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Assistant Accountant

Business Support

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £26,396 to £31,411 - per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 12 December 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2072022RR

Assistant Accountant – Finance Department 

The Faculty of Environmental & Life Sciences finance team are seeking to appoint a full-time Assistant Accountant to work as part of a professional team responsible for all aspects of faculty finance.

The position will suit someone with proven finance experience who can use their existing knowledge of finance administration and budget monitoring to support a wide variety of staff and activities. It is essential that you have excellent customer service skills, together with a pro-active approach in supporting staff and students.

We are looking for exceptional people who are flexible, responsive and highly motivated, with previous relevant work experience. You must be analytical and skilled at planning and organising and able to prioritise your own workload within a dynamic and complex environment.

The prime responsibility of the post will be to provide financial advice and support to Academic Staff on research and other funded awards.  The post holder will work within a team with specific responsibility for one school within the Faculty. Responsibilities will include the provision of financial reports, the interpretation there of and advise accordingly; act as an approver for procurement of goods and services whilst promoting value for money and best practice; invoicing and other accounting transactions as required, including. You will also be required to answer budget enquiries, communicate with funders and advise on the use of appropriate procedures in given situations.

You should be well organised, analytical and self-motivated, a strategic thinker with excellent communication skills. You should be proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel as well as comfortable working with financial systems (specific training will be provided). It would be an advantage to be working towards a professional accountancy qualification, support for which is available on a competitive basis.

We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse culture at the University and creating an environment where people can balance successful careers with their commitments and interests outside of work.  Our flexible working practices, including a hybrid working model, where employees can split their working time between the office and home, support our belief that this balance brings long-lasting benefits for our institution as well as our people.

We believe equality and diversity are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a vibrant, proud and successful organisation.  A diverse workforce, with people from different racial, educational and social backgrounds and a range of ages, opens up a wealth of possibilities for Southampton.  

The University also offers many other benefits:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Pension Scheme
  • Holidays including extra 8 days during the year
  • Discounted access to on campus sports, arts, and culture facilities
  • Wide range of discounts from national and international shops and services

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Janice Poon (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email recruitment@soton.ac.uk  Please quote reference 2072022RR on all correspondence.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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