Assistant Accountant

Job Roles:
Finance, Assistant
Organisation Type:
Further Education
FE College
Contract Type:
Full Time
Subject Area:
Accounting and Finance
South East
Contract Term:
Salary Description:
Salary £26,000 - £28,500 FTE pa plus benefits
15th Jan 2020
Start Date:
University College of Estate Management (UCEM)
Job Ref:

We’re looking for an energetic Assistant Accountant, eager to put their skills to good use within our busy finance team!

University College of Estate Management (UCEM) is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment. Currently celebrating our 100th year as an institution, we have a wealth of history and experience in providing the highest quality learning opportunities. At any one time, we have over 3,500 students from more than 100 countries benefiting from our qualifications. UCEM helps to enhance Built Environment professional careers through our accredited property-related and construction programmes, offered at Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Apprenticeship levels. Our centenary year has inspired our new vision to be the Centre of Excellence for Built Environment Education, appropriately abbreviated ‘CX’ to help us look to the future and lead our strategy for the next 10 years. This is all to achieve our core purpose of providing accessible, relevant and cost-effective online education, producing leading talent for a better Built Environment.

Finance is a busy department within UCEM; it services our students and internal staff and prepares management data for directors and Trustees. You will be primarily supporting the Management Accountant to ensure accounting records and financial reporting is complete and accurate, whilst also providing support to colleagues on the finance systems we use.

Your duties will include routine accounting such as month end journal processing, posting cost reallocations and reconciliations; reporting, budgeting and forecasting, such as assisting with management accounts, financial and variance analysis, and business partnering; as well as working with the finance systems by investigating transactional issues, updating codes and providing support to others.

Key qualities we’re looking for include:
• ACCA/CIMA part qualified or actively studying
• Previous experience working in a busy finance department in a similar role
• Advanced Excel skills
• Well organised with a high attention to detail
• Impeccable communication skills
• Good understanding of accounting/bookkeeping procedures

AAT qualification and knowledge of Agresso is desirable but not essential for this role. Previous experience within the Higher education sector or similar would also be beneficial but not crucial.

At UCEM we expect all our employees to demonstrate our values: Passion, Integrity, Excellence and Support.

We have a very detailed job specification for this role so please, before applying, take a look:

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Suzana Murdoch on 0118 467 2147 or email Alternatively contact the HR team on 0118 467 2243 / 7051 or

To apply please send your CV, covering letter, and Recruitment Check Form to

Thursday 30 January 2020 at 12 noon

Please note, applications may be reviewed as and when they are received, so you may be invited to interview ahead of the closing date.

Please note any appointment to this post is conditional upon and subject to an enhanced certificate (criminal record check) issued by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which will also include a check of the DBS Barred Lists.

We do not use agencies as part of our recruitment process. We politely ask that you respect this decision and do not call our offices on seeing this advertisement; if you do, the same message will be repeated to you. Thank you for your co-operation.

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
University College of Estate Management (UCEM)
Tel: n/a
Contact: R Kipling

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