Assistant Accountant (Part-Time, Job-Share and Full-Time)

Assistant Accountant (Part-Time, Job-Share and Full-Time)

Location: Flexible (must be within a commutable distance to Swindon and be willing to be office based up to two days per week in 2022)

The opportunity: 

An excellent opportunity for a part qualified accountant to join the Investment Accounting & Tax Team within the UK Life Investments Department as an Assistant Accountant.

The role will focus on providing effective support for the delivery of accurate investment accounting data to Group on a monthly and quarterly basis, the Solvency II regulatory reporting and the local year-end processes whilst also supporting the oversight of activity that has been outsourced to external service providers.

This role is available part-time, job-share or full time. This is because we want the best people for our roles, and we recognise that sometimes those people aren’t available full-time.

Key Responsibilities: 

Regulatory Reporting

  • Support delivery of Investment related Quantitative Reporting Templates (QRTs) for Solvency II quarterly reporting
  • Perform reconciliation of Investment QRTs to underlying financial statements
  • Analysis of invested asset data including analytical review relative to prior periods
  • Group Reporting

  • Ensure investment holdings are accounted for correctly in ZAL quarterly submission to Group
  • Delivery of accurate statistical information to Financial Reporting (‘FR’)
  • Post manual journals to SAP relating to retained tasks
  • Respond to review queries from Senior Managers and FR
  • Support maintenance of robust SOX controls environment
  • Local Statutory Reporting

  • Support preparation of ZAL Annual Financial Statements, including data analysis and reconciliation
  • Assist with external audit
  • Oversight

  • Assist with oversight of external and internal Service Providers in relation to Investment Accounting, Tax and Unit Pricing
  • Monitor deliverables from Service Providers
  • Work across Unit Pricing and Oversight Teams to resolve issues that span both Teams
  • Other

  • Assist with responses to Service Provider and other internal ad hoc queries
  • Support internal or regulatory change projects
  • Your skills and experience:

  • Investment accounting experience preferred but not essential
  • Working knowledge of SAP preferred
  • Working knowledge of MS Excel
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and ability to problem solve
  • Strong numerical and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage a number of tasks and prioritise accordingly
  • Flexible Behavioural with a professional approach
  • Enthusiastic and highly motivated
  • Effective communicator and work well as part of a Team
  • Analytical with good attention to detail
  • Efficient and well organised
  • Dynamic and adaptable to a changing environment
  • The reward:

    As well as a competitive salary we also offer an excellent lifestyle benefits package which includes:

  • 12% Non Contributory pension scheme
  • Annual company bonuses
  • 25 days holiday plus an additional 3 volunteering days
  • Private medical cover
  • Income Protection
  • Life Cover
  • Discounted gym membership,
  • Discounted gadget insurance
  • Discounted technology offers
  • Virtual GP appointments
  • Plus much more!
  • At Zurich we will consider requests for flexible working on hiring. Many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time, flexible hours, job share, an element of working from home or compressed hours. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you may need.

    Who we are:

    With about 55,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries we aspire to become the best global insurer as measured by our shareholders, customers and employees. If you're interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment for a company that recognises and rewards your creativity, initiatives and contributions - then Zurich could be just the place for you. The success of our business is built on the contributions of our highly talented employees - people who work every day to position us at the forefront of the insurance industry. We therefore look to hire great people and we encourage those people to give their best.

    You’ll feel the support of being part of a strong and stable company. A long-standing player in the insurance industry, we make every effort to address the career development needs and plans of our employees to ensure their success in the future.

    Further information:  

    At Zurich we are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion. We want you to bring your whole self to work we have a diverse mix of customers and we want our employee base to reflect that.

    Our diversity and inclusion initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of protected characteristics.

    With the above in mind we accept applications from everyone regardless of your background, beliefs or culture however we especially welcome applications from women, people from ethnic minorities, people with a disability and people who are LGBT+ as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

    We are committed to continuous improvement and we offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities. Zurich is passionate about supporting employees to help others by getting involved in volunteering, charitable and community activity through the Zurich Community Trust.

    We have won numerous awards for our work on Diversity and Inclusion. We are also proud to be nominated for the 2020 Insurance Times award for Diversity and Inclusion. You can read about our awards on our website.

    So make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported, Love what you do. Work for us.