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An Accounts Assistant provides support to the finance team and is a key part in the smooth running of a finance team. Day to day tasks include processing invoices and payments, compiling and maintaining financial records, VAT returns and more. 

What makes a good Accounts Assistant? 

An good Accounts Assistant must be organised, dedicated, thorough, and have attention to detail. Communication skills are key as they may be expected to liasie with key stakeholders in the business and provide any data/reporting required. Excel skills are are always required. 

Responsibilities of an Accounts Assistant:

  • maintaining records of invoices, payments and transactions
  • preparing accounts payable, invoices and purchase orders
  • petty cash and payroll
  • process cheques
  • keep filing and invoice monitoring systems up to date
  • some elements of credit control
  • process employee expenses

Qualifications needed: 

There are some industry standard qualifications, which can help to prove to employers you’re  serious about your career development and willing to put time into learning the correct ways to manage a business’s financial records. 

Employers will look for those with qualifications such as ACCA or AAT. Sage skills can also help to get you ahead as an Accounts Assistant. 

Typical salaries for Accounts Assistants range from £18,000 - £22,000 depending on the organisation you work for.