then analysing these efficiently in Excel using v lookups and pivot tables
  • Produced the 2015/16 accounts and sent to the auditors for auditing
  • Maintained the Asset Register on a monthly basis and conducting a pivot table to evaluate the information more effectively

Previous Employer – Council

Position – Accounts Assistant – Temporary

Dates – July 2015 – December 2015

  • Based within a team of 3 in a larger team of 12 and reports to the Management Accountant
  • Daily responsible for processing up to 900 Purchase Ledger invoices (as a team of 3) with individual values ranging up to £150K – matching, batching, coding, and scanning
  • Handled high volumes of Supplier Queries via telephone and email
  • Download 25 bank statements daily – create spreadsheets and reconcile using Agresso; ensuring that the cash flow is balanced, and that cash is allocated correctly 
  • Acting as the project assistant for the fees and charges annual report and presented first draft to the finance director
  • Monitored salaries and controlled budgets on a weekly basis
  • Worked with accounts receivables e.g. building rental incomes and accounts payables e.g. expenditure within the council and when payments should be made
  • Check the general ledger to ensure all transactions are accurate and also posting journals to ensure payments are transferred on time
  • Excellent communications with colleagues and managers regarding progression of enquires from the different cost centres
  • Attend budget setting training sessions and staff conferences
  • Dealt with the petty cash accounts and ensuring that all services return their reconciliations, whilst assisting them with bank statements and other documents
  • Allocated grants payments and forecasting them to ensure they are within the allocated budget
  • Raised invoices for purchase orders and credit notes on a daily basis for clients
  • Meet all deadlines effectively e.g. when writing reports for the Director of Finance it was essential to make sure that reports had been completed before Star Chamber meetings

Previous Employer – Accountants

Position – Trainee Accountant

Dates – September 2014 – March 2015

  • Bookkeeping for limited companies and sorting out receipts
  • Organised the finances and preparing invoices before deadlines
  • Compared monthly sales and income and the preparing accounts on excel helped improve accounting skills
  • Team management skills developed whilst under pressure with work load