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Assistant Accountant

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 26, 2024

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Job Role
Accounts Assistant
Contract Type
Full Time
3173 is a privately owned UK firm of pensions experts with clients throughout the UK, serviced from offices in London, Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds.

The 3173 Group of companies includes Dalriada Trustees Limited (Dalriada) one of the UK’s largest professional pension scheme trustee companies. ?Spence & Partners provides full pension actuarial, consulting, investment consulting and administration services that provide simply smarter solutions for trustees, employers and members and Mantle, which reimagines the traditional models of defined benefit pensions administration and actuarial valuation software.

About You

You will be an experienced Assistant Accountant with a minimum of three years’ experience working within a busy commercial finance environment and are looking for the opportunity to develop your career within 3173, a high growth provider of financial services to the pensions industry. You will be able to demonstrate your practical experience in supporting a commercial organisation through the provision of a high quality invoicing and accounts receivable service.

You will be a confident communicator with the ability to work with senior leaders and use your influencing skills to achieve the best outcomes for the business. You will be highly competent in the use of Microsoft Excel. You will thrive in a collaborative, fast moving team based environment and able to support and contribute to the development of the wider Finance team.

You will be a diligent and driven individual with a high level of attention to detail. Someone who is confident, thorough and conscientious will do well in this role. The ability and confidence to highlight and escalate, where relevant, any challenges or risks to the senior leadership team is a must. You will be able to easily build effective working relationships at all levels.

We want the successful candidate to have an opportunity to grow their professional qualifications and capability and career as our business develops. We will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to obtain a recognised professional qualification with the cost of training and a study leave package fully funded by 3173.

About the Role

This role within our Finance Department will support our group of businesses across the UK. This role will report directly to the Financial Controller.

Assistant Accountant duties initially will include a focus on accounts payable ensuring accuracy and efficiency of operations, processing and monitoring incoming purchase invoices and ensuring the accurate and timely recording of business expenses across our nominal ledger, together with ensuring that all suppliers are paid within agreed terms. The role will expand to include general assistant accountant work, including accounts receivable, preparation of management accounts etc.

As with all of our group supporting roles, you will be working in a fast-paced environment with multiple stakeholders. It is an exciting time to join our group of businesses as we are developing in a number of strategic areas. This role will play a key part in delivering against our growth strategy to ensure we provide a high quality service and deliver excellent value for money.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure the correct approval of all supplier invoices.
  • Ensure the correct coding and posting of all supplier invoices.
  • Prepare reconciliations of the accounts payable ledger to supplier statements to ensure that all purchase invoices and payments are accounted for and accurately.
  • Ensure that expenses incurred on behalf of clients are captured on a timely basis and invoiced to customers.
  • Perform monthly bank reconciliations and other nominal ledger reconciliations as required.
  • Assist in the preparation of accurate InterCompany reconciliations.
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly management reporting packs to allow management to understand and analyse spend versus budget.
  • Ensure that all employee expense claims are appropriately approved, within policy, and processed efficiently.
  • Ensure that all company credit card expenses are correctly coded and posted. Ensure company credit card spend is within policy.
  • Support the preparation of weekly and monthly cashflow analysis.
  • Support the production of Management Accounting and Financial Accounting information as required.
  • Support the preparation of budget and forecast information as required.
  • Support the Financial Accountant and Financial Controller on other tasks as required.

Minimum (essential) requirements:

Technical & Functional

  • Degree in a relevant discipline such as finance, accounting or business.
  • Experience working as part of a finance or accounts team within a professional services organisation.


  • Level 3 educated to include level 2 in Numeracy and Literacy.
  • A minimum of 1 years’ recent experience in a working in a financial setting


  • Experience in a client centric environment.
  • Experience undertaking a broad range of financial and book keeping duties such as journal postings, ledger reconciliations, preparation of monthly/yearly accounts, accounts payable, accounts receivable.
  • Proven ability to calculate, post and manage financial transactions.
  • Recent practical experience of accounting software.
  • Practical knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite; particularly in the use of Excel.
  • Good understanding of basic accounting principles.
  • An awareness of good accounting and regulatory practices.
  • Good data entry and numeracy skills

Soft Skills

  • Ability to work under pressure with a positive “can do” attitude.
  • Strong attention to detail and focus on accuracy
  • Ability to work within a team as well as independently
  • Strong customer service and focus on service excellence
  • Highly flexible, including willingness to work flexible hours at peak times.


  • Fluent in English (C2 or above)
  • Must be eligible to work in region
  • Be able to commute to offices and client sites.

Desirable requirements:

  • Degree or other higher level qualification
  • A minimum of 3 years’ recent experience in a similar accounts/finance position, within a fast paced, high growth professional services organisation.
  • Qualified or part qualified Accounting Technician.
  • Experience in the use of Microsoft Navision.
  • Experience of using of advanced financial modelling techniques such as pivots, macros or lookups.
  • Experience in the use of Microsoft Access.

Flexible Benefit

  • Excellent Remuneration Package
  • Flexible Annual Leave
  • Flexible Working (Onsite, Hybrid, Remote)
  • Matched Pension Contribution
  • Income Protection and Life Assurance.
  • Comprehensive Private Medical, Dental Cover include Employee Assistance Programme
  • Annual Health Screening
  • Car Leasing Scheme
  • Reserved Parking (Belfast & Manchester)
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Annual Season Ticket
  • Centrally located modern offices equipped with shower facilities
  • Great Coffee, Daily snacks, fresh fruit and weekly company lunches
  • Social Events, Games and away days
  • Charity Payroll Giving

Applying with a disability or long-term health condition?

As part of our belief that we benefit from the differences among us we are committed to increasing the representation of disabled colleagues and want to remove any barriers or challenges that get in the way of candidates with a disability or long-term health condition from applying to work with us. As part of this commitment we guarantee to automatically interview anyone with a disability who meets the minimum criteria.

If there is support or an adjustment that we can provide to enable you to be at your best during the recruitment and selection process, we encourage you to advise us in good time so that we may make suitable arrangements. We understand that being open with us may feel uncomfortable so please only share with us the information that you are comfortable to share, and rest assured that we will use this only to provide you with the right support. Any information you give us will be treated completely confidentially. To discuss this further please call 028 9041 2000 and ask to speak to a member of the People & Culture team.

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