Chief Accountant

English/French Speaker • Location: Central London • Type of contract: Permanent, Full-time • Start date: December 2019


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The recruitment department of the French Chamber is acting as a recruitment agency for its over 530 member companies, one of which is currently looking for a Chief Accountant.

Our Client

Our client is a French bilingual school located in Central London.

Key Responsibilities

Finance and accounting:

  • Manage a small team of accounts administrators, including the preparation of annual performance appraisals in liaison with the Bursar
  • Work with and assist the Bursar, keep under review appropriate, accurate and efficient financial systems which meet the needs of French and English accounting reporting standards and ensure appropriate controls and procedures are in place
  • Complete the monthly and annual reporting on a timely basis; reconciliation of general accounting information (SAGE) with input from other administrative staff via auxiliary accounting systems
  • Process payments and record expenditure in accounting systems to produce, monthly accounts and management accounts to agreed timetable
  • Manage the School’s bank accounts to ensure the best use of the finances to meet expenditure requirements and report regularly to the Bursar (& as required the Treasurer) on the School’s cash flow position
  • Prepare monthly payroll in conjunction with the HR Manager and make regular payments to HMRC and other agencies. Prepare documents and files for the annual audit and work with the statutory auditors to ensure a smooth-running audit. Review the auditors’ services if requested by the Bursar or Treasurer to ensure they offer the best value service
  • Set up procedures to support staff for delegated budgets to enable them to monitor and control their budgets
  • Participate in meetings of the school’s Finance Committee, if requested by the Bursar or other Committee members
  • Deputise for the Bursar as required in the day-to-day administration of the School’s administration (not relating to teaching or curriculum)
  • Clubs & Catering: Review monthly financial reports prepared by the Clubs (& where necessary Catering) Manager, obtain explanations for budget/actual variances & report them to the Bursar
  • Prepare financial analyses, as required by the Bursar, relating to contacts or transactions with other organisation


  • Take overall responsibility for the execution of those aspects of the administration of the school, which do not relate to the teaching, supervision and pastoral care of students (“vie scolaire”) as may be required by the Headteacher or the Bursar

Other duties:

  • Undertake any other duty or responsibility which may reasonably be requested by the Head teacher, the Treasurer or the Board
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, security, confidentiality and data protection (in compliance with the GDPR)
  • Attend and participate in meetings, in training, other learning activities and performance development as required


  • Fluent in English and French (writing and speaking)
  • ACCA fully qualified
  • Proven experience in a similar role in the UK
  • Project Management experience
  • Sound knowledge of accounting software
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office (especially Excel)
  • Excellent attention to details
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Trustworthy and confidential
  • Dynamic approach

Location: Central London

Salary: £50,000 – £55,000 depending on experience

Type of contract: Permanent, Full-time

Start date: December 2019


Should you be interested in this role, please contact us by email or call us at +44 (0) 20 7092 6624.

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