Apprentice Finance Assistant - Austin Smith - REF: KA 033

Company overview:

"Austin-Smith:Lord has been delivering the highest degree of creative and practical thought in architecture since 1949. Our celebrated history has given rise to many buildings of national importance, and over 150 awards and commendations for outstanding architectural and environmental design.

We provide architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, interior design and conservation services to a very wide range of clients, and this variety in itself is a constant fund of new ideas, possibilities and inspirations across the practice."

Key responsibilities for the role:

You will work as part of our finance team to ensure that all financial transactions with both clients and suppliers are accurate, timely, and compliant with good practice, and that the experience for clients and suppliers dealing with us is friendly and positive.

  • Must be able to complete an LEVEL 2 ACCOUNTS FINANCE ASSISTANT APPRENTICESHIP STANDARD in 12 to 15 months
  • Enter and manage transactions in Sage (accounting system)
  • Provide support in preparing invoices for services we have provided and send to clients
  • Deal with client phone and email enquiries about billing and other matters, courteously, professionally and accurately
  • Support colleagues with enquiries about invoicing and payment
  • Reconcile bank statements and control accounts with records in Sage
  • Process supplier invoices and liaise with relevant studio principal for sign-off
  • Support Finance Director with payroll and expenses management where needed
  • Ensure records are filed accurately
  • Provide support to the administration team when required

Key skills to be successful in your application:

  • Passionate about quality, detail and accuracy in systems
  • Friendly, cheerful, positive and motivated about the work we do
  • GCSE Grades 4 - 9 (or equivalent) including English and maths
  • Comfortable with computer systems, Microsoft Office and SharePoint (training will be given)
  • Enjoy multi-tasking in a busy environment
  • Good, positive phone manner, able to listen well and understand clients' issues
  • Confident with mental arithmetic
  • Looking for development and training opportunities
  • Believer in supportive environments, sharing with stakeholders
  • An understanding of equality and diversity

Location: Liverpool studio, Port of Liverpool Building, Pierhead, Liverpool L3 1BY
Contracted hours: 37.5 hours                          
Hourly rate of pay: National Minimum Wage       

Closing date: 12 July 2021       

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