Role details

Management Accountant

City of London   •   £250 - £300 per day (£64,995 - £77,994)   •  Temporary

Bullet points

  • Exciting opportunity with senior stakeholder engagement
  • Government finance experience necessary

About Our Client

A well known central government body reporting in to a central department with a growing finance team, located in central London

Job Description

Responsible for overall production of accurate and comprehensive management accounts, budgets and forecasts ensuring the integrity of the organisations reporting. Responsible for continuous review of reporting to ensure consistency, high quality, relevance and usability:

  • Supporting and deputising for the HOMR in the overall production and distribution of the full, consolidated set of monthly management accounts with variance analysis to Executive, Audit Committee and the Board.
  • Lead on ensuring that the forecast includes all information from the Finance Business Analyst and that the cash flow and management accounts forecast are in sync.
  • Responsible for the production and distribution of accurate monthly management accounts information to budget holders within allocated directorates in accordance with agreed timetables.
  • Responsible for co-ordinating and reporting on the monthly forecasts for allocated directorates
  • Ensuring transparency in the reporting and challenging performance as necessary.
  • Lead on the continuous review of budget holder reporting to identify, co-ordinate and implement improvements to reporting ensuring consistency, high quality, relevance and usability.
  • Co-ordinate and be responsible for accurate year end statutory reporting ensuring that all the necessary year-end adjustments are made in accordance with the timetable.
  • Manage the preparation of all notes to the statutory accounts by the management accounts team in accordance with the agreed timetable.

Lead on the production of accurate and comprehensive budgets:

  • Lead on providing guidance and templates, perform scrutiny, consolidation and analysis of submissions by all budget holders. Provide consolidated reports and analysis of annual budget ensuring resources are allocated in accordance with the long term business plan. Lead on the design, preparation and production of the budget book ensuring that it contains accurate and relevant information in a corporate format for use by budget-holders and the organisation.

  • Engage with directors and budget holders to build and maintain strong business partner to ensure that the organisations investments, financial management and governance compliance are effective and defendable when subject to internal and external scrutiny.

  • Responsible for building strong and effective partnering relationships and being the primary contact with directors, budget holders and their staff within allocated directorates.

  • Plan monthly meetings for all budget holders and directors. Lead monthly meetings providing advice, guidance and solutions to problems and issues, ensuring that the organisations financial policies and processes are understood and complied with in a consistent and compliant manner.

  • Providing financial direction, expertise and support in the preparation of business development plans and initiatives and ensuring robust cases are made for change which support the organisations strategy and priorities.

  • Lead on the monitoring, evaluation and recommendation of new and/or changes to management accounting policies and processes which will enhance efficiency, financial control and business planning.

Managing the cost allocations across the organisation:

  • Lead on the management of an effective cost allocation system, ensuring that resources are allocated correctly and in accordance with the corporate business plan.

  • Lead on ensuring that the necessary journal in the accounting system is done in order that overhead expenditure is allocated appropriately and that it reconciles to the management accounts.

  • Responsible for managing compliance and effecting change on non-compliance of financial policies and procedures, both within the finance team, and across the organisation:

  • Influencing colleagues and budget holders within scope of responsibility to ensure they are complying with all finance policies and procedures and provide guidance where necessary. Responsible for identifying, reporting and effecting change with budget holders for all non compliance issues.

  • Responsible for the provision of formal finance training to colleagues to increase understanding of financial processes and controls

The Successful Applicant


  • Higher/Further Education with accounting knowledge.
  • CIMA/CIPFA/ACCA accreditation.
  • Previous experience in coordinating and leading a team work plan
  • Experience of problem solving and applying sound judgement.
  • Previous experience of management accounting within a government environment.
  • Proven proficiency in accounting and reporting with an absolute minimum of 3 to 5 years experience.
  • Demonstrable experience in a management accounting role with proven business partnering skills (minimum 3 to 5 years experience)
  • Practical understanding of Government Accounting Rules
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Able to explain and present complex technical accounting concepts to a range of professional and administrative staff across the organisation.
  • Proven ability to prioritise own work and that of the team to ensure that deadlines are met ensuring team KPIs are set and achieved.
  • Ability to effectively utilise information technology to meet team and customer requirements.
  • Advanced Excel and report writing skills


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains

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