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Financial Accountant

  • Financial Services
  • Cirencester
  • 23/05/2024
  • Permanent

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St. James's Place (SJP) works in partnership to plan, grow and protect our clients’ financial futures. We deliver personalised, face-to-face financial advice to our clients, who trust us to manage their money to reach their goals. We provide this service via the Partnership, a network of qualified, expert advisors. We put financial wellbeing and responsible business choices at the heart of everything we do. We believe in the value of difference and know that diverse teams can help us problem solve and innovate for clients.

We look for people to join SJP to make an impact and to contribute to our culture which is based around long term relationships, doing the right thing, and being the best version of ourselves.

Location: Cirencester Office

Workplace Type: Hybrid

Employment Type: Permanent 

Seniority: Associate

As a Financial Accountant, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the timely and accurate delivery of our Group’s financial position. You will be an integral part of the Financial Reporting team, contributing to the preparation and review of financial statements, management accounts, and regulatory returns.

What you'll be doing:

  • Provide support to the Financial Reporting team.
  • Prepare sophisticated working papers and post financial journals.
  • Manage intercompany settlements and the preparation of management accounts.
  • Chair monthly entity review meetings and prepare relevant financial numbers.
  • Prepare and understand financial controls and statutory accounts.
  • Review tagging of statutory accounts and manage the production of regulatory returns.
  • Identify efficiencies in processes and assist in implementing changes.
  • Support consolidation journals, analytical reviews, and ad-hoc projects and investigations.

Who we're looking for:

  • People Management: You may be required to manage at least one trainee financial accountant.
  • Job Knowledge: Strong process and accounting knowledge, with proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • SJP Business Expertise: Understanding of the SJP model and the interaction of the Group’s legal entities.
  • Problem Solving: Ability to challenge processes and outcomes, apply judgment, and suggest improvements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Excellent communication, time management, and organisational skills. Ability to work independently and proactively seek development opportunities.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be a qualified accountant or in the later stages of a professional accounting qualification, with agreement to the terms set out in the SJP “Study Support Agreement” if relevant.

What's in it for you?

  • Private Medical paid for by Company.
  • Meaningful protection benefits with real value, such as 10X life cover, PHI, and critical illness.*
  • Non-Contributory Pension – 10% (increasing with length of service up to 15%) with further pension matching.
  • Parental leave – 6 months full pay
  • 28 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays (based on full-time equivalent) with the option to buy up to an additional 5 days holiday

*Not applicable to Fixed-Term Contracts (standard uplift applies in lieu of the protection benefits)

Flexible Working

We know that everyone works best in different ways, at different times and in different environments. We have introduced a hybrid working policy to provide greater flexibility for part-time work, job-sharing, remote working, and flexibility on hours. Our people are encouraged to work in a flexible way that suits their lifestyle, so please ask the question and start a conversation!

Research tells us that applicants (especially those from underrepresented groups) can be put off from applying for a role if they do not meet all the criteria or have been on an extended career-break. If you think you would be a good match for this role and can demonstrate some transferable experience please apply, regardless of whether you tick every box.

Reasonable Adjustments

We're an equal opportunities employer and want to ensure our recruitment process is accessible and inclusive for all, if you require reasonable adjustment(s) at any stage please let us know by emailing us at [email protected]

What's next?

Our team will be in touch. As a business regulated by the FCA we would advise you to familiarise yourself with the conduct regulations and in particular consumer duty obligations prior to an interview with SJP.


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