Temporary Accountant

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Temporary Accountant
Contract / Temporary

Runnymede RQ605097

Posted: 14th June 2022 10:30
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  • Pay Rate:

    £13.95 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months


    KT15 2AH

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Accountant 

Job Ref: RQ605097 

Provide a full range of costing, budgeting, and accounting services for the Council and its associated companies   

Key Responsibilities: 


  • Prepare the annual budgets for a range of services in accordance with the agreed estimate programme by using information supplied by, and in consultation with, Budget Managers and from allocation working papers by analysing information as appropriate to enable robust budgets to be set that are consistent with the Council’s financial strategy. 
  • Prepare the final accounts for services in accordance with the agreed Closing of Accounts programme by rigorously testing and examining information from the Financial Management System and from Budget Managers in order that robust and accurate service actuals are produced. 
  • Develop the system for the effective budgetary control of services by continuously reviewing the systems for providing budgetary control data, to ensure that, in consultation with Budget Managers, variances are identified and reported effectively, and appropriate action taken. 
  • Assist the Senior Accountants as directed and in accordance with agreed procedures to enable the effective control and monitoring of ledger controls and personal accounts and in completing high quality year end working papers. 
  • Provide proactive and responsive advice and support to Members and Managers as requested by giving verbal and written advice in order to assist them in achieving their aims whilst at the same time ensuring adherence to the Council’s financial regulations, standing orders aims and objectives. 
  • Provide comments on the resource implications for reports and provide professional input to all other reports, attending pre-meetings, meetings and following up issues after the meeting so that the stakeholders receive high quality professional financial advice. 
  • Complete financial returns for government departments and other organisations by using appropriate and accurate financial data set in the correct context within the timetables specified, to ensure that the financial position and plans of the Council are fairly and accurately reported. 
  • Recover sums owed from third parties in accordance with written legal agreements on a periodical basis by interrogating the Financial Management System and raising invoices for the appropriate amounts to ensure all sums due to the Council under these agreements are received on time. 
  • Support the Senior Accountants at working parties and project teams by attending meetings and providing financial evaluations, costings and advice to enable decisions to be made that assist in the achievement of the aims of these groups and teams 

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

  • Five GCSE or “O” levels or equivalent including Maths and English 
  • Knowledge of budget setting and budgetary control functions 
  • Knowledge of cost allocation, recharging mechanisms and reconciling control accounts and salary budgets 
  • A minimum of three year’s working in a finance environment 
  • Ability to understand, analyse and interpret financial data and present it in a format suitable for reporting 
  • Able to review and proof-read documentation effectively to check for completeness and accuracy 
  • Confident with using figures and has the ability to collect, understand and interpret information and explain the meaning of figures in a clear way to non-finance staff and other stakeholders 


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD. 

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Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items: 

  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. 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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Temporary Accountant
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