Systems Accounting Officer

  • Northern Ireland
  • Ongoing Agency
  • Temporary
  • Belfast
  • £23.03

Bluestones Staffing

Main purpose of job

The post holder will report to the Principal Accountant and represent them and Financial Services as required, within the post-holder’s own sphere of responsibility.

To contribute to the planning, development and implementation of council’s corporate financial systems and reporting mechanisms and the review of supporting policies, strategies and procedures.

To contribute to the ongoing development of corporate financial systems and the development of associated feeder systems.

To assist the Principal Accountant in specifying, configuring, testing and implementing new corporate systems for areas within the post-holder’s own sphere of responsibility, with consideration of Local Government Accounting Code of Practice, IFRS financial reporting requirements and Audit recommendations.

To provide training and assistance to end users in the technical operation of the corporate finance system and corporate accounting business processes.

To maintain and report the council’s Fixed Assets Register and capital accounting records.

To manage the day-to-day contractor relationship between Financial Services and the council’s appointed external valuers for annual property valuations exercise and incorporate changes in property asset values into the council’s financial records.

To prepare fixed asset and capital accounting notes to the annual statutory final accounts; and respond to external and internal audit enquiries related to these, and complete any restatements as required.

To assist with the council’s accounting processes for revenue and capital, and the provision of comprehensive, accurate and timely financial management information.

To contribute to the corporate management of the service and council through close working contact with senior officers, project teams and consultative groups as necessary.

To deliver assigned projects, initiatives and activities in accordance with corporate and departmental priorities and deadlines.

Qualifications and experience

Applicants must, as at the closing date for applications forms:

  • Be a part-qualified accountant (i.e. finalist) of a relevant professional body, for example: Association of Chartered Accountants (ACAI); Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA); or equivalent, and
  • Hold a third level qualification in Information Technology or Computing.

At least two years’ relevant experience in:

  • Maintaining and reporting Fixed Assets Register and capital accounting records
  • Preparation of fixed asset and capital accounting notes to the annual statutory final accounts;

plus two years’ relevant experience in at least two of the following 5 areas:

  • Monitoring of revenue or capital budgets
  • Preparation of periodic and annual revenue or capital accounts processing
  • Responding to external and internal audit enquiries.
  • Implementation or development of a financial management software package; the operation of core financial systems
  • Provision of advice and guidance to finance staff and departmental budget holders in finance and systems-related matters.

Overtime pay is available.

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