How to create an effective Job Description

Posted on 3rd January 2015 at 4:10pm by Carl Reader in Business

An effective job description will not only form part of your future operations manual, but should also act as part of the marketing collateral for the role.

An example job description would be as follows:

Job Description – Accounts Assistant 

General Description

This role is for an accounts assistant to assist the Finance Controller and Finance Director with the upkeep of the companies financial records, and to ensure that the company adheres to it’s statutory and commercial obligations.

Primary Job Functions: 

  • Recording income for the business

  • Reconciling income to cash receipts in the till every evening

  • Reporting on potential bad debts

  • Reporting on outstanding debtors

  • Credit control

  • Paying suppliers by cheque

  • Recording petty cash transactions

  • Reporting on outstanding creditors

  • Processing transactions on an accounting system

  • Reconciling the bank accounts to ensure completeness

  • Processing accounting adjustments (such as depreciation)

Required Skills

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong IT skills, particularly in Microsoft Office and Windows

  • Attention to detail

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to handle customers and suppliers professionally at all times

 Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience in a credit control function

  • Experience with Quickbooks accounting software

  • Managerial experience

  • Full driving licence


AAT Qualified, or qualified by experience

Work status

Full time, reporting to Finance Controller

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