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Accounts Assistant - HS2

Posted: 16 Nov 2020 Closes: 15 Jan 2021
London - North Acton - HS2 Competitive
Permanent & Full-time scs-railways/20201116084259


We are looking for an Accounts Assistant to work on HS2 Main Works. As an Accounts Assistant, you will be responsible for supporting the Project Accountant within the project’s core team with the focus on costs recharged to the project from its JV partners and all central finance functions on the project.  The role reports directly to the Project Accountant.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Project Accounting - Integrity of costs and accuracy & transaction processing
  • Financial control, Governance, segregation of duties & process flows
  • Maintenance of sound financial controls, in line with JV guidelines, ensuring that all applicable requirements can be met at all times
  • General administration of finance information and data, ensuring records are maintained for an adequate period, kept securely and sufficient information is kept to meet group requirements.

General Duties:

  • Preparing & posting accurate journals/accruals/liabilities in line with accounting policies, accurate cost allocation and analysis costs
  • Process payments through the project’s banking system (Lloyds)
  • Analysis of partner charges, obtaining supporting information and query/action incorrect charges
  • Assist with processing payroll for weekly operatives directly employed by the JV
  • Assist in the preparation of VAT and CIS returns
  • Daily bank reconciliations
  • Purchase card reconciliations
  • Posting other documents and journals in E1
  • Supporting the wider Finance & Commercial team with Financial tasks
  • Other tasks as required


Required qualifications, skills, behaviours and attributes:


  • Current accounting experience
  • Excel, IT & Communication Skills
  • Competent in retrieving and understanding data from the chosen timesheet system
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Takes ownership of output
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team


  • Studying towards a recognised qualification
  • Previous experience ideally in a similar role within the construction industry
  • Experience of using a computerised accounting system (E1)

We offer

Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. Please note: Currently we are unable to offer sponsorship therefore all applicants are requested to ensure they can demonstrate their right to work in the UK.

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