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Assistant Financial Accountant

Islington (Hybrid)
Up to £32500 per annum + pension schemes
Job description

We're looking for an Assistant Financial Accountant to join our finance team located at our Head Office in Caledonian Road.

£32,500.00 per annum, working 35 hours per week. Benefits include 25 days Annual Leave, pension schemes, staff discounts, healthcare and career progression.

Want to feel like you have an exciting future? You'll feel at home here.

Reporting to the Financial Accountant, the Assistant Financial Accountant will be involved with all financial accounting and treasury activities for the organisation which includes Look Ahead Care & Support and its subsidiaries. Activities include the day to day monitoring and administration of Look Ahead's bank account, posting journals, producing monthly balance sheet reconciliations and assisting with the management of the outsourced payroll function.

All applicants must be legally eligible to work in the UK by the start of employment as Look Ahead are not able to offer sponsorship.

What you'll do:

Assist with the production of the management accountants and annual financial statements for Look Ahead Care & Support (LACS) and its 3 subsidiary companies.
Assist the Financial Accountant with the annual year end audit process for the organisation including liaison with the external auditors.
Prepare the quarterly VAT return for Look Ahead and Look Ahead Developments.
Post all fixed asset journals, reconciling relevant balance sheet accounts monthly.
Prepare and post monthly journals and complete monthly balance sheet reconciliations for other general ledger accounts as required.
Ensure that Look Ahead's bank accounts are reconciled on a daily basis. Prepare and post daily journals for cash receipts, direct debits, and manual payments.
Assist with the preparation of payroll journals and the reconciliation of relevant payroll accounts e.g. payroll control, PAYE, pension, attachment of earnings etc.
Assist with the monthly payroll processing, including processing of overtime and payroll sample checking.
Assist with the administration of Look Ahead's pension scheme, including processing new joiners and leavers.
Assist the Financial Accountant with the development and day to day management of the SUN financial system across the whole finance team in order to achieve efficiencies and continuous improvement.

For the full list please see our website.

This is not an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time and is subject to change in accordance with the needs of Look Ahead

About you:

Enjoys social interaction and the company of others, networks in local business community
Approachable and open behaviour
Prefers working as part of a group or team
Is fundamentally calm and resilient, does not let emotion adversely affect them or obscure their judgement
Is assertive and will challenge others
Has a practical and logical mind and is naturally well organised
Thrives on change and enjoys dynamic diverse environments
Demonstrates significant confidence and high levels of self-esteem
Is respectful, articulate and sensitive in style of communication
Is passionate and enthusiastic about his/her career and job experiences
Is motivated towards excellence and improvement of personal performance with a can do attitude

What you'll bring:


Good attention to detail with ability to prioritise and manage a varied workload to meet agreed deadlines.
Excellent oral and written communications.
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
Proven customer service experience.
Experience of posting journals and working within a general ledger system.
Experience of balance sheet reconciliations.
1 - 2 years relevant accounting experience.


Experience of using Sun Financials.
Experience of using Sage.
Experience of accounting in the social housing sector.
Be studying towards a relevant professional finance qualification (ACCA, CIMA etc.).

About us:

Look Ahead is a leading, not-for-profit care and support provider in London and the South East. Our vision is to build better lives through social care and housing in local communities. As an organisation we deliver over 120 services, providing support to around 6000 customers each year. Our mission is to co-design and deliver services that offer innovative social care solutions and support people to thrive. We work across mental health, homelessness, young people and learning disabilities so there are plenty of opportunities to grow and progress your career with us.

We have a strong social purpose and we live and work by our values:

We focus on Excellence and innovation.
We are Caring and Compassionate.
We are Inclusive and Trusted.
We work in Partnership and are One-Team.
Look Ahead is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, and expects all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

If your application for this role is unsuccessful, but we feel that you would be suitable for another role, we may contact you to discuss alternative opportunities. If this occurs you would not need to submit another application for the alternative role.

We reserve the right to close this advert early if we are able to appoint to the vacancy before the advertised closed date.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion at work and are accredited with Silver in the Inclusive Employers Standard 2021. We are a proud member of the Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant and encourage applications from a diverse range of applicants of all backgrounds.

Posted by
Look Ahead Care and Support View profile Company size Size: More than 1000
Posted on: 22 May 2024
Closed date: 19 June 2024 at 14:57
Job ref: REQ005618
Tags: Finance