Assistant Accountant

JOB PURPOSE: Reporting to the Financial Controller, you will be part of a small finance team that is responsible for the accounting of Mercia’s parent and subsidiary companies, operating in a fast-paced, professional environment where everyone collaborates to drive the business forward. As Assistant Accountant you will be responsible for a variety of tasks, ensuring that at all times, appropriate controls and processes are adhered to.


  • Preparation and processing of fee invoices to investee companies
  • Monitoring cash received and updating the sales ledger
  • Chasing outstanding payments and producing debtor reports
  • Inputting and processing purchase ledger invoices
  • Inputting and processing employee expense claims
  • Obtaining authorisations and processing payment runs for the above
  • Bank, credit card and petty cash reconciliations
  • Inputting of monthly journals
  • Assisting with the preparation of management accounts
  • Assisting with the year end and interim audits
  • Support the Financial Controller and Finance Team with any ad hoc projects
  • General office administration

 JOB HOLDER (Qualifications, Experience & Skills):

Qualifications and experience:

  • Recently qualified or studying towards a recognised accounting qualification
  • Previous experience of working within a finance department
  • Experience of working in small finance teams, requiring a hands on approach, preferable


  • Sound evaluation and analytical skills
  • Very strong Excel skills
  • Good working knowledge of other Microsoft Office products
  • Good working knowledge of Sage Line 50

 Personal attributes and behaviours:

  •  Diligent, conscientious and professional with a strong work ethic and the ability to get things done, highly committed and able to demonstrate behaviours in line with Mercia’s core values
  • Excellent attention to detail and while maintaining a sense of the bigger picture and able to deliver consistently to a high standard, with a desire to strive for and maintain best practice
  • Extremely well organised and self-motivated with an ability to prioritise and manage own time efficiently and effectively, able to work under pressure to tight deadlines without compromising quality of outputs
  • Ability to take ownership and be accountable for actions
  • Ability to work on own initiative while at the same time being comfortable working under instruction
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills at all levels
  • Enthusiastic team player with a positive approach, enquiring mindset and open and flexible attitude

It is important that you share our Mercia Core Values (Growth Focused, Responsive, Knowledgeable, Trusted).

If you would like to apply for this position, send your CV and a covering letter, detailing your availability to join us: