Accounting Technician

This job is based in central accounts, or treasuries, in all types of local authority. It covers most of the aspects of financial work in the corporate sector and in other services, such as education and environment that manage their own budgets. Accounting technicians work alongside accountancy assistants, finance assistants, finance clerks and finance officers assisting the authority's Section 151 Officer (Treasurer)  in his / her role as 'keeper of the public purse'.

Work Environment
Accounting technicians spend a significant amount of their time working on a computer, but they may also need to speak to service managers or, if they are employed on audit work, may visit other departments to find out how accounts are kept.  They work a standard 37-hour week, but must be flexible when overtime is called for to meet statutory deadlines like the end of the financial year.

Daily Activities
Much of this is routine: accounting tasks such as book-keeping, keeping financial records, producing and analysing figures, helping to prepare audit accounts, helping with the allocation of annual budgets - to be allocated to schools for example - pension funds and applications for grants from Welsh Government, UK government or European Union (EU) funds. 

Accounting technicians may also process invoices (internal and external) and senior accounting technicians can be responsible for the work of several accountancy assistants. Ultimately they support the work of accountants ensuring the council's accounts are correct and the most economic use is made of resources.

One of the key differences between an accounting technician's job and other positions below accountant level is that it could include working on special projects such as research into new areas of work and technical procedures.  Depending on the structure within the accountancy service, accounting technicians can work in a variety of different roles.

Skills & Interests
Accounting technicians must have:

  • good team working skills;
  • an aptitude for financial work;
  • effective written and verbal communication ability;
  • organisational ability;
  • an understanding of the need for confidentiality.

Entry Requirements
There are no formal requirements.  All Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualifications are open-access.

Future Prospects & Opportunities
With further training and experience, accounting technicians can take examinations and qualify as Chartered / Certified Accountants.

Further Information & Services
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

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