SSE

Accountant

Recruiter
SSE
Location
Glasgow City (GB)
Salary
Competitive based on experience + performance-related bonus + a range of benefits
Posted
22 Feb 2024
Closes
22 Mar 2024
Approved employers
Approved employer
Job role
Accountant
Contract type
Permanent
Hours
Full time
Experience level
Newly qualified

SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world. Following our commitment to invest £20.5 billion in low carbon projects to 2027, we have significant growth plans and are well on our way to achieving our ambition to build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

Join us on our journey to net zero and help us power change.

About the Role

Base Location: Flexible, however our preference is that you will be based at our Perth or Glasgow site.

Salary: Competitive based on experience + performance-related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing, and family.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

This role is responsible for supporting the Head of Operations and Control in all aspects of financial control and reporting across the Energy Markets portfolio, with specific accountability for cashflow, banking, indirect costs, and accounting for foreign currency transactions.

The Energy Markets business is going through a period of growth and expansion including trading in new markets and technologies. This role would be involved in the development of processes for new activities and ensuring that the correct application of accounting standards is maintained. This role would also assist in relation to the implementation of Finance Transformation projects including ensuring compliance with group financial control policies and transitioning financial reporting to a new system.

Developing an understanding of how the business operates will be key to this role and it will therefore be important to work closely with the other members of the finance team as well as business team colleagues.

Key responsibilities for this role include:

- Month end reporting – Prepare, coordinate, and lead the month end close process for areas of responsibility to inform senior management within the business and finance of the financial position.

- Budgeting and forecasting – Prepare the annual budget and forecast updates for areas of responsibility. Lead on the preparation of cash flow forecasting for the business unit. Provide financial insight and challenge as necessary to ensure forecasts are accurate and realistic.

- Controls and compliance – Assist with the implementation and operation of finance controls and controls testing for areas of responsibility. Act as key contact for external audit during the half year and year end including completion of statutory and group returns.

- Project work – Provide support on project related activities at business unit level including the implementation of Finance Transformation projects and providing advice on the correct accounting treatment for new activities.

- Cost management – Engage with stakeholders to understand the Energy Markets business, translate this into key financials to support decision making, and challenge the cost base including where future value might exist.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

- Experience operating in a finance role within an intensive business, with experience of and knowledge of a complex environment.

- Ability to make decisions and recommendations while maintaining independence and professionalism at all times.

- Overall, the candidate will need to be pro-active, curious, and diligent in their approach and be willing to undertake challenging tasks which take them out of their 'comfort zone'.

- Strong knowledge of Accounting Standards and how these apply to the Energy Markets business.

- Appropriate Accounting qualification (ICAS, ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA or CIPFA) with PQE in an equivalent role.

About our Business

Our SSE Finance function has a key part to play in fulfilling SSE's 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.

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