Management AccountantLocation : guildford Employment type : FULL_TIME Expires : 2022-12-16 Department : Finance Reports to : Head of Finance Salary range: £45,000 - £48,000
ACM is a specialist creative industries education provider with students on a range of FE and HE programmes in Music
Performance, Creative Artist, Production, Technical Services and Business. Our creative and dynamic environment
blends academic excellence and professionalism alongside leading-edge industry thinking and business innovation.
ACM will incubate potential and talent, supporting the personalised development needs of our students to facilitate a
structured path from education to employment.
We provide a safe and supported space where creative talent and imagination can flourish in a caring environment.
Barriers to learning are identified through a holistic and person-centred approach to unlock the potential of the individual,
enabling personal growth through professional and academic development. Our core aim is for our students to enjoy
lifelong sustainable careers underpinned by applied learning and a specialist, cutting-edge curriculum.
Therefore, our vision is to not only be the leader in applied, industry-connected, creative arts education but to also be
the leader in care and support for mental health and other traditional barriers to learning, thereby driving up the
standards expected within higher and further education.
To provide an immersive student experience, with a curriculum which is connected to the industry in real-time, based on
a learning by doing ethos. Our core aim is to build confidence and self-awareness, providing students with the skills
necessary to recognise and take opportunities.
Ultimately our mission is to enable students to fulfill their potential and enjoy a sustainable career within the creative arts
The Finance Department is responsible for the accounting of 8 statutory entities within the group, as well as some
standalone entities. In addition to accounting, finance is also responsible for company secretarial duties, contracts and
insurance. The statutory entity that provides education services, is registered with the Office for Students, for which
there are specific regulatory reporting requirements. The finance team work closely with the business to ensure full understanding of the ever-changing landscape to enable
relevant and reliable forecasting and scenario modelling to support business decision making.
The Finance team is comprised of 3 qualified accountants and 5 finance clerks. Given the size of the department and
the diverse nature of the group the work will be very hands-on and varied.
- Monthly management accounts preparation for all entities within the group including variance analysis
- Monthly balance sheet reconciliations and overseeing maintenance of the fixed asset register
- Preparation of year end statutory accounts
- Preparation of year end audit schedules and liaison with the auditors.
- Preparation of VAT returns (including partial exemption calculations).
- Accounting and monitoring of grant expenditure.
- Review of corporation tax computations.
- Supporting the budgeting and forecasting process.
- Development and documentation of internal financial controls, systems and processes.
- Support the Head of Finance with ad hoc tasks as required.
- Qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA).
- Strong technical and analytical accounting skills.
- Self-motivated with an eye for detail and the ability to prioritize workload effectively.
- Ability to produce accurate work and consistently deliver to reporting deadlines.
- Ability to quickly build relationships with internal and external contracts at all levels with confidence.
- Motivated by a changing, growing environment.
All ACM staff work to the same values which are:
To empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, to maintain accessibility, and provide an inclusive organisational
To provide environments that support personal and professional development through a holistic approach and bring the
benefits of the creative arts to the wider community.
Agility and innovation
To provide an inspiring organisational culture that embraces innovation through openness, flexibility, creativity and self-
To recognise the benefits of working closely with industry and others, to embrace new technologies, and to provide
meaningful opportunities, in order to enhance learning.
Professional and academically strong standards
To provide state of the art professional environments, to inspire determination and enthusiasm, and ensure high
professional and academic standards
ACM is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and wellbeing of our students and staff and follow Safer Recruitment processes. All Applicants will be required to complete screening appropriate to the post. This includes a Disclosure and Barring Service check and checks with past employers.
This job purpose reflects the core activities of the post. As the Department and the post-holder develop, there
will inevitably be some changes to the duties for which the post is responsible, and possibly to the emphasis of
the post itself. ACM expects that the post-holder will recognise this and will adopt a flexible approach to work.
This could include undertaking relevant training where necessary. Should significant changes to the job
purpose become necessary, the post-holder will be consulted and the changes reflected in a revised job
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