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Service Charge Accountant

Block Recruit
Dorset, UK
Closing date
8 Dec 2020

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Our client pride themselves on their excellent retention rates, for both clients and employees. They are now looking for an experienced Service Charge Accountant, working within a team of Property Managers, your role as their Service Charge Accountant will include filing statutory returns with Companies House, preparing and filing tax returns with HMRC, preparing client Service Charge accounts, preparing accounting data for external accountants and to analyse handover information.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Preparation of Service charge accounts to ensure the accounts are issued within 3 months of the year end or in accordance with client expectations
  • Preparation of Dormant and Full Statutory accounts
  • Analytical review of Income, Expenditure and Cash flow
  • Preparation and completion of CT and VAT returns to HMRC when applicable
  • Preparing Extended Trial Balance from scratch in Excel
  • Investigating and resolving audit queries
  • Maintaining the service charge year-end control sheets
  • Resolving any audit queries with the Property Managers
  • Ensuring that all ledger balances are understood and supported
  • Chasing and liaising with external auditors for any outstanding accounts and agreeing draft accounts with clients
  • Issuing S20B letters where accounts have not been issued within 6 months from year-end
  • Manually compiling financial information in Excel and sending to prestigious clients on a monthly and quarterly basis in accordance with client expectations
  • Maintaining the manual production of Landlord/Freeholder statements and arranging the forwarding of funds to clients
  • Attend client meetings with the property management team when required to review actual expenditure for the year to date against budget
  • To accurately vouch all receipts and payments and re-analyse into relevant accounts/cost centres where applicable
  • Assisting in the preparation of Service charge budgets
  • Perform any ad hoc duties as requested
  • Ensure standardisation, implement improvements and ensure best practice. Identify any areas within existing processes which could be improved and discuss these with the Line Manager as appropriate
  • Work as part of a team and assist other team members in meeting departmental targets and deadlines.

The ideal Service Charge Accountant would be someone experienced and self-motivated with a "can-do" attitude. The ideal Service Charge Accountant will either hold or be studying towards ACCA/CIMA (full AAT will be considered). You must have excellent Excel and double entry skills along with experience within a similar role.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Service Charge Accounting experience
  • Experience with QuickBooks software
  • Excellent administration and organisation skills
  • Good telephone manner

Desirable Requirements:
  • Accountancy qualifications
  • ACCA / CIMA / Full AAT

Salary Range & Benefits:

This position is paying a competitive salary of £25,000 - £30,000 depending on experience.
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