Accountant – Cost Centre

Our client is looking for an Accountant – Cost Centre for a contract position, located in Aberdeen.

The position offers a diverse and challenging role, within a professional and process improvement driven team. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a logical approach to problem solving

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Key Responsibilities

  • Preparation of monthly reporting pack for departmental cost centres (both overhead & OOC) including variance analysis and LTF forecast. This will include monthly, quarterly & annual analysis and will cover gross cost and recoveries.
  • Record actual results in the financial systems and prepare LTF forecasts using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Support the Team Lead/Operational Lead in compliance with the monthly, quarterly and annual reporting requirements and ensure Group and Regional reporting objectives and policies are adhered within deadlines set.
  • Communicate with cost centre managers to plan, monitor and advise on financial performance, explaining financial information to non-financial personnel.
  • Preparation of bottom up annual budget and calculation of internal standard costing rates for relevant cost centres/Functions.
  • Preparation of reconciliations and analysis with relevant and appropriate back up and critical analysis of the balances.
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of Accounting Standards, principles and Group accounting policies to ensure they are applied and upheld.
  • Pro-active participation in/lead coaching activities to the Associate Accountants within the Cost Centre team.
  • Identify process improvement (PI) opportunities and help to establish best practice, standardisation and ways of working.
  • Focus on high level of service provided to stakeholders.
  • Other ad hoc tasks and projects as required.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

Qualifications and Education

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant stream (Finance/Accounting/Business) (Essential)
  • The candidate should be at the final stages of their professional accountancy qualifications or a fully Qualified Accountant - ACA/ACCA/CIMA an or international equivalent (Essential)
  • Experience
  • Relevant experience working within a similar environment (Essential)
  • Proven track record of good quality accurate analysis and analytical review (Essential)
  • Understanding of chart of accounts, legal entity or management reporting structures (Desirable)

IT Systems

  • Detailed working knowledge of SAP and underlying modules (time allocations, Fixed assets, inventory, etc) that impact the General Ledger (Essential)
  • Experience of running reports and data extraction for input into excel models (Essential)
  • Ability to work with Excel (including macro models), Word and PowerPoint (Essential)
  • Working knowledge of Business Objects Financial Consolidation (BFC) (Desirable)


  • Able to demonstrate excellent ability to work as part of a large team.
  • Positive attitude and initiative, challenging the status quo with new ideas and improvements.
  • Performance focus, first time right attitude, with good self-review skills (deliver quality products & services).
  • Positive focus on customers and strives to improve, learn and utilise feedback.
  • Anticipates potential problems and works to overcome them.
  • Pro-active and constructive communication with all stakeholders (e.g. Senior Management, Legal, Tax, HR, Technical Accounting team).
  • Good time management skills - ability to independently, plan and prioritise workloads to meet tight deadlines.

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