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Financial Assistant

Job summary

Food Standards Scotland is a distinct legal entity and staff joining from other organisations will be issued with a new contract of employment. Food Standards Scotland is a Non-Ministerial Office, which is part of the Scottish Administration, employing staff on Scottish Government Main terms and conditions and pay arrangements. For more information please contact the Recruiting Manager named at the bottom of the advert.
£24184 - £25709
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
29 September 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for an Financial Assistant within Food Standards Scotland based in Aberdeen. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Finance & HR Branch is an essential team within FSS which supports the organisation to deliver its statutory obligations and corporate priorities. The Financial Accounting team, which is part of the Branch, provides a full range of financial support and services across FSS. This role will report directly to the Financial Accountant.

The Finance Assistant (FA) post will provide Accounts Receivable support (Meat Hygiene and Fish Hub charging), process overtime and expenses as well as Accounts Payable support to FSS customers and suppliers. The individual will work as part of a team, supporting other A4 colleagues and providing cover in each other’s absence. This post will lead on the Accounts Payable (AP) work.The post holder will have knowledge and experience of SEAS or any finance system

The AP role will be responsible for issuing invoices to Food Business Operators (FBOs) and processing monthly claims relating to overtime and allowances for Operations staff and travel and subsistence claims for all employees to ensure payment in 5 days of receipt. The AP role will be responsible for ensuring prompt payment of invoices to meet the Scottish government’s 10 day payment target

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1–3) or Ordinary Grades (A-C) including English and a numerical subject.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple competing priorities.
2. The ability to work independently with minimum supervision and meet tight timescales whilst maintaining a high degree of accuracy.
3. Ability to work collaboratively, sharing information, communicating and engaging with colleagues across the organisation.
4. Strong IT skills including the use of Microsoft Word, and Excel (including pivot tables) to produce reports and data analysis.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date as well as a CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and personal statement to reflect the role and the essential skills/criteria as described in the job description/person specification.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Nanret Ogala on Nanret.Ogala@fss.scot

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via recruitment@gov.scot

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