Senior Financial Accountant
Grade 8 Post: Salary £43,414 - £51, 805 pa.
Contract: Permanent, 1 FTE.
Working: Hybrid - 3 days in office and 2 working from home.
Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.
Heriot-Watt operates through five Schools offering leading multidisciplinary research and teaching in areas critical to economic development and societal equity. We aim to attain excellence in the teaching in core disciplines that contribute to globally sustainable, resource and energy efficient society and are committed to undertaking high value, high impact research and knowledge transfer in topics of relevance to global challenges.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide management oversight and leadership of the financial accounting team. Provide leadership for colleagues. Ensure all aspects of people management, development and review are in place across the team. Keep the teams' structure and skill set under review, ensure that these are appropriate and deliver efficient, effective and consistent working practices and output.
Ensure financial transactions are recorded appropriately to comply with relevant accounting standards, relevant legislation and internal policies.
Review and approve journals posted to the general ledger.
Ensure all appropriate reconciliations are performed to standard and in a timely manner. Escalate issues to senior management as appropriate.
Ensure all intercompany transactions are posted and reconciled.
Ensure endowment funds, donations and investments are appropriately accounted for.
Lead on the production of the statutory accounts/financial statements/notes ensuring produced in line with accounting standards, internal policies and relevant legislation. Ensure an effective planning framework is in place, key stakeholders engaged across the University to meet all agreed timelines.
Key liaison point with the external auditors, manage queries and issues in a timely manner.
Perform ad-hoc investigations into financial accounting matters.
Prepare the annual student fee matrix and manage associated queries.
Provide a second review of quarterly VAT/Tax calculations.
Maintain an accurate fixed asset register, ensure fixed assets and associated depreciation are accurately accounted for.
Work with the Risk and Control Manager to ensure a suite of critical controls are developed, operationalised and monitored.
Provide technical expertise to senior management.
Prepare reports and papers on accounting matters for presentation at senior governance meetings.
Continue to make improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the financial accounting processes and controls.
Deliver changes to and embed processes that support the new ERP system.
Education, Qualifications & Experience:
Nationally recognised accountancy qualification e.g. CA, ACA, CPFA, CIMA, ACCA;
Qualified to degree standard.
At least five years of post-qualification financial and management accounting experience within a large, complex organisation.
Has experience of financial accounting within a complex environment.
Proven experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team, which could be characterised in the University as including both professional services and academic colleagues.
Has experience of working with and influencing senior management .
Experience of working within a similar environment as outlined above
Competent in the use of relevant IT packages
Well-developed understanding of relevant legal, statutory and governance applications and turning them into good practice
Excellent interpersonal, influencing and presentation skills, able to understand and communicate complex issues effectively
Demonstrable ability to work quickly, flexibly and accurately in a dynamic, changing and pressured environment
Experience of working closely with stakeholders across all levels of the organisation
Ability to research, analyse and present complex information effectively with good attention to detail.
To apply for this role please send a CV and a Cover Letter by midnight 30th November 2022.
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