Accounts Assistant

Page Personnel Finance
£25000 - £30000 per annum
20 Apr 2017
20 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Graduate Accounts Assistant role within a Financial Services institution based in the City of London.

My Client is looking for a minimum of a 2:1 degree and 2 Years relevant experience.

Client Details

They are a Financial Services company working with Insurance and Reinsurance companies internationally.


Responsible for processing payments required by the business including (but not limited to):

Setting up of Vendors Processing Invoices Reinsurance Payments Opex Payments Processing expenses Internal Bank to Bank Transfers Management and resolution of general Accounts Payable/Treasury queries - 25%

Assisting the Treasury Operations Manager in Treasury related matters including (but not limited to):

Cash flow forecasting Monitoring of HSBC balances and managing counterparty exposure Management of the HSBC bank relationship Assisting in collateral settlement process - 15%

Responsible for Treasury and Accounts Payable-related reporting and controls including (but not limited to):

Journal entries Balance sheet reconciliations (Bank and Accounts Payable) Finalisation of reinsurance payments/receipts Solvency II and SOx Cash & Bank and Accounts Payable process narratives - 20%

Preparation of annual statutory IFRS accounts for PLRS legal entity including (but not limited to):

Co-ordinating the timely delivery of information from internal customers Preparation of Notes to the financial statements - 15%

Preparation of quarterly VAT returns. - 10%

Responsible for accruals and prepayments related reporting and controls for the PL Re Europe business unit including (but not limited to):

Maintaining relevant schedules Journal entries Balance sheet reconciliations Maintaining the fixed asset register - 10%

Ad-hoc requests and project work - 5%


Qualifications & Expertise


  • 2:1 Degree from a relevant field
  • Strong A-Levels
  • Significant experience in a busy Accounts Payable role
  • Experience processing high volume invoices
  • Competent in the use of PeopleSoft
  • Experience with debits and credits or studying towards an accounting qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, AAT)
  • Accustomed to managing internal and external queries in a timely manner

  • Organised approach to tasks and demonstrates an ability to manage multiple pieces of work effectively.
  • Strong Interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage relationships.
Key Skills & Behaviours - applicable to all positions

  • Demonstrates an appropriate level of technical skills for their role and an appreciation of current issues affecting their profession and the life reinsurance industry.
  • Takes responsibility for the quality, completeness and accuracy of work.
  • Shows initiative, flexibility and resourcefulness.
  • Critically evaluates and challenges current work practices.
  • Is able to deal with challenging deadlines and prioritises effectively.
  • Provides accurate and timely updates on status of work and escalates issues appropriately.
  • Participates actively in meetings, has 'meeting presence'.
  • Is a committed team member who shares information, knowledge and experience openly.
  • Communicates in a clear and practical manner both verbally and in writing.
  • Has a good timekeeping and attendance record.

Job Offer

The successful applicant will receive £25,000-£30,000 plus study support and a large opportunity for progression.