Staffordshire University

Person Specification

Job Title:

Assistant Financial Accountant


Financial Services

The qualifications, experience, knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined above provide a summary of what is required to carry out this job effectively. They also form the selection criteria on which a decision to appointment will be made. Please ensure that you provide evidence of how you meet the criteria in your application.

No Selection Criteria Description Essential [E] or
Desirable [D]
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1 Have gained or be working towards an accounting professional qualification, or have an equivalent level of experience and be willing to work towards qualification. D A/I
2 Substantial demonstrable experience of working in a similar size finance environment. D A/I
3 The post holder must have a clear understanding and application of various accounting reconciliation techniques and manipulation of financial data and report D A/I
4 The postholder must have an understanding of statutory financial procedures and their practical application and an understanding of tax matters. D A/I
5 Knowledge and experience of working to guidelines and regulations including financial regulations. D A/I
6 Must be able to demonstrate good communication skills and will be confident when disseminating advice and concise guidelines and dealing with customer queries. Also be able to explain complex working papers to internal and external auditors. E A/I
7 Strong planning and organisational skills with the ability to work to strict deadlines, prioritise workloads and balance competing priorities. E A/I
8 The post holder must be highly motivate, enthusiastic and be able to work effectively on their own initiative and as part of a team. E A/I
9 High level of competency in the use of computer technology, specifically in relation to the use and creation of spreadsheets (including the use of complex formulas, data sorting, linking data between sheets, lookup, graphs & charts), financial systems (including extracting data & entering data). Ability to use word processing and database programs. Be able to search and extract relevant information from external websites. E A/I
10 Must be able to identify problems and find appropriate solutions to a wide range of reconciliation and financial problems. D A/I
11 Must be able to interpret complex financial guidance and apply that knowledge in a practical manner. D A/I
12 Must show flexibility and willingness to assist other team members and business & finance colleagues to provide an excellent customer service at all times. E A/I
13 A positive, dynamic and receptive approach to change and the willingness to challenge existing practices. E A/I

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