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Financial Accountant

  • Role type
  • Full time, Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Oxfordshire (Harwell)

  • Closing Date
  • 06/10/2022

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo


Role: Financial Accountant

Location: Harwell

Salary range: £40,000 - £50,000

Role ID: 2022-1592


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.


We are currently looking for a Financial Accountant to join our Finance team.


Key responsibilities

  • Preparation of cash flow and working capital forecasts, budgets and reporting.
  • Working with the business to achieve excellent cash performance.
  • Preparation of statutory annual reports.
  • Prepare supporting information for audits, including liaising with internal and external auditors.
  • Ensuring compliance with internal controls.
  • Day to day management of Assistant Financial Accountant.
  • Undertake one to one meetings, appraisals and other staff meetings.
  • Improve systems and processes within the team to ensure it is running in the most efficient and effective way, including development of new reports.
  • Prepare and review balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Preparation of data for Corporation Tax returns.
  • Preparation of various period end, half year and year end reports for internal and group reporting.
  • Provide support for wider finance team during peak times and periods of high leave.
  • Provide cover for payroll processing (outsourced)

Key competencies and experience

  • Commercially focused fully qualified (ACCA/CIMA/ACA).
  • Knowledge of statutory accounts and working as part of a multi-national group.
  • Knowledge of IFRS accounting standards.

Skills and behaviours 

  • Able to liaise and influence at all levels.
  • Strong analytical and IT skills and the willingness to work as a team.
  • Possess excellent attention to detail and ability to work on their own initiative and prioritise work and meet deadlines


  • Able to work independently and part of a team.
  • Prior knowledge/experience of working capital management.
  • Experience of managing and motivating a team.
  • Experience of Agresso/Unit 4 ERP – but not essential.

Working here


Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.


Wellbeing and work life balance


We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. Our People are important to us, and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and ensure a culture of inclusivity, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.




Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.