Listed July 9 2024

Finance Assistant – Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly experienced administrator, who is detail-oriented, to provide financial and administrative support to the Finance Team.

About the role

You will be required to process all income and expenditure, input transactions on the financial system (Great Plains), maintain financial records, and manage office supplies.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Accounts payable, processing invoices and reconciling purchase ledger, reimbursement claims and petty cash
  • Processing income, sales invoices, and banking in line with our financial procedures.
  • Maintaining supplier and customer records, responding to queries, and recommending process improvements.
  • Collating data for financial performance statistics.
  • Assisting with statutory returns and year-end account closures.
  • Conducting monthly ledger reconciliations and maintaining Excel spreadsheets.
  • Responding to stakeholder queries and managing authorised signatories/forms to ensure correct authorisation of invoices and expenses.
  • Assisting in providing training on financial policies and procedures.

About you

You will have in-depth knowledge and experience of accounts payable and receivable, gained through hands-on experience. You will also have:

  • Experience of using finance systems and computer/office automation systems, including Microsoft software packages such as Excel, Outlook, and Teams.
  • A high level of attention to detail and the ability to accurately process invoices/data.
  • In-depth experience of processing petty cash claims.
  • The ability to work effectively to deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with peers, senior staff, and as part of a team.
  • Good communication and diplomacy skills, both orally and in writing, with the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English.

For more details on the essential criteria required for the role, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Why work with us

We recognise that you are looking for more than just a career. To promote a positive work/life balance, we provide the following benefits:

  • Flexi-time scheme including flexible start and finish times, variable lunch breaks, and flexi-leave days
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Holiday allowance of 25 days* (plus public holidays) on joining; increasing to 30 days* after 5 years’ service and 32 days after 10 years’ service (*pro rata if part-time or irregular working pattern)
  • Paid training and development opportunities
  • Free access to onsite gym facilities
  • Free onsite parking
  • Instant access to the ‘Lifestyle Savings’ platform, which includes a range of discount cards from well-known and independent retailers
  • Eligible to sign up for the ‘Blue Light Card’ with access to thousands of amazing discounts online and on the high street.

How to apply

If this role is of interest, please visit our website www.bedsfire.gov.uk/careers/search for further information and to make a formal application. We ask that you include your full career history and reference your skills and experience in line with the job description and person specification within your application and supporting statement.

The selection process will take place on 29 and 30 July 2024

Previous applicants need not apply

This post will be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2023. Therefore, applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act.

Salary: Starting salary £25,545 per annum rising to £27,334 per annum

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: July 23 2024

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