Assistant Accountant




Finance & Accounting


£13.09 Per Hour


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MPA Belfast are recruiting for a temporary Assistant Accountant for our public sector client, based in Belfast city centre.


Essential Criteria

Communicative English, both verbal and written

Candidates must hold one of the following qualifications:

• the final examinations of AAT or IATI; or

• the foundation papers of a CCAB body (or equivalent) or

• a relevant Bachelor’s degree (where accounting is the major component) or equivalent qualification

Candidates must demonstrate a minimum of 3 years’ experience in an accounting environment in at least 3 of the following areas in their application:-

Experience in budget setting, forecasting, monitoring and reporting of expenditure.

Experience in the preparation of statutory accounts.

Experience in the identification and implementation of business process improvements within a finance environment in order to drive improved performance.

Experience in managing a team (Manager/Supervisor role) within a busy finance environment in order to ensure deadlines are achieved and procedures followed, whilst ensuring suitable arrangements for staff training, motivation, discipline and performance assessment.

Experience in the use of an integrated financial management system, linked reporting tools and advanced spreadsheets skills.

Experience in writing reports using SAP Business Objects/Crystal report writing tool.

Experience in finance systems implementation projects, demonstrating experience in a key role in any of the following: project management, system testing, production of control procedure documentation, implementation support and training.

Successful applicants must be prepared to undergo an Access NI check.


The Job Role

Play a key role in the development of budgetary control processes to further instil an ethos of devolved budgetary control, supporting budget holders with the provision of reports, investigation of variances and providing advice on necessary corrective actions.

Maintain effective financial systems to fulfil the requirements of legislation, accounting standards, organisation's policy and financial control obligations.

This will involve reaction to, and anticipation of, changes in legislation and policy.

Develop Team KPI’s and assurances for the section, and a system for monitoring and reporting of these.

Provide senior Finance staff with performance information in relation to the relevant areas of responsibility, ensuring that any issues are escalated and proposals for resolution are made.

Assist with ad hoc investigations and reports, while ensuring that regular reports are produced and circulated in accordance with agreed reporting timetables.

Identify business improvements with the aim of enhancing the performance of the relevant Finance section.

Assist Business Partner/Senior Accountant to ensure that appropriate risk management, business continuity, business contingency, system security and procedural documentation is in place for relevant area of responsibility.

Manage unit staff and provide suitable arrangements for training, motivation, discipline and performance assessment.

Other duties which may arise from time to time as identified by the Business Partner/Senior Accountant.

A full job description is available on request


Additional Information

Hours of work: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Rates of pay is £13.90 p/hour

Holiday pay accrued from first day of employment

Pension scheme

Weekly pay

Temporary ongoing basis