Michael Page has a dedicated team of consultants specialising in recruitment for public sector and not-for-profit organisations. The not-for-profit sector includes charities, which are hugely competitive organisations managed by experienced professionals who raise, manage and distribute huge funds to a variety of causes. We also offer the chance to work in more specialist areas such as arts and heritage and memberships associations.
The housing sector is a pivotal part of delivering public services throughout the UK, and has a very commercial focus. We work with the largest public sector organisations, from the central government to the NHS, universities and transport services, all offering equally challenging roles.
Working within public and not-for-profit organisations offers a diverse range of highly rewarding roles. Michael Page is undoubtedly the market leader in the not-for-profit sector and our consultants are on hand to provide advice and assistance to all newly-qualified accountants looking to work in this area.
A business analyst is responsible for providing financial and operational information from commercial projects, and understanding where value is gained and lost in the business. You would analyse management and competitor information to generate insights into relative economies and competitors. Your responsibilities would also include supporting decision makers by developing financial and operational models. Business analysts are involved in identifying, extracting and manipulating data within specific projects to enable strategic initiatives to show an increase in effective communication, incorporating the use of more sophisticated techniques and software.
As a financial accountant, you would provide a historical view of the company finances. Key responsibilities in this role are bookkeeping, statutory accounts, consolidations, supervising credit control and sales/purchase ledgers, bank/cash reconciliation, stock, fixed assets, general ledger and VAT work.
As a financial analyst working within a commercial business, you would be at the heart of producing figures and trends to feedback to decision makers. Financial analysts interact with all levels of the finance and commercial function, and are required to contribute to initiatives in the department and to identify improvements to the efficiency and performance of the business. This is a very visible position involving liaison with all levels within the core finance department and also with non-finance employees.
Financial controllers act as the central point of reference between the senior management team and the finance department, along with controlling the daily routines and ensuring that the department operates smoothly. They are responsible for the monthly and quarterly reporting as well as delivering commercial advice. A financial controller is empowered to ensure that the non-finance divisions of the company are able to understand their costs and profitability. Characterised by being strong communicators and team players, financial controllers have an innovative and forward-looking approach.
A group accountant role in a head office function will offer an opportunity to explore and understand the nature of the business. There is emphasis on financial/management accounting and the interfacing of the finance function with all levels of management in the business. Group accountant roles offer a chance to be noticed by senior management and the board and require a proactive approach to work. Most interaction is with core finance people across the whole organisation.
Management accountants produce daily, weekly and monthly information that is used in decision making. You would be responsible for the monthly information flow from operating units regarding the management accounts. In addition to some routine functions, such as month-end, you will also gain exposure to analysis work over budget variance issues and providing commercial support to non-finance managers.