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Project Accountant/Accounts Payable Supervisor

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We are looking for a Project Accountant to work on HS2 Main Works in the role of A/P Supervisor. In this role, you will be responsible for the Project Bank Account and all reporting and financial administration around this process including payment runs. The role has direct line manager responsibilities for the aggregate invoicing team and must ensure this function within the finance team operates effectively. The role reports directly to the Financial Controller.

Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role

Role Responsibility


  • Project Accounting - Integrity of costs and accuracy & transaction processing
  • Financial control, Governance, segregation of duties & process flows
  • Maintenance of sound financial controls, in line with JV guidelines, ensuring that all applicable requirements can be met at all times
  • General administration of finance information and data, ensuring records are maintained for an adequate period, kept securely and sufficient information is kept to meet group requirements.
  • Material processing function operates effectively
  • Automation process is executed on the project
  • Subcontract Management (payments and liabilities only)
  • Payments within the finance system
  • Interaction with buying, site and Finance Business partners.

General Duties

  • Monthly PMU reporting on material invoices and subcontractors
  • Management of the subcontract payment process, communicating with the commercial team regarding payments and liabilities and ensuring all VAT paperwork is raised/received
  • Responsible for ensuring that there are adequate controls over the aggregate invoicing process.
  • As part of the role’s line management responsibility for the team, ensure that the team are reviewing the accounts inbox regularly, the teams registers are maintained daily, supplier reconciliations are being completed and that accurate accruals are entered at the month end.
  • Manage and develop staff
  • Ensure any prepayments are correctly journaled at the month end
  • Ensure all urgent payments/utilities are efficiently managed by the team
  • Create payment runs within the finance system from the information submitted from the material and plant teams, compare this to supplier reconciliations and prepare the download ready for Lloyds input
  • Look to develop Robotics as appropriate

The Ideal Candidate


  • 5 years PQE Accountant with a recognised professional body (eg ICAEW, ACCA or CIMA) or qualified by experience 10 years plus.
  • Experience in a project based finance team within the construction, infrastructure or similar industry
  • Excel, IT & Communication Skills
  • Competent in retrieving and understanding data from the chosen timesheet system
  • Good attention to detail
  • Takes ownership of output
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Self-confident


  • Knowledge of Oracle E1 accounting system
  • Previous experience managing a team

About the Company

The role will work on the HS2 project. HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 London Tunnels Contract. Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT+ staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).

Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we require candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous and we will not share any of your data with other parties. All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2.

It is an SCSJV requirement that all employees, Design House,  and Supply Chains must implement and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System with guidance for use”, OHSAS 18001:2017  Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System, Policies, Plans, Procedures and Processes, and statutory requirements as they affect the Joint Venture ‘s operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are effectively implemented on the project. Develop a culture of safety on the project through the absolute commitment to the Zero Accidents target and ethos, and develops a wider awareness of quality, environmental issues and demonstrates commitment to achieve continual improvement and Zero tolerance.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

SCS Railways

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