Management Accountant role
The Management Accountant is responsible for providing accounting information to businesses that will allow the directors to understand the performance of the business and make informed decisions. This role involves taking ownership of the Management Accounts of the business, involving lots of Project and Business Partnering work. Often part of an established finance team, responsible for developing the budgeting and planning function along with the delivery of robust management information.
Typical responsibilities of a Management Accountant
- Produce timely and accurate Management Accounts and variance analysis with meaningful commentaries on performance, including monthly forecasts, annual budgets and strategic plans.
- Ensure adequate financial controls are in place and maintained.
- Act as a business partner to P&L owners to identify opportunities to improve business performance.
- Use initiative to highlight cost saving opportunities to a variety of internal stakeholders.
- Suggest updates and improvements for the accounting and MI systems.
- Manage a team (eg purchase ledger/ sales ledger clerks).
Profile of a successful candidate
- ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified (part qualified or Qualified By Experience sometimes considered)
- Strong business partnering experience with people of varying financial knowledge.
- Excellent communication and relationship building skills.
- Advanced Excel skills.
- Good organisational skills, and experience of dealing with large volumes of data.
- A flexible approach, able to multi-task and effectively prioritise own workload.