Senior Accountant - Development

Onward Homes
Didsbury, Manchester
£40,650 (Recruitment Rate) £43,300 (Confirmed Rate)
11 Jan 2021
21 Jan 2021
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP

Onward Homes is one of the largest registered providers of social housing in the North West, with 35,000 properties across the region.

We believe that everyone deserves a place to call their own, which is why we’re committed to building 400 new homes each year. We do more than just provide a roof over our customers’ heads, we’re here to make a real difference.

At Onward we’re working towards creating positive spaces, which extends to not only to the communities we serve but to our workplaces being positive spaces that are open, diverse and inclusive.  Onward is committed to being a diverse and inclusive organisation in every aspect of our work. 

We are looking for a Senior Accountant - Development (1 post) to join our Finance Team. 

The purpose of the role is to support the financial reporting and monitoring of the growth area, including monthly management reporting, performance reports, committee and statutory reports in line with relevant accounting and sector standards. The growth area covers the development programme including new build and acquisitions and neighbourhood regeneration.

You will undertake financial appraisals and due diligence in relation to development schemes, ensuring robust processes and controls exist. Challenge as necessary to ensure the integrity of the scheme forecasts. Ensure the necessary reports on the programme are accurate and timely, and that detailed variance analysis takes place so that fully understood and potential risks and opportunities in the programme are identified. Be responsible for accuracy of the financial inputs and outputs of the Sequel software. Ensure accuracy of actual transactional data uploaded and ensure forecast over or underspends are accurate and fully understood. Support the budget setting, business planning and financial modelling using Brixx software.

In addition, you will support the coordination and production of the month end account and development committee reports, complete relevant balance sheet reconciliations, ensure all reporting is delivered within agreed group time scales and support the annual financial accounts for legal entities, such as the Registered Providers, Onward Build, and any joint ventures. Prepare any relevant statutory notes required under applicable accounting standards. Liaise with external and internal auditors to provide information and resolution to queries.

In order to be successful you will have experience of developing and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders, of financially reporting performance through management accounts including variance analysis, financial forecasting and working closely with operational teams and a good knowledge of accounting software packages.

All posts are recruited to the recruitment salary and movement to the confirmed salary is based on successful completion of a 6 month probation.  As well as a competitive salary and a generous annual leave entitlement, we offer a range of benefits for a rewarding career including a health cash plan, pension scheme and personal development.

The base location for this role will be Didsbury. However please note that due to Covid-19, we have adapted our working arrangements under government guidelines and Safe Systems of Work and the post holder would currently be expected to work from home.  Discussions around the current working arrangements and Safe Systems of Work specific to the role will take place during the interview process. If candidates have any concerns / questions in relation to Covid-19 and the role at any stage of the recruitment and selection process they can contact the HR team on and a member of the HR Team will be in touch.