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Finance Trainee Accountant

Band 5

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Finance Trainee Accountant
Band 5
3 Year Fixed Term
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Union Street
£24,214 to £30,112 pa + 20% HCAS.
21/07/2019 23:59
Interview date

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK with over 5,000 staff who works across a wide range of roles. Our service operates over an area of approximately 620 square miles across London based in 70 ambulance stations. 


We serve more than eight million people who live and work in the London area. Our main role is to respond to emergency 999 calls, getting medical help to patients who have serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses as quickly as possible.


However, many of our patients have less serious illnesses or injuries, and do not need to be sent an ambulance on blue lights and sirens. Often these patients will receive more appropriate care somewhere other than at hospital and so we provide a range of care to them, recognising that many have complex problems or long-term medical conditions. We also provide clinical assessments over the phone to more callers with less serious illnesses and injuries. 


As an integral part of the NHS in London, we work closely with hospitals and other healthcare professionals, as well as with other emergency services. We are also central to planning for, and responding to, large-scale events or major incidents in the capital. 


In everything we do, we are Respectful, Professional, Innovative and Collaborative. 


Respectful - Caring for our Patients and each other with compassion and empathy. Championing quality and diversity. Acting fairly.


Professional - Acting with honesty and integrity. Aspiring to clinical, technical and managerial excellence. Leading by example. Being accountable and outcomes orientated.


Innovative - Thinking creatively. Driving value and sustainable change. Harnessing technology and new ways of working. Taking courageous decisions.


Collaborative: Listening and learning from each other. Working with partners. Being open and transparent. Building trust.



Trainee Finance Accountant, Waterloo, SE1


Year 1 - 65% of maximum of Band 5, £19,573 pa plus £4,400 High Cost of Area Supplement


Year 2 - 70% of maximum of Band 5 £21,078 pa plus £4,400 High Cost of Area Supplement


Year 3 - 75% of maximum of Band 5, £ 22,584 pa plus £4,517 High Cost of Area Supplement.


On successful completion of the third year of your training contract and successful completion of all accountant examinations, your pay will rise to: £30,112 plus 20 per cent high cost area supplement £6,022.


As a Trainee Finance Accountant you will be accountable to the Finance Manager or Senior Financial Accountant for delivering the accounts for given areas of responsibility. You will investigate financial transactions within the ledger, reconcile large amounts of data and provide valuable information to senior managers within Finance and across the Trust.


You will also produce financial information in accordance with strict timetables and short deadlines and be responsible for ensuring that financial transactions are in accordance with Standing Financial Instructions and Standing Orders.


We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated individual who is willing to commence training to become an accountant, ideally you will possess A’ level Maths (or equivalent) and previous finance experience would be an advantage. Primarily, we are looking for someone who is adaptable, able and willing to learn quickly.


You will need to have good keyboard skills and be a competent user of Microsoft excel and word, and have the ability to analyse and interpret data. You should also be able to manage your workload and prioritise effectively. You must possess excellent written and verbal skills and be able to communicate financial information in a meaningful way to others across the Trust.


Please note, you are required to be registered to study with either CIMA or ACCA upon application.


If you are looking to truly make a difference in a high profile and influential organisation that works across London, this role offers you an exceptional opportunity in a changing environment. We offer a challenging role that will stretch your capabilities and skills in a diverse and complex organisation.



We reserve the right to close the application window early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.


Previous applicants need not apply


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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sinthuka Balendran

Finance Manager

Sinthuka [email protected]