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University Income Assistant Accountant

Employer
The Open University
Location
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Salary
£33797 - £40322 per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2020
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Our client, The Open University is a public distance learning and Research University, and one of the biggest universities in the UK for undergraduate education. Their innovative and inclusive approach to education has seen 1.89 million people, all over the world, realising their educational ambitions by studying with the University since it opened in 1969.

The staff are committed to putting their students first and to supporting them to realise their potential. Study with the OU is more than just education - it is life changing learning; do you want to be part of this team?

The OU is looking to recruit an experienced Assistant Accountant (University Income) to work on a 6-month FTC starting ASAP, this role will be home based initially with a view of working from the office in Milton Keynes future.

The role

The purpose and focus of this role are to support colleagues in the University Income team who manage student income, cash flow and university investments for the University. Student pay for their studies using a variety of methods, including Student Loan Company, Student Awards Agency Scotland, employer sponsorship, apprenticeships, consumer credit loans and card payments. The university is in the process of changing financial and student registration systems to SAP single platform solution. This is a long-term project.

The successful candidate will have input into the OU move onto SAP from the systems, this includes the imminent migration and implementation of financial system onto SAP S4/Hana. In addition to this the successful candidate will assist with driving continuous improvement across financial activities, systems and processes and on system maintenance, software platforms / testing.

You will be developing processes on relevant financial transactional analysis, cash-flow forecasting and reporting processes.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will be AAT Qualified or either a CIMA or ACCA finalist or an equivalent qualification. You will have experience and exposure to bookkeeping as well as managing database and financial reporting systems with the experience of audits, system validation, testing and controls.

Excellent people skills and team ethic is required with strong communication skills to build effective relationships.

You must be proficient with financial systems (SAP would be an advantage) and Microsoft software (especially Excel) and have excellent reporting and analytical skills.

If this is the role for you, please apply here today!

*Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide a Personal statement of up to 1000 words detailing how you meet the criteria of the role before being submitted*

TAPFIN, part of ManpowerGroup, are now working with The Open University as their strategic partner for all temporary and contingent requirements across their various locations.

How would you like to help someone change their life?

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to some 200,000 students as the UK’s largest university. Nearly three quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
 
Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.
 
All of our roles play a key part in our students' journey.  The Open University helps anyone in the UK better themselves, whatever their age, background or circumstances. Dip into our series of Open Diaries and discover what it’s like for our students to take that life-changing step that you could be a part of. 

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