Heyland Recruitment
Chester: 01244 335115
Warrington: 01925 425952

Company Accountant


Reference: DK0120

Type: Permanent

Minimum Salary: £40,000.00

Maximum Salary: £45,000.00

25 days holiday, pension, private health

Qualifications: ACA, ACCA, CIMA or other equivalent

Heyland Finance have recently been engaged by our client, a rapidly expanding and busy non for profit business based just outside the Warrington area as they look to appoint a qualified Financial / Management Accountant.


Reporting to the Financial Controller, the Company Accountant will Ensure that organisation and subsidiaries achieve best practice in terms of complying with all current accounting and legal reporting obligations, delivering accurate and meaningful financial / management information.  You will provide the first point of contact with the auditors and with the organisation’s bank, investment managers, insurers and other advisors.




Financial Reporting & Budgeting

  • Under the direction of the FC, provide analysis and advice on the potential implications of proposed changes in accounting rules / policies and legislation / government rules
  • Make recommendations on how the organisation should adopt financial reporting best practice (where it is not already doing so) in particular re FRS102 conversion
  • Under the supervision of the FC, assist with the preparation of the annual Group Statutory Accounts and the associated supporting notes, evidence and reconciliations, working with the FC and others to ensure that the organisation receives a clean audit report
  • With the FC, plan and produce Annual and longer term Budgets (Balance Sheet & Reserves) and Quarterly Reforecasts with explanations of key variances, leading into appropriate Board reports.
  • Develop and produce condensed monthly Management Accounts and KPIs designed to meet the requirements in-between its more extensive quarterly reporting timetable, for review by the FC and inclusion in Board Reports.
  • Provide commentary/analysis of the Monthly Management accounts
  • Production of periodic site management accounts/returns and liaison with staff
  • Production of monthly investment reconciliations and a summary of investment performance
  • Provide Fund Analysis Reports
  • Produce ad hoc reports required by the Director of Finance


Transaction Processing / Systems / Controls

  • Responsible for the management of the ledger systems, their structure, maintenance and the integrity of the data therein
  • Responsible for ensuring the integrity of the data held within the finance systems and the security of the related data entry processes to include the Classification of all transactions
  • Preparation of the management accounts and ownership of the monthly timetable. Ensuring control accounts reconciliations are performed and all transactions and balances reported are complete and accurate
  • Production of monthly KPI figures
  • Through preparation / review of the Balance Sheet / control accounts reconciliations, ensure all transactions and balances reported are complete and accurate
  • Take a lead in recommending improvements to financial accounting / transaction/systems processes and timetables of the organisation
  • Manage the monthly payroll process (the payroll is prepared by a payroll bureau), ensuring accurate returns and payments are made on time and are reconciled to payroll records, including HMRC, pension contributions, childcare vouchers, P11d’s and Class 1A NIC
  • Manage the fixed assets register of the organisation
  • Ensure that key financial processes and policies are properly documented and updated in the Finance Manual and reviewed regularly with a view to achieving improvements and efficiencies
  • Assistance in providing papers for Board and other committee meetings
  • Assisting the other members of the Finance team, as necessary
  • Processing of bank payments, including the regular BACS run
  • Performing reconciliations, as necessary
  • Take a leading role within the Finance Department for managing the core IT systems and reports notably Qube / ECS (which includes the purchase order system)
  • Assisting the Financial Controller with Treasury Management
  • Responsible for accounting for treasury transactions and, with others, Treasury Policy compliance
  • VAT and compliance returns


Liaison with external bodies

  • Assist the Financial Controller, as necessary in dealings with external bodies, such as internal and external auditors
  • Assist internal auditors with financial accounting related reviews and, where required by Audit Committee, implement recommendations


Other Duties

  • Deliver finance Induction training to new members of staff
  • Provide Financial Awareness Training to staff on a regular basis


Experience and knowledge

  • A recognised senior accountancy qualification- ACA, ACCA, CIMA or other equivalent
  • Experience of Charity accounting desirable but not essential
  • Excellent and up to date knowledge of Accounting Standards, preparing consolidated accounts and trading subsidiaries
  • Experience of staff management
  • Systems development experience, to include the ability to optimise the use of systems to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the Finance Department


This is a fantastic and rare opportunity for a Qualified Accountant who is looking for a varied and fully rounded remit that will allow them to develop their technical skills, whilst being exposed to other all areas of the organisation including full visibility to senior management and the executive team.