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Qualified Management Accountant (Part Time)

Location : guildford Employment type : PART_TIME Expires : 2021-02-21 Salary range: £22 - £24 per hour

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.


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.


This is a part time role working 3-4 days per week. The full time equivalent pay rate would be £45,000 per annum to £50,000 per annum, equating to an hourly rate of £21.63 per hour to £24.03 per hour, depending on experience.


  • Production of monthly management accounts with variance analysis and commentary
  • Analysis of costs and revenue
  • Support the forecasting / budget process
  • Develop management reports to meet evolving requirements of the Group 
  • Support business process improvements 
  • Prepare / review quarterly VAT returns
  • Involvement in production of year end audit files and liaison with the auditors
  • Support the preparation of the year end statutory accounts
  • Ad hoc projects
  • To be a pro-active and integral part of the Finance team, supporting the Head of Finance


Essential Knowledge and Qualifications

Qualified Accountant – 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.

Experience of developing budget / forecasting models.

Desirable Skills

Consolidation accounting and group accounts.

Essential Experience

Preparation of management accounts with commentary.

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

Preparation of statutory accounts and liaison with auditors.

Desirable Experience

Experience of working with Sage

Developing new finance and business processes.

Essential Personal Attributes

Excellent organisation and time management skills.

Ability to work in an agile manner.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.


All ACM staff work to the same value’s 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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Application Form

Application forms should be returned by the advertised closing date to or by post:

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

Please note some positions may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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Due to the volume of applications we receive for our vacancies, it is not possible to keep in touch with every applicant. Therefore we would ask you to assume that if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the advertised closing date, your application has not been successful on this occasion.