Bookkeeper Job Description

Bookkeeper job description

Below is a typical job description for a bookkeeper which we hope you find useful. If you need any assistance with recruiting a bookkeeper in the North West we’d love to hear from you.

The main role of a Bookkeeper is to manage and record company spending so there is an accurate trail of outgoings for filing accounts.

The Bookkeeper will typically handle the balancing of accounts as well, which could involve processing sales invoices, checking company bank statements, preparing cash flow statements as well as completing VAT returns and preparing paperwork for the Inland Revenue.

In smaller companies a Bookkeeper could work alone reporting directly to the business owner but in larger organisations they would be part of the finance team managed by an accountant or management accountant.

The Bookkeeper will also help prepare the profit and loss sheets for the annual accounts.

Bookkeeper role, duties and responsibilities

A Bookkeeper will be expected to perform any of the following tasks:

  • Manage client invoices
  • Communicate with clients, suppliers and banking contacts
  • Keep track of all client assets
  • Handles investments
  • Prepare appropriate schedules and reports as requested by clients and partners
  • Deposit accounts into client bank accounts
  • Handles payroll
  • Receives, reviews, and posts broker statements
  • Works with accountants preparing tax returns

Person Specification

Typical qualities of a successful Bookkeeper include:

  • An ability to work quickly and accurately
  • An eye for detail
  • An ability to work to deadlines
  • Good computer skills (especially with databases and financial software)
  • Useful qualifications include NVQs/SVQs or specialist qualifications from AAT for example


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