Service Charge Accountant– Finance

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Service Charge Accountant– Finance
Kensington, London
Interim Position

K & C 5222065

Posted: 9th January 2023 11:43
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  • Pay Rate:

    £21.10 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Kensington, London,

    W8 7NX

What's involved with this role:


Interim Service Charge Accountant– Finance

Reference no: K & C 5221297

Pay rate: £21.10 per hour PAYE

Basic DBS required

The post holder will prepare service charge and major works estimated charges, reconcile the charges and produce detailed final accounts. They will Operate, design and implement financial systems to ensure the timely delivery and statutory compliance of all homeowners’ charges and assist the Service Charge Manager in the systems development of any area.

Key responsibilities:

  • In consultation with the Service Charge Manager and Head of Home Ownership design, implement and operate financial accountability systems the Council to exert full financial control over its’ responsive and planned maintenance schedules, and capital works.
  • Compile, administer and monitor key homeowner budgets.
  • Report findings to key stakeholders including the Housing Management Team
  • Monitor and project income budgets to ensure that recovery is realised and where there appears to be an under recovery or underspend, establish the cause and propose remedial action or adjust the budget accordingly.
  • Produce standard reports to agreed frequencies and timescales to inform the council on the actual and forecast position on each of these activities.
  • Provide analysis on the nature and causes of variances arising.
  • Provide information into wider reporting vehicles being supervised by others in the department. Produce related ad-hoc information as required.
  • Advise Home Ownership and the Property Investment Department’s on the recharge potential of all works plans, taking into account the terms of the lease and relevant statutes; and provide support to those staff in respect of these issues during resident consultations.
  • Design and co-ordinate with key budget holders, and in consultation with Home Ownership annual service charge budgets and ensure their detailed communication to residents, observing appropriate notification periods.
  • Produce outturn statements and accounts for service charges and any rechargeable works for homeowners as required in formats and to timescales which meet statutory and internally negotiated standards.
  • Arrange any audits needed. Provide explanations on actual costs incurred to any resident, residents’ representative or member of staff as required.


 “Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


Experience & Knowledge / Technical skills

  • A qualified accountant with any one of the CCAB bodies
  • Professional qualification with evidence of continuous professional development (CPD).
  • Experience in the Social Housing sector, specialising in the calculation and reconciliation of home-owners service charges.


Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent customer care skills with the ability to construct effective relationships with other staff and customers.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbally and written) financial issues to individual customers and members of staff.
  • Ability to draft detailed formal reports and make recommendations.
  • Experience of operating either highly codified accounting systems or of systems controlling multiple or large capital projects.
  • Advanced technical management accounting skills.
  • Able to define diverse information needs and to develop procedures to provide these efficiently.
  • Ability to identify technical accounting, system and reporting weaknesses, and to assist in the design, construction and delivery of effective solutions.
  • Ability to interpret legal documentation such as works contracts, leases and statutes sufficiently to enable financial liabilities to be accurately attributed.
  • Ability to comprehend and design highly complex spreadsheets and data extraction tools.
  • Proven ability to comprehend advanced universal accounting and financial standards, rules and protocols, and apply them in a specific setting.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and provide support and guidance to other team members.
  • Experience of specifying and developing management and performance reports to improve team performance.


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To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity. 

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.


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  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Service Charge Accountant– Finance
Client Category: Local Authority

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