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Service Charge Accountant

Networx Recruitment
WD17 1LA, Watford
£35,000 - £40,000
Closing date
8 Jan 2024

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Corporate Services, Finance
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP

Service Charge Accountant 

Watford, Hertfordshire 

£35,000 - £40,000


37 hours per week  


We have an exciting opportunity at Watford Community Housing to join our dynamic Finance team as a Service Charge Accountant. The successful candidate will manage the service charge setting and accounting function across our portfolio, with direct line management responsibility for the Service Charge Officer. You will have great organisational, numerical, and interpersonal skills which will help us build a strong finance function.


What’s the role?

The ideal candidate will be responsible for providing high quality financial information for service charge activities, ensuring the integrity of the Group’s income streams for budget reporting.


You will lead on setting and reviewing service charges for both rental and home ownership properties on a variable service charge regime, and oversee the timely production of year end statements, ensuring statutory deadlines are met.


The right candidate will analyse and monitor system data to ensure that correct costs are reflected against properties and schemes to enable accurate estimates and recharges to be calculated.


You will also support on the internal and external service charge audit, and lead in the implementation of changes to processes and service improvements, as well as providing technical advice to the organisation.


In this role you will need to: 

  • ensure a high standard of customer service
  • have the ability to continually ensure compliance with current legislation and best practice
  • be an excellent problem solver
  • have excellent numeracy skills and an ability to understand, analyse and manipulate information and data


What are we looking for?

You will have considerable experience of service charge management in the housing sector and be a customer-focused member of the finance function, with the ability to interact with a wide variety of people in order to deliver an effective finance income management service to all stakeholders.



  • Knowledge of the housing sector
  • Knowledge of service charge legislation
  • Knowledge of the income and service charge processes of a Registered Social Landlord
  • Experience of delivering projects related to service charge recovery
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise financial reports for internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience managing relationships with external stakeholders
  • Experience managing and developing staff
  • You will need to maintain a satisfactory basic level DBS check.



  • Part qualified professional accountant
  • Experience of Open Accounts financial system, Orchard housing system
  • Experience and understanding of Registered Providers financial legislation, including reporting standards (particularly Financial Reporting Standard 102)


What can we offer you?

We know that people are our most valuable assets, so we offer a range of benefits including 28 days’ annual leave pro rata, an employer pension contribution of up to 11%, development opportunities and access to a comprehensive employee rewards scheme.


The closing date is 22 December 2023, (but please note we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a large response). Interviews will take place in the week commencing  01 January 2024.



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