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Portfolio Accountant

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is committed to improving people’s lives through creating and delivering tailored development solutions.

We work in developing countries to alleviate poverty, establish good governance, and increase access, capacity and resilience in healthcare, education, water, sanitation, transportation, infrastructure and renewable energy – while safeguarding the environment and promoting human rights and gender equity.

What makes us different is that we approach problems from a fresh perspective. As an employee-owned company, we have the freedom and independence of mind to find new ways to enhance human wellbeing and foster social and economic development through connected thinking.

Working within our highly skilled and growing finance team, providing a broad range of financial services to our International Development Unit, this diverse and stimulating role will give you the opportunity to develop your career and offer the potential to travel overseas on short term assignments.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

Reporting to the Divisional Accountant, you will be expected to provide broad-ranging financial support to managers leading a global portfolio of education and health projects within our International Development division, a division with an annual turnover of £100m operating in multiple developing countries.

You will be responsible for:
  • Ensuring Group Financial Internal controls are in place and being adhered to, instigating corrective action or strengthening as required.
  • Implementing, within a new/existing country office, the agreed financial architecture required to support a complex international project.
  • Create/review budgets, forecasts and working capital management undertaken by portfolio leaders.
  • The production and interpretation of the monthly management accounts at portfolio level - project performance/working capital management.
  • Support country finance managers and foreign offices in preparation of required monthly returns, including cash books/site returns, billing and expenditure analyses and balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Supervision, coordination and management of country finance managers. You will take the lead on appointments, training and performance development reviews.
  • Advise on tax and international trading arrangements and seek relevant expert advice from Group support services to assist in the preparation of project bids
  • Highlighting potential problems at an early stage to the Divisional Accountant and participating in Monthly Project Control Meetings and commercial reviews.
  • Ensure timely processing of invoicing including maintenance of a billing diary. Ensure credit management focus is robust.
  • Assist in the training of technical staff to enable them to understand and interpret project information/set up PMD where appropriate.

Candidate Specification

To be considered for this role you will;

- Be part qualified ACA/ACCA/CIMA
- Have experience of implementing controls, financial systems and procedures
- Have strong communication skills both verbal and written
- Have excellent system skills e.g. advanced excel
- Have excellent attention to detail, and cope well under pressure
- Be proactive and open to overseas travel to developing countries
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