A General Accounts Assistant provides support to the senior staff of a finance team. They are entry-level finance professionals who carry out basic accounting and clerical duties, helping to increase the efficiency of the accounts department. General Accounts Assistants may work with a single senior accountant or as part of a team in an accounting firm or large business.
General Accounts Assistants aid with checking and managing their company’s general ledger and accounting records. Using spreadsheets, specialised software and databases, they update balances and calculate returns and interest on investments, accounts and loans. They also help with reconciling accounts, identifying and diagnosing discrepancies and preparing finance reports.
Other tasks carried out by a General Accounts Assistant typically include preparing reports, bookkeeping, general office administration, payroll, and finalising year- and month-end accounts. General Accounts Assistants also support the completion and lodgement of company and client tax returns in compliance with government legislation.