The Role The Assistant Accountant will work under the guidance of the Group Financial Controller and will be responsible for assisting in the preparation of the accounts, from beginning to end, of the investment management company, its clients and associated companies. They will also assist with the administration of the Company's clients, including valuing their portfolios, settling trades, foreign exchange transactions, preparing net asset value calculations, company secretarial work, preparing for Board Meetings, preparing and issuing Stock Exchange releases, arranging and managing bank facilities, etc. They will also be responsible for day to day cash management and other tasks required within the finance department. To the extent that they do not have experience of any of the aforementioned tasks they will be trained on the job. The Company Blue Planet Investment Management Ltd is based in the West End of Edinburgh nearby Haymarket Station. It provides investment management and fund administration services to investment and family trusts. Being a smaller company, its employees get the opportunity to take on much more responsibility than they would in larger organisations and to get a much broader experience of all aspects of the fund management business. They also get to work on their own initiative and are given considerable autonomy and flexibility. Highly motivated, intelligent people with an enquiring mind, professional attitude to business and a friendly, outgoing personality, fit in well. Office hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. Holiday entitlement is 25 working days per annum, excluding bank holidays. A defined contribution pension scheme is available. Full study support will be provided in the attainment of relevant qualifications. Knowledge, Experience and Qualifications Minimum 1-2 years' experience in a similar role; A sound knowledge of all IT systems used by accounts function such as Microsoft Office. An assertive, balanced and positive attitude. Studying towards, or intending to study towards, a recognised accounting qualification. Key Job Responsibilities Assisting with the production of timely & accurate monthly & annual accounts for the Company and associated companies; circulating these to Board members and dealing with any queries. Produce and monitor the annual budget for the Company and associated companies. Cash flow management of Company and associated companies, including FX dealing and processing. Preparing cash posts and processing data for the companies and client investment trusts into the accounting system. Responsible for ensuring that timely and accurate custody and settlement administration is attained for the client's investment trusts. Including instructing trades andliaisingwith brokers to ensure settlement. Preparing weekly Net Asset Values (NAV) calculations for the client investment trusts. Responsible for the timely and accurate logging of invoices, processing the same for payment and ensure all credit time lines are met. Various other tasks as required within the department Key Competencies and Personal Qualities Candidates must be: trustworthy, professional and have a meticulous attention to detail. able to produce accurate accounts, free from errors, on time. able to address situations in a constructive, positive and professional manner. have good communication and assessment skills, and the ability to exercise assertiveness and authority when required. Remuneration is negotiable and will depend on experience but is likely to be in the region of £22,000 - £25,0000 per annum.