Accounts Assistant

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Support & transversal

Manchester, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.
For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving, and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility, and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 10,300 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.

We currently have an opportunity for an Accounts Assistant to join our team in Manchester. The role will be varied and will suit an analytical, methodical and numerically-minded individual who is friendly with a positive attitude. For this position the role will have a focus on areas covering treasury, timesheets process and month-end, requiring a high degree of accuracy and a good degree of numerical ability. The role will report to the Assistant Management Accountant and provide support with ad hoc day to day financial controls activities.

Main Duties

Treasury Process:

  • Maintain the cash book,
  • Daily upload of bank statements in the system,
  • Record miscellaneous payments,

Time sheet Process:

  • Perform the weekly timesheet process – circa one thousand timesheets
  • Perform Timesheet corrections and liaise with the business for timesheet queries
  • Responsible for actioning timesheet inbox

Month-end Process:

  • Perform cash related month end tasks (statements download; bank reconciliation; cash pooling/hedging reconciliation)
  • Support with monthly journals/reconciliations and schedules preparation work
  • Assist the wider financial controls team with ad hoc month-end tasks

Tax Process:

  • Support with VAT compliance and other ad hoc tax requirements

Other Responsibilities

  • To uphold & act in accordance with the Group’s values, behaviours & strategic objectives within the context of the duties of the post
  • To support & adhere to the Group’s policies on Equality, Diversion & Inclusion
  • To comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act & associated legislation in so far as they relate to the duties of the post
  • To comply at all times with the policies relating to conduct at work

Experience Required

  • Strong IT skills including advanced Excel, Microsoft and experience using ERP System ideally IFS
  • Basic account qualification such as AAT level 1 or 2
  • A minimum of 12 months experience in a similar environment
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment and a commitment to meet tight deadlines
  • Methodical and professional approach to work

Behavioural Competencies

  • Take ownership of duties on hand and be the accountable person to stakeholders in the business
  • Lead by example, living the SYSTRA vision & values
  • Nurtures business & client relationships
  • Able to support others collaboratively through change with the business

Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion
We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.

It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how SYSTRA can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments or financial assistance to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria. 
As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role and if you are a returner looking to restart your career after a period outside the workplace – you could be just what we are looking for.