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Accountant - Senior

Wood PLC
Stockton-On-Tees, County Durham, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Apr 17, 2024

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Full Time
Wood require a Senior Accountant based at our offices in Stockton-on-Tees. This is a full time, permanent position.

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering, helping to unlock solutions to critical challenges in energy and materials markets. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in 60 countries, employing around 35,000 people.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

The successful candidate will ensure accurate accounting, reconciliation and reporting of key financial data to enable the business to monitor performance, drive improvement, collect cash and ensure governance across a collection of key client contracts.
  • Directly responsible for month end close activities in Wood's operating system to ensure results are accurately reported and analysed for a selection of contracts. This includes calculation of accruals, unbilled and unearned entries as required in compliance with Wood corporate deadlines, technical accounting standards, and in accordance with company procedures for reconciliations and balance sheet controls.
  • Preparation of monthly management accounts covering P&L to Gross Margin level including reimbursable labour, recovered in rate costs, lump sums, procurement, plant & equipment, plus other reimbursable, non-reimbursable and contract specific items.
  • Provision of clear and concise variance analysis of actual monthly results compared to budget / forecast to help support contract management to understand and act upon financial results.
  • Balance sheet responsibility for unbilled, unearned, accounts receivable and accruals to ensure accurate reporting, aging and improvement actions.
  • Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) - reporting, analysis and supporting improvement.
  • Provision of financial information as required by the business including Project Governance Reporting, HSE manhours and others as required.
  • Presentation of monthly results to Contract Manager / Finance Business Partner.
  • Undertake control checks on invoices produced by DFSS billing in conjunction with commercial team ahead of submission to client and provide guidance to DFSS billing team on any non-routine invoicing requirements that occur i.e changes in workforce terms in conditions, contract T&Cs amendment; employee legislation changes that impact charge rates.
  • Preparation and analysis of annual Budget, Mid-Year Forecast and monthly Rolling Forecasts for collection of contracts in conjunction with Contract / Delivery Managers and Commercial teams for minimum rolling 12 months.
  • Provide clear and concise variance analysis on forecasts, tracking reasons for movement in Revenue / Gross Margin compared to budget / latest forecast.
  • Maintenance of a risks / opportunities schedule to support latest forecast.
  • Preparation of contracts cash flow forecast (rolling 13 week lookahead), active monitoring of payments, escalating issues to Contract / Delivery Managers & Finance Business Partners as applicable.
  • Review and act on findings from labour / non-labour reconciliations on a monthly basis to ensure corrective actions can be taken in a timely manner and share findings with function to assist others.
  • Review and challenge aged unbilled reports and support contracts to rectify any issues.
  • Responsible for identifying and highlighting opportunities for continuous improvement within the contracts and sharing of best practice within the function.
  • Liaising with external, internal and client auditors.
  • Ensure compliance with all Wood policies including accounting, credit risk and code of conduct.
  • Execution of various ad hoc tasks as and when requested by Finance Lead, Contract / Delivery Managers or Finance Business Partners / Senior Finance Managers.

Recognised accounting qualification or part qualified and actively studying towards professional qualification (ACCA / CIMA etc) will also consider those qualified by experience.

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