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There's never been a more exciting time to join the railway. We're going through the biggest upgrade to our network since the Victorian Times, while running over 2,400 services every single day covering 351 stations. As the 5th largest company in Scotland and nearly 5,300 employees, with us you can develop a career. We are looking for people who are focused on our customers. We want people that are looking for more than a just a job; we want people who are committed to giving Scotland the very best railway it has ever had.

THE ROLE: To perform financial administration and accounting duties and provide assistance and support to the Financial Accountants and Senior Financial Accountant.


Assist in the accurate and timely production of financial returns required for financial reporting, including statutory reporting, internal reporting, reporting to partners/Group/other stakeholders.

Prepare and post journal entries to the Ledger as required.

Assist in the periodic reporting process through preparing analysis on the ledger to be provided to the Financial Accountants / Senior Financial Accountant.

Assist with performing reconciliations and other appropriate controls surrounding the Ledger, investigating variances and escalating these as required.

Participate in the coordination of the statutory year end and group yea- end process, ensuring delivery to various stakeholder deadlines and compliance with business planning.

Input the required data for the Group reporting system (CPM), including periodic actuals, budgets and forecasts.

Engage with External Auditors, assisting with timetable coordination, planning and provision of information.

Assist in the delivery of P11Ds and PSA through preparing analysis provided to the Financial Accountants, liaising with third party service providers and the Shared Service Centre as required.

Assist with the application of the capitalisation process, through performing reviews on the ledger for un-capitalised items missing from the asset register.

Assist with the cash flow process through preparation of the daily banking and collating data on the cash flows to provide to the Financial Accountants for analysis.

Assist with the budget and forecasting process through preparing analysis on the ledger to provide to the Financial Accountants / Senior Financial Accountant.

Work with the FP&A team through the Business Partnering approach to assist with performing strategic review projects across the business.

Assist with the delivery of the commercial work programme as directed by the Senior Financial Accountant.

Review and adhere to the Scotrail accounting policies as directed, proposing any updates if identified.

Build strong working relationships across all functions including undertaking and providing training/guidance as directed.

Assist the Financial Accountants / Senior Financial Accountant in analysing and improving current administrative and financial processes looking objectively at the way we work

Challenge thinking to deliver a compliant and professional service that fits operating plans and processes.

Build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders.


Part Qualified in a Professional Accounting Qualification and willing to continue studies to be qualified in (ACA//ACCA/CIMA/ICAS)


University degree, preferably Accountancy or other Business related discipline.

Open accounts accounting software experience.


Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

IT literate with high level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Power point, etc.

Understanding of accounting and business compliance matters (IFRS, VAT, Payroll etc)

Logical and methodical approach to the role

Driven to achieve efficiencies with a commercial focus.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Post covers 35 hours per week. Reference Salary will be

£31,575 per annum.

ScotRail is a strong promotor of diversity in rail and particularly welcomes applicants from members of minority groups.

Benefits include contributory final salary pension scheme, free and reduced rail travel for you and your family, where applicable.

Selection process: Selected candidates will be invited to attend an interview. The final stage for successful candidates will be a medical questionnaire. Appointees must submit at least two satisfactory references, Disclosure Scotland clearance and complete a six month probation period. Training initially involves a three day Induction training programme including first aid and fire safety.

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