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  • Job reference: RMS0120768

Accounting Assistant

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 05/02/2013
  • Time left:
    d h m s
    (12/02/13)
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The Company:
With interests in over 20 UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) fields, my Client has one of the most significant exploration and production businesses in the offshore waters of the UK.

The Role:
The Offshore Europe Finance organisation has been designed to align with the Offshore Europe Asset organisation. Reporting to the VP Finance, the Financial Controller is responsible for Accounting, Field Development and Delivery, Tax and Operate Accounting (within which this role is positioned).

Situated within the Operate Accounting team, the role of the Accounting Assistant is to provide support to the Asset Accountants and the Operate Accounting Manager. The position is responsible for supporting the forecasting, management and financial reporting of business plans and budgets, revenue invoicing and joint venture partner billings for company operated assets.

The Operate Accounting Team is led by the Operate Accounting Manager and comprises three Asset Accountants, an Infrastructure Accountant and an Exploration Accountant, supported by two Accounting Assistants.

The Operate Accounting team is responsible for providing financial support and analysis to the business.

The Lead Asset Accountant reports to the Operate Accounting Manager.

The Accounting Assistant reports directly to the Lead Asset Accountant and provides support across the Asset, Infrastructure and Exploration Accountants.


Key Accountabilities
Every individual has a duty to both themselves and those around them to ensure that safe practice is adhered to at all times. In addition to any specific accountability for HSSE, all managers are accountable for HSSE within their area of the Business and are responsible for ensuring that their team adopt exemplary HSSE behaviours.


Revenue Accounting
• Process monthly accounting entries for Oil and Gas sales revenue for Offshore Europe asset
• Raise sales invoices from the data received from field operators and company marketing departments. Checking the validity of information received and liaison with information providers and counter parties.
• Booking sales data to the general ledger/sales and distribution model, reconciliation of individual debtors control accounts.
• Preparing analysis on Aged Debtors report and chasing up late payments.
• Supporting preparation of weekly cash flow forecast (three month weekly view) covering all Company sales income.
• Partner reporting.
• Tariff invoicing (CATS).
• Reconciliations (accruals, prepayments in addition to debtors, Under/Over Lift).
• FCA (GL Control).

Joint Venture Accounting
• Month end duties, including journal entries, VOWD collation and accruals and issue of partner billings within strict deadlines.
• Booking of monthly tariff actuals and accruals and provision of variance analysis.
• Assist with effective Cost Control support, reviewing and challenging opex and capex to ensure delivery of budgets/forecasts.
• Assist with preparation of JV opex & capex business plans, budgets and quarterly forecasts.

Monthly Financial Reporting
• Assist with preparation of gross data prior to month end close.
• Contribute to submission of quarterly returns / disclosures.
• Ensure SAP and BPC systems are utilised to their full potential.
• Maintain adequate records for Financial Controls Assurance (FCA)

Business Planning & Forecasting
• Assist with the preparation of Asset business plans for Operated and OBO assets.
• Assist with opex, capex and G&A data entry for asset business plans into the planning system.
• Assist with opex, capex and G&A data entry for asset business plans into the forecast system.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
• Studying to become a Qualified accountant (CIMA or equivalent).
• General technical understanding of offshore operations would be desirable but not essential.
• SAP and BPC knowledge and competency would be desirable but not essential.
• Excel and presentational skills.
• Demonstrated ability to take responsibility and improve processes.
• Demonstrates ability to take responsibility and improve processes.
• Customer focused.
• Strong analytical and presentational skills.
• Ability to plan, prioritise and meet tight deadlines.
• Results oriented with a commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
• Strong communications skills.
• Ability to use initiative and solve problems.
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