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Client Accountant (Client Finance – Birmingham)

Last update 11.04.2024
The role
The Client Accountant is responsible for ensuring the Client Accounting and Financial Reporting for our Client(s) is managed in an effective and timely manner in accordance with Client requirements.

The objective of the role is to:
• Ensure that all Client and property accounting services are delivered to a consistently high standard and to the service levels required by the Client;
• Maintaining complete and up to date records and financial management, including applying accounting regulations, query management, service charge management, reconciliations, capex, opex and other Client specific procedures;
• Working with surveyors, Clients and other team members on the most appropriate actions to resolve queries;
• Supporting the contractual compliance across the team, including performing within the SLAs and KPIs on behalf of BNPPRE; and
• Assisting in continuously improving processes for market leading best practise financial management and in accordance with all relevant legislation.


Key deliverables
Processes
Processes are seen as essential to the operations of the team, department and wider internal stakeholders. It is key that this role will:
• Develop, implement and continuously improve processes and procedures to ensure service delivery standards for internal and external clients are met;
• Work with internal audit and compliance to ensure that all compliance and control requirements are met; and
• Participate in controls of activities.

Service Delivery
The Client Finance department is a critical part of service delivery to many of the BNP Paribas Clients and the Client Accounting and Financial Reporting function is considered to be market leading. It is key that this role will:
• Work with the management team to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and control of their day-to-day work;
• Act as the principal contact point for Clients, surveyors, and other relevant parties on all aspects of accounting service delivery;
• Monitor and produce client accounting records, including client statements and/or profit and loss and balance sheet reporting, VAT and other tax reporting, charges to Occupiers and Clients, reconciliations, CIS, rent deposits, and bank, cash, and service charge reconciliations, query response and maintaining and collating supporting information as required;
• Ensure that services are delivered in accordance with the agreed contract;
• Attend client meetings as required and work with clients to understand their needs, interpret requirements and respond as appropriate;
• Work with team members on the structuring of accounting records and achievement of reporting goals;
• Ensuring all necessary Quality Assurance reviews have been undertaken and signed off before issue; and
• Assist in internal and external audits of financial information, procedures and controls.

Responsibilities
Financials
• Individual and team based targets; and
• Assists the Manager to manage within budget and minimises overhead spend.

Clients and Business Development
• Manages existing Client relationships;
• Able to work on a broad range of projects, referring to senior colleagues/ external specialists on highly unusual or technical issues;
• Specialist in one aspect of own discipline. Broad knowledge of principles and practices of related disciplines; and
• Enhances BNP Paribas Real Estate‘s reputation through successful delivery.

Systems and Process
• Evaluates, adapts and improves standards, techniques and procedures; and
• Participates in the selection, testing and implementation of new systems features to support accounting operations and is a contributor to BNP Paribas Real Estate projects.


Person specification
• Highly numerate with strong attention to detail and excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Experience of working within an accounting team within in a property management or similar environment;
• Qualified or part qualified in a recognised accounting qualification (CIMA, ACCA) or qualified through experience. GCSE level qualifications including Maths and English;
• Experience in bookkeeping, internal and external financial reporting, financial operations and associated processes and controls
• Tenacious, presentable, assertive, adaptable, self-aware and self-motivated with excellent verbal and written communication skills and a professional manner;
• Conscientious and highly focussed, with an understanding of accounting and an appreciation of data protection issues;
• Understanding of accounting techniques, including general ledger transactions would be an advantage;
• Committed to the provision of excellent customer service and to meeting deadlines;
• Commercially astute, innovative and solutions oriented;
• Organised and methodical, able to work to tight deadlines and manage time effectively, whilst also able to manage multiple projects; and
• Good skills in Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, and Outlook). Experience of property management and accounting packages for managing agents (ideally Trace Tramps, or similar packages such as Yardi Propware / Voyager, Qube Horizon) would be a distinct advantage.


We are proud to offer award-winning benefits to support and reward our employees:

* Heath & Leisure: Private medical cover, 25 days annual leave + public holidays (the option of purchasing up to 5 additional days via flex benefits), health screening, gym discounts, wellbeing support, volunteering opportunities, cycle to work scheme, eye care voucher, travel & retail discounts, travel insurance, concierge service, kids pass, open fairways golf card, great company culture and social events (including sports teams, charity events, art pass), perks at work
* Financial: Pension, life assurance at 8 x basic salary, group income protection, long term disability insurance, interest free season ticket loan, bonus scheme - you will be eligible to participate in the Company’s Bonus Scheme, share incentive plan, financial and mortgage advice

BNP Paribas Real Estate is committed to providing a work environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and equal employment opportunity without regard to race, colour, gender, age, creed, sex, religion, national origin, disability (physical or mental), marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or any other legally protected status.

BNP Paribas Real Estate is proud to be an inclusive employer, as recognised by our RICS Inclusive Employer status
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