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Writing the job description for a part time accountant can be time consuming – you may feel the list needs to be endless covering every minute detail.  So what should you be including to make sure you find just the right part time accountant?  Here are a few things we think you should cover…

Day to day duties – take the time to consider what you really need from your accountant so that when you meet with them you can assess whether they have the right skills for the job.  You may want to mention the big ticket items, rather than going into lots of details, such as:

  • Assume responsibility for all the days to day postings;
  • Prepare VAT returns and submit to HMRC;
  • Reconcile bank accountant;
  • Processing payroll;
  • Prepare management accounts;
  • Budget setting, forecasting and variance analysis.

But also make it known if there is anything you specifically need help with, for example managing insurance policies, team management or staff incentive schemes.

Organisational skills – if you are a small or growing business you may intend for your part time accountant to take responsibility for the entire day to day accounting function. So finding an organised thinker to not only keep the paperwork in tidy order but also suggest ways to streamline the reporting function, giving you the benefit of their experience.

Forward thinking – the role of an in house accountant doesn’t just include issuing retrospective management accounts. They also need to be able to prepare forecasts and monitor cashflow as well as measuring performance to date against KPIs and budgets.

Business minded – you may be searching for more than just a number cruncher. They should be able to understand your business, how it works, your clients and how your staff operate. You may want to specify that they need to work closely with you and participate in Board Meetings so having a holistic understanding to how a business operates will only add value to financial analysis.

Qualified – depending on your requirements and amount your are willing to pay you can specify whether you are searching for a qualified part time accountant (ACA, ACCA or CIMA). This will give you comfort that they have basic training in accounting, bookkeeping and tax as well as being required to complete annual training to keep their knowledge up to date. Don’t forget to add in how many years of qualification and experience you expect from them.

Specific skills – if you operate in a specialist industry, then you should search for a financial controller with the right experience. They will have a deeper understanding of your business when it comes to analysis and forecasting, as well as potentially being able to connect you with people in your network.

Hours/Location – don’t forget to specify how many hours and the location you need the perfect person to work.  Also you must communicate to a potential candidate if they need to work on specific days of the week to match your own schedule.

If you are searching for a part time accountant then post your job vacancy here for free – no recruitment charges, review profiles online and message accountants you are interested in directly.

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