Service Charge Accountant


  • Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum
  • Location: London
  • Contract type: Permanent

Hannah Searle


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My client is an independent and vibrant Property Management and Development company looking for a experienced Service Charge Accountant to join their fantastic team based in their Crystal Palace office. They are looking for someone with 2 years of Service Charge Accountant experience.

This is a sociable and fun office, with high performing staff and an inspiring board of directors. The company operates all over the globe, with offices in the Middle East, America and the UK. They also have plans to expand into the commercial market.

The location is also ideal if you are sick of being crammed onto the tube every day! Located in leafy Crystal Palace, the offices are well connected by bus and train.

The role of the Service Charge Accountant will include:

  • Prepare account packs to send to auditors
  • Prepare trial balance reports
  • Answer audit queries
  • Maintain the service charge year-end control sheets
  • Resolve any pre audit queries with the Property Managers / General Manager
  • Chase auditors for any outstanding accounts and agreeing draft accounts with clients
  • Issue s20b letters where accounts have not been issued within 6 months from year-end
  • Compile packs of financial reports and send to the Directors quarterly
  • Oversee the production of Landlord Statements and forward funds to client
  • Prepare budget templates
  • Prepare Service Charge Budgets
  • Maintain the bank reconciliations and raise service charge demands
  • Raise ground rent demands
  • Prepare VAT returns when applicable
  • Prepare quarterly client statements and reports
  • Reconcile client bank accounts on a monthly basis in accordance with deadlines and procedures
  • Assist Property Management Team with the six month forecast and annual service charge budget processes. Ensure budgets are issued at least one month prior to the new service charge year
  • Coordinate the year end accounts processes and ensure that service charge accounts are audited, and packs are issued within three months of the service charge year end
  • Identify any areas within existing processes, which could be improved and discuss these with Line Manager as appropriate

For this role I’m looking for somebody with the following skills and past experience:

  • Experience of Propman system preferable but not essential
  • Minimum of 2 years within block management accounts
  • Strong knowledge of Excel (at least to intermediate level)
  • Outstanding organisation and communication skills, both oral and written
  • A professional and organised approach to work
  • A positive and helpful attitude within a team environment

The salary for this role is up to £40,000 depending on experience.

If this sounds like a position that you would be interested in and you fit the criteria outlined above then apply now.

However if you would like to know more about this role, the responsibilities or the company then feel free to call Hannah Searle at Deverell Smith to discuss further.

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