Management Accountant

Location Truro
Discipline: Finance & Accountancy
Job type: Permanent - Full Time
Salary: £33,174 to £41,175 per annum doe
Contact name: Mike Burnett

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​Are you a management accountant looking for your next role based in Cornwall? My client, one of the key education trusts in Cornwall, is seeking an ambitious Trust Management Accountant to play a key role in supporting the financial and business affairs of the Trust, and to ensure the Trust complies with financial regulations. You will have a keen eye for detail and excellent management accounting and interpersonal skills, preferably within the education sector in both secondary and primary phases. Excellent working knowledge of Education Finance software and school/academy finance is an advantage.

Additionally, you must be proficient in the use of Excel and hold relevant financial and accountancy qualifications. This role will involve travelling to and working at schools across the Trust on a regular basis.

This can be either a full time role working 37 hours per week Monday to Friday paying £33,174 to £41,175 per annum doe. There is also a term time option working 38 weeks a year, 37 hours per week Monday to Friday, with salary band of £29,013 to £36,010 per annum doe. A full job description is available on request.

Key Duties and Responsibilites Include

  • Process month-end journals and undertake reconciliations to ensure all financial systems and accounts structures, including chart of accounts, are up to date and support all accounting and reporting needs of the Trust.

  • Reconcile and import the final monthly payroll into the accounts.

  • Prepare and review monthly management accounts, forecasts and other financial and non-financial reports of the Trust.

  • Attend regular meetings with Headteachers within the Trust to provide operational support and management accounts feedback.

  • Support delegated budget holders in budget planning and management.

  • Prepare year-end documentation, accruals and prepayments.

  • Assist with the preparation of external returns and liaise with auditors and accountants in the annual audit and preparation of accounts.

  • Assist with the preparation of annual budgets in accordance with the requirements of the Trust Board.

Key Skills

  • Relevant financial and accountancy qualifications and experience – AAT Level 4

  • Excellent management accounting skills and technical systems experience.

  • Thorough knowledge and experience of computerised accounting systems, including the setting up of databases and maintaining structures and reports.

  • Good knowledge and understanding of the funding arrangements and VAT regulations for academies.

  • Excellent management accounting skills and technical systems experience within the education sector.

  • Experience of school-based accounting systems.

  • Competent in the use of ICT systems, including proficient use of Excel.

  • Ability to learn other financial and business functions of the Trust

About You

  • Full driving licence, business use insurance, and access to a vehicle to allow cross-site working

  • A flexible ‘can-do’ approach.

  • Tactful and professional.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.

  • Proactive, innovative and constantly looking for improved ways of working.

  • Ability to relate well to people at all levels.

Your main attributes will be your personality, practical and organisational abilities, and strong communication skills. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check and online searches will be carried out for shortlisted candidates.

​If you feel you have the skills and experience for this role please get in contact.

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