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A career in the Accountancy and Finance industry could see you recording, managing and investing an organisations’ money. Roles include auditing, bookkeeping, risk assessment and business consultancy. Roles within this industry have the highest rate of job security, and when fully qualified, you can go on to earn a pretty impressive salary! As you can imagine, every business needs a finance department, so there are opportunities everywhere.

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Job listings

Finance Officer

Job Ref:
VAC-45837
Listing Date:
01.11.2019
Location:
Chorley
Weekly Wage:
£ 160.00
Employer:
Lifetime Training
Parkwood Holdings Ltd is a leading provider of support services to public and private sector clients. With revenues in excess of £100 million, the Group employs over 6,000 people throughout the UK providing services which include Grounds Management, Leisure Management and Healthcare.
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Finance Officer

Job Ref:
VAC-45677
Listing Date:
01.11.2019
Location:
St Albans
Weekly Wage:
£ 307.88
Employer:
Lifetime Training
We are recruiting for a Finance Apprentice at our depot at the Riverside Industrial Estate in London Colney. You will join a small team and will learn and assist with all tasks carried out within our site finance department. Working Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, you will have the opportunity to learn and be involved in the finance and administration duties which will include helping produce weekly costings and reports as well as getting involved in more detailed finance tasks.
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Required Skills & Qualifications

Roles within the Accounting & Finance Industry require strong analytical skills and attention to detail. Entry requirements vary dependent on the employer, and the level of apprenticeship you are applying for. Please check the exact entry requirements of the role you are interested in.

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Accounts Assistant

Myth busting

Many people believe Accounts Assistants are just tasked with making tea and taking calls - but they couldn’t be more wrong! An Accounts Assistant is considered to be a valuable member of the team, with many going on to do further training whilst learning from industry professionals.

Fully chartered accountants can earn over £55k p/a.
Job Role Progression • Accounts Assistant.
• Possibility to go on to become a fully qualified accountant with in-house training or additional qualifications.

Finer Details

This is a desk-based role that involves a lot of administration and paperwork and spreadsheets - so attention to detail is a must.

You may be responsible for:
• Working with spreadsheets.
• Preparing statutory accounts.
• Calculating and checking to make sure payments, amounts and records are correct.
• Sorting inbound and outbound post.
Chasing debt.

The good points...

Many roles offer flexible working hours, with opportunities to travel as well. In addition to this, many employers can provide great benefit packages - such as health insurance and competitive holiday allowance.

... and the bad

Some people may not consider this role to be wildly exciting as there is a lot of number crunching and use of spreadsheets - but if numbers are your thing then this is definitely the role for you!

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Purchase Ledger Clerk

Myth busting

Are you good at budgeting your finances and keeping track of your spending? If so, this could be the job for you! This role doesn’t just involve paying invoices - it comes with a lot of responsibility as you are overseeing an organisation's finances! You will also be dealing with suppliers regarding payments, so there is an element of customer service involved.

Senior staff can earn over £50k p/a!
Job Progression: • Supervisor
• Team Manager
• Accounting Technician
• Management Accountant

Finer Details

This is a desk-based role that involves a lot of administration and paperwork and spreadsheets - so attention to detail is a must.

Responsibilities May Include:
• Make payments on behalf of the organisation.
• Check invoices.
• Calculate VAT payments.
• Process staff expenses.
• File invoices and statements.

The good points...

There’s always something to do as a Purchase Ledger Clerk - so if you love a busy work environment while making a worthwhile contribution to your company, this could be your dream job!

... and the bad

You may have to deal with disgruntled customers who are awaiting payment - so patience and good customer service skills are a must have!

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Bookkeeper

Myth busting

Bookkeeping is an excellent way to make a beneficial contribution to a company - with the opportunity for more flexible working. The job doesn’t just involve number crunching all day - a good knowledge of computer skills is a must also!

A bookkeeper with experience can earn around £20k p/a
Job Progression: • Bookkeeper
• Bookkeeping Supervisor
• Accountant or Certified Public Accountant (with training)

Finer Details

This is mainly a desk based role, where you will answering enquiries and processing requests. There’s opportunities across a wide range of industries, so choose one that you are interested in.

Responsibilities May Include:
• Processing sales invoices.
• Completing VAT returns.
• Financial paperwork and filing.
• Balancing accounts.
• Checking bank statements.

The good points...

Roles in finance are notoriously known for having long hours, however Bookkeepers work mainly 9am - 5pm. There’s also opportunities for part-time and freelance work!

... and the bad

The initial salary of a Bookkeeper isn’t always desirable, however with experience you can take on other roles, and progress to higher salaries.

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Payroll

Myth busting

Payroll is a crucial role within the administration team. But this isn’t just finance orientated, in some smaller organisations, this position may also see you take on some HR responsibilities. This can include elements such as employee benefits and pay reviews. For larger organisations, there can be excellent progression opportunities to manage payroll teams.

Senior payroll positions can see you earning around £40k p/a
Job Progression: • Payroll Administrator
• Payroll Data Analyst
• Payroll Supervisor
• Payroll Director

Finer Details

It is unusual for Payroll to work outside usual office hours (37 - 40 hours per week).

Responsibilities May Include:
• Making monthly payments on time.
• Calculating overtime.
• Issuing tax forms.
• Checking working hours.
• Managing maternity/sickness pay.

The good points...

There are some really good clear progression routes in Payroll. Some employers even offer the opportunity to do additional qualifications, for your own personal and professional development.

... and the bad

This role isn’t great for those who like a change of scenery and working in different environments. You’ll mostly be sat at your desk on the computer.

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Bank Cashier

Myth busting

Bank Cashiers may be considered as boring and stuffy, right? Wrong! If you’re friendly, professional, organised and trustworthy, then this could be the perfect role for you. There are plenty of entry level positions available, and with most banks preferring to train and promote their own staff, the possibilities are endless!

A branch manager can earn upwards from £30k p/a
Job Progression: • Bank Cashier
• Senior Bank Cashier
• Personal Banker
• Deputy Branch Manager
• Branch Manager

Finer Details

You will typically work 9-5, Monday to Friday, and you may also be required to work on some Saturdays.

Responsibilities May Include:
• Dealing with enquiries.
• Cashing cheques.
• Processing payments.
• Updating account details.
• Checking statements.

The good points...

Working as a Bank Cashier is an extremely sociable role, which allows you to meet with different people from a range of backgrounds on a daily basis - an excellent way to build communication skills.

... and the bad

Retail banking has changed a whole lot due to the rise in digital technology - particularly internet banking. This rate of change isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon, so this job might not be for those who are looking for a calm and stable career.

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Trainee Stockbroker

Myth busting

Trainee Stockbrokers can expect to be in a busy, high pressured environment from the start. The role will involve a mixture of gaining new business for your organisation, promoting the available services, as well as undertaking many of the day to day tasks to help run the business. The industry is fast paced and forever changing - so daily research into the financial market is a must!

An experienced stock broker can earn anywhere between £45k - £80k + p/a!
Job Progression: • Trainee Stockbroker
• Stockbroker
• Fund Manager

Finer Details

This is a highly pressured and fast-paced role, perfect for those who would love the buzz and adrenaline of the sales floor!

Responsibilities May Include:
• Day to day tasks to support stockbrokers.
• Taking calls.
• Market research.
• Attending meetings.
• Paperwork and letters.

The good points...

The salary! Successful Stockbrokers can earn around £150,000 a year! On top of this, there may also be large bonuses based on personal or company performance.

Responsibilities May Include:
• Day to day tasks to support stockbrokers.
• Taking calls.
• Market research.
• Attending meetings.
• Paperwork and letters.

... and the bad

To earn big money - you have to put the work in! This means you can expect longer days. The London Stock Exchange opens at 8am, so many Stockbrokers are at their desks for around 7am. A typical day will usually end sometime after 6pm. If you work with clients from overseas markets, working hours may be longer or more irregular.

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Finance Controller

Myth busting

Being a Finance Controller involves being stuck in a stuffy office in front of a computer all day, right? Wrong! This is a role that requires lots of responsibility, with excellent interpersonal skills. You will act as a direct link between the finance department and senior management, so the ability to work to deadlines and communication skills are a must. Duties include producing accounts, reporting to management, overseeing tax issues and making decisions regarding financial strategy.

Experienced finance controllers can earn between £50k - £100k p/a
Job Progression: • Finance Controller
• Chief Financial Officer
• Chief Operating Officer

Finer Details

Finance Controllers work usual office hours, but may be required to stay later to meet various deadlines.

Responsibilities May Include:
• Produce Accounts.
• Report to management.
• Oversee tax issues.
• Monitoring performance of the department.
• Make decisions regarding financial strategy.

The good points...

Financial Controllers have high job security, the opportunity to contribute to important business decisions and a very healthy annual income.

... and the bad

This is a high pressured role with a lot of responsibility - so there isn’t much room for flexible working. This level of decision making does have its downsides - if the business isn’t doing great you may have to make some difficult financial decisions.

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Auditor

Myth busting

Many people assume that Auditing roles involve being stuck in an office with minimal contact with others - but they couldn’t be more wrong! As an Auditor, your role will involve ensuring that businesses are using their resources in the most efficient ways. This will often involve being in a boardroom presenting to Directors and other senior member of staff.

Senior managers in the public sector can expect to earn well over £60k p/a. If you’re in the private sector, you can expect more.
Job Progression: • Trainee Auditor
• Auditor
• Senior Auditor

Finer Details

You’ll have to be a calm, rational thinker who is confident in their own abilities. Market knowledge is essential, and you will have to keep on top of the many changes in the law to ensure your findings are accurate.

Main Responsibilities May Include:
• Ensuring businesses are complying with the law through examining records and reports.
• Carrying out audit tests.
• Writing written reports to present your findings.
• Maintaining professional knowledge through attending workshops and researching current legislation.

The good points...

There’s a very good solid career path for roles in Auditing. In addition, businesses will always need to carry out audits, so there will always be plenty of job opportunities.

... and the bad

Auditors have to a lot of admin when researching and gathering data. For some people, this can be a bit of a drag!

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