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Assistant Management Accountant

Job Description

Job Title: Assistant Management Accountant

Location: M&H Plastics, London Road, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8TS

Job Purpose:

  • Supporting the Management Accountant with the preparation of accurate Monthly Management Accounts within monthly reporting deadlines for the 2 M&H Beccles sites (London Road and Ellough).


  • Weekly tasks:
    • Preparation and submission of the weekly forecast (current month plus quarter) for Revenue, EBITDA & tonnes
    • Preparation and submission of the weekly Order Outlook reports
  • Month end tasks:
    • Supporting the Management Accountant with the preparation of monthly Management Accounts
    • Upload of monthly results into the Group Reporting software (Cognos)
    • Preparation and submission of various KPI’s
    • Supporting the Management Accountant with the completion of the month end stock valuation process (raw materials, finished goods & WIP)
    • Completion of bank reconciliations
    • Supporting the Management Accountant with the monthly Balance Sheet reconciliations and submission to Cognos
    • Responsibility for the on-going monthly update of the Sales Data Warehouse
    • Completion of major supplier statement reconciliations & investigation of reconciling items
    • Collation of the month end commentaries to support the P&L’s
    • Completion of Sales by Location report and Average Selling Price analysis
    • Preparation of data for inclusion in the FD’s Management Meeting report
    • Completion of Sundry Spend analyses
    • Organisation of periodic stocktakes
  • Statutory Reporting:
    • Supporting the Management Accountant with the calculation, preparation and submission of VAT Returns, Intrastat and other Governmental Statistical Reporting
  • Audit and Compliance:
    • Assistance in providing information for internal audit reviews, SOX audits and the statutory year-end audit process.
    • Drafting and on-going maintenance of process notes supporting key processes within the Finance Team.
  • ERP system development:
    • Assistance in the on-going development and enhancement of the new company ERP system (Navision), (including interpretation of manufacturing variances and development of profitability reporting).
  • Capex / Fixed Assets:
    • Maintenance of Fixed Asset Register and analysis of capex spend as required
    • Uploading capex proposals to the Berry Capex Approval & Reporting System
    • Ensuring any fixed asset disposals are processed correctly
    • Setting up fixed asset codes for new capex projects / tooling
  • Other / Ad hoc tasks:
    • Set up of payments on Bankline and BACs.
    • Completion of annual Supplier Spend Analysis
    • Data collation for the annual PSA submission to HMRC.
    • Support / back up to Management Accountant, Purchase Ledger / Credit Control team as required
    • Completion of ad-hoc special reports and analyses as required

The post holder may be required to perform duties other than those given in the job description. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to the post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and would not themselves justify the re-evaluation of the post.

Person Specification

Essential qualifications, skills and knowledge:

Selection Criteria Method of candidate assessment
ACCA/CIMA/ACA Qualified/Finalist/Part Qualified Application form/Interview
IT – Competence in Windows based work tools, especially Excel Application form
The ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and at all levels within the Company. Application form/Interview
Excellent Communication Skills (with the ability to explain financial data and process to non-Financial colleagues) Interview
Plans and organises own work, ensuring a high level of accuracy in all work undertaken Application form/Interview
Confident in challenging existing practices and looking for continuous improvement in all areas of work Interview
Able to work as part of a team to achieve team objectives  Application form/Interview
Able to respond positively to changing work demands Interview
Takes decisive action to address and react to opportunities and problems in day to day work Application form/Interview
Is conscientious and thorough in all aspects of work responsibilities, with a professional approach Interview
The ability to work on one’s own initiative to achieve objectives and taking responsibility for work/actions undertaken. Has a logical and methodical approach to problem solving/fault finding issues Interview
Ability to listen, and take up new skills Interview
The ability to work under pressure, remaining calm and in control with the ability to meet tight deadlines Interview

Desirable qualifications, skills and knowledge:

Selection Criteria Method of candidate assessment
Previous recent experience of monthly Management Accounts preparation-from Trial Balance to Board format for review Application/Interview
Understanding of a manufacturing environment, ideally having worked in a standard costing environment, with ERP experience Application/Interview
Previous Experience of preparing Statutory Accounts Application/Interview
Previous Experience of implementation of a new Accounting system Application/Interview
Previous Experience of purchase ledger and credit control Application/Interview