Project Accountant

Ref: 440| Posted: 30th Nov 2018

This vacancy is now closed
As Project Accountant you will work closely with other internal departments where you will then play a leading role in the provision of comprehensive, effective and efficient project financial management support.  You will provide high quality technical support through insightful analysis and issue resolution.  You will also be expected to challenge and help improve existing processes and procedures, and to support provision of financial governance on Projects.
  • Membership of a recognised CCAB accounting professional body
  • Demonstrable experience in a similar project accounting role
  • Good understanding of budgeting, forecasting and strategic planning                                                                                      
  • Good working knowledge of VAT and its application in capital projects     
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to prepare and present financial management reports and commentary
  • Excellent IT skills with the ability to develop and enhance computerised management systems, analyse and manipulate data and present meaningful management information using a range of industry standard and accounting software
  • Demonstrable experience of presenting and explaining financial data to both financial and non financial colleagues such that it is fully understood
  • Extensive experience of operating at a senior finance level, with a track record of success in influencing senior management
  • Logical and analytical thinker with astute decision-making, problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Significant experience in a similar or related role(s) within a large and complex financial environment with a proven track record in reporting and governance on capital project
  • Experience of supporting the preparation of business cases with non-financial professionals
  • Experience of successfully leading continuous financial process improvement and change with demonstrable operational and financial efficiencies delivered
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of financial governance and regulation in the HE sector
  • Experience of leading/ working within the finance team of a large property/FM organisation/ division
  • Provide professional financial advice, guidance and challenge to project Managers, including developing robust financial appraisals, leading regular project forecast activity and producing robust project financial reports and analyses together with specialist recommendations on key areas of focus.
  • A key member of the finance team you will lead by example, motivate and assist in the development of the finance team, ensuring behaviours and attitudes reflect company values. In doing so promote a continuous improvement approach, ensuring appropriate professional standards and demonstrate a culture of ownership and accountability to ensure the delivery of excellent services.
  • Provide timely management information for both strategic and operational purposes, including strategic financial planning, financial governance and control, budgeting, forecasting, monitoring and reporting.
  • Work with the Senior Project Accountant and Head of Finance, Estates to oversee the non-strategic projects within the Capital Plan, ensuring early identification of any deviance from budget, the preparation of impact analyses and reports on revenue/capital cash-flow planning, and providing specialist support on appropriate risk management plans.
  • Assist the Head of Finance, Estates & the Senior Project Accountant to develop and implement a capital project financial governance structure and associated processes and procedures, ensuring alignment with the company's corporate financial processes and that the evolving needs of a continuously growing and developing campus estate are met.
  • Continuously develop the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of financial reports, management information and the financial tools and templates associated with costing, business evaluation, cash flow planning and financial risk management.
  • Assist with development of options appraisals and business plans/business cases in respect of estate development and redevelopment strategies and a multi-million pound capital programme, providing robust financial challenge and ensuring that all business cases progressed withstand scrutiny and contain measurable delivery criteria.
  • Attend project boards as required, preparing detailed business cases and other analyses for senior management, challenging and testing the data provided and ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of reports. Actively contribute to all relevant project meetings and working groups.
  • Provide appropriate input to the monthly management accounts, commentaries and monthly financial performance indicators, ensuring a "no surprises" culture.
  • Support the Senior project Accountant & the Head of Finance, Estates in an on-going programme of review of capital project financial management, reporting and governance processes, ensuring recommendations for continuous improvement are reported, considered, implemented and measured.
  • Promote financial awareness and a culture of financial accountability across the department to ensure financial sustainability is central to all business activities.
  • Provide specialist intelligence and advice on internal and external financial influences, strategic funding issues and opportunities which arise.
  • Act as a key contact in relation to internal audit and procurement matters, ensuring compliance with all legislative, best practice and company corporate financial requirements and procedures.
  • Work with the Head of Procurement to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements in relation to the procurement of contractors.
  • Work closely with the central finance function to ensure all policies and procedures are complied with and transactional support is delivered in an effective and efficient manner utilising the appropriate corporate system and process and all staff comply with the inherent financial controls.
Competitive Salary and benefits package.