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Project Accountant 12 month FTC

London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
29 Nov 2021

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Vacancy Type
Finance, Management accounting
Contract Type
Experience Level
Officer / Analyst / Engineer / Executive / Coordinator
Role Classification
Other Professional
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About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here.

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

Department/Role overview:

Provide accurate and timely information, support and guidance to the CBI Director.

Deliver consistent, high quality management accounting support to stakeholders, focusing on financial and budget management, benefits realisation, decision support, risk management and data intelligence.

Hours of Work:

Monday to Friday, 09:30 - 17:30

Main responsibilities:

Financial and Management Accounting

  • Prepare and issue monthly financial reports for the function
  • Provide the CBI Director with support and explanation of the budget and forecast planning process and assistance in the understanding of any variances between planned and unplanned income and expenditure
  • Produce high quality analysis and interpretation of variances between budget / forecast and actual costs
  • Support the external audit process and liaise with internal and external auditors
  • Ensure costs are capitalised as per the Firm's procedures

Project accounting support

  • Support the development of the financial aspects of the business case for each proposed project
  • Work with the CBI Director to develop a budget for the portfolio, track financial performance against the budget and identify and risks and issues
  • Maintain the project costing system/cost centres including project set-up; ensuring all processes are up to date, implement new control procedures to manage cost allocation and cost reporting as necessary

Reporting and Financial modelling

  • Undertake financial modelling using cash flow forecasts, 'what if' scenarios and income and cost relationships
  • Compile, analyse and interrogate cost data for use in developing future budgets, forecasts, proposals and quotations
  • Assist in developing new methods to report financial and non-financial information for the business particularly around headcount and benefits
  • Undertake any other duties that may be required by the function

Support & Advice

  • Provide support to the project delivery team and the PMO as required

Benefits Tracking

  • Work with business owners to baseline financial benefits and understand how these were calculated
  • Maintain the benefits tracker and work with the CBI Director and the PMO to align to delivery
  • Ensure realised benefits are reported in monthly updates

Essential skills and experience:

  • Qualified Accountant
  • Able to communicate well at all levels with internal and external sources
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Good numerical and verbal reasoning skills
  • Experience of Microsoft office, business accounting systems and reporting packages
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage and prioritise workloads, getting it right first time and be able to work without direct supervision
  • Uses initiative - 'can do' approach and client focused
  • Experience in working in a global environment and across multiple time-zones


Ashurst is a leading international law firm with world class capability and a prestigious global client base. The firm's in-depth understanding of its clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service has seen it become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law. The firm's people are its greatest asset and it brings together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need.

Ashurst has 25 offices in 15 countries and offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. With 400 partners and 1,200 lawyers working across 10 different time zones, the firm is able to respond to clients wherever and whenever required. As a global team, Ashurst has a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects and delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.

Find Us
+44 20 7638 1111
London Fruit & Wool Exchange
1 Duval Square
E1 6PW
United Kingdom
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