Service Charges Accountant Manager
Metropolitan are a team of more than 1,300 colleagues working to provide affordable housing, care and support and community regeneration services. At Metropolitan we have been very busy and successful in securing the opportunity to provide services to YOUR local community and we are on the hunt for some fresh talent to join our team and be instrumental in our success. We are looking for an experienced and qualified Service Charges Account Manager to join our finance team in Southgate, London. You will be responsible for the budgeting, recording and reporting of service charges and costs for the entire Metropolitan estate (including any joint ventures for which we are the nominated accountant), while also ensuring that all aspects of the numbers are correct (allocation to budget holder, product stream, statutory reporting and cost centre). Another day-to-day responsibility will be to provide technical support on all areas of service charge accounting, as well as providing a comprehensive accounting service. In addition, you will work with managers across the business to ensure charges, budgets, forecasts and accounting are done accurately and in line with Metropolitan`s timetable. This role is a new position within the company and will therefore be able to be developed in a way that is suitable for you. You will need to take autonomy over the project and have a strong understanding of the set up for the service users and how we can make changes to the charges. About the role: - Support the provision of a comprehensive and cohesive financial advice and support service to the Housing, C&S and Leaseholder teams. - Lead on the preparation of service charge plans and budgets. - Maintain the service data set in the Service Charges system and liaise with other teams within the business to ensure that service costs and charges are accurate, complete and value for money - Prepare management accounts information - Monitoring budgets and producing budget information and reports for business managers; supporting managers to identify variances and assist in the forecasting process. - Ensure all income and expenditure is recorded correctly in the accounts and in line with the approved budget to enable the production of accurate and timely accounts. - Ensure that all reconciliations are up to date. - Prepare other performance management information, as required. - Provide accountancy support for ad-hoc projects. About you: - A CCAB, CIMA or overseas equivalent qualified accountant. - Proven experience in running service charge systems is essential. - A competent team leader and task supervisor, with the ability to inspire teams to achieve the very best through instilling a performance management culture. - An excellent communicator to your customer audience, presenting financial data in a user-friendly manner. - Experienced in stakeholder management. - A strong commitment to customer service and overall service excellence. - Proven experience in running service charge systems within the rented housing sector - Demonstrable experience of service charge planning and budgeting. - An appreciation of how social housing / regeneration / care and support providers are funded. What Metropolitan can offer you: Metropolitan offers an excellent and unique Benefits package that can be adapted to suit each individual. We offer employees the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of benefits which includes options around Childcare Vouchers, Health and Well-being Programme, Employee Assistance and discounts with multiple retailers and many more. We also offer an impressive Pension Scheme and 28 days holiday, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days!