Assistant Accountant
AGS Airports Limited

Location: AGS Airports Limited

Closing date: 23/06/2022

Salary: TBC

Department: AGS Airports Ltd

We have an exciting opportunity at AGS Airports Limited for an Assistant Accountant to join our Finance team.  
The role will be based at Glasgow Airport, with occassional travel to Aberdeen and Southampton Airports.

What we can offer you: 

  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Participation in our annual bonus plan
  • 25 days annual holiday plus 8 public holidays
  • Generous pension contributions
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Private Healthcare
  • Flexible Benefit Platform
  • Life Assurance Cover
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Agile/Flexible working, where appropriate for the role

Job Description

The Assistant Accountant will process income and expenditure, including purchase to pay, order to cash, sales invoices, capital and all other airport financial transactions and ensure they are accounted for in the accounting records of the airport in accordance with the IFRS accounting rules, Group policies and procedures. The role will report to the Head of Accounting & Reporting.
The purpose of this role is to support the Transactional Finance Team, Airport Accountants and Capital Accounting Manager to ensure all financial information is accounted for and reported on accurately and within strict deadlines.
The role holder will be able to organise, prioritise and process improve all elements of Financial Accounting transactions to ensure accurate Management Accounts preparation can be conducted by the Airport Accountants.
This role will focus on transactional finance and will include a progression path to management accounts. The successful candidate will be supported through their journey to qualification.
The post holder will also be able to develop strong relationships with the other Finance and Business functions to work collaboratively across all business functions to enable efficient and accurate management account preparation and reporting. The candidate must possess excellent analytical skills and the ability to problem solve. Finally, the candidate must be able to demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.

Principle Accountabilities

  • Finance Central Services processing, on a rotational basis, to include:
  • Processing daily ground handler data on the traffic charging system and validating the data supplied
  • Enter invoices, credit notes & sundry payment requests accurately and within agreed company SLAs
  • Reconcile supplier statements and resolve any queries resulting from the reconciliation
  • Manage the supplier database by interrogating the ERP system on open items, supplier end date reports and liaising with the Procurement team
  • Issue Invoice on Hold and Goods Received Not Invoiced reports to business users and assist in resolving any disputes / queries with suppliers
  • Pro-actively interface with the business and customers/suppliers to resolve any queries relating to credit management and accounts payable
  • Ensure customers pay within their agreed payment terms and chasing payments as per the company’s debt collection process.
  • Log, report and release disputed invoices in a timely manner. Liaising with business stakeholders to obtain relevant information to support disputed invoices and communicating on outcome to the customer
  • Identify changes in payment patterns and escalate to the Finance Central Services Team Manager
  • Assist with investigation and application of unapplied and unallocated cash
  • Conduct back office system support during holiday cover, peak periods and month end activities when required
  • Respond promptly and completely to supplier and customer enquiries
  • Follow process compliance and identify on-going process improvements
  • Accountants Support to include:
  • Prepare and post accrual and prepayment journal entries
  • Support the airport accountants with the month end process, preparation of the monthly management accounts and balance sheet reconciliations
  • Support the capital accounting manager with the transfer of project costs to fixed assets, monthly depreciation postings and reporting requirements
  • Support the statutory accounts preparation and review process
  • Support the review of VAT application on transactions
  • A super user of back office finance systems
  • Provide support to the AGS community from raising a requisition to purchase order closure, including training and processing manuals when necessary
  • Close fully billed purchase orders and liaise with requisitioners on the closure of aged orders
  • Review, identify and implement improvements to support business and system processes
  • Liaising with business stakeholders on risk, process changes and new initiatives
  • Perform any ad hoc duties to assist the Head of Accounting & Reporting

Qualifications and Experience

The Assistant Accounting will require to have:

  • Working knowledge of double entry bookkeeping & reconciliations
  • Working knowledge of a financial transaction system (ERP), particularly Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable
  • Proficient in the practical use of Microsoft Office packages (particularly, Excel and Word)
  • Highly numerate and literate with strong analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to communicate effectively at all levels by appropriate means
  • Strong organisational skills, with ability to plan, prioritise and work to deadlines
  • The successful candidate will be extremely flexible with a positive “can do” attitude which will have been demonstrated during their application process

Framework and boundaries

  • Ensures appropriate application of pre-determined AGS overall policy and process
  • framework
  • Adherence to agreed Service Level Agreements
  • Works under functional guidance of the Head of Accounting & Reporting
  • Uses appropriate escalation processes for complex issues
  • Available scope to determine day-to-day operational workload priorities
  • Works effectively with and supports team on peer to peer level within own area of expertise
  • Works effectively with and supports key stakeholders within own area of expertise

Inclusive Recruitment Process  

​​​​​​​Diversity & Inclusion is important to us here at the AGS Group.  We want to ensure that our process is inclusive for all applicants.  If you have any questions or need any support with your application, we are here to help.  Please contact our recruitment team at ags_recruitment@agsairports.co.uk

 

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