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Assistant Accountant

  • £25217 - £30046 per annum
  • Southampton
  • Posted: 23/12/2019
  • Permanent
  • Job Ref: 096111996

Job Details

Sheridan Maine are pleased to be working with an established institution based in the heart of Southampton to recruit an Assistant Accountant. Working with the Business Support Finance Team, you will ensure the provision of comprehensive, effective and efficient administrative support to the department and its customers.

Your responsibilities will include:

• To oversee administrative support processes, supervising the work of clerical/administrative/accountancy assistants, to ensure work is completed in an accurate and timely manner

• Providing research or non-research accounting support including project costing and budgetary control reporting

• To review procedures and processes, ensuring they are fit for purpose and maximise efficiency, making recommendations for improvements where identified and implementing agreed change

• Carry out analysis of data, e.g. monthly analysis of salary costs, investigation of anomalies and correction of errors, review of costing activity levels

• Provide general financial advice to budget holders

• To provide detailed advice and guidance to budget holders on specialist defined processes and procedures to internal and external customers, using judgement to suggest the most appropriate course of action where


• To perform detailed analysis, manipulation and interpretation of specialised data to create reports highlight, and prioritise issues

• Develop an up to date knowledge of the proposal and award stages of research grants. Take the lead for pre- or post-award work for research grants and contracts using ARCP, and maintaining accuracy of system data for


• Handle correspondence from funding bodies, investigators and administrators regarding grants/applications

• Preparation of reports and/or final accounting statements

• Maintenance of projects in Agresso

The successful candidate for this role will be have achieved minimum of A Level passes or equivalent and will have experience of working in a finance department role.

Other skills required are:

• The ability to accurately analyse and interpret complex quantitative and qualitative data, presenting summary information in a clear and concise format

• Ability to make effective use of standard office computer systems including word-processing and spreadsheets

• Ability to successfully plan and deliver administrative projects over a period of several months.(e.g. to co-ordinate an event)

• Complete tasks with attention to detail ensuring accuracy at all times

• Able to identify and solve problems by applying judgement and initiative to tackle some situations in new ways and by developing improved work methods

• Able to positively influence the way a team works together

You are required to be eligible to work in the UK full time without restriction.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive it is not always possible to respond to unsuccessful applicants. Therefore if we have not responded to your application within five days please assume that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

If you're passionate about this position or are keen to hear more please click on "apply" above as soon as possible.