Assistant Accountant

NOW Group Head Office / remote working

Schedule & Rate of Pay

37.5 hours, £28K - £30K

Closing date

Mon Jan 31 2022 12:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Job Type



22 days annual leave plus 12 statutory days (pro-rata)
Holiday purchase scheme
Flexible working initiatives
Health Cash Plan
Access to confidential Staff Counseling & Financial Advisory Services
Stakeholder Pension Scheme (5% employer contribution)
Bike to Work Scheme Registered

Job description

To support our ambitious growth plans across Ireland we require an Assistant Accountant to join our Support Services team. They will report directly to the Financial Controller.
The Assistant Accountant will be responsible for providing financial support across the NOW Group involvement in the preparation of monthly management accounts; assisting with budget forecasting; cash flow and financial control. The successful candidate will also contribute to the development and improvement of our financial systems in line with the overall finance strategy.

Main Responsibilities
1. Assist the Financial Controller with the production of monthly Management Accounts in line with the month end reporting timetable, including financial support to the nominated budget holders.
2. Analyse and resolve financial queries raised by Services budget managers/holders for area of remit.
3. Assist the Financial Controller with the completion of all balance sheet reconciliations in accordance with defined procedures and best accounting practice.
4. Monthly reconciliation of the group Bank Accounts.
5. Responsible for the collation of monthly and quarterly funding grant claims and vouching process.
6. Participate in Quarterly stocktake verification at each of the various sites across the organisation.
7. Review of nominal ledger to ensure accuracy of postings in line with agreed processes and procedures.
8. Provide support with the monthly payroll process.
9. Maintain and develop the organisation’s fixed asset register.
10. Prepare quarterly VAT Returns ensuring they are reconciled, and payments made/claimed accordingly across the organisation.
11. Prepare regular supplier payment runs in line with creditor balance sheet reconciliation.
12. Regular review of aged debtor reports including full responsibility for credit control.
13. Support the Financial Controller with cashflow management across the organisation.
14. Contribute to the annual external audit process including the preparation of annual statutory accounts.
15. Take ownership and responsibility of all tasks assigned and proactively seek solutions.
16. Assist the review and development of internal financial control processes.
17. Support and maintain an effective central purchase ordering system for the NOW Group.
18. Support the Financial Controller with ad hoc analysis and financial reviews as and when required.
19. Provide adequate training to staff on the internal financial processes.
20. Take ownership and responsibility of all tasks assigned and proactively seek solutions.

Key Internal Relations
The Assistant Accountant will work closely with all colleagues across the organisation in all financial matters. Key internal relationships include:
• CEO & Executive Team
• Financial Controller
• Departmental budget Managers & Holders
• Finance Team
Key External Relations
• Bank Representatives
• NOW Customers & Suppliers
• Strategic Partners and Employers

We would particularly like to encourage applications from, disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, as these groups are currently unrepresented.



• Minimum of 2 years relevant accounting experience at an Assistant Accountant role (including experience with all sub ledgers and nominal ledger)

• Ability to bring accounts through to Trial Balance

• Experience of dealing with external funding bodies.

• Strong IT Skills, confident use of Microsoft Office, especially excel

• Working knowledge and experience of accounting systems and software

• Full UK driving license

• Reliability and integrity, together with an enthusiastic and positive attitude

• Ability to use initiative, being proactive in seeking to improve systems and processes

• Great organisational skills, strong attention to detail and ability to prioritising workload effectively

• Good written and oral communication skills

• Self-motivated, with adaptable and flexible approach to tasks assigned


• Experience of working within the voluntary sector and/or social enterprise

• Have completed or commenced a recognised finance qualification

• Experience using Sage Line 50

• Project claims and vouching process

Shortlisting will be based on the evidence that you supply on your application form to satisfactorily demonstrate how, and to what extent, you meet the above criteria. The Shortlisting Panel will not make assumptions as to your circumstances, qualifications, and experience. 

Please note that employment with NOW Group may be subject to a check from the Access NI Service. For positions in regulated activity a check of the Data Barring Service (DBS) will be required. For further information please refer to the Access NI Code of Practice at:

About us

NOW Group provides a range of services that support people with learning difficulties and autism to realise their full potential and change their lives for the better. Our services focus on supporting people into employment, training, transition and volunteering. We also offer a family service to support new and expectant parents with a learning difficulty or autism.

Our social enterprise businesses and Loaf Catering and Pottery are part of the NOW Group. We run four cafes - Loaf on Grosvenor Road in Belfast which is also headquarters for our corporate catering business, the Bobbin in Belfast City Hall and Loaf at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh. Our handcrafted artisan pottery takes shape at the wheel and in the kiln situated in our coffee shop and pizzeria in the scenic County Down village of Crawfordsburn.

All profits from Loaf are reinvested back into the work of the NOW Group. When you buy from Loaf Catering or Pottery, you’re buying great food or a beautiful, individual piece of ceramic art that gives back to society. NOW Group is also the organisation behind the innovative JAM Card that allows people with a communication barrier to ask for ‘just a minute’ of patience. Your purchase helps keep that card free to those who need it.

Gauge Impact is the name of our research and evaluation business that specialises in helping organisations measure and communicate their impact.