Portland Careers

Finance Assistant

March 21, 2024

About the role

We currently have a full-time vacancy for a new Finance Assistant working from our Gateshead office.

The Finance Assistant will support our Managing Director in maintaining and delivering accurate and timely financial information, following internal controls and processes to help the business meet targets and reporting deadlines.

This exciting role will assist in both Cost/Management Accounting, Financial Accounting and Reporting of internal efficiencies.  Collaborating with our finance software Xero and project management software CMAP, the successful candidate will monitor, report and analysis data.

We understand that this is bespoke, evolving role which will add great value to the business and provide efficient financial support to the management.  Therefore, we will provide the successful candidate with support, guidance and financial training with view to potential progression within the company.

What you will do

Overall responsibility for the whole of the Finance Systems, comprising;

Project Costing and Analysis from Project Management system

  • Budgetary Control.
  • Financial Forecasting.
  • Book-keeping via Xero.
  • Liaison with the External Accountant.
  • Reporting financial overview to Management Team.
  • Resource Analysis from Project Management System.

Specific Roles within Finance:

  • Sales Invoicing.
  • Xero Book-keeping.
  • Credit Control.
  • Debt Management.
  • Payroll maintenance

What you will have

  • Experience and knowledge in Cost/Management Accounting
  • A strong understanding in the development of systems
  • The right candidate should be working towards AAT
  • A desire to integrate and project management and finance
  • The ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • A minimum of 2 years bookkeeping and basic accounts experience
  • Manipulation of complex information using a range of skills and techniques
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Xero experience would be preferred but not essential.
  • Experience of CMAP would beneficial but not essential.

What do we offer?

The salary is competitive based on knowledge and experience.

We offer the chance to work in a friendly, hard-working and high-achieving team where you will be encouraged to take responsibility, develop yourself and see the difference you are making to the business.

If you meet the requirements for the Finance Assistant position and would like to be considered for this exciting opportunity, please submit your CV and Covering Letter to or complete the form below.

Equal Opportunity Employment

We are committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic by law. If there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a positive interview experience, please let us know.

We promote equal opportunity within Portland Consulting Engineers and value diversity in our workforce. Our commitment to Equal Opportunity and Diversity begins with our recruitment and selection process. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application or interview process.

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