Chief Accountant

  • Location
    City Of London, Greater London
  • Category
    Accountancy (Qualified) - Financial Controller
  • Contract Type
    Permanent
  • Salary
    £ 55000 - £ 65000 / Year
  • OrganizationType
    Home/Office

Are you looking for a step up into a Chief Accountant role?


Our client is offering competitive salary, AMAZING benefits and bonus, and the chance to help grow an already booming business!


As the Chief Accountant you will be the most senior finance point of contact for a global architecture firm. You will have responsibility and experience in a multi-currency and project-based business. This role is perfect for someone who is looking to work within a friendly, supportive and sociable organisation.


JOB TITLE: Chief Accountant


COMPANY: Architecture


CONTRACT: Permanent


START: ASAP


LOCATION: Central London


SALARY: £55,000 - £65,000 (depending on experience)


BENEFITS: Paid annual leave, enhanced pension, Regular company events, Private Medical insurance, training and development support and a discretionary performance bonus


CULTURE: Calm, social, friendly, hard-working, passionate group of people with a positive atmosphere and a passion for people and design


DUTIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT EXCLUSIVE TO:



  • Ensure the delivering of detailed and reliable monthly consolidated management accounts on the third week of very month.

  • Preparation of monthly consolidated financial profitability reports in conjunction with management accounts delivery as follows:

    • Preparation and interrogation of WIP

    • Project profitability analysis and observational reporting

    • Monthly rapport reviews of all live projects from work stage set up through to fee budget planner

    • Ensure all studios carry out monthly project housekeeping - updating all projects with variations, subconsultants, updated forecasting, of fee drawdown and labour forecasting

    • Run monthly studio reports for annual secured and pipeline income vs labour affordability and profitability with commentary including the calculation of KPIs.

    • Management and preparation of monthly sales invoicing and measurement sheet

    • Ensure subconsultant recharge accrual are correctly accounted for and managed

    • Ensure all statutory filing is carried out in a timely manner with responsibility for - Annual returns, Corporation tax, P11D calculations

    • Management and delivery of Nat Stats reports

    • Preparation and management of payroll for UK and Sydney in conjunction with HRM

    • Check and approve staff expenses.

    • Preparation/review of monthly payroll and pension journals - global

    • Preparation/review of quarterly VAT Returns and VAT workings

    • Preparation of quarterly Australian BAS



  • Preparation of annual draft budget with Managing Partner with management as follows:

    • Monthly variance analysis and detailed report on all areas of the business against set budgets to be produced as part of month end management pack - UK and Australia

    • Establishment of global annual charge rates in relation to annual budget and headcount against agreed utilization rates

    • Maintenance of the above for quarterly review

    • Maintenance of the fixed asset registers - UK and Sydney

    • Responsibility for improvement and implementation of efficiencies in accountancy procedures, software, and document production - R&D into improved software such as Xero, B1 power, CMAP etc., automated scanning etc.

    • Annual R&D calculations delivery

    • Lead for all audit procedures UK and Australia and in time NY - preparing the audit files and managing the processes and responding to auditor queries during the annual external audit



  • Provide leadership and strive to identify opportunities to streamline processes/controls/systems to improve reporting/delivery of management information.


SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES REQUIRED:



  • MUST HAVE experience within a project-based industry i.e., Architecture, Construction, Design

  • ACCA or CIMA qualified or qualified by experience

  • Proficiency in Sage, Xero Accounting and knowledge of job costing software

  • Good team player and the ability to work pro-actively and on own initiative

  • Highly organised and able to prioritise workload and work to deadlines

  • Meticulous and accurate with strong analytical skills

  • Professional with strong communication skills

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