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Job Description
The Finance division at Arbuthnot Latham is made up of 16 people within 3 teams. A new Costs Management Accountant vacancy has arisen for a recently qualified accountant to join the Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) team. The FP&A team is responsible for delivering  Financial MI to a wide variety of stakeholders across the business, from budgeting & delivery of monthly results through to ad-hoc analysis to support the business.
The primary responsibilities of this role are helping to manage the cost base of the business from month end accounting to analysis and reporting, business support and forecasting.  The role will also be required to provide ad-hoc support to the Senior Accountant and Head of FP&A as required. There is scope to gain exposure to other areas over time. Main responsibilities are as follows:

Month End

  • Management of Cost month end accounting, including

    • Accruals, Prepayments and Reclasses

    • Fixed asset register

    • Project accounting

    • Intercompany reconciliations for all AL legal entities

  • Production of Cost centre level reports detailing actuals vs budget across key budget lines including supporting analysis of key variances

  • Ownership of key bank accounts and reconciliations

  • IFRS 16 (Assisting the Financial Controller with updating and posting IFRS 16 journal on a monthly basis)


Business Support

  • Assisting in the development and production of the medium and long-term strategies for the cost base of the bank and its subsidiary entities

  • Ad-hoc support to all cost centre owners regarding cost queries

  • Support the construction of all business cases relating to investment planning and project spend

  • Working with cost centre owners to aid understanding of the cost base & its drivers, driving productivity improvements and cost savings

  • Develop a monthly rolling forecast model across key lines, providing a short term outlook of indicative costs for the remainder of the year

  • Responding to all cost related queries from internal and external audit and the statutory accounting team

  • Working with the AP manager to enable smooth running of payments, supplier set up and management of expenses

  • Own and develop an Activity Based Costing framework for the allocation of all costs across Business Units via a transparent and equitable process


Budgeting and Forecasting

  • Developing an understanding of forecasting processes and timelines across the business, including the annual budget planning process and strategic review

  • Assisting the Finance Team with the budgeting and forecasting processes as and when required



  • Responsible for line management of Finance team members, as required.

  • Responsible for managing risks inherent to the role by diligently observing internal policies and procedures

Person Specification

Knowledge / Experience

  • Experience in a similar Analyst / Cost role  

  • Advanced Excel Skills. [e.g formulae and pivot tables]. VBA not required

  • Experience of Oracle PBCS and SUN would be seen as advantageous (but not essential)

  • Financial Services experience advantageous (but not required)



  • Fully Qualified  [CIMA / ACA / ACCA]



  • Client Focus

  • Team Working

  • Working Proactively

  • Planning & Reviewing

  • Respecting Others

  • Communication & Confidence