Finance Assistant (Payables)

Date Posted: 8 days ago

Job Description


Full time


£23,032 per annum

Application Deadline: 12 noon Friday 19 November 2021

The British Museum is seeking a Finance Assistant to work as part of the Payables function of the Finance Department in a world renowned setting and the most popular tourist attraction in the UK. You will ensure that financial data is accurate, that all invoices are recorded in a timely manner, and that the service provided to Museum departments is of a high standard.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Maintain the purchase ledger, ensuring ageing is current and that payments are correctly allocated
  • Liaise with all departments to ensure prompt authorisation of invoices for processing and resolving supplier disputes
  • Prepare high quality payment runs, ensuring the weekly process runs efficiently and to timetable, including resolving queries, right through to the presentation to bank signatories
  • Processing staff credit card returns to ensure adherence to Museum group policy
  • Stock record maintenance and query resolution as required
  • Perform month end account reconciliations as directed
  • Identify errors and inconsistencies in GL data and prepare correcting journals
  • Assist with enquiries to the department and provide information to management as requested.
  • Proactively suggest ways to improve processes to line manager and other team members

Person Specification:

The successful candidate will be able to work swiftly and accurately with figures, maintaining consistency and accuracy in processing a high volume of transactions. You will be IT literate with strong inputting and spreadsheet skills, and excellent attention to detail.

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual who is able to work well with others and take on other work in the department during times of heavy workload or staff absence. With excellent verbal and written communication skills, you will be able to build strong working relationships within the Museum and with customers.

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6 million visitors in 2018, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Membership of the civil service pension scheme
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Professional & personal development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

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