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Financial Accounting & Capital

Financial Accounting & Capital at the University is delivered by a range of staff and we welcome people from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. In common with other finance disciplines, we are proud to support our staff through professional accounting studies and support with continuous professional development. Our team are members of a variety of CCAB bodies.

The Group Accountant sits within the Financial Accounting and Capital team in the wider Finance, Planning and Data Insight section which has responsibility for managing the University’s income and expenditure, ensuring we get value for money in all financial activity and that we comply with all statutory and regulatory requests. Responsibility extends to the collection and sharing of information and understanding to help the University achieve its strategic aims.

The post of Group Accountant is a great opportunity to join a high performing, talented and professional team that provide the lead on accounting for some of the Universities subsidiary companies.

Duties of the Role

The role will take a professional lead on subsidiary accounting and the consolidation of subsidiary companies within the University of Essex group, ensure that all subsidiary companies are properly administered and ensure compliance with policy, charity law, company law, and other relevant legislation and regulation.

The post holder will be mainly responsible for the financial management and administrative oversight of some of the subsidiary undertakings, ensuring the financial interaction between the entities is recorded on a sound financial basis and ensure full consolidation into the University of Essex group accounts. In addition, the post holder will also provide support to other projects being undertaken by the University or its subsidiaries. Duties will include producing budgets, cash flow forecasts and supporting the preparation of business cases.

Skills and qualifications required

The successful candidate should hold a CCAB level qualification or be working towards it or have substantial equivalent professional experience.

You should have strong IT skills, especially regarding the use of spreadsheets and financial management systems, and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

Strong communication skills are an essential element for the role holder and the ability to work to demanding deadlines.

Full details of the skills, qualifications and experience can be found within the job pack

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here. Our website contains more information about the University of Essex. If you have a disability and would like information in a different format, please email

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