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Trainee Financial Accountant

Job Description

We are looking for a trainee financial accountant to support both our regional and group financial accounts teams, experience gained by the candidate will be invaluable as they progress along their journey to full accounting qualification. We will require individuals to gain a full understanding of various finance sub systems and monthly accounts processes/routines (details listed below), and they will assist the team in preparing and reviewing consolidated quarterly financial accounts. Support will be provided towards studying for the ACCA or CIMA qualification.

There may eventually also be opportunities to gain experience in other areas of the finance department such as management accounts or tax if interested and an opportunity arises.
Your key responsibilities will include:
  • Assisting in the preparation and review of quarterly and annual consolidated financial accounts for the group which includes in excess of 50 subsidiary companies, many of which are overseas, and preparation of statutory notes and disclosures.
  • Assisting in the preparation of commentaries, graphs and ratios on the quarterly group consolidated accounts.
  • Assisting in the reconciliation of financial accounts to management accounts.
  • Assisting in the preparation and review of accounts for some centrally maintained companies.
  • Monthly reconciliation and review of balance sheet accounts including intercompany accounts.
  • Assisting in system set up and support relating to General Ledger ‘GL’ (companies and nominal codes), Accounts Payable ‘AP’ (companies), Cash Ledger ‘CB’ (cash books), Tax ‘TX’ (Tax codes) and Currency ‘CU’ (currencies/rates).
  • Assisting in processing of expenses.
  • Assisting in the month end close in relation to AP, CB and GL.
  • Assisting in processing of cash and AP areas including bank reconciliations.
  • Online banking platform payments (e.g. Bankline)/BACS/cheque payments.
  • Ensure compliance with group policy and procedures on financial matters.
  • Providing support to the Regional/Group Financial Accountant on ad hoc tasks as required.

Candidate Specification

You must be either a recent graduate (graduated within last 2 years) with at least a 2:1 degree preferably in Accounting and Finance, Sciences, Economics or Mathematics or must have a very good academic performance at GCSE/O level (9-5 grades) and GCE/A Level (A – C grades) and at least meet minimum criteria to commence ACCA or CIMA qualification.

You will also need:

  • GCSE/O level Maths (9-7 or equivalent) or GCE/A Level Maths (A or B).
  • To be highly motivated.
  • Good communication skills required – both written and verbal.
  • Good interpersonal skills required.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team.
  • Strong Excel skills to an intermediate to high level.

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald’s support services are the driving force behind our organisation enabling us to run efficiently and effectively.
The team works collaboratively to offer specialist advice, best practice and technology to all areas of our business specifically designed for our global reach.

The application process

Read the information provided and if it sounds like the right role for you please apply online as soon as possible. Our online application process takes about 10 minutes and you'll need to upload your CV/resume. You have the option to upload a cover letter – to help explain why you're interested in applying for this role. We will take down our adverts when we have reached our limit of applications so we recommend you make an application as soon as possible.

Equality, diversity and inclusion
Equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are at the heart of our organisation. We promote equal opportunities and have several initiatives to create an inclusive workplace culture; Our dedicated inclusive recruitment page provides more information on our efforts and recognitions.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at reasonable.adjustments@mottmac.com and we will talk to you about how we can assist.

Flexible working
At Mott MacDonald, we support our staff to create work-life balance which works for them and welcome candidates looking for career flexibility. We are open to discussing flexible working at interview stage.

Benefits
We can offer:
  • Pension matched up to 7%
  • Competitive annual leave and the option to purchase additional annual leave
  • An annual professional institution subscription
  • Life insurance
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Annual company performance bonus scheme – Subject to company performance
  • Flexible benefits scheme to suit you, including cycle to work & Interest free season ticket loans etc.

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