Our newly created Assistant Accountant position has been set up to support the Financial Controller to deliver the accurate and timely recording and reporting of the financial transactions of Prior’s Court Foundation and it’s two subsidiaries: Prior’s Court Trading Limited and the new services subsidiary to ensure compliance with organisational financial controls.

Key Information:
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: 30 - 37.5 hours a week negotiable
Salary: £25,000 - £30,000 FTE
Closing date: Please submit an up-to-date CV and details of your current remuneration
Apply: Online application form

ABOUT PRIOR'S COURT

Prior's Court was set up by Founding Patron Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose vision of a centre of excellence for children with autism became reality with the opening of Prior's Court School in 1999. We have since grown to support around 80 young people with autism aged between 5-25 years with the opening of Prior's Court Young Adult Provision in 2011.

We offer a range of specialist services within a residential children’s home, school and adult provision to support children and young people severely challenged by their autism. 

THE ROLE

Our newly created Assistant Accountant position has been set up to support the Financial Controller to deliver the accurate and timely recording and reporting of the financial transactions of Prior’s Court Foundation and it’s two subsidiaries: Prior’s Court Trading Limited and the new services subsidiary to ensure compliance with organisational financial controls.

Key responsibilities

  • Working with the Financial Controller and Finance Assistant (where appropriate) to ensure accurate and timely processing for the subsidiaries of: 
    • Raising and processing invoices and credit notes
    • Debtor management /collecting cash
    • Processing of supplier invoices, reviewing coding, authorisations, and (where relevant) purchase orders
    • Intercompany transactions
  • Supporting the Financial Controller to ensuring accurate accounts are kept through the timely processing and reconciliation of all month end items within Sage 200 Extra for the production of the monthly management accounts for the subsidiaries, including bank reconciliations, income recognition, accruals, prepayments, intercompany transactions, VAT returns and fixed assets
  • Circulation of monthly management SAGE reports on the trading subsidiary to the Head of Commercial Enterprises, setting up and attending monthly review meetings to monitor variances to budget
  • Supporting the Financial Controller in key Foundation processes and month end duties as required
  • Ensuring financial controls and processes in place are complied with within the subsidiaries
  • Supporting the Director of Finance, Financial Controller and budget holders in the annual budgeting and planning processes for Prior’s Court subsidiaries
  • Supporting Head of Commercial Enterprises with proactive analysis to identify operational improvements & efficiencies within the subsidiaries
  • Adhoc analysis as required by the Director of Finance and Financial Controller
  • Computer literate with Windows 10, Microsoft Office packages (Excel, Outlook, Word) and accounting software packages
  • Able to work independently with a systematic approach to resolving issues
  • Highly accurate, numerate and literate
  • Organised and hands on, with demonstrable attention to detail
  • A good communicator
  • Excited to support the growth ambitions of the organisation.

Prior’s Court Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Note: The duties may be varied to meet the changing demands of the organisation and the duties may, therefore, be changed at the discretion of the Director of Finance. The Job Description may be revised annually.

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential

AAT or CIMA/ACCA/ACA part-qualified accountant

Or qualified by significant experience to include educated to A level or equivalent and including GCSE/ O level English & Maths – grade C or above

EXPERIENCE

Essential

Experience of management accountancy & financial processing (minimum 3 years)

Good organisational skills with an ability to prioritise, manage and complete a variety of tasks

Experience with a range of management accountancy software packages

Desirable

Experience of the charity/not for profit/education sector

Experience with Sage 200 Extra software package

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

Essential

Accepts personal accountability to deliver tasks on time for which they have been given responsibility

Highly accurate, numerate and literate

Highly organised with good attention to detail

Strong analytical skills with a systematic approach to resolving issues

Computer literate with Windows 10 & Microsoft Office packages (Outlook, Excel & Word)

Clear and effective communication skills; both written and oral

Able to work as part of a team

Ability to gather and retain information

Demonstrates understanding about the needs of others in the organisation (particularly the young people) and takes this into account when delivering work

Desirable

An understanding of autism

Experience of working within a special/complex needs environment

PERSONALITY

Able to work to deadlines

Team player

Professional and flexible approach

Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to communicate at all levels

A positive, can do, attitude

Ability to challenge and question

BENEFITS

We aim to make all staff feel valued and supported with training and a competitive salary along with providing the knowledge and skills needed to do a great job. Find out more about the benefits we offer.

HOW TO APPLY

Read through the application documents below, then complete the application form and email it to the recruitment team. If you would like to express your interest in the role and find out more before applying then please fill in this form. You can find out what happens after you apply here.

Application links: 
Job description Equal opportunities monitoring form Online application form

Policies:
Recruitment policy Safeguarding statement Equal opportunities statement
Recruitment of ex-offenders policy Documents to prove eligibility to work in the UK Job applicant privacy notice

CONTACT

t: 01635 245928

e: [email protected]

All positions at the school are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and references. Prior’s Court Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.