What will the apprentice be doing?
During your apprenticeship, you will learn the following:
1.Tasks will include reconciliations, processing journals and preparing reports for management.
2.A specific business operation will be assigned with coordinated oversight and coaching in conjunction with learning outcomes. Specific duties will include recording, updating, and maintaining financial data relating to the business area.
3.Working with the UECS Finance Managers in providing weekly, monthly, and other additional reporting as requested to the General Managers.
4.Work with the UECS Finance Managers to review new business cases and projects. Utilising evaluation tools to aid and improve understanding of project feasibilities.
5.Working with the UECS finance team on the budget build process. A higher level of understanding regarding business environment, interactions, and insights into digital and business processes commensurate with a level 7 candidate will be required.
6.Working with the UECS Finance Managers to prepare the month-end accounts and analyse variance against budgets. (It is anticipated that a business unit will be assigned, but to aid training development, a rotation across business areas will also be available).
7.Working with operational managers to update forecasts and evaluate variances.
8.Completion of various statutory returns to various agencies (e.g., HMRC, ONS, Companies House).
9.Working as part of the wider UECS finance team, the role holder will be responsible for building and maintaining strong working relationships with the operational teams, throughout the directorate and building up a good understanding of the businesses.
10.Assisting the UECS Finance Managers and UECS Head of Finance in developing finance training for non-finance staff /budget holders in the use of online access to financial data and the use of the reports, financial regulations, finance documentation and finance procedures.
11.The post holder may, from time to time, be called upon to assist with cross-directorate projects and support the UECS Finance Managers and Head of Finance in any projects they are involved in. There are many opportunities to be involved in a wide range of different business project upgrades such as digital integrations, deeper data analysis or use of social media/emerging financial technologies to leverage further opportunities. These will be discussed with the post holder and aligned with their training needs.
12.Carry out ad-hoc administrative tasks from time to time to support the whole UECS finance team.
13.From time to time, the post holder may be asked to undertake other work, as requested by the UECS Head of Finance or Director of Campus Services, commensurate with the mission of the University of Essex.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
As an Accounting Apprentice with BPP, you will complete the Accountancy Taxation Professional Apprenticeship at Level 7. Within the apprenticeship you will undertake the ACCAprofessional qualification.
The apprenticeship will be completed at a BPP centre or via the Online Classroom platform, in addition to at the workplace.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
University finance roles are constantly developing. FP&A analysts/Finance Managers are always in demand.
Requirements and prospects
Desired skills and personal qualities
Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Team working
A Level or equivalent Any (Grade C or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths, Economics, English (Grade C and above) Desired
Other Accounting Qualification (Grade Level 3 or 4) Essential
Other Business related Degree (Grade Degree) Desired