Assistant Accountant - 12 month fixed term contract (Part-Time, Job-Share and Full-Time)

Assistant Accountant - 12 month fixed term (Part-Time, Job-Share and Full-Time)

Location:  Flexible (although must be within a commutable distance to Swindon)

The opportunity:

We are currently recruiting for an assistant accountant to join the UK Life Reporting finance function. As part of the role you will be responsible for timely and accurate preparation of internal and external financial information in order to balance financial performance, compliance, and customer satisfaction. We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate who is able to work both independently and as part of a team in order to identify operational improvements whilst delivering on our commitment to customers. As a member of the team you will play a vital part in helping the department to achieve its operational objectives and ensure the team delivers a high quality service

Key activities:

Examples of potential activities that you may be asked to support are:

  • Review the accuracy of balance sheet, profit & loss and other financial information required by the Zurich Group, in line with Zurich Group instructions, guidelines and policies;
  • Preparation of quarterly management and interim accounts for non-insurance companies;
  • Preparation of annual statutory accounts on both an FRS 101 and FRS 102 basis;
  • Support year end statutory audit activities including Directors’ emoluments and related parties information;
  • Ongoing analysis / oversight of SAP ledgers including assistance with intercompany balance queries, cash management and journal entries/queries;
  • Proactively search for internal control and operational improvements;
  • Review control evidence provided by the Regional Finance Centre (RFC) in Krakow to support sign off by local managers;
  • Manage stakeholder relationships with Finance, Accounting, Reporting and Operations management team, local auditors, Company Secretarial and the wider Finance department;
  • Assistance with ad hoc project work.
  • Your skills and experience:

  • Part/Fully Qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA would be preferred, although we will consider AAT qualified candidates with strong Financial Reporting experience)
  • Knowledge of financial systems & business platforms (SAP an advantage);
  • Microsoft office experience essential;
  • Financial reporting experience (an advantage);
  • Financial services experience (an advantage);
  • Excellent time and task management skills;
  • Competently act as a change agent with the appetite to initiate and implement change and continuous process improvements;
  • Makes decisions in line with responsibility and accountability;
  • Excellent problem solving skills;
  • Knowledge of financial services legislation, regulation and accounting policies (an advantage)
  • The reward:

    As well as a competitive salary paying up to circa £32,000 per annum, we also offer an excellent lifestyle benefits package which includes –

  • 12% Non Contributory pension scheme
  • Annual company bonuses
  • 25 days holiday plus an additional 3 volunteering days
  • Private medical cover
  • Income Protection
  • Life Cover
  • Discounted gym membership,
  • Discounted gadget insurance
  • Discounted technology offers
  • Virtual GP appointments
  • Plus much more!
  • At Zurich we will consider requests for flexible working on hiring. Many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time, flexible hours, job share, an element of working from home or compressed hours. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you may need. Who we are:

    With about 55,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries we aspire to become the best global insurer as measured by our shareholders, customers and employees. If you're interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment for a company that recognises and rewards your creativity, initiatives and contributions - then Zurich could be just the place for you. The success of our business is built on the contributions of our highly talented employees - people who work every day to position us at the forefront of the insurance industry. We therefore look to hire great people and we encourage those people to give their best. 

    You’ll feel the support of being part of a strong and stable company. A long-standing player in the insurance industry, we make every effort to address the career development needs and plans of our employees to ensure their success in the future.

    Further information:

    At Zurich we are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion. We want you to bring your whole self to work we have a diverse mix of customers and we want our employee base to reflect that.

    Our diversity and inclusion initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of protected characteristics.

    With the above in mind we accept applications from everyone regardless of your background, beliefs or culture however we especially welcome applications from women, people from ethnic minorities, people with a disability and people who are LGBT+ as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

    We are committed to continuous improvement and we offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities. Zurich is passionate about supporting employees to help others by getting involved in volunteering, charitable and community activity through the Zurich Community Trust.

    So make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported, Love what you do. Work for us. 

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      27 days ago

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