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Financial Accounting Team Member (8965)

Job Title: Financial Accounting Team Member


Location: Aberdeen

Reports To: Financial Accounting Team Leader

Working Hours Per Week: Part-Time (Will consider someone covering a minimum of 25 or maximum of 30 hours per week)


A permanent employment opportunity is available for a Financial Accounting Member to join a well-established team of 4, in FirstGroup's Aberdeen Head Office.


What will you be required to do?

Whilst following the agreed processes, set in FirstGroup's Financial Accounting Function, you will be participating in the day-to-day operation of the Financial Accounting function ensuring compliance with group procedures and to meet all deadlines. You will be required to contribute to the continuous improvement of Financial Accounting processes and deliver a strong customer focus and quality service as part of the team.


To understand the role's requirements a little more, see below for a breakdown of responsibilities.


Fixed Assets:

  • Process additions, transfers and disposals in accordance with procedures.
  • Maintain schedules of additions, transfers and disposals processed during the year.
  • Run depreciation processes at period end.
  • Calculate and post depreciation recharges to operating companies where required, e.g. for vehicles on HP or lease agreements.
  • On expiry of a HP or lease agreement, or following a lease buyout, reclassify assets. Reconcile to general ledger.
  • Provide relevant fixed asset information and process lease buyout transactions as necessary.
  • Reconcile the fixed asset register to the general ledger at period end. Pro-actively investigate and resolve reconciling items.
  • Regularly review the fixed asset register to identify non-depreciating assets and assets that have reached their residual value, taking appropriate action.
  • Provide fixed asset reports and other information to operating companies when required.
  • Issue fixed asset listing to operating companies on time to enable six-monthly fleet reconciliation.


Inter-Company Balances:

  • Review inter-company balances on sales and purchase ledgers and trading balance accounts at period end. Agree balances and post reversing journal from to trading balance account for timing differences.
  • Prepare and post inter-company journals for inter-company transactions between UK Bus operating companies and Group.
  • Review and agree inter-company balances at period end. Investigate and resolve differences.
  • Clear inter-company balances each period by preparing the transfer of funds between bank accounts.


VAT Returns:

  • Run purchase, sales and general ledger VAT reports at period end.
  • Compile monthly VAT returns using the standard working paper template. Investigate and explain significant variances.
  • Prepare and post VAT journals including monthly fuel scale charge and annual mobile phone adjustment.
  • Reconcile the VAT control accounts at period end. Pro-actively investigate and resolve reconciling items.


Balance Sheet Reconciliations:

  • Download a trial balance into the balance sheet reconciliation template at period end. Reconcile balance sheet accounts under FSS responsibility.
  • Pro-actively investigate and resolve reconciling items ensuring timely clearance of differences.


What will you need to have to be considered?

You will have previous experience of working in a Finance-related role, using accounting systems, and be conversant in double entry accounting. It's essential that you have an excellent attention to detail and an adaptable & flexible approach.


A self-motivated, well-organised individual is needed and you must be able to pick up new skills quickly.


Although not essential, it would be desirable for you to have experience of working in the Service Sector and within in a high-volume environment


Would you like to know more about us?

FirstGroup plc is the leading transport operator in the UK and North America with revenues of more than £6.4 billion a year. We employ approximately 100,000 employees and transport more than 2.1 billion passengers a year. Our vision is to provide solutions for an increasingly congested world, keeping people moving and communities prospering. You'll soon discover that there's so much more to life at FirstGroup than simply doing a job. We're all part of one big family that works hard and supports each other to help millions of people to travel to thousands of different destinations.


If you would like to view a full job description, please contact Mike Baker (Resourcing Partner) -


FirstGroup plc welcomes applications from a diverse range of candidates regardless of background, gender, race, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age. We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive organisation because we believe that diversity brings benefits for our customers, communities and our people. Valuing our differences and drawing on our collective knowledge and experience helps us develop new services, open up new markets and broaden our customer.

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Aberdeen Group HQ
395 King Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB24 5RP
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    Permanent - Part Time
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    Part Time
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  • Location:
    Aberdeen Group HQ
  • Closing Date:
    21 January 2019
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