Financial Accountant


At Sustainable Energy First we are driven to inspire and empower our people to make an environmental and economic difference for themselves, our clients, and the planet.

As a leading energy and utility management consultancy, Sustainable Energy First delivers its core services which include procurement, revenue recovery, compliance support and net zero consultancy alongside its pledge to place economic and environmental sustainability at the heart of its purpose. Previously named BiU, this is an exciting opportunity to join an established and successful company.

The role

  • Regular updating of the company’s forecast model, identifying and implementing improvements to make the process, or the model itself, more efficient and robust.
  • Working with key stakeholders around the business to identify additional reporting / KPIs that would be of benefit to the company, and implementing through the appropriate software solution.
  • Production of statutory accounts for the different legal entities within the group, ensuring that they incorporate all current requirements of UK GAAP, plus ensuring that the role holder’s technical knowledge is kept up to date for any changes such that these are incorporated when appropriate.
  • Responsibility for compliance with all relevant taxes that the company is subject to, including corporation tax and payroll taxes (currently outsourced to an external provider), VAT and P11Ds (handled internally).
  • Overall responsibility for the year end external audit, including liaison with the auditors to agree a timetable for each stage of the audit process, overseeing the planning and field work stages and ensuring that the audit is completed and statutory accounts fully signed in line with the required deadline.
  • Ensure the company’s cash is managed effectively ensuring that key supplier relationships are maintained and that returns on cash balances are maximised without jeopardising the company’s ability to meet all its liabilities when they fall due.
  • Provide cover for the monthly payroll process, including the handling of standard payroll amendments, monthly and quarterly bonuses, monthly sales commissions and any other adjustments required, to ensure that all employees are paid in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Make proactive recommendations wherever appropriate to improve systems and controls or make cost savings/improve efficiency.
  • Contribute towards the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Finance team by assisting in the completion of other departmental tasks, ad-hoc projects or information requests as and when required.

Our ideal candidate

Essential experience required:

  • Sound up to date technical accountancy knowledge and experience of compiling statutory accounts.
  • Fully qualified through a recognised accountancy body (i.e. ACA, ACCA or CIMA).
  • Strong Excel skills and a passion for working with and analysing data to provide insightful management information.

Preferred experience required:

  • Experience of working in the energy sector, or with reporting packages / tools (e.g. Power BI), would be beneficial but not essential.

Key personal attributes:

  • Attention to detail.
  • Being prepared to challenge the status quo and develop innovative solutions to challenges.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines. Strong communication skills and confidence to liaise with board members and senior management.
  • Strong team-working skills.

Looking after our team

In return for your talent, Sustainable Energy First will provide you with a great team environment, award winning people culture and a work day that is challenging and rewarding. Our managers hold monthly 121 meetings with their teams to help them to succeed and support them in learning and developing. We offer flexible working, health care cash plan, company pension, subsidised gym membership or equipment, private healthcare, cycle to work scheme, salary sacrifice electric vehicles and all expenses paid trips away for 5,10,15 and 20 year services.

We are a certified Investors in People Gold business, as well as one of the UK’s Best Top 100 Companies to work For, 2020 and 2021.

Inclusive employer

We’re an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief.

Employment Type


Job Location

349 Clifton Drive North, Lytham St Annes, FY8 2NA

Working Hours


Base Salary

£60,000 Per year

To apply

To apply for the position, send your CV and cover letter to susan.zolotarczuk@sefirst.com

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