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 Job Specification:  Interim Finance Systems Accountant - St Helens
Interim Finance Systems Accountant
Nils Lloyd-Penny -
Work Type:
Business Services - Other
St Helens
Business Description:

Our client is a business support and training company, employing 100+ people and recognised through quality marks including: Queen's Award for Enterprise, Investors in People Gold, Ofsted Good; and Matrix Accreditation.

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Interim Finance Systems Accountant to join their busy Finance Team.  The successful candidate will be responsible for developing finance systems and processes that meet the businesses needs, are efficient and adopt best practice in a cost effective way.
You must be a qualified Accountant with experience of designing and implementing cost effective systems to suit business requirements.  An analytical approach and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are essential.  Strong technical skills and excellent communication skills are also a must.  
Role Description:
  • Review all existing accounting processes to determine where improvements and efficiencies can be introduced in a cost effective way.
  • Once a review has been completed recommend the optimum solutions.  Following approval of the solutions undertake a full implementation of the new processes.
  • Consider whether the current spreadsheet based method of budgeting/forecasting/reporting is the optimum
  • Suggest alternatives or improvements, taking account of cost implications and integration with the MI reporting systems.
  • Review the short-term and long-term cash forecasting systems in use.  Taking account of the non-standard nature of funding receipts develop an accurate and efficient cash monitoring and forecasting approach.
  • Ensure that systems are meeting legal obligations, such as the new Making Tax Digital regulations, are efficient and compliant.
  • Redesign the purchasing procedures and write new procurement policies to simplify the processes for the purchase of non-European funded goods and services.
  • Review whether the Sage 200 Fixed Assets Module would be the best way of accounting for the capital assets.  If so, implement the module ensuring it reconciles with the existing Fixed Asset register.
  • Recommend the optimum way of maintaining systems going forward taking account of the need for system security and segregation of duties.  E.g. Maintainance of Sicon WAP approval limits, assigned nominal codes and user updates.
  • Contribute to the assessment of a link between the Sage 200 Sales Ledger and the CRM system, working closely with the Membership Services Manager.  The aim is to assess whether this link is this the optimum way to reduce duplication between the systems and improve efficiencies in the Sales invoicing processes.
  • To follow the quality procedures laid down and to ensure that recognition under the following accreditation standards is maintained; IiP, ISO 9001;2015, BCC Accreditation etc.
  • To undertake all other duties as required by the Senior Management Team. 
Experience &
Skills Required:


  • Ability to develop efficient and effective workflow processes (manual and system)
  • Strong technical accounting skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Business process analysis skills
  • Ability to develop practical solutions
  • Advanced level of Excel expertise
  • Knowledge of accountancy software principles and design
  • Knowledge best practice accountancy processes and workflows
  • Up-to-date knowledge of accounting standards
  • Knowledge of currently available forecasting software
  • Knowledge of current best practice in procurement policies, procedures and controls
  • Qualified Accountant
Business Type:
Businses Support
Up to £40,000 per annum
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