What is an Accounts / Finance Assistant?
An Accounts/Finance Assistant is an integral part of the team responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate finance function within a business. The Accounts/Finance Assistant is responsible for assisting the team of accountants with junior accounting duties. These can vary massively depending on the team structure and size of business.
Duties of an Accounts / Finance Assistant
An Accounts/Finance Assistant’s work could include basic bookkeeping activities, working with sales and purchase ledgers, running calculations to ensure that records and payments are correct and the recording of cash and data entry. Accounts/Finance Assistants can be found to be working in almost any sector.
Typical Job Roles for an Accounts/Finance Assistant
Accounts Assistant / Accounts Payable Clerk / Accounts Administrator / Business Accounts Administrator / Finance Assistant Junior / Cost Accountant Assistant/ Assistant Bookkeeper / Junior Cashier / Junior Credit Control clerk / Data input clerk / Accounts Receivable Clerk/ General Administrator/ Bank Reconciliation Clerk/ Cash Poster/ Finance Administrator
Typical Skills & Behaviours of an Accounts/Finance Assistant
Attention to Detail, Communication Skills, Utilises Systems & Processes, Personal Effectiveness, Good Team Worker, Able to demonstrate Personal Development, Professionalism and Customer Focus.
What Will I Achieve?
- Finance / Accounts Assistant Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
- AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)
- Functional Skills English Level 2 – (If previously not exempt)
- Functional Skills Maths Level 2 – (If previously not exempt)
An apprentice will typically take 12 – 14 months to complete the Accounts / Finance Assistant Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard.
Working Hours & Salary
An apprentice will usually work between 30 – 40 hours per week and will earn a minimum of £4.15 per hour. This will vary between different employers and criteria of the apprentice.
Following the completion of the Finance / Accounts Assistant Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard, you may be able to progress on to the Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard. Dependent on career ambitions, progressions in to other training such as the Team Leader Level 3 or Payroll Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standards.