Interim Accountant

Berry Recruitment
£45000 - £55000/annum
10 Jun 2017
10 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
A superb opportunity has arisen for a qualified, professional and highly capable accountant to join Oxford University to cover a period of maternity leave.

As well as a highly competitive salary, this position offers a wide range of appealing benefits.

It is essential that you have previously worked with charity accounts.

Main Responsibilities

The Accountant is directly, and through leadership of the Accounts Office, responsible for
*Presenting to the Treasurer financial plans which properly balance College aspirations and priorities with its long term financial viability.
*Leading and co-ordinating the College planning and budgeting activity within that overall framework, and producing timely and accurate reporting against those plans; advising on options and financial analysis of strategic and operational plans
*Ensuring the College is properly resourced, in terms of people, knowledge, systems and procedures to ensure compliance with all appropriate regulatory, statutory and fiscal requirements
*Advising the Treasurer on the cost implications of University and College policy developments
*Developing a suite of Management Information and KPIs, to include development and production of dashboards and reporting packs
*Scenario modelling to support the College's plans and ambitions
*Maintaining ethical and financial standards commensurate with College's charitable status

Main Tasks

Annual Accounts and Statutory Returns
*Production of annual statutory accounts consistent with the requirements of the Charities SORP
*Manage audit and auditors - establish and maintain accounting and office procedures and ensure these are consistent with audit standards
*Generate all statutory returns, including charity commission reports
*Preparation of annual HEFCE statement for University
*Leadership of the year end process to ensure timely and accurate completion and use professional judgement to ensure compliance with regulatory, statutory and auditing requirements
*In conjunction with the Treasurer, senior managers and the Assistant Accountant, develop annual budget and long range forecasts for consideration by Finance Committee. Advise Finance Committee on the key issues
*Work with the Assistant Accountant, managers and other College members to ensure that appropriate charging mechanisms are in place, ensure that tight budgetary controls are maintained and promote a culture of tight financial control
*Ensure that budgets and long range plans are in line with the College's strategy
*Provide leadership in production and development of monthly management accounts
*Prepare and monitor balance sheets and oversee reconciliation processes

Development and Investment
*Work with the Development team on the recording of donations and donations forecast
*Produce periodic information on the investment portfolio.
*Manage detailed Endowment and Restricted Fund accounts and liaise with Fund holders
Trading and VAT
*Produce and assess the financial results of the College's trading activity (Conference and Estates companies)
*Managing VAT between the College and subsidiary companies in consistent manner, in line with current HMRC practice and guidance
*Ensure fiscal and regulatory compliance and advise Finance Committee on any underlying issues
*Oversee VAT returns
*Manage and review College's partial exemption method
*Provide statistical information as required
*Attend termly College Accountants Group meeting
*Preparation of information for College Contributions Committee
*Manage day to day cash flow.
*Perform regular review of banking and loan arrangements and service costs
*Provide loan providers with Covenant and other Management information as required
Fixed Assets
Oversee maintenance of fixed assets register
*Ensure all disposals are properly authorised and accounted for

Professional Responsibilities
*Keep up to date with legislation on finance, tax, VAT, NI and other relevant matters and advise the Treasurer of any material changes and any actions required.

Person Specification

Qualified accountant (ICAEW or ACCA) with at least 5 years post qualification experience, or equivalent
Experience of preparing accounts under Charities SORP
Good systems skills, with advanced excel and use of reporting tools
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Pro-active approach and a hands-on attitude
Ability to both initiate and develop appropriate financial systems and to make these work in practice

Hours of Work 37.5 hours per week, normal working hours may be negotiated and hours can be annualised to suit the right candidate.
Annual Leave A full time member of staff will be entitled to 35 days holiday (personal days and Bank Holidays)