Accountant – FTC


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Title: Accountant (6 month FTC)

Location: Edinburgh/Perth (Flexible) 

The OVO Group’s purpose is to drive progress towards net zero carbon living. To reach Plan Zero, we need everyone to come together – not just as customers buying energy, but as members with a common goal. As part of this ambitious plan, our goal is to become the ‘Leading Employer in the UK’ by 2030. If you think you could be the talent we’re looking for, then come and join the adventure!

We launched in 2009 with a mission to change energy for the better. Since then, we’ve welcomed over a million members, planted a million trees, and set our sights on helping save the planet.

As a Group, we’re working to become a net zero carbon business by 2030, while helping our OVO Energy members halve their carbon footprints at the same time.

Green energy and technology are great tools to fight the climate crisis with. But it’s people power that will rewrite history.

So we’re building a zero carbon team inside and out. Of people who share our values, feel inspired by our mission, and want to make change happen. When you work for OVO, it’s not just a job. It’s the work of a lifetime. And we want the sharpest minds to help.

Up for the challenge?

Where in the world of OVO will I be working?

As part of OVO Energy, the Energy Related Services finance team sits within the Accounting and Reporting organisation providing financial support to our Energy Solutions and Home Services entities. As an Accountant, you would be responsible for the execution of comprehensive general accounting and period end closing activities.

Supporting the Finance Manager, you will provide the accurate and timely execution of general accounting, period end closing and reporting activities along with ensuring the successful delivery of management and statutory reporting information to the wider Finance community.

The Finance Team’s objectives are:

  • Get the Basics Right: Pursue opportunities to drive synergies, economies of scale and service delivery improvement through centralisation of common activities across the businesses. Drive better processes and governance to create a culture of personal responsibility over spend
  • Drive Simplicity: Develop and implement a single Finance Operating Model to aid the simplification and harmonisation of activities and processes. Drive informed investment decisions, performance and capital allocations across the group
  • Deliver Plan Zero: Create lean and effective organisations with renewed focus on talent investment to empower people considering development and career potential
What will I be doing?

  • Ownership of the completion of the management accounts pack to month end deadlines
  • Cumulative commissions and proposition calculations
  • Bad debt provisioning calculations
  • VAT – monthly/quarterly/annual irrecoverable vat calculations
  • Preparation of Balance sheet reconciliations
  • Supporting the business’s operational finance needs
  • Other ad hoc activities
Is this the job for me?

Ideally you will:

  • Be a qualified accountant (ACA, CIMA or ACCA) with at least 2–5 years post qualified experience
  • Have a track record of owning critical close related activities
  • Have experience in helping to resolve some complex system and accounting issues
  • Have the ability to work unsupervised and deliver high quality work to tight timescales
  • Be a fast learner
  • Possess good knowledge of current regulations including IFRS / New UK GAAP and Companies Acts
  • Have experience working in a regulated industry

You’ll also:

  • Be passionate about the renewable energy and consumer businesses
  • Have a high degree of initiative and a commercial, entrepreneurial mindset
  • Be comfortable working in a changing environment
  • Be a team player – an open communicator and collaborator – keeping colleagues up-to-date, sharing and learning without prompting
From us you’ll get* 

  • 4% of your salary to spend on flexible lifestyle benefits
  • 5% matched employer contribution to your pension
  • 25 days holiday + 1 for your birthday
  • Flexible working hours
  • And many more…

(*) Please note that certain benefits kick-in once you have passed probation which can be up to 6 months after your start date

We want the best people

At OVO, we empower our people to have choice around where and when they work – flexible working arrangements can be discussed for all of our roles. Please speak to the Talent Acquisition team for more info.

We’re keen to meet people with varied backgrounds – our view is the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We want to build teams which represent a variety of experiences, perspectives and skills, and we recognise talent on the basis of merit and potential.

We understand some people may not apply for jobs unless they tick every box. If you’re excited about joining us and think you have much of what we’re looking for, even if you’re not 100% sure… we’d love to hear from you.

Learn more about working in the OVO family of companies on our careers page and Glassdoor. We’re also delighted to have received a Top Employers certificate in 2018, 2019 and 2020!

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