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CIMA Management Accountant - Apprentice

Wateraid International
6th Floor, 20, Canada Square, London, E14 5NN
£18,550.00 annually
Closing date
11 Dec 2021

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Apprenticeship, Degree
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This role is one of two apprentice roles that sit in the Management Accounting Team in the UK. This role is based in the UK and will work supporting one of the International Management Accountants. The role will use financial, business and analytical skills to provide quality business information to departments across WaterAid. The role will be a key part of driving forward WaterAid's ambition of Everyone Everywhere by 2030.

As part of your development, we will put you through your CIMA qualification, which will involve both on the job training and the equivalent of one day a week out of the office undertaking your studies. You will be expected to commit to completing your CIMA qualification with us and in return, you can expect us to support you in achieving that.

The programme requires the post holder to diligently undertake the apprenticeship training programme as set out in the WaterAid apprenticeship agreement and the agreement with the Finance Training Provider. This will enable the apprentice to understand and assist in the operation of an effective finance function by carrying out tasks in an accurate and timely manner, in line with policies and procedures.

In line with the learning and training programme, additional responsibilities include:
  • Providing a key resource to the finance team to support WaterAid's country programmes and UK departments to deliver effective financial plans
  • To perform activities, as detailed in the scope and dimensions below, to the highest standard of accuracy and within agreed timescales to ensure the efficient and effective processing of finance information
  • Work with the management accountants to produce monthly income and expenditure analysis, forecasts and narrative reporting
  • Support the management accountants to provide additional financial analysis, reports and advice to management e.g. trend analysis of past performance, burn rate against restricted funds, value for money and cost recovery
  • Develop a good working knowledge of all finance systems and support the implementation of current and new tools and processes to support effective funds management i.e. costing toolkit, embedding of cost recovery methodology
  • To contribute to the development and improvement of processes and procedures, as tasks are undertaken and suggesting effective solutions to issues as they arise
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships across the finance team and other stakeholders to ensure an integrated approach, mutual learning and effective use of resources

Typically, the apprentice will be involved in the following:
  • Reviewing income and expenditure recorded across the organisation for completeness and accuracy
  • Reviewing financial reports for donors and working with Country programmes to ensure their donor reporting is accurate
  • Reviewing budgets to the financial planning system during the annual planning process
  • Reviewing quarterly forecasts to the financial planning system
  • Grant balance monitoring (income, budget and expenditure), reviews and reconciliation where relevant
  • Participate in face to face or virtual financial management meetings
  • Any other activities which are commensurate with the grade as required

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Previous experience of maintaining accounting records for a business or working in an office environment
  • Strong time management and organisational skills
  • Good verbal/interpersonal skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Knowledge of SUN accounts package
  • Basic or fluent French Language is desirable for UK Finance Team Apprentice
  • Intermediate Excel skills

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work methodically
  • Ability to work independently

Desired qualifications

Degree or AAT qualified (or equivalent).

Future prospects

There is no automatic transfer to a permanent role however we would encourage trainees to apply for internal vacancies at the end of their contract.

Things to consider

  • You will receive 28 days of holiday a year, plus public holidays
  • Annual leave is pro rata for part-time and fixed-term employees
  • Leave increases to 30 days after three years of service and to 31 days after fiveyears of service
  • You will receive an extra three days of annual leave in the year you reach tenyears of service
  • You will also have the option to apply for up to five additional days of annualleave
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