Assistant Accountant

Careers Calendar Posted 10/11/2022
Location Horsforth, Leeds
Salary £25-30K
Department Finance

Our people are at the heart of our business and everything we do. Together, we help people create amazing personal care products by getting the ingredients right.

We are Stephenson, one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of solid format bases spanning soap, hair care and skincare and a unique range of sustainable ingredients. We have been working through generations to get the ingredients just right. Our heritage is important but it doesn’t define us.

We are a forward-thinking, innovative company, discreetly helping customers disrupt markets globally. Focussing on practical solutions to help our customers achieve their goals when it comes to their product development. We are a manufacturer that is passionate about people and the relationships they build. Working with some of the biggest names in our industry and having won two Queens Awards in the industry, our reputation for excellence throughout every stage of the process is exceptional.

About The Role

You will be the “face” of the Stephenson Finance team to our customers and partners worldwide who are the most important ingredient to our business. There will be a focus on credit control, integral to the cashflow of the business, and building relationships with customers and key external partners.

You will form an integral part of a dynamic Finance Team with a focus on supporting continuous improvements within the wider business.

You will be responsible for processing payroll and subsequent HMRC declarations.

Main Role Responsibilities – An Overview

To be successful in your role you will be required to competently complete a variety of core duties which will include the below to achieve your ultimate goal – achieve the budget!  These will be supplemented by other tasks deemed appropriate by your line manager:

Credit Control - Including but not limited to emails, calls and meetings (both virtually and sometimes face to face). The sole purpose of these activities is to improve cashflows and reduce late payments.



Payroll - Processing payroll on Sage50 Payroll and subsequent declarations to HMRC.



Month End Reporting  - Including but not limited to; Journal Processing, Costing Analysis, Overhead Reporting, Budget Variance Analysis, Ledger Reconciliations, Management Reports.



Ad Hoc Reporting  - Supporting the wider business teams with data and costing analysis. This includes being involved in business process improvement projects.






Customer, Safety and Quality focus

  • Deliver excellent customer service, resolving issues, and offering solutions in a timely manner to meet and exceed customer expectations, needs and demands to achieve our customer obsessed business strategy.

  • Build successful long-term relationships with customers.

  • Support business improvement throughout multiple channels to ultimately provide a better customer experience and level of service.

  • Understand and demonstrate through actions the importance of Behavioural Safety.

  • Understand and enforce relevant Site Safety Policies & Rules.


Making things happen

  • Closely partner with customers and your sales colleagues to ensure timely payment collections.

  • Demonstrate pace and accuracy around Month End Reporting.

  • A can-do attitude and prompt approach to query resolution.

  • Focus effort on continuous improvement, work simplification, and the elimination of non-value-added activities by supporting and contributing to Yellow Belt project as requested.

Building Talent and Teams

  • Work effectively and collaboratively with the sales team to build relationships with customers.

  • Be a key team member, supporting others where needed, all working towards shared goals.

  • Demonstrate focus when exploring solutions to a wide range of scenarios whilst delivering an excellent customer experience.

  • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders including sales and customer experience teams.

  • Have a high attention to detail along with excellent organisation and problem-solving skills.


Ownership, Accountability and Responsibility

  • Process Payroll in a timely and accurate manner.

  • Provide business updates on overdue debt and potential late payments from customers.

  • Maintain and update accurate customer records on Sage X3.

  • Live by, promote and challenge others to display Stephenson’s Behavioural Competencies.

  • Be responsible for maintaining professional standards of housekeeping within own area whether this is a machine, work area or office area.


Clarity of Purpose

  • Be familiar with and understand business strategy and targets and how that links with the day-to-day responsibilities in your role.

  • Play your part to drive the team’s strategic deliverables to align with Stephenson’s overall strategic goal.

About You

Are you a finance professional looking for a challenge and an opportunity to advance your skills and your career in a great working environment?  We are looking for someone passionate to join our manufacturing business, to help us keep making a difference. The role is within the Finance Team, and the successful candidate will relish the diversity of collaborating with multiple internal teams!


You are flexible with the desire and ability to identify and drive continuous improvement opportunities, an analytical thinker with people skills!  You are an effective, collaborative team player with a strong appetite to add and blend to the Stephenson ethos, along with a "can do" attitude that will proactively support where required within the business. You have an enthusiastic and positive learning attitude, striving for development to achieve the best for the customer, both internally and externally!


But the most important part is culture fit. We are looking for someone with passion and drive, a self- starter that is excited by the prospect of joining a growing business with big ambitions!

Skills & Competencies

  • You will ideally have experience within a manufacturing environment.

  • Prior Experience of Sage50 Payroll.

  • AAT qualified / Finance Degree / Studying CIMA/ACCA .

  • Experience of compiling small company accounts.

  • Intermediate Excel Skills.

  • You are driven and motivated by achieving targets in line with financial deadlines.

  • Desire and passion for finding long term logical solutions.

  • You will have great project management skills and understand the different engagement styles needed between presenting to the Leadership Team or working with our production teams… so it goes without saying that great communication skills are a must, and with an analytical mind, you’ll be able to digest data and reach conclusions!


This is an office-based role, and you will be based at our Leeds office and production site.


Please send CV’s to

Looking for more information?

If you have any questions about the business, the role or process please don’t hesitate to   get in touch with us.

Andy Faubert

Financial Controller                        0113 205 0900

Cheryl Speller

HR Officer                      0113 205 0900