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General Accountant

  • Ref: ASCJN240821
  • Rochdale
  • Posted: 4 weeks ago
  • Salary Expectation: £27,000

Availability/Notice Period: 4 Weeks


  • 2021 – Present studying CIMA – Operational level (self-funded)
  • 2020 -MAAT Qualified
  • GCSE’s including Maths and English

IT Systems

  • Microsoft Word / Excel including V Look Ups / Formulas, Exchequer, Shuttleworth, Sage, SAP, and other

Career Summary

Current Employer – Manufacturing Company

Position – General Accountant

Dates – September 2018 – Present

  • Oversees a small team of four and reports to the General Manager
  • Responsible for the full preparation of month end management accounts pack – showing a high attention to detail
  • Puts together the P&L, balance sheet and analyses the company ratios – compares the period results to the budget
  • These are then presented to the senior management
  • Accountable for the preparation of yearly budgets for approval
  • Manages balance sheet reconciliations and acts as the main point of contact for the year end audit
  • Responsible for accruals, prepayments, and monthly cash flows
  • Manages the full submission of the quarterly Vat Returns
  • Posts daily journals from the bank statements, posting to the nominals
  • Accountable for intercompany invoicing
  • Daily analysis of production operatives through KPI Reporting using excel
  • Posting daily cashbook receipts/payments, weekly bank reconciliations, Euros, GBP, and USD
  • Assists the sales team with commercially pricing customer’s purchase orders
  • Processes weekly payroll on sage payroll for 52 production operatives
  • Responsible for inventory analysis including overseeing the monthly stock take- analyses any stock variances and values stock at month end for the P&L
  • Oversees sales invoice creation and customer credit note processing using Shuttleworth
  • Accountable for the purchasing of raw materials, creating/signing off purchase orders and processing invoices
  • Manages the monthly supplier payment runs (BACS)
  • Involved with credit control, aged debtors chasing including foreign currency via email and telephone
  • AD hoc duties when required


Previous Employer – Manufacturing Company

Position – General Accounts Assistant

Dates – August 2017 – September 2018

  • Based within a team of 6 reporting to the Finance Manager
  • Printed off daily banks, Euro GBP, and USD, posting account payables to SAP and reconciled all items daily
  • Liaised with head office in Germany to resolve any queries for example updating bank details ensuring two authorisation signatures have signed off and approved the changes
  • Processed company credit card to the relevant GL accounts ensuring all receipts were provided and made reclaims of VAT when needed
  • Completed supplier statement reconciliations ensuring unmatched items were dealt with promptly in preparation for the payment run and highlighted and informing the account manager of any potential under accruals
  • Processed and approved up to 500 invoices monthly on SAP with values up to £250k individually
  • Prepared GBP Payment run bi-weekly of up to £750k a time – passed to the Finance Manager for authorisation
  • Prepare monthly payment run for Euro accounts up to 500kEURO and $500k USD payments
  • Responsible for foreign currency – Euros, USD and ensure this was reconciled on a quarterly basis
  • Responsible for petty cash, ensuring correct money was returned with receipts and was reconciled monthly
  • Posted staff expenses to SAP ensuring receipts were provided
  • Scanned non-freight invoices into Readsoft for coding and approval by the budget holders – coded the invoices to their relevant department
  • Using SAP System for freight invoices matching to purchase order numbers raised by the freight team and match to the correct stock and ensure the forecast of the products was correct
  • Assisted the financial accountant with the VAT return
  • Control of short-term liabilities to achieve monthly working capital targets, and that all reports were complete to adhere with head office deadlines
  • Posted customs entries in excel by using a V Look Up to find the correct commodity come for the description of the product imported
  • Ensured all documents were filed correctly in number / monthly order, including invoice and payment runs for end of year audit purposes
  • Ensured monthly direct debits were signed off
  • Wrote and posted cheques to customers for customer complaints
  • Download data from sap for monthly Intrastats imports and exports and EC Sales made by the business- Created pivot tables in excel and met HMRC deadlines to input the data on their website
  • Provided cover for credit control, chased up payment of invoice, reconciling customer accounts and posting payments to the ledger


Previous Employer – Logistics Company

Position – Purchase Ledger / General Accounts Assistant

Dates – February 2016 – August 2017

  • Worked within a team of 4 and reported to the Finance Manager
  • Opened the department post each Morning as well as going through the Central email folder – distributing Supplier invoices to the correct teams
  • Daily responsible for processing up to 50 Purchase Ledger invoices for Overheads (processes rent invoices for 10 sites), Agency Fees, Transport and Freight Costs – individual values can range up to £850K; Coding invoices correctly to nominal codes if there was no PO raised
  • Put together the list for Payment twice Monthly – passed to the Finance Manager for authorisation – Payment runs ranged in value up to £5M
  • Monthly Bank Reconciliation – downloaded the statements to allocate incoming payments
  • Handled a high volumes of supplier queries via telephone and email
  • Ensured supplier statements were reconciliation at Month End
  • Processing of Company Credit cards
  • Matched unreconciled outgoing Direct Debit Payments


Previous Employer – Retail

Position – Customer Service/Administrator

Dates – December 2015 – January 2016

  • Part of a specific team set up to deal with a rush of customer service enquiries after the festive period


March 2015 – December 2015 working as a landscape gardener for a friends’ business throughout the summer


Previous Employer – Freight Company

Position – Freight Forwarder

Dates – October 2014 – March 2015

  • Negotiated rates with hauliers, suppliers, and agents
  • Provided clients with quotations
  • Inputted any ocean, road, or sea freight shipments on to the freight system and booked in with hauliers and shipping lines
  • Managed the tracking of shipments to ensure shipments had sailed/flown
  • Inputted general sales invoices and purchase invoices