Register  |  Log In  |  Contact Us

Assistant Management Accountant

Contract Type
Flexible Hours, Part-Time, Permanent
Public Sector
£32,984 - £39,318
Expiry Date
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain's railways and the independent monitor of Highways England.

Job Description

We are here to ensure the network operates safely, reliably and provides value for taxpayers and customers. 

About the role 

You will join the ORR’s Finance team who are responsible for all payments of expenditure including staff expenses and the recovery of income from industry. The Finance team sits within the Finance & Procurement team covering finance, procurement, business planning, business management, internal audit and financial governance. In turn, this sits within the Corporate Operations directorate. As a result of these activities and its position at the centre, the team works closely with all directorates within the ORR. This role covers a diverse range of issues and services which contribute to an efficient working environment for colleagues across the ORR. 

Reflecting the flexible manner in which our team works, there is an opportunity for your areas of responsibility to change over time, including to support your on-going professional development. However, we anticipate that your key responsibilities would be to: 

  • Assist the Management Accountant to produce timely information for budget holders and their deputies in order for them to manage their budgets and enable them to meet the organisation’s objectives; 
  • Assist the Management Accountant with the preparation of monthly management accounts and expenditure reports to the organisation; 
  • Business partnering – establishing effective working relationships with managers to understand their business needs and to help with managing budgets including anticipated expenditure, accurate accruals and issues concerning financial compliance; 
  • Assist with the accurate calculation of deferred income, accruals, balance sheet reconciliations, actual to budget variance analysis; 
  • Assisting with the accounts receivable process raising invoices to debtors, including licence fee and safety levy invoices and other ad hoc invoices; 
  • Preparing various reconciliations (Commercial and GBS payroll bank accounts) and assisting with expenditure uploads; 
  • Assisting with the accounts payable process including the twice-weekly payment runs and accounts payable uploads. Support the team in expediting accurate and timely payments which are in accordance with ORR policy and which ensure financial propriety, including a share of corporate credit card processing and 10% checks on T&S claims; 
  • Other ad hoc work including FOIs and transparency work and liaising with internal and external auditors; 
  • Ad hoc reporting and systems/procedural improvements; 
  • Line management of one member of finance staff. 

You will be expected to work flexibly across the teams and to take advantage of opportunities to meet challenges in new areas as business needs develop. 

Therefore, the above description of the job may be subject to review, and is to provide you with guidelines within which you would work. Other duties appropriate to the grade may be assigned from time to time. 

About you 

This role would ideally suit someone with experience in a finance role. The ability to work constructively with people of different disciplines is important, as is the ability to plan and prioritise work and work to tight deadlines. The post holder will be expected to be able to work independently, manage pieces of work effectively to agreed timescales and engage with a wide range of stakeholders. 

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who will enjoy working in a small and dynamic team, within a multi-disciplinary organisation, and who is capable of working simultaneously on a range of issues, balancing priorities as necessary.

Person specification


  • Knowledge and experience of double-entry bookkeeping; 
  • Advanced MS Excel skills (use of VLOOKUP, Pivot tables, SUMIF, etc.); and 
  • Knowledge and experience of working in an office environment and in a finance role. This could have been gained from another government department or regulator, or a regulated business. 

It would also be desirable (but not essential) to have experience in the use of Sun accountancy package and Q&A reporting tool or similar.


  • CCAB (or CIMA) part qualified, studying towards a professional qualification. Study support is available.