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Commercial accounting is an integral part of most business functions. A commercial accountant will work with senior members of a business in ensuring information is relayed to the correct stakeholders at the correct time. Stakeholder management is a key skill for a commercial accountant, and they must have be able to discuss financial information with non-financial stakeholders.

This type of role is analytical, and the financial management techniques displayed by commercial accountants help to drive the growth of a business.

Commercial accounting is a popular choice for individuals in finance who may be working towards partner status, or wish to take a senior route within finance and accountancy, and we regularly place talented candidates into these positions across the UK.

Basic information

  • Salary bracket: £40,000 to £50,000.
  • Contract basis: contract and permanent roles available.
  • Job location: across the UK – including Manchester, Midlands, East Midlands, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and London. 
  • Working hours: full-time.

Key responsibilities of a commercial accountant
Responsibilities of a commercial accountant will typically involve: 

  • Supporting the chief financial officer where appropriate and presenting information and advising on key financial information to senior stakeholders
  • Preparing month end management accounts, including profit and loss
  • Cost centre analysis and business partnering support to cost centre managers
  • Budgets and forecasting including creation of new models 
  • Production of Sales and Margin reports and analytical review of variances
  • Supporting in the creation and maintenance of financial models such as accruals and prepayments models
  • Review of figures month-on-month for completeness, performance and variance analysis
  • Production of cost centre reports
  • Providing ad-hoc analysis and reporting
Qualifications needed to be a commercial accountant
While entry into the profession without a degree is possible, Finance and Accountancy roles are incredibly competitive. Therefore, those with a degree usually have a competitive edge over other candidates.

In addition all candidates must be fully qualified (CIMA, ACCA, ACA or equivalent) with a strong academic track-record.

Experience needed to be a commercial accountant
The role of a commercial accountant would be best suited to a newly-qualified professional who is either in a management accounting role in industry or in an accounting practice and seeking their first move into industry. 

Additional experience should usually include:
  • Excellent IT skills including strong Microsoft Excel skills (VBA would be an advantage.
  • Strong ERP knowledge on required systems
  • Be comfortable with strategy creation to help drive the business forward
  • Be able to build and maintain risk management procedures
  • Experience in all aspects of financial planning 
  • Take control of financial modelling for the business
  • Stakeholder management
Person specification 
Commercial accountants are expected to have the following characteristics: 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to liaise with financial and non-financial stakeholders 
  • Strong on systems
  • An enquiring mind – individuals must be able to spot opportunities and issues and take pro-active action to mitigate risk and maximise opportunities
  • Commercial awareness and strong understanding of market trends and challenges
  • Initiative – ability to work on their own initiative but work well in team
  • Excellent general business awareness
  • Organisational and time management skills 
  • Self-motivation and commitment 
  • Impressive leadership skills
  • A highly motivated individual 
  • Honesty and trustworthiness 
Career progression of a commercial accountant
There are various opportunities to progress as a commercial accountant. For example they could take a route to become a Commercial Finance Manager or FBP.

Working hours/benefits of a commercial accountant

The hours you work as a commercial accountant will depend on the company/body you work for. 
Benefits packages are usually competitive offering candidates with a clear path for progression, pensions, healthcare among other benefits depending on the organisation.Sellick Partnership specialises in the provision of temporary, contract and permanent roles within accountancy and finance, providing professionals a range of commercial financial accountant roles.

Our expert recruitment team has unrivalled knowledge and strong links with a significant number of businesses to ensure we can be the first to offer our candidates the latest opportunities, often working on an exclusive basis with our clients.

To view all our latest vacancies for commercial financial accountant jobs scroll down to our listings below. If there are no roles that meet your requirements please sign up for our job alerts, or register with us so that one of our consultants can call you back.

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