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System Accountant Apprentice WATERAID

Are you looking to build a long-term career in Accountancy? Then look no further! Start your career today with a Level 3 apprenticeship with WaterAid and Kaplan. You will be gaining valuable workplace experience whilst working towards the Level 3 Finance Data Technician qualification.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 22 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    06 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Providing a key resource to the finance team to support WaterAid’s country programmes and UK departments to deliver effective financial plans.

Support the Financial Planning Analyst and working closely with the Finance Systems Manager, to provide global support and maintenance of the finance systems including:

  • Sun Systems and Vision/Q&A for accounting.
  • BOARD for planning/ forecasting/ reporting.
  • Basware for invoice processing and staff expense claims processing
  • To contribute to the development and improvement of processes and procedures, as tasks are undertaken and suggesting effective solutions to issues as they arise

The apprentice will develop the skills necessary to take responsibility for:

  • Responding to the support inboxes, producing solutions for user issues.
  • New user inductions.
  • Support system communications and help with documentation.
    Write bespoke reports using Q&A and Board, for instance to extract data.

Leading on maintaining system structures through:

  • Designing and maintaining the security access to the finance system, e.g. users, user groups, yearend posting restrictions
  • Maintaining the finance system structure including business units, journal types, currencies, codes
  • Maintaining system exchange rates
  • Providing cover for the monthly exchange rate upload to all business units
  • Leading on creation and management of master lists, ensuring consistent coding across systems, including the finance system.

WaterAid UK is recruiting an apprenticeship systems accountant role based in the UK. The role will use financial, systems and analytical skills to help provide quality business information to departments across WaterAid.  These roles will be a key part of driving forward WaterAid’s ambition of Everyone Everywhere by 2030.

As part of your development, we will put you through your professional accounting qualification, which will involve both on the job training and the equivalent of one day a week out of the office undertaking your studies. You will be expected to commit to completing your qualification with us and in return, you can expect us to support you in achieving that

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Finance Data Technician Apprenticeship Level 3. Data is at the heart of accounting, and therefore data analysis can help accountants deliver more value to businesses. Accounting involves data from various sources and sometimes there aren’t dedicated resources to support working on the data, ready to be used by the accounting team. The Data Technician apprenticeship programme integrates eight modules of technical training with work based projects. This ensures that learning and skills are directly applied to the apprentice’s role, and maximises the time used as part of off-the-job training. For each module, learners benefit from attending small, scheduled Live Online classes taught by a subject matter specialist. The units include: Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel Associate. Data Literacy. Bookkeeping. Data Analysis and Visualisation with Excel. Final Accounts Preparation (FAPR). Databases and Data Modelling. Data Challenge workshop. Indirect Tax (IDRX).

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Opportunity to progress to a full System Accountant role in the organisation if there is a vacancy.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 4/C-9/A*) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C-9/A*) Essential

Things to consider

Benefits Include: 36 days' holiday (including Bank Holidays). Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave. We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%. Wide range of flexible and agile-working arrangement. Season Ticket Loan. Free annual eye tests. Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme. Enhanced Maternity and Adoption/Surrogacy pay, Shared Parental Leave and Paternity Leave. Volunteer Day

About the employer

NGO dedicated to providing clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to everyone, everywhere within a generation.




6th Floor, 20 Canada Square


E14 5NN

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Data technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 22 Aug 2022