An accountancy practice may recruit a Bookkeeper and the role of this individual is primarily to maintain financial records, prepare tax returns, and generally oversee the financial health of a company.
Bookkeeper job description and responsibilities
On a day-to-day basis a Bookkeeper will take on any number of tasks including the preparation of financial statements for review by the company’s accountant.
Additional bookkeeper duties and responsibilities can include;
- Managing both accounts payable and receivable
- Managing profit and loss statements and balance sheets
- Completing VAT returns
- Keeping sound records of all financial transactions
- Managing invoices and making payments
- Maintaining financial records on the relevant internal systems
- Distributing money appropriately to various departments within the company
- Preparing information for auditors
- Handling subsidiary accounts
- Recording cash receipts and handling bank deposits
Bookkeeper job qualifications, experience and skills
The requirements to become a Bookkeeper are varied, and some practices may offer training and support to be able to take on the role. However a degree and/or an AAT qualification are typically desired for such a role.
Further bookkeeper skills and experience that an employer may ask for include:
- A sound understanding of accounting principles
- Knowledge of accounting software
- Excellent organisational and administrative skills
- Good time management and prioritisation skills
- Ability to communicate and resolve queries