Financial Accountant - Sevenoaks

16 May 2018
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Financial Accountant - Sevenoaks

Biffa plc is the leading nationwide integrated waste management business providing collection, treatment, recycling and technologically-driven energy generation services. Through the expertise of our people and investment in technology we promote and deliver sustainable waste management solutions.


The role is within the Financial Accounts department, reporting to a Finance Controller (FC).

This role allows for involvement in all aspects of financial reporting, with exposure to both financial and management accounts. It also offers the opportunity to review current processes and procedures and propose improvements and has supervisory responsibility for the AP function.


1 Weekly preparation of 13 week cashflow for submission to Group Treasury, including comparisons between actual and forecast figures and supporting commentary.

2 Monthly reconciliation of trade debtor and trade creditor accounts, review of suspense accounts and other balance sheet accounts for FC review. Month end journal posting for deferred income and prepayments.

3 Preparation of monthly bad debt provision charges and analysis of month on month provision movements. Collection & processing of cash/credit & bad debt write-offs, complete with graphical analysis & commentary for KPI packs. Calculation of organisation wide and departmental DSO and DPO calculations.

4 Responsibility of quarterly Green Waste Club (GWC) audits and to report findings to the GWC manager.

5 Support the FC in preparation for year end audit and provide explanations to external auditors when required.

6 Support the FC with internal audit reporting including the quarterly Fixed Asset Register v Fleetwave vehicle reconciliation and other ad hoc projects.

7 Responsibility for a variety of tax reconciliations including preparation of PAYE PSA settlement agreement calculations, monthly reconciliation of VAT reports to the general ledger, preparation of the quarterly VAT return for submission to Group Tax.

8 Supervisory responsibility for the purchase ledger team (with support from the FC), reporting and their processes. With ad-hoc queries, bank reconciliations and intercompany reconciliations.

9 Responsibility for ad-hoc queries, bank reconciliations and intercompany reconciliations.

10 Monthly review of new general ledger accounts to ensure they are correctly set-up. Maintain the monthly reconciliation listing for all reconciliations across the company.

11 Support the team and FC with divisional balance sheet preparation, bank reconciliations and intercompany reconciliations, as well as other ad-hoc duties as required.


Ability to work with large volumes of data ensuring compliance and accuracy at a detailed level while still being able to provide a high-level review of movements.

Suitable for a candidate with or working towards a recognised accountancy qualification (ACCA/CIMA).

Lead and supervise the AP function (a team of 4) ensuring fit for purpose processes, reporting, controls and training etc.

Requires good teamwork and communication with all members of the Financial and Management Accounts teams, the wider business and some external contacts (e.g. Council contacts, suppliers). Workloads can be self-scheduled on a daily basis as long as key deliverables set out above are achieved.

Deadline focused role, with many of the activities requiring completion to set timelines (for example, HMRC deadlines).


Education / Qualifications

  • Strong academic record
  • Proven exam success with a recognised accountancy qualification body (ACCA/CIMA), or working towards full qualification


  • Past experience of working in a large diverse team would be advantageous
  • Relevant prior experience in a financial accounts department
  • Managing/supervising a small team of transactional staff

Technical Knowledge

  • Highly competent in Microsoft excel, word and outlook, this includes the use of data manipulation via look ups and pivots
  • Experience using MS Navision
  • Use of ERP systems would be advantageous (Microsoft Dynamics)

Skills and Behaviours

  • Motivated team player
  • Conscientious
  • Strong communicator
  • Problem solver
  • Flexible to changes in working practices and processes


  • Ability to confidently and competently work with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Works well under pressure
  • Strives to exceed goals and targets

In return we offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and real career progressio
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