A key client of mine is seeking a Trainee Finance Assistant to join them on a full time, permanent basis. This is a fantastic opportunity to start a finance career in local government and be supported in studying for CIPFA's Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 3 qualification. Working across the full Finance and Accounting service, which includes Financial, Corporate and Management Accounting experience as well as supporting the Finance Operations functions (accounts payable, accounts receivable and income management).
I am looking for someone who is enthusiastic, flexible, and willing to start at entry level and ready to learn. The role requires strong, accurate computer skills as a lot of the work will involve data entry, using spreadsheets and updating accounting systems. After successful completion of a six-month probation period, the postholder will commence CIPFA's AAT level 3 qualification, so must be capable of managing the competing demands of work and study. Minimum entry requirements: five GCSEs (grade A-C or equivalent) including English and Maths, plus two A Levels (or equivalent) in academic subjects.
After 6 months probation: study support for CIPFA AAT Level 3
(Annual salary will include a 2.3% pay award which has been agreed from 1 April 2020)
- Routine account reconciliations and transaction processing
• Keep routine financial spreadsheets up to date to aid in the production of financial information
• Enter data into financial systems, including general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable and income management (examples include journal transfers, recodes, budget virement, raising and paying invoices, entering budget profiles based on information provided by other finance staff)
• Retrieval of financial data, routine checking of financial systems to assist in providing analysis of financial information, investigating financial data and transactions, producing reconciliations etc
• Ad hoc enquiries on the finance systems to support team members, service department clients and suppliers
• Interpret situations and help solve straight forward problems
• Support the monitoring of accounts and liaison with budget managers as required
• Communicate basic information to clients, senior finance service colleagues and team members
• Organise meetings/taking minutes when required
General office duties such as scanning documents, photocopying, telephone enquiries, filing, archiving and assisting senior colleagues
• The role may involve occasional handling of small amounts of cash and cheques
• Support officers involved in Health and Safety duties e.g. helping with general office risk assessments and recording of health and safety information