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Finance Assistant

Location: STAINES-UPON-THAMES, MIDDLESEX, UNITED KINGDOM Salary: 26,000-28,000 GBP (UK Pounds) Per annum, inc Benefits
Sector: Accountancy Job Type: Permanent
Shift Type: FULL TIME Applications: 4
Posted: about 1 month ago Reference: X3-347303


An established client of ours in the food manufacturing industry is looking to recruit an all round Accounts Assistant with experience of both Sales Ledger and Purchase ledgers. This role will be reporting to the Head of Finance and working in small team.

Main duties will be:

Deliver the targeted overdue percentage every month end.
Ensure all customers are chased/lined up for payment.
Liaise with commercial account managers in respect of any issues we have with their customers.
Present figures at monthly month end meetings. Assist with cash forecasts.

Ensure customers are billed correctly and in accordance with any specific instructions from them (i.e. portals).

Send statements monthly to customers (100% electronic is the target).

Investigate credit claims and raise appropriate credit if required. Allocate payments correctly. Held order release/hold.

Produce receivables reports at month end and on an ad hoc basis as and when required.
Assess credit worth of existing and proposed customers, by use of credit agency, online searches, industry knowledge.
Maintain credit master records. Attend a credit circle at least once every quarter.

Accurately process purchase invoices against Purchase Orders, or with correct sign off if no PO.

Accurately process employee expenses.

Perform supplier statement reconciliations.

Resolve any matching and coding issues. Deal with supplier queries - vendor invoice management experience is an advantage
Generate payment proposals. Seek approval for payments before sending to accounts assistant for payment.
To undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by the Finance Manager.


Competencies required for the job

Ideally candidates will be educated with a min GCSE or equivalent in Maths & English


Substantial experience in accounts receivable and accounts payable, ideally gained in a manufacturing environment.

Systems skills needed and are essential - SAP and VIM knowledge desirable although not essential

• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to quickly build rapport and maintain effective working relationships
• Negotiation and Influencing skills – customers and suppliers
• Highly numerical with attention to detail.
• Good excel skills – intermediate level.

Ideally seeking candidates on short notice and interviews will be by Zoom or face to face. 

Please only apply if you have experience in both Sales and Purchase ledgers and you are a strong SAP user as the client is looking for someone to hit the ground running. 

Email your CV to or call me on 02085722661.

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