Project Accountant

Advance HE
24 Sep 2020
28 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you an experienced accountant that wants to make a difference? This amazing opportunity allows you to do just that whilst earning a competitive salary!


£36,000 per annum

Advance HE are a charity who aim to support strategic change and continuous improvement through the development of individuals and organisations in higher education.

Reporting to the Head of Finance, the Project Accountant will be responsible for controlling and monitoring income and costs on multiple projects, including reporting on variances and forecasting outturn. The individual will act as a liaison between the Finance, project delivery teams and support function teams.

Advance HE has office locations in York, London and Edinburgh and there will be a requirement to travel to these locations as part of the role. There may also be a requirement to work away from home for short periods of time.

The Project Accountant’s primary responsibilities are to provide a comprehensive accounting service to all Advance HE staff which will include but is not limited to the following:
  • Interface with budget holders on (at least) a fortnightly basis
  • Monitor project performance, supporting teams in their understanding of financial performance
  • Drive consistency and predictability in month/quarterly financials
  • Investigate and report on project margins, variances and forecasts, highlighting risks and proposed actions
  • Monitor and report to the Financial Controller any issues regarding the impact of revenue recognition matters
  • Provide monthly forecasts of income and expenditure
  • Annual financial statements and assist with annual budgeting
  • Assist with the production of year end schedules and information for (annual) audit(s)
  • Accounting systems, controls and procedures
  • Ensure sales invoices are being requested and raised on a timely basis and assist with credit control as required

Knowledge and skills
  • Accountancy qualification or part qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA).
  • A proven track record of working on both long and short term projects.
  • Experience of providing financial support to and working as part of a project team.
  • Experience of developing, working, and maintaining budgets and forecasts.
  • Experience of financial software packages, purchase order systems and CRM systems.
  • Sound, up to date understanding of VAT regulations.
  • Sound, up to date understanding of current financial related legislation and its impact on procedures.
  • Experience of full Balance Sheet reconciliations.
  • Proven project accounting and skills.
  • Experience of Payroll (or audit of payroll reports).
  • Experience of working as part of a team.
  • Experience of report preparation and formatting of documentation.
  • Experience of working with a range of databases or CRM systems including all aspects of data gathering and migration, input, and verification.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong numeric and analytical skills.
  • Excellent IT skills especially the use of spreadsheets, including use of MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) - intermediate levels or above.

About you…
  • A collaborative and supportive personal style, helping to motivate and enthuse colleagues in meeting high standards and delivering client-focused outcomes and a strong team ethic.
  • Ability and willingness to provide constructive changes and accepts new challenges.
  • Organised, high level of attention to detail.
  • Solutions focussed approach with a 'can-do’ attitude that allows effective working across different functions and teams.
  • Willing to take on new tasks and develop knowledge and skills.
  • Flexible approach.
  • An understanding for higher education and its pivotal societal role.
  • Application of emotional and cultural intelligence and diplomacy.
  • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and a personal commitment to providing an outstanding service.

Interested in this Project Accountant job?

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You will be guided to our website where there will be a detailed breakdown of the role and you will be asked to filled out an online application form.

You must be eligible to work in the UK

Suitable skills and experience include: Finance, Charity, Accounting, Accountant, ACCA, ACA, CIMA, Financial Administrator