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Financial Accounts Assistant

Great Western Railway
Rodbourne Cheney, Swindon, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Job Role
Accounts Assistant
Contract Type
Full Time


Who are we?

GWR is the proud custodian of Brunel's railway - one of the most prestigious networks in the world. We have some of the newest trains in the country and exciting plans to extend our services. With more than one hundred million passenger journeys each year, we carry people to over 275 stations in the South West, from Cornwall and South Wales to London, passing through beautiful country and some of the UK's top tourist destinations.

We are transforming the way people think about train travel, empowering our team of over 6,000 people from all different backgrounds to make it a great experience for our customers. Together, we will revalue rail as a very special way to travel - relaxing, fast, efficient, friendly and fun.

About the job?

As a Finance Accounts Assistant, you will be an active member of the Treasury team involved in reconciling transactional balance sheet accounts, maintaining internal controls to safeguard GWR's assets, ensuring liabilities are settled in an effective manner, managing employee expense payments as well as involvement with other transactional duties as required.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Reconciling balance sheet accounts and resolving any differences identified
  • Ensuring a strong internal control environment is maintained
  • Collating and submitting weekly status returns to payroll
  • Maintaining local rosters on the time and attendance system (WFM)
  • Maintaining the GWR delegated authority matrix
  • Review of expense claims to ensure compliance with the GWR expense policy
  • Maintain access to the expenses system (Concur), ensuring new users are set up and leavers are removed
  • Liaising with the wider business to provide information and/or analysis
  • Development and preparation of exception reporting
  • Supporting other Finance teams and the wider business as required

You'll need to be:

Working towards a finance qualification (AAT, ACCA, CIMA etc) or have recently qualified. You will be organised with a great eye for detail and accuracy and enjoy working to deadlines.

You will have worked in a Finance team and have experience of dealing with complex balance sheet reconciliations which utilise large data sets. It goes without saying that you'll be proficient user of MS Office suite and have been a recent SAP user. Numerically savvy and confident, you'll enjoy process improvement, challenging the status quo and using creative thinking to drive efficiencies in current processes.

You'll enjoy being part of a team and have the motivation to manage your workload effectively and efficiently.

About the location?

The role is based at Milford House in Swindon with occasional travel to other GWR locations as required.

Working Pattern?

A 37-hour work week with normal office hours being Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 16:30.

The Reward?

As well as a great team environment and comprehensive training, all GWR colleagues enjoy a range of benefits including on-going development, defined benefit pension scheme, free rail travel across the GWR network for you and your family, company-sponsored health care plan, discounted shopping and gym membership and an employee assistance programme.

We all belong at GWR. This is our vision for providing an inclusive environment for all our colleagues, ensuring all candidates have an equal opportunity to access meaningful employment.

We value our differences such as age, gender, LGBTQIA, ethnicity, religion and disability. We maintain zero tolerance towards any form of prejudice towards our colleagues, customers, and future talent.

We celebrate and encourage diversity of thought, progressive ways of working and seeing all our colleagues grow and thrive.

We review all roles and job descriptions to ensure they are accessible and, where possible, we support and provide flexible working options; we recommend that you refer to each vacancy description for further details.

If you require additional support to complete your application due to a disability or neurodivergent condition such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, or autism, please follow the links below. We encourage you to share any additional needs you may require so we can provide a fair and equal process for all who apply.

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