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Financial Accountant

University of Kent - Financial Accounting

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £36,386 to £40,931 per annum, Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2023
Closes: 10th January 2024
Job Ref: CSF-795-23

Are you a knowledgeable financial professional keen to take on a new challenge? Do you have experience with financial accounting and supporting/developing your team through effective staff management? If so, this full time and 12 month fixed term role as a Financial Accountant could be for you. 

Working closely with the Senior Financial Accountant, the Financial Accountant will support all aspects of financial accounting for the University, including the production of financial accounts to support month-end and year-end management reporting, administration of day-to-day treasury management and the production of indirect taxation returns for the University. 

In addition, the Financial Accountants will provide daily supervision of staff, and regular review of financial information to ensure that all financial information is correctly recorded and reported, supporting regulatory compliance and a successful audit of the year-end financial statements. 

What will you be doing, day to day?

  • Produce regular financial information, to include the review of transactions for accuracy and completeness, maintain compliance with all relevant financial reporting standards
  • Work with the Senior Financial Accountant to monitor and evaluate the potential impact, and mitigations available, where there are changes to VAT regulations. Make recommendation for changes required to policies and procedures arising from changes in regulations
  • Produce quarterly VAT returns, ensuring that transactions are correctly reported
  • Provide advice and support to academic divisions and professional support departments on relevant financial controls and technical accounting and indirect tax issues
  • Where relevant, manage, motivate and develop staff, providing clear objectives and managing performance against these, to ensure that staff are appropriately motivated and trained to carry out their responsibilities to the required standards in terms of service expectations

What skills and experience will you bring to the role?

  • Professionally part-qualified CCAB or equivalent 
  • Strong experience in a financial accounting role in a complex organisation working at a strategic and operational level 
  • A good understanding of current accounting policies and standards, including HE/FE SORP, and VAT regulations 
  • Effective decision-making skills, the confidence to delegate and to empower colleagues with an open and consultative style of management 

What can we offer you?

  • a friendly, open and collaborative working environment
  • support in your development and wellbeing 
  • hybrid working options allowing a flexible blend of office and home working (to be agreed in line with business needs)
  • 43 days' leave per year (personal leave, bank holidays and additional days allocated for the Christmas period, pro rata for part-time staff)
  • an excellent pension scheme with generous employer contributions
  • study while you work discounts, cycle to work scheme, local business discounts
  • on site parking

Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process, please contact peopleserviceshr@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: CSF-795-23

Applications must be made via the University’s online application system; CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

The University of Kent values diversity and promotes equality at all levels.

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Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward.

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