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Estate Accountant

Application Reference Number: 0242
Function: Finance
Location: Imperial Wharf
Position Type: Permanent 
Application End Date: 16/02/2021
Job Purposed: Excellent introductory financial role to a busy Finance team. This role would suit someone who has already had a financial role with a Managing Agent and has started, or is looking to start, their progression through a professional qualification, such as ACCA or CIMA.The ideal candidate will have 1-2 years' experience in a financial role with a Managing Agent and will be looking to take their career to the next level with St George. Ideally the candidate will be looking to continue their studies for a professional qualification, which will be supported within the companies study support scheme.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities: 

  • Responsible for supporting the Senior Estate Accountant in a number of areas, including:
  • Managing all financial aspects of managing our completed developments including, service charge accounts, estimates, credit control and handovers for twenty live developments across London with a handful more in the pipeline
  • Project manage - Co-ordination with Managing Agents and External Accountants regarding the production of service charge accounts, half-yearly accounts, service charge estimates and monthly reporting, delivering to strict deadlines
  • Prepare financial estate management reports for the monthly senior management meetings
  • Management of KPI's to monitor progress in financial areas controlled by managing agents
  • Monitor service charge collection (c £60m) to ensure timely collection.
  • Review Legal Consent Forms in the event of late payment of service charge arrears
  • Provide support in regular meetings with managing agents to review financial and non-financial estate matter
  • Monitor and control development balances working capital levels
  • Managing voids liabilities and checking for accuracy of the calculations
  • Assist in the creation and review of budgets for new developments/phases
  • Introducing new procedures to improve financial performance of managing agents
  • Reviewing the cyclical maintenance costing and CAPEX plans for repair and replacement to appraise the adequacy of reserve fund and collection
  • Benchmarking managing agents, providing feedback to management
  • External auditor tenders, deciding on types of engagement, negotiation of fees
  • Involvement/supporting in CHP set up and billing
  • Maintaining good relationships with managing agents
  • Liaising with a number of St George Estate Managers on operational and financial matters

Technical Competencies:

  • Degree level, but not essential
  • Studying CIMA/ACCA qualification, but not essential
  • Preferably from Managing Agent background
  • Experience in financial property management / service charge is essential

Person Specification:

  • Proactive approach and able to adapt to the evolving requirements of the role.
  • Professional in approach and a strong communicator.
  • Able to communicate credibly and effectively to non-financial professionals, internally and externally.
  • Able to get things done through influencing the wider team including non-direct reports.
  • Excellent organisational skills and an ability to balance and deliver against varied workloads and tight deadlines.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Desire to be an integral part of St George

Please note our standard working hours are 8am until 5:30pm Monday to Friday.

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