Vacancies, 6a Accountant (Maternity Cover)


Job Title:              Accountant

Reports to:           Operations Director/ Directors 

Contract Type:     Part Time. 3 days per week. 

                             Maternity cover for 6 months (potential for a longer period). 

Place of work:     3rd Floor, Rapier House, 40 Lambs Conduit Street, WC1N 3LJ

6a architects requires a qualified accountant with ACCA, SIMA or similar, to manage the companies day to day accounts and all associated financial activity including book-keeping and reporting. The Accountant will work closely with the Operations Director and other staff, to provide an efficient finance function to 6a Architects, in accordance with best practice and statutory regulations.  

Main purpose of the job
The Accountant is responsible for collating and ensuring the accuracy of the Practices financial information, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and best practice and developing and implementing financial procedures. The role works closely with the Operations Director who has overall financial management responsibility. 


Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Annual Accounts & VAT
• Maintaining and improving the bookkeeping and accountancy systems to provide all necessary company financial information for the external accountant to complete annual accounts for audit and tax returns.

• Preparing and submitting quarterly VAT returns for the practice and any other secondary VAT requirements.

Monitoring and Reporting
• Preparation of year-to-date actuals: management accounts for the weekly meeting with the Operations Director.
• Producing cash flow projections weekly.
• Monitor external contracts and services provided by suppliers to ensure that these are operating effectively and provide the best value to the company.
• Contribute to the achievement of the company's business objectives by providing advice and guidance on financial strategy, including preparing analysis of historical financial and project data
• Contributing to the development of the financial systems of the company, providing regular feedback to the Operations Director. 

Routine work
• Inputting data and upkeep of bookkeeping and accountancy systems including sales and purchase ledgers.
• Regular reviews of debtors and creditors ensuring items are being proactively followed up and issues resolved. 

Preparing and issuing monthly sales invoices
• Monthly bank reconciliations, and debtor and creditor reconciliations.
• Reviewing payroll and pension reports, ensuring all is accurate and timely.
• Overseeing debit cards and petty cash use and record keeping. 

• Dealing with bank queries within authorisation limits.
Organising weekly payment runs and making payments

• Operating in accordance with the 6a’s employment, health and safety, equal opportunities and other practices, policies and procedures.
• Undertaking such other duties as may reasonably be required.

Person Specification: Essential or Desirable 

Substantial financial management experience in architectural/arts led business.

Experience of producing management accounts and year-end accounts. 


Excellent technical expertise.

Experience of working with external accountants.

Excellent Excel skills.

A rigorous approach to financial management and control.

Experience of enhancing and developing financial systems.

Experience of accounting and payroll software (preferably Sage) computerised 

accounting and bookkeeping. 


Experience of payroll, HMRC, pension and VAT administration and 

preparation of returns.

Experience of trading/commercial activities

ACCA, CIMA or similar Accounting qualification.

A demonstrable commitment to continued professional development.

Excellent accuracy and attention to detail.

A proactive approach.

Good communication skills.

Ability to perform several tasks concurrently with ease and professionalism.

An interest in the arts, in particular contemporary architecture and/or visual arts.


Please send a CV (no more than 2 pages) and a short covering letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria outlined above to:

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, however, the role does not start till March/April.

6a architects is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity in all forms.