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Financial Accountant

  • Location

    Birmingham

  • Sector:

    Public Sector

  • Job type:

    Permanent

  • Salary:

    £32,300 - £35,794 per year + up to £5,000 accountancy allowance

  • Job ref:

    RB15637

  • Published:

    19 days ago

  • Duration:

    Permanent

  • Expiry date:

    23-06-2021

  • Client:

    Robertson Bell

The Government Property Agency (GPA) was launched as an Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office in 2018. The GPA represents a step change in the way that Government property estate and assets are managed efficiently, by providing innovative and flexible solutions across the Government estate. The GPA is expected to grow exponentially over the first few years of its existence; this equates to transferring hundreds of assets (worth billions of pounds) onto its balance sheet from Government Departments, as well as gaining responsibility for the running of a large part of the central government office estate. The GPA offers flexible working with the ability to work from home with occasional travel required to the Birmingham office. 

 The GPA is committed to the development of its employees. All employees are encouraged to undertake a minimum of 5 days learning a year. Successful candidates will become members of the Government Finance Function with benefits including; opportunities for CPD, access to a community of finance professionals across government, and a comprehensive career framework and learning & development curriculum. Successful candidates would also be encouraged to undertake a professional qualification including a level 7 apprenticeship where eligible.  
 
The Financial Accountant supports the production of the GPA Annual Report and Accounts which is independently audited and laid in Parliament to strict deadlines. The post holder will also support the production of consolidation returns for the Cabinet Office departmental accounts and Whole of Government Accounts. 
 
The responsibilities of the Financial Accountant will include 
  • Support the production of the GPA Annual Report and Accounts including provision of consolidation returns for Cabinet Office departmental accounts and Whole of Government Accounts 
  • Maintain and analyse accurate accounting records including preparation and monitoring of Statement of Financial Position reconciliations and accrual and other journals 
  • Monitor the effectiveness of key controls including those operated by outsourced service providers 
  • Prepare tax returns to deadlines including monthly VAT return and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) returns 
  • Support the delivery of internal and external audits including provision of fully supporting and signposted evidence, monitoring of requests and responding to auditors in a timely way 
  • Support continuous process efficiencies and improvements across the function 
  • Build relationships with key staff across Finance and the business in order to maintain effectiveness and relevance during change 
 

Key Skills & Experience 

  • Experience of financial accounting, ideally in a public sector context 
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to analyse and interpret significant amounts of financial data 
  • Ability to seek out new information and self-develop 
  • Experience of using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems 
  • Proficient using Microsoft Excel 
  • Ability to work in a geographically dispersed team 
 

For more information, please apply using the link, or contact Michael Swinburn or Jack White at our retained search agent, Robertson Bell.