Company: Wood
Skills: Accounting
Education: High School/Secondary
Location: Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Overview / Responsibilities

Wood is currently recruiting for a Lead Accountant with extensive experience in the oil and gas petrochemical industry.
  • Provide leadership and management of Service Line finance team including recruitment, staff development, communications and the setting of performance objectives to achieve functional and contract goals
  • Review and challenge of annual budget/mid-year forecasts and monthly reforecasts for Service Line contracts in conjunction with Contract Management and Senior Finance Manager. Support Contract Management in presentation of financial forecasts
  • Oversee/review of contract month end close out activities ensuring all accounting entries are processed in time for period close, in accordance with technical accounting standards, and in line with company procedures for reconciliations and balance sheet controls
  • Reporting financial performance to Senior Management including clear and concise variance analysis for allocated contracts. Provide support to Contract Management to analyse and report on contract financial performance
  • Oversee Accounts Receivable process including unbilled reviews, invoice submission, cashflow forecasting, credit control with a focus on optimising cash collection and minimising DSO. Provide active challenge to contract processes to improve this position meanwhile ensuring good client relationships
  • Co-ordination of data across allocated contracts for Group requests including insurance renewal process, credit risk policy, quarterly and annual self-certifications, and internal/external audits
  • Assisting Commercial teams during client audits and dispute management
  • Ensure contract finance compliance with action trackers and timely close out of any issues
  • Proactively manage escalation of queries with internal functions including timewriting, business systems, corporate finance and other business services teams to resolve in a timely manner and ensure no impact to financial numbers reported
  • Leadership of Financial projects to help deliver annual functional objectives and assist with business improvement
  • Work collaboratively and cohesively with peers to:
    • Maintain consistency within the function and promote best practice within the teams
    • Adequately resource positions ensuring best fit for the business as well as individual development
    • Develop and roll out annual communication plan including town halls & lunch and learns
    • Provide absence cover across to contracts to ensure business continuity
    • Ensure all process and procedures used on contracts are fully documented and tested
    • Liaise with internal and external auditors as required
    • Promotes and lives the core values, leadership and financial management framework
    • Execution of various ad hoc tasks as and when requested to support Senior Finance Manager / Contact Management

Skills / Qualifications

M inimum Qualifications:
  • Fully Qualified with a relevant professional body

Minimum Experience:
  • Extensive relevant Finance experience
  • Excellent commercial awareness
  • Proven people management and development experience
  • Ability to work in a matrix environment and proven record in business partnering
  • Proficient in various applicable software systems

Job-Specific Skills:
  • Technical skills and experience to conduct and review various accounting tasks
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills to lead teams and deliver results to deadlines
  • Excellent written communication skills for management report writing
  • Proficient user of Excel
  • Ability to train others and provide technical information and support
  • Excellent problem solving skills with a focus on bringing solutions to the table
  • Customer focussed - internally and externally
  • Ability to discuss issues clearly and concisely at all levels within the organisation
  • Experience in similar industry role

Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in engineering and consultancy across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world's most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 45,000 people.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 40,000 people. At Wood our common purpose is to ‘unlock solutions to the world’s most critical challenges.’ Through the delivery of our Consulting, Project and Operations solutions across energy and the built environment we deliver exceptional returns for our clients, our people, our investors and the communities where we live and work. Visit us at and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.