Accounting Assistant

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An Accounts Assistant is an integral part of the team responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate finance function within a business.
The Accounts Assistant as the name suggests is predominantly responsible for assisting the team of accountants with junior accounting duties. These can vary massively depending on the team structure and size of business.
An Accounts Assistants work will include basic book keeping activities, working with sales and purchase ledgers and running calculations to ensure that records and payments are correct.
The Accounts Assistant usually reports in to an Accountant or Finance Manager.


Reconciling finance accounts
Maintaining spreadsheets
Credit control
Preparing statutory accounts
Cash allocation
Sales order processing
Managing daily post in and out
Handling and writing cheques
Receiving and processing all invoices, expense forms and requests for payment
Verifying calculations working with the Accounts system
Reconciliation of Direct Debit mandates
Managing petty cash transactions


Usually a certificate from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is required to become a professional account assistant. Although it is not necessary to get this certificate there are some other certificates that suffice for being eligible to work as an account assistant. They are as follows:

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)
CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy)

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