ASSISTANT ACCOUNTANT Further Particulars Jesus College Founded in 1571 by Elizabeth I, Jesus College is a self-governing educational charity and is one of the 38 constituent colleges of Oxford University. With Lord Krebs, FRS, as its Principal, the College comprises some 65 Fellows, 20 lecturers, 200 graduates, 350 undergraduates, and 90 support staff. The College is located on an attractive historic site in the centre of Oxford, with excellent access to the Bodleian Library and other university libraries, the Science Area, and the University’s department and faculty buildings. The College has two annexe sites elsewhere in the city to provide additional student accommodation, 150 students live on the main site and a further 300 students live on annexes in North and East Oxford. Information about the College is available on our website at www.jesus.ox.ac.uk About the post Following the retirement of the previous incumbent, Jesus College seeks an Assistant Accountant within its busy Accounts Office. The post is a 12 month fixed term appointment while the team establishes its structure under a new College Accountant. For the right candidate there may be the opportunity to apply for the role on a permanent basis at the end of the fixed term. This is an excellent opportunity to play a key role within the Accounts Team of a historic organisation. The Assistant Accountant, working with the College Accountant and other members of the team, will identify process inefficiencies, implement improvements to work practices and provide training where necessary. Along with other members of the Accounts Team, the assistant Accountant will also be involved in: building on existing good practice to embed an efficient and effective accounts processing service developing the IT solutions to ensure that the best is achieved from the College’s accounting systems, including Great Plains building a resilient, motivated, flexible and well-trained accounting team of five enhancing the function’s contribution to the College’s operational and planning processes by: o providing good quality and timely management information (used by cost centre managers and by other Officers of the College); and o providing business planning capacity so that financial risks and opportunities are thoroughly assessed and understood. Principal responsibilities These are listed in the attached job description. Selection Criteria Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the criteria set out below and should ensure that their letter of application provides evidence of how they meet the criteria. In both the application and at interview candidates are expected to give examples of relevant experience, this need not be work experience, e.g. candidates may wish to give examples from study, voluntary work or skills gained while bringing up a family. Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience Part qualified Accountant as recognised by CCAB / AAT level 4 or equivalent proven experience A sound understanding and experience in management accounts, reconciliation, double entry book keeping, reporting and year end accounts High levels of accuracy and attention to detail Good problem solving skills with ability to exercise initiative Strong organisational skills and a methodical and structured approach to work Experience of working successfully as part of a busy Accounts team Demonstrable experience of working to tight timescales and deadlines Flexible attitude and ability to work under pressure when necessary Good communication skills, both orally and in writing, including the ability to successfully influence and persuade Eagerness to play a key role in the development of new systems and processes Excellent IT skills with a good knowledge of MS Office in particular Excel where Intermediate/Advanced skills are important Desirable Qualities Knowledge of Great Plains or equivalent ERP system Experience of the Higher Education sector, the University and/or its colleges Benefits Salary: within the range £27,057 – £31,342 per annum, broadly equivalent to Grade 6 on University pay scale, depending on qualifications and experience. Hours: full time - 35 hours per week, excluding meal breaks Holiday: 38 days per year pro rata. This includes all Bank and Public holidays. The College currently closes at Christmas usually for 10 days and Easter for 5 days so these are regarded as mandatory holidays which must be taken as part of the leave entitlement. Meals: a free lunch is available when on duty. Pension: Automatic enrolment into the contributory Oxford University Pension Scheme from the start of employment. To apply To apply for this role you must submit the following three documents: • • • A completed application form; A curriculum vitae; and A completed equal opportunities form An application form and equal opportunities form are available on the website www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/fellows-and-staff/vacancies/college or from HR Department, Jesus College, Oxford, OX1 3DW, email address: [email protected] The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 1 April 2015. The above documents should be returned by post or email to HR by this date. Interviews will be held week commencing 13 April 2015. Please be aware that the College is closed from Tuesday 31 March until Monday 6 April (inclusive), it will not be possible to speak to anyone regarding the role or your application during this period. Data protection. All data supplied by applicants will be used only for the purposes of determining their suitability for the post and will be held in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. Jesus College is an equal opportunities employer.