Financial Accountant - 18 mth fixed contract

£18.00 - £22.00 per hour
30 Nov 2017
05 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Scheme Accounts Manager / Accounting job in Darlington

Your new company
A well recognised Pension provider based in Darlington has a need for a interim cover for 12 months.

Your new role

Reporting into the Financial Accountant the successful candidate will be responsible for a variety of reporting accounting functions.

* Assist with the preparation of the scheme annual report and accounts for all pension schemes in a SORP compliant format, including c. 100 sections of the RPS
* Assist in preparation of member versions of the accounts for each scheme and section
* Prepare any additional accounts as required, eg audited PPF accounts
* Assist internal and external auditors

Scheme Accounting
* Deal with any ad hoc queries on the section accounts that arise throughout the year
* Maintain financial databases and prepare financial returns/statements as required eg CSO return
* Provide cover for Financial Accountant: Trustee and Finance Manager: Scheme Operations as required

Quarterly accounts:
* Overall responsibility for preparation of more than 100 sets of section accounts.
* Carry out analytical reviews and ensure variances are investigated by BD20 after the quarter end.

Actuarial financial statements:
* Prepare accounts as requested by actuaries for any given accounting period
* Liaison with the Scheme Actuary

Scheme tax:
* Liaise with HMRC in respect of PAYE related queries throughout the year.

Contribution collection:
* Report overdue contributions, interest charges and AVC loss on investment to senior management
* Report any regulatory breaches to Pensions Regulator
* As a member of the Trustee Accounts team, assist with tasks carried out by this team as required
* Provide cover for other finance managers and executives within the Trustee team
* Assist with the completion of the Trustee month end packs as requested querying large, old or unusual items as appropriate.
* Devise and complete metrics relevant to role, ensuring correct and adequate explanation is documented for all non-green metrics
* Assist in management, supervision and training of clerical staff on the Trustee team
* Ensure databases, reports and documentation relating to all relevant processes are up to date.
* Assist in the development of new systems and/or processes and procedures as required
* Assist in all aspects of finance work as requested.

Skills and Competencies

* Good leadership and management skills
* Good negotiating and influencing skills
* Strong analytical skills
* Good interpersonal skills
* Good IT skills
* Problem solving abilities
* Good report writing and presentation skills
* Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
* Ability to identify and implement process enhancements and improvements
* Ability to work accurately and efficiently
* Ability to meet deadlines set
* Good working knowledge of accounting procedures
* Good working knowledge of relevant accounting standards
* Consistently maintain the organisations values and behaviours

What you'll need to succeed


* Educated to degree standard
* Hold, or working towards, a recognised professional qualification (CA, ACA, ACCA, CIMA)


* At least 3-5 experience in an investment or financial environment would be beneficial
* Pension scheme and investments accounting would be beneficial
* Experience of managing people would be beneficial

What you'll get in return
A 12 month fixed term contract is offered for the role along with an attractive salary and benefits package.

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