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Part Qualified Accountant

Location : guildford Employment type : FULL_TIME Expires : 2021-01-04 Salary range: £32,000 - £36,000

ACM is a specialist music education provider with approximately 2,200 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.

The role of Part Qualified Accountant will be a full time position, working within our finance team and receiving a salary of £32,000 per annum to £36,000 per annum (dependant on experience).

ACM’s Vision:

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.

ACM’s Mission:

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 fulfil their potential and enjoy a sustainable career within the creative arts industry.


  • Ensuring that the systems reflect an accurate student finance position.
  • Assist in the month end revenue reconciliations.
  • Responsible for all postings relating to students (revenue, hardship loans, bursaries, scholarships).
  • Calculate / verify management fees and ensure these are invoiced in a timely manner.
  • Reconciliation of funds received from external parties and posting in the relevant systems.
  • Monitoring student debt position, taking appropriate action and monthly reporting of relevant KPIs.
  • Reconciliations of hardship loans / bursaries / scholarships.
  • Preparation of monthly management accounts and commentary for specific companies within the Group, in accordance with the agreed timetable.
  • To develop reports as appropriate to meet evolving requirements of the Group including variance analysis and data analytics.
  • Involvement in production of year end audit files and liaison with the auditors.
  • Support the preparation of the year end statutory accounts.
  • Support the forecasting / budget process.
  • To be a pro-active and integral part of the Finance team, supporting the Head of Finance.


Essential Knowledge and Qualifications:

Part-qualified / Finalist CIMA, ACCA, ACA or equivalent.

Essential Skills

Ability to produce accurate work even when presented with challenging and competing deadlines.

Ability to compile and present financial information clearly and concisely.

Effective planning, organisational, time management and administrative skills.

Excellent excel skills.

Ability to identify and resolve issues effectively.

Good understanding of accounting principles and FRS 102.

Essential Experience

Demonstrable experience of complex reconciliations.

Recent experience of preparing management accounts with commentary.

Experience in Accounts Receivable / Credit Control.

Produced statutory accounts in accordance with FRS 102.

Essential Personal Attributes

Excellent organisation and time management skills.

Ability to work in an agile manner.

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Desirable Knowledge and Qualifications:

Experience of working with Sage.

Desirable Skills

Experience of preparing Group Accounts including consolidation journals.

Experience of developing budget / forecasting models.

Desirable Experience

Experience working with non-finance managers on budgets / forecasts.


All ACM staff work to the same values which are:


To empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, to maintain accessibility, and provide an inclusive organisational culture.

Supportive environments

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-evaluation.


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


Please be aware all ACM staff must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service Check prior to starting. This will need to be renewed once every three years.


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 purpose.


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HR and Recruitment Team
The Academy of Contemporary Music
The Rodboro Buildings, Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4SB

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