Project Accountant

  • Role type
  • Full time, Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Oxfordshire (Harwell)

  • Closing Date
  • 21/07/2024

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo


Role: Project Accountant

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire (hybrid) 

Salary: £30,000 to £32,000 plus study support

Role ID: 2024-2402


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world 

At Ricardo, we offer an environment where your expertise will thrive, your creativity will flourish, and your contributions will directly impact industries that drive progress and positive change. 


We are currently looking for a Project Accountant to join our office in Harwell, Oxford.


Role Purpose

This role is to provide excellent financial process support and information across all Ricardo Business Units. Working with the wider Finance team and project Managers/Directors to enable effective financial management of contracts to help achieve the Company’s financial targets and growth.


Key Accountabilities

• Project setup & closure processes, including orderbook processing, to ensure underlying systems reflect contract status, information and value on a timely and accurate basis.
• Assist in monthly management accounts preparation including selected overhead cost centres and balance sheet account reconciliations.
• Support to effective and timely delivery of sales invoicing and input to working capital improvement process.
• Supporting timesheet management, processing and reporting
• Support to CRM / pipeline processes including integrity checks and new customer account creation.
• Train and support project managers in relevant aspects of financial systems, policies, procedures and best practice.
• Preparation of monthly reporting. This could include: resourcing forecast reports, orders reporting etc.
• Liaising with legal, sales and other central teams, as well as auditors and customers as required.
• Ad hoc support to management accounts, wider finance team and senior finance management as required, including leave cover.
• Input to development, enhancement and implementation of business wide financial systems and process and other projects within the finance team.


Key competencies and experience

• Studying toward ACCA/CIMA (or similar) qualification. Support for studying available.
• Financial/commercial experience.
• Good excel skills.


Skills and behaviours

• Excellent communication skills.
• Ability and flexibility to work under pressure to strict deadlines.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team, plan, prioritise and be responsible for deliverables.
• Aspiration to learn and progress within the finance team.

Working here

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.

We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on. Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.

Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is 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.


We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. 


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.


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 to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Next steps

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.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.