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Financial Accountant


Financial Accountant

  • Homer Road, Solihull

Business Area: Group Finance

Brief description

This role is an exciting opportunity to join the Financial Accounting team within the Group’s Finance division.

The ideal candidate will have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, an attention to detail and strong communication skills. They will have experience of working in a team and liaising with external parties.

Purpose of the role

You will be part of the SPV and Third Party Accounting team of 9 people. This is part of the wider Financial Control team of 20 people, which is responsible for accounting for all Group companies and for making most of the Group’s payments to borrowers, introducers and suppliers.

You will have a busy and varied workload and will report to the Manager of SPV and Third Party Accounting. You will supervise some of the day to day activities of other members of the team.

Duties & responsibilities
  • Processing transactions and journals through the nominal ledger system
  • Reviewing the work of other members of the team and authorising the input of journals into the nominal ledger system
  • Maintaining and reconciling profit and balance sheet accounts as part of the month end process
  • Dealing with enquiries from external parties, including trustees, banks and auditors
  • Preparing periodic reports for both internal and external customers
  • Be actively involved in the year end and interim statutory reporting and auditing process, including the preparation of statutory accounts and tax packs
  • Preparing performance reports and payment summaries for the both internal review meetings and external funding providers
  • Providing information to Treasury to enable them to manage the Group’s cash position as well as performing the administration tasks necessary to support these activities
  • Supporting other team members in preparing data required for their specific tasks and reviewing the work they produce
  • Be involved in the training and development of other team members, both within your immediate team and elsewhere in the department
  • Helping to implement new work practices and developments in Paragon’s business lines
  • Prior experience of working within a financial environment
  • Strong numeracy skills and the ability to analyse large volumes of data
  • Effective communication skills for face to face, telephone and written communication
  • Strong IT skills, particularly with spreadsheets
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines, whilst maintaining high levels of accuracy
  • An inquisitive mind and the confidence to ask questions to develop knowledge and understanding
  • Flexible working approach and the ability to commit to extended hours if required to at short notice
  • Be comfortable supervising and training others and working from their own initiative


  • Ideally have previous experience of working in a financial services environment
  • Experience of using accounting software, ideally Coda Financials
  • Experience of auditing or being part of a project implementation team

Qualifications and experience

The candidate will be ACA qualified with a good spread of audit experience, or be ACCA qualified and have over 5 years’ experience of working in a finance area.

Working hours

37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm (one hour for lunch).


Relevant training will be provided.

Paragon Banking Group PLC.  Registered in England number 2336032.  Registered office 51 Homer Road, Solihull, West Midlands  B91 3QJ.

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