Service Charge Accountant - Hertfordshire

c£35,000 - Accountancy
Ref: 1746 Date Posted: Wednesday 20 Jul 2022
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The Job Role
The purpose of the role is to take responsibility for delivering a finance function in respect of service charges and all client money handling in accordance with ARMA/RICS Regulations. The post holder will ensure that all client accounting functions including income and expenditure are processed in a timely manner and do not breach RICS codes of practice.
The role will further be responsible for ensuring that POD Management raises its fees appropriately and for the overall integrity of data in Qube Property Management system.
  • Ensure all service charge demands, budgets, accounts, payments, reconciliations, accrual and prepayments, and year-end adjustments are processed in accordance with best practice/lease. Enter service charge budgets into the system.
  • Bring all financial information up to date on existing clients and all new clients.
  • Prepare service charge monthly/quarterly variance analysis, highlighting the reasons behind all material variances to budget, forecast and prior year.
  • Manage the sinking funds accounts in line with RICS codes of conduct and ensure that appropriate controls are in place.
  • Production of annual service charge statements, ensuring that the results are accurate, timely and correctly reflect the prevailing accounting standards and RICS code of practice.
  • Maintain detailed records of transactions in accordance with regulation.
  • Ensure all financial details are recorded accurately.
  • Ensure all documentation is issued accurately including (but not limited to) budgets, cyclical demands, client reporting etc.
  • Ensuring that all monies received and expended on behalf of company clients are accounted for correctly in accordance with RICS regulations and current Government legislation
  • Develop relationships with the key stakeholders both external and internal to improve communication and ensure accuracy, relevance, and timeliness of service charge statements.
  • Support the running of month end reports processing any accruals/prepayments if required.
  • Updating and maintaining the property management accounting systems and other databases.
  • Manage transfers of funds between corporate and client bank accounts as necessary. • Produce monthly arrears /creditors reports.
  • Provide best practice advice and ensure all accounting procedures are in place and up to date.
  • Liaising with leaseholders and clients where necessary. A polite and professional approach to communicating with customers is essential.
  • Carry out all duties in accordance with legal requirements specifically but not limited to the Data Protection Act and the Health & Safety at Work Act. Ensure compliance with Hera’s policies, procedures, constitution, and financial regulations. Ensure compliance with regulatory and statutory bodies as well as with best practice principles.
  • Any other ad hoc duties to support the accounts team.
Minimum Requirements
  • Experience in using Qube to carry out client and service charge accounting
  • Detailed knowledge of the construction, accounting and management of service charges
  • Excellent knowledge of legislation, policy and best practice relating to service charges
  • Experience in carrying out a client accounting function
  • Experience in producing reports and statistics
  • Experience in dealing with a range of clients and balancing differing priorities
  • Enthusiastic and positive
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Able to organise and prioritise a workload
  • Reliable and punctual
Desirable Requirements
  • Professional accountancy qualifications
  • Experience of implementing policies and procedures
Application Process
Once we have received your CV you can expect to get a call or email within 24hours. Unfortunately, if you don’t meet the minimum requirements for this position then you may not be contacted for this role. However, we would still love to discuss other opportunities suitable to your current skill set and experience and how we can assist you in your employment search. Give us a call for a confidential careers chat today.
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