Finance Officer (Systems & Controls)

Recruiter
THE JOBLINE LTD
Location
Hertfordshire, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
22 Aug 2019
Closes
28 Aug 2019
Ref
1220852098
Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Our client has a vacancy for a Finance Officer (Systems & Controls), details as follows:

Job Purpose

To provide a range of practical and technical accounting services for a range of functions including invoicing, debt management, accounts payable, cashiering, housing rents, payroll and bank reconciliations, etc.
To provide where necessary support to the finance Team Leaders on other functions for which they are responsible.Accountabilities

Managing the processing of considerable amounts of transactional data involving all of the council's multi million pounds receipts and payments. Ensuring the data is accurately captured, recorded and appropriately reconciled.
Effectively interpreting internal and external regulations in relation to the areas of responsibility e.g. Financial Regulations, VAT, etc
Overseeing and maintaining the financial information systems, controls and procedures relating to the area. This will include ensuring all systems outputs provide the information needed by all stakeholders in order to fully achieve the overall purpose of the role as outlined above. This will include interrogating systems to obtain financial information, ensuring effective systems and procedure notes are maintained, providing effective information to stakeholders, produce budget monitoring reports, processing online banking payments, etc
Ensuring robust levels of internal control are maintained to ensure the security and safeguarding of council money.
Providing financial performance information having a direct impact on service delivery such as outstanding debts by type and age, payments over £500, etc
Perform all appropriate system reconciliations.
Supporting the Council's Year End accounts closure programme. E.g. calculating and preparing appropriate information re bad debt provision, accruals, prepayments, income received summaries, housing rent information, and payroll information
Ensuring the safe storage, retention and disposal of financial data and information in compliance with Retention Guidelines for Local Authorities for area of responsibility and appropriate confidentiality measures are maintained.
Providing support and back up to assist the Finance Team Leader (Systems), Finance Team Leader (Controls), the Finance & Insurance Officer, the Financial Accountant, the Finance Officers (Systems & Controls) working on other primary functions, and other officers in the group and department as required.
This job may be suitable for occasional home working.Qualifications

Association of Accounting Technicians qualification or at least 2 years' relevant financial transaction work experience in an accounting environment.
Local government Accounting experience.Knowledge

Comprehensive Financial Systems abilities to interrogate accounts, input data, run reports, download/upload into other systems as required
Extensive understanding of accounting concepts (debits, credits, balance sheet, revenue account, accruals, reconciliation processes etc.)
Excellent Financial Systems skills - ability to interrogate accounts, input data, run reports etc.
Good MS Office and Excel spreadsheet skills - ability to design and develop spreadsheets, interlink spreadsheets and manipulate data, and ability to produce letters, emails including tabled data
Good verbal skills, able to communicate verbally to non-technical officers
Excellent numeracy skills, able to analyse and summarise financial data and interpret results
Good analytical, problem solving and investigative skills - Ability to handle large volumes of financial data, to summarise, analyse, interpret, explain and find out why accounts do not reconcile
Excellent interpersonal skills are required in daily dealing with the public and officers
Customer service skills to communicate with the public face to face, on the telephone, and in writing in a professional, firm and tactful manner, remaining polite and courteous when dealing with people who are confrontational, dissatisfied, angry or upset
Expertise in Sundry Debtors such as Debt Collection and enforcement procedures, VAT, Periodic invoicingIf you have the necessary experience and qualifications to fulfill this role please submit your CV ASAP

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