To give you a flavour of what working in finance could involve, Page Personnel has pulled together some information you may find useful.
As a financial accountant, you would provide a historical view of the company finances. Key responsibilities in this role are bookkeeping, statutory accounts, consolidations, supervising credit control and sales/purchase ledgers, bank/cash reconciliation, stock, fixed assets, general ledger and VAT work.
Assistant financial accountant
Supporting the financial accountant, assistant FAs are typically responsible for activities such as balance sheet reconciliations, profit and loss analysis, VAT returns and maintaining a working knowledge of tax regulations.
As a financial analyst working within a commercial business, you would be at the heart of producing figures and trends to feedback to decision makers. Financial analysts interact with all levels of the finance and commercial function, and are required to contribute to initiatives in the department and to identify improvements to the efficiency and performance of the business. This is a very visible position, involving liaison with all levels within the core finance department and also with non-finance employees.
Assistant financial controller
Financial controllers act as the central point of reference between the senior management team and the finance department, along with controlling the daily routines and ensuring that the department operates smoothly. They are responsible for the monthly and quarterly reporting as well as delivering commercial advice. A financial controller is empowered to ensure that the non-finance divisions of the company are able to understand their costs and profitability. Characterised as being strong communicators and team players, financial controllers have an innovative and forward-looking approach.
Assistant accountants typically take responsibility for month and year-end processes. Working closely with the finance manager you would provide support during busy times and be closely involved in activities like submitting VAT returns and managing accruals, as well as month-end close-downs for the sales and purchase ledgers. Exposure to financial or management accounts is key for this type of role, as is good communication skills and knowledge of sales and purchase ledgers
Management accountants produce daily, weekly and monthly information that is used in decision making. You would be responsible for the monthly information flow from operating units regarding the management accounts. In addition to some routine functions, such as month-end, you will also gain exposure to analysis work over budget variance issues and providing commercial support to non-finance managers.
Assistant management accountant
Assisting the management accountant you would be responsible for the production of monthly management accounts to a tight deadline. The specifics of this role vary greatly from company to company and may include dealing with stock management, fixed assets and reconciliations and any other ad hoc finance duties as required.
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