Subsidiary Companies Accountant

University of Oxford

The Subsidiary Companies Accountant will be responsible for the financial records of a varied portfolio of companies and joint ventures of the University of Oxford, and for the provision of financial information and advice to company management, directors, as well as to senior stakeholders within the University.

The University of Oxford is a stimulating work environment, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence. Our research plays a key role in tackling many global challenges, from reducing our carbon emissions to developing vaccines during a pandemic.

The Finance Division supports the academic, research and administrative community at the University providing sound financial advice and timely information with a range of support services including financial operations, financial reporting, financial support and professional services.

What We Offer

As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees’ wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

•               An excellent contributory pension scheme

•               38 days annual leave

•               A comprehensive range of childcare services

•               Family leave schemes

•               Cycle loan scheme

•               Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

•               Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs 

•               A welcoming and diverse community

About the Role

This role is responsible for the accounting and reporting function of a varied portfolio of the University’s subsidiary companies and joint ventures. This will include overseeing and reviewing transactional processing by the assistant account, as well as designing and producing appropriate reports for stakeholders, and the production of the companies’ annual financial statements.

The successful candidate will be a key attendee at company board meetings and will be responsible for presenting financial results and briefing the board on any key financial issues. The role is also responsible for the production of annual financial statements and will act as first point of contact for the companies’ auditors.

This role will also assist, when required, with the setup of accounting infrastructure and related processes for new subsidiary companies and, subject to capacity constraints, take on the responsibility for accounting and reporting requirements for those new subsidiaries, as they become operational.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

You will be based in Hythe Bridge Street but you may be able to agree a pattern of regular remote working with your line manager.

About You

This role needs to combine strong financial accounting skills with a strong understanding of appropriate financial processes and controls. We expect that the successful candidate will hold a recognized accounting qualification sich as ACA, ACCA, or CIMA, and will have relevant accounting experience in a financial or management accounting role.

The team uses Sage for the majority of companies, so the role requires knowledge of Sage or a comparable accounting package. We are also looking for a good understanding of the UK tax regime including VAT, corporation tax and payroll taxes.

Due to the varied nature of the role, the successful candidate will need a high level of personal effectiveness and the ability to prioritise competing tasks, and to delegate as appropriate. Similarly, this role requires a flexible approach and the willingness to take on other tasks as required to support team members and cover any absences. Communication is also key as the team works closely with other teams in the University’s finance division including the company secretarial team, the tax team, and the financial reporting team.

Application Process

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 29 September 2023.  

Interviews will take place during week commencing 9 October 2023 and will be in person.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

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