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The Job Role: Financial Accountant

Contract: Full time, 35 hours per week.

Reporting to: Director of Finance

Salary: £55k to £58k depending on experience

• This is a varied role with primary responsibility for all the Inn’s income, property service charge accounts and bank reconciliations.
• Teamwork and collaboration is vital to this role, which involves working closely with departments across the Inn to maintain financial discipline and ensure the accuracy of accounting records.
• A review of the accounting system is planned, giving the successful candidate the opportunity to contribute to the selection and implementation of new software.

Main Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide advice and support to the Director of Finance.
  • Control of the property management software and responsibility for issuing accurate billing of rents, service charges and insurance to tenants.
  • Working closely with Estates team in the management of debtors and tenant service charges.
  • Have responsibility for the annual reconciliation of service charges and liaising with the Auditors in the production of Service Charge Certificates.
  • Liaising with Finance teams for outsourced provision of Estates services.
  • Liaising with the catering team in the maintenance of private function deposits, billing of their clients and debtors.
  • Responsibility for the billing of the quarterly Bench Commons (members) accounts.
  • Daily Bank reconciliations and the collation and posting of all daily income from Hall Lunch, Bar and parking.
  • Management of Direct Debit collections.
  • Completion of month and year end procedures on a timely basis including reconciliation of Paypal income; monthly and annual recharges, invoicing for parking permits.
  • Payment of annual scholarship awards.
  • Assist in the year end audit programme for the Inn, Scholarships Trust and Charitable Trust.
  • Provide income analysis to support in the preparation of annual budgets.
  • Understanding of the VAT coding and reporting requirements (partial recovery) to ensure accurate coding of invoices.
  • Working closely with the other finance team members (Management Accountant and Accounts Assistant) providing cover where necessary.

Qualifications, experience and skills


  • CCAB professional qualification or equivalent (full or part-qualified), or Qualified by experience.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Understanding of accounting regulations and Charity SORP requirements.
  • Knowledge and experience of VAT including partial VAT recovery scheme.
  • IT literate with experience of using Microsoft Office, a range of databases and other computerised systems, ideally experience of the use of property management software.
  • Substantial experience of working with finance systems, including extracting data and creating reports in Excel.
  • Wide experience of Banking processes and financial controls.
  • Have a rigorous approach to management of financial data.
  • Capacity to work with senior members of the Inn and all levels of staff, including providing. instruction and guidance on relevant financial processes.
  • Strong analytical skills and capable of being proactive.
  • Excellent organisation and planning skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Experience of accounting system implementation and/or process improvements.

Personal qualities

  • High levels of literacy and numeracy.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Ability to contribute positively to the work of the team and work supportively, co-operatively and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Ability to work on own initiative within the parameters of the role.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new skills.
  • Experience or knowledge of a similar working environment, landed estate including service charge accounting.

Apply for this role

This vacancy closes on Friday 28 June. 

The Inn offers 33 days annual leave and an 8% pension contribution.  If you would like to apply, please email your CV and covering letter to recruitment quoting the reference ‘Accountant ’

Interviews are expected to take place in early July.

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