What do assistant accountants do?
Assistant accountants typically support finance departments, chief accountants and managerial teams by completing routine accounting and administrative tasks.
• arranging payments for invoices
• undertaking financial administration including payroll processing
• monitoring financial transactions
• preparing accounts, reports, budgets, commentaries and financial statements
Assistant accountants need a keen eye for detail and strongly developed analytical ability especially where figures are concerned. Dealing with clients requires good people skills as well as good oral and written communication skills. Assistant accountants should be team players, highly organised and IT literate with excellent MS Word, MS Office (Excel) and office system experience. Assistant accountants may also be required to work in client premises carrying out stocktakes and assisting in audit work alongside more senior colleagues. In some cases, they may be required to act as bookkeeper for clients who require additional support.
Roles that overlap including accounting technician, trainee chartered accountant
Typically, assistant accountants are:
|• Highly numerate|
|• IT literate, competent in the use of accountancy programmes|
|• A degree is desirable but is not always required.|
|• Minimum requirements are usually good school grades|
|• Professional qualifications such an IT certification or relevant A Levels/AAT diploma can be advantageous.|