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Chief Accountant

The Optimal Group
South Lambeth, South West London, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Full Time

Optimal Maintenance Ltd offers property maintenance to a variety of clients from housing associations to high-end estate agents. Optimal Maintenance Ltd offers a professional service covering all types of property maintenance. This could be a carpenter to fit a new door lock, a gas safe plumber to install a new boiler or a full property refurbishment. No job is too small and, as a result, this means that properties receive the care they deserve with a high level of customer service from both office and field staff.


Supports the day-to-day execution of general ledger impacted processes, including support to clients/departments as they work with and understand these processes. Performs accounting functions specifically in the areas of account balancing, ledger reconciliation, reporting and discrepancy resolution. Business Support with developing of site Profit & Loss accounts. Works with other Finance and Accounting employees in areas relating to general ledgers, subsidiary ledgers and related reporting.


• Perform financial analysis and reporting to management as needed

• Perform month-end accounting activities such as reconciliations and journal entries

• Coordinate with finance team to complete assigned accounting tasks within deadlines

• Evaluate accounting systems and provide recommendations to development team for performance improvements

• Generate financial reports and statements to Business Managers for review

• Analyse financial discrepancies and recommend effective resolutions

• Working with Finance tea, to monitor expenditures, analyse revenues and determine budget variances and generate monthly

reports to senior management

• Respond to accounting inquiries from senior management in a timely fashion

• Guide Finance team when needed

• Assist in budget preparation and expense management activities for assigned accounts

• Assist in auditing activities by providing necessary information and preparing requested documentations

• Monitor and record financial transactions according to company policies and regulations

• Review and recommend changes to existing accounting procedures

Managing Work, Projects, and Policies

• Coordinates and implements accounting work and projects as assigned

• Coordinates, implements and follows up on Accounting and audits for all areas of the property

• Generates and provides accurate and timely results in the form of reports, presentations, etc.

• Analyses information and evaluates results to choose the best solution and solve problems

• Compiles, codes, categorises, calculates, tabulates, audits, or verifies information or data

• Analyses variances between the actual vs. budgeted/ forecasted performance

• Hold the monthly/quarterly meeting with the branch managers

Maintaining Finance and Accounting Goals

• Achieves and exceeds goals including performance goals, budget goals, team goals, etc.

• Develops specific goals and plans to prioritise, organise, and accomplish your work

• Submits reports in a timely manner, ensuring delivery deadlines

• Ensures profits and losses are documented accurately

• Monitors all taxes that apply, ensuring that taxes are current, collected and/or accrued

• Maintains a strong accounting and operational control environment to safeguard assets

• Completes period end function each period

• Provide direction and assistance to other organisational units regarding accounting and budgeting policies and procedures,

and efficient control and utilisation of financial resources

Demonstrating and Applying Accounting Knowledge

• Demonstrates knowledge of job-relevant issues, products, systems, and processes

• Demonstrates knowledge of the Gross Revenue Report

• Demonstrates knowledge and proficiency with write off procedures

• Keeps up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job

• Uses computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter

data, or process information

• Uses relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations,

or standards

Additional Responsibilities

• Provides information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person

• Demonstrates personal integrity

• Uses effective listening skills

• Demonstrates self-confidence, energy and enthusiasm

• Manages group or interpersonal conflict effectively

• Informs and/or updates the executives, the peers and the subordinates on relevant information in a timely manner

• Manages time well and possesses strong organisational skills

• Presents ideas, expectations, and information in a concise well organised way

• Uses problem solving methodology for decision making and follow up


1. Fully qualified with minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience required

2. Staff development & Supervisory experience

3. Strong leadership skills & excellent communication skills and relationship building

4. Demonstrable ability to work with people at all levels

5. Good knowledge of English - verbal and written

6. Experience of using Microsoft 365 and Xero accounting software

7. Decision-making based on company objectives

8. Adaptable to the needs of the business and new technologies

  • An employee-first culture with a supportive team
  • Brand new offices, based in the buzzing area of Clapham with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants
  • Office location, 2 minute walk from Clapham North with plenty of links to various parts of London
  • Comprehensive induction programme with ongoing support to achieve your bonuses
  • Career progression within a rapidly growing business
  • Bonus scheme and company events

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