Job Profile: Finance & Accounts


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Accounts clerks, accountants, financial analysts, credit controllers – these are all different types of finance or accounts jobs. There are many nuances between finance and accounts job roles – so before you make your application you’ll want to know as much as possible about the responsibilities, desirable skills and personal qualities that are suited to these types of jobs.

Have a browse of our finance and accounts job profile to find out more about what’s involved and if a financial job could be right for you:


Our Career Map profile for finance and accounts jobs includes:


Responsibilities typically included in a finance job:

  • Financial reporting periodically and on an ad hoc basis as required
  • Profit and loss analysis for varied cost and profit centres
  • Reconciliation and consolidation of balance sheets, accounts and ledgers
  • Communication of financial findings to relevant stakeholders
  • Processing of transactional accounts including invoices, cash, payroll, payables and receivables


Desirable skills for finance jobs:


What kind of person suits a finance job?

  • Ability to engage and influence non-financial stakeholders across the business
  • Time management skills alongside prioritisation of conflicting tasks
  • Strong communication skills and a team player
  • Strong work ethic and with a drive to succeed


What career development opportunities are there for finance professionals?

  • Diversification of knowledge across both financial and management accounting processes
  • Stakeholder engagement and business partnering opportunities
  • Project based roles as required across the business
  • Completion of further studies to become a fully qualified and registered accountancy professional


What kind of workplace has finance and accounts jobs available?

  • Professional services accounting firm as part of an audit division
  • An accountancy consultant assisting businesses with their financial operations
  • Professional services as part of an advisory division across areas such as insurance, insolvency, establishment and accreditation
  • As part of an internal finance department within varied industry sectors
  • Third party consultant for project based work, investments or start-ups across varied industry sectors


Finance jobs can also be titled:

  • Accounts clerk/coordinator/officer
  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Controller
  • Analyst
  • Bursar, Bookkeeper or Cashier


Four top tips for a finance job application:

  1. Ensure that you include outcomes and achievements on your CV with prior financial or process improvements including financial/time saving benefits.
  1. Tailor your CV, cover letter and job application for each role you are applying for to ensure you have highlighted your transferable skills.
  1. Include a professional profile on your application, which includes ambitions, personal drivers and qualification prospects.
  1. Be prepared for technical interviews and skills testing as part of the process.


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If you’re still unsure whether a career in finance or accounts is right for you, have a read of Anne’s advice for ACCA on how to choose a career.