Position: Connections Assistant Accountant
Salary: GBP28506 - GBP37650 per annum
Ref: 522638_1573659014
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 13/11/2019
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Base Location: Reading

Salary: £28,506 - £37,650 depending on skills and experience

Working Pattern: Permanent Full Time with Flexible working patterns available

About the Department

Our SSE Finance function has a key part to play in fulfilling SSEs obligations as a UK-listed company, providing expertise and services that can be shared across the SSE Group, and working in partnership with all businesses to provide services tailored to their specific needs. SSE operates in a highly regulated and increasingly competitive environment, and our role is to ensure that we gather, compile, analyse and recommend on the financial strategy for our businesses, identifying opportunities to drive efficiencies and create value for SSE now, and in the future.

What is the Role

Networks Finance have a vacancy for a Connections Assistant Accountant based in Reading to manage and control over 15,000 electricity connections projects per annum. The Networks connections business delivers new connections to individuals and large companies across southern England. An exciting and varied role has arisen within our team based in Reading

Reporting to the Connections Finance Manager, this role will be responsible for two of the four regions in the south.

The Connections Assistant Accountant will undertake the following duties:

- Monitor, control and manage, income and costs for two of the four southern regions to ensure that the budgets set for each region are met on both a monthly and annual basis.
- Reviewing and managing profitability of ongoing projects and projects being moved into closure with both regional and commercial staff to ensure performance to budgets.
- Provide guidance and training where required to networks business staff in the use of harmony project accounting including project billing.
- Build effective relationships with staff and managers at a number of levels to facilitate the coordination of budgets and forecasts for regions under your control.
- Be responsible for control account reconciliation for the regions under your control covering Work in Progress and Deferred Income.
- Work with the project teams to accurately assess financial risk and cost allocation that could impact the project performance and review projects on an ongoing basis with Team Managers and commercial staff to ensure projects deliver to target cost.
- Ensure that projects being financial closed are making the correct regulated margin. Allowing regulatory reporting to be completed accurately and in order that this can be submitted to Ofgem on a timeous manner.
- Support end to end connections process on job closures, refunds to customers and other connections activities including banking and control account reconciliation.
- Work with the Connections Finance Manager to ensure processes and procedures are operating effectively.

What do I need?

- Finance professional actively studying within professional level of CIMA or ACCA.
- Key understanding / knowledge of Oracle EBS including project billing.
- Commercial aware and astute individual.
- Excellent excel skills.
- Ability to work well in a project team environment and lead where required
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to build key relationships.
- Ability to drive process improvements

Please be aware if you are successful, you'll be required to complete our pre-employment screening process before joining SSE.

Our Benefits

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Next Steps

For more information about this role, or to discuss any adjustments you require to submit your application please get in touch with myself

About SSE

We all have different skills here at SSE and that's what makes us stand out. We all take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra 'if its not safe, we don't do it.

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