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 Job Specification:  Interim Accountant - Nottingham
Interim Accountant
Nils Lloyd-Penny -
Work Type:
Real Estate and Property Management
Business Description:

Our client is a Property group based in Nottingham. They require an (initially) interim accountant to help bring the company up to date and deal with financial matters and accounts. 

The company has grown quickly and therefore is in need of updating its processes and disciplines to support this expansion. There are 18 companies that sit under the main umbrella company. (Note that whilst 18 sounds like a big operation, some of the businesses own a single property with revenues less than £100k).

There is a small team in the company and from an accounting side, records and processes are poor. This role requires a strong accountant to come in and address the initial problems.

Role Description:

The right individual will need to roll sleeves up and get stuck in. You will often be required for work autonomously, need to dig to find answers where information is not available. 

Immediate Tasks / Problems to address:

  • Poor accounting & other records, lack of reliable up to date information available
  • Lack of procedures, routines, reconciliations  and disciplines
  • Regular suppliers chasing payment because behind on postings and payments
  • No cashflow projections
  • Lenders requiring ad hoc information not readily available 
  • Up to date accounts not available, inaccurate purchase ledger
  • Almost all properties are let through letting agencies so there is not credit control problems on late rents other than the portfolio manager needing to keep on top of letting agents
  • Address whetherr to recruit an office administrator immdiately to assist on backlog of paperwork (adminstratively) or whether this would be better dealt with when the accountant is in situ and can coordinate and instruct/manage this person also
  • All payments are historically made by MD through various online banks; can mean delays and multiple shuffling cash around businesses. Often payments made from wrong limited company.  
  • Potentailly flawed company structure, ie duplicated ledger accounts across suppliers across multiple companies (who often invoice one company only) and 7 employees across 6 paye schemes
  • Only 4 companies are VAT registered
  • Need to day to day manage office/accounting function
  • Need to agree a plan and prioritise
  • An unplanned IT system, potentially lacking robust controls and adequate security and backups


Experience &
Skills Required:
  • Qualified Accountant or Relevant experience
  • Need to be flexible
  • Can do attitude
  • Experience of forensic type accounting
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