Project Accountant

Requisition ID
Work Location
Department / Discipline
Finance Operations
Position Type
Staff / Permanent
Market / Sector (Candidate Portal Searching)
Oil & Gas

Overview / Responsibilities

Wood Process and Energy, Europe and Africa are seeking a Project Accountant, you will ideally have a manufacturing or industrial background.


This is a permanent role and is based from our offices in Darlington and we would welcome applications from those recently qualified who are loking to take the next step in their career.


The Role:

To ensure all aspects of contract finance ensuring all accounting activities are undertaken in a timely and accurate manner for the contract covering invoicing, month end close, budget/forecasting, internal reporting of monthly finance's and completion of profit & loss / balance sheet reconciliations



  • Review and analysis of costs coded to contract within the accounting system to ensure charges are correct and adjust as applicable
  • Undertake manhour reconciliations between systems to ensure all hours have been captured for invoicing and costing purposes
  • Ensure invoices are prepared in a timely and accurate manner in line with contract terms and conditions and agreed invoice timetable
  • Preparation of annual budget, quarterly and monthly forecast for contract in conjunction with Contract Manager and Finance Supervisor in line with Wood reporting calendar
  • Responsible for contract month end close activities in oracle system to ensure results are accurately reported and analysed.
  • Main activities include calculation of accruals, unbilled and unearned entries as required in compliance with Wood corporate deadlines, technical accounting standards, and in accordance with company procedures for reconciliations and balance sheet controls
  • Preparation of monthly financial management report for contract which comprises of detailed:
  • Profit and loss comparison of actuals against budget/forecast capturing clear and concise operational commentary for variances
  • Balance sheet analysis focusing on unbilled, unearned, accounts receivables and accruals, explaining the nature and age of balance and movement from prior month and resolution plan for clearance
  • Reporting of monthly results to contract manager and finance supervisor to ensure visibility of actual performance
  • Active management of cash to ensure payment is received from client in line with payment terms, optimisation of Days Sales Outstanding and minimisation of unbilled items and escalation of any issues to line manager as required
  • Ensure all finance reconciliations are prepared, analysed and reviewed on a monthly basis to establish over/under-recoveries and enable any corrective actions to be taken in a timely manner through discussion with Finance Supervisor
  • Knowledge of contract commercials to understand rate build-ups and recovery of costs to ensure maximisation cash position
  • Responsible for maintaining contract delegation of authority matrix in line with any personnel changes on the contract
  • Operating daily activities in line with accounting, credit risk and business ethics policies
  • Ensure all contracts process and procedures used on are maintained
  • Liaising with external / internal stakeholders including client auditors

Skills / Qualifications


  • AAT/HNC/HND or other recognised accounting qualification (Preferably working towards professional qualification)


  • 1-2 years accounting experience, preferably in an industrial/manufacturing environment
  • Proficient user of Excel
  • Competent at using ERP/ forecasting systems

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.


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