Senior Accountant
Rutherford Cross
February 26, 2024
Bearsden, United Kingdom
Job Type
- Glasgow
Public Sector and Not for Profit
Financial and Statutory Accounting
Salary Guide
£45,000 DOE


Rutherford Cross is delighted to be working with The Golden Charter Trust to appoint a Senior Accountant to their close-knit, high-calibre team. This role is best suited to a part-qualified accountant looking to complete their professional qualification, with experience in management accounts and who has strong analytical and interpersonal skills.

This an exciting time to join the Trust, as they have recently brought the maintenance of their accounting ledgers and records in-house utilising SAGE Intacct as their accounting package. Reporting into the Finance Manager, the role will have a varied scope and will be a highly visible role with interaction with Trustees, stakeholders, the trading company and suppliers.

This role is key to the financial operations of the Trust and is responsible for operating the end-to-end preparation and delivery of high-quality financial reporting output. Specifically, the post holder will maintain the general ledger, operate the accounts payables and treasury processes and produce draft management accounts pack and supplementary analysis. Additionally, the Senior Accountant will support the Finance Manager in the year-end audit and statutory accounting processes, the review of tax returns, and other regulatory reporting requirements.

Being part of a small team, it is important the appointed candidate is reliable and willing to be flexible to cover other duties that support the financial and wider management and administration of the Trust when required. What comes with that is the opportunity to develop and grow in an environment that offers stewardship from senior members of the team. This role offers a high level of autonomy and ownership of aspects of the finance function. The post holder will be a “super user” for the accounting system and take ownership of developing the functionality, reporting suite and user knowledge in the team. They will support team members to ensure the software is working effectively.

The role is based in Bearsden and the position will be hybrid, allowing the post holder to work from home at times depending on business requirements.



General Ledger Maintenance:

  • Ensure investment fund valuation movements, additions / disposals and income receipts and transactions are correctly captured in the Trust’s accounts
  • Prepare and post journals to the general ledger system
  • Prepare Balance Sheet reconciliations
  • Prepare monthly schedules to support the production of the management accounts
  • Maintain a strong financial and reporting environment
  • Take a leading role in optimising the team’s use of the accounting software

Funeral Plan Maturity Payments and Accounts Payable:

  • Perform a reasonableness check of maturity payment batches and confirm checks to payment authorisers for payment release
  • Obtain manager / trustee approval of supplier invoices for payment and process each invoice in the payables ledger
  • Set up payments on the online banking platform for authorisation in line with the Delegation of Authority

Management Reporting:

  • Prepare monthly management accounts; ensuring internal reporting deadlines are met
  • Prepare schedules and analysis as required to support the team and the Board in their duties

Financial Reporting:

  • Work to the annual audit and accounts preparation timetable, providing support to the Finance Manager in the execution and engagement with auditors, finance service providers and investment advisors as appropriate
  • Prepare information or schedules as required to support the preparation of the financial accounts and the audit work

Working Capital Management:

  • Assist in monitoring the Trust’s working capital, producing cash analysis including a daily banking summary, monthly six-month rolling cash flow projections and longer term cashflow forecasts for the Trust and compare them to actual cash flows

Tax Compliance:

  • Support the Finance Manager in ensuring tax compliance requirements of the Trust are understood and delivered to the expected standard


  • Qualified accountant / part-qualified accountant / qualified by experience
  • Experience in year-end accounting processes and liaising with external auditors
  • Experience working in a strong control environment
  • Understanding of accounting principles and how to apply them
  • Proficient in the use of Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Working knowledge of a Cloud-based accounting package / SAGE would be advantageous
  • Familiarity with matters of tax compliance would be desirable

Personal Attributes:

  • The aptitude to prioritise, plan and organise your own workload, and the ability to manage expectations and deadlines
  • Be flexible to meet changing requirements as necessary to prioritise month-end tasks, ensuring deadlines are met
  • Willingness to be a visible member of the team and to engage confidently with senior members of the organisation
  • Building effective team relationships through trust and collaboration. Able to relate well to others and use interpersonal skills to achieve desired objectives
  • Ability, confidence and professionalism to convey written and oral information clearly, concisely and persuasively

Remuneration and Benefits:

  • Salary £45k DOE
  • Study support
  • Employer's pension contribution of 6%
  • 28 holidays plus 9 bank holidays
  • Annual individual performance-based bonus
  • Hybrid, flexible working style - 35-hour week

For more information, please contact Ally Deas at Rutherford Cross - [email protected] or 07535091141.


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