Finance Assistant

Organisation: The Royal Yacht Britannia

Salary: £27,500 per year

Location: Edinburgh

Hours: Full time
Duration: Permanent

We are looking for an exceptional Finance Assistant to join our team. This position presents a rare opportunity to join The Royal Yacht Britannia, a leading five-star visitor attraction and exclusive events venue with an outstanding reputation for quality and customer experience, and the team behind our sister ship, Fingal, Scotland’s only luxury floating hotel (Edinburgh’s No.1 hotel on Tripadvisor).

Company benefits include:

– 10% employer pension contribution (no employee contribution)
– 6.6 weeks/33 days pro-rata, annual holiday entitlement (one week/5 days pro-rata more than statutory minimum)
– Hybrid working opportunities
– Performance and loyalty payment scheme
– Free car parking for staff
– Up to one week/5 days pro-rata, long service holiday entitlement
– Life Assurance
– Employee Assistance Programme
– Complimentary tickets and staff discount (Britannia and Fingal Hotel and other luxury hotels)


The Finance Team, under which this role sits, participates in a wide range of activities, ranging from day-to-day financial processing to playing a role in formulating the organisation’s financial strategy. We provide support to Britannia and Fingal’s managers and staff who are responsible for delivering quality service to our visitors. We are looking for a Finance Assistant to join the friendly team on board.

The Finance Assistant Role

Working as part of a core Finance Team, the role of the Finance Assistant is primarily to take ownership of the daily sales and treasury function of the company, and to assist in the bank reconciliation and all associated tasks. This post will be one of several such posts that report to the Senior Finance Manager. This includes, but is not limited to:

– Processing of daily sales transactions for revenue generating activities including admissions, retail, catering, events, and the hotel, from the point of transaction through to bank posting
– Processing sales for our hospitality and group booking departments as well as providing support to the Senior Finance Manager and Finance Manager in all these areas
– Assist with daily banking of cash and cheques and posting of income
– Post and reconcile income transactions
– Providing efficient and effective credit control. Chasing overdue invoices by telephone and email efficiently and effectively
– Dealing with any queries in respect of sales invoice payments
– Reconciling cash receipts and payments through company bank accounts on a daily basis. Being proactive when investigating reconciliation differences
– Preparation and processing of monthly bank reconciliation on various accounts including reconciling on-line/manual credit card payments
– Providing support on month-end accounts preparation, including by undertaking reconciliations to the trial balance
– Performing any other duties as may be requested from time to time by the Director of Finance & Administration, Senior Finance Manager and Finance Manager
– In addition, the successful candidate will be trained in other aspects of a busy Finance Office including accounts payable, petty cash, expenses, and balance sheet reconciliations


The Finance Assistant is accountable to the Senior Finance Manager and Director of Finance and Administration.


– Good level of education with at least GCSE / Standard Grade / National 5 English & Mathematics at Grade 1-3 or equivalent (Essential)
– AAT Part Qualified or equivalent experience (Desirable)


– Basic understanding of accounting (Essential)
– Minimum of 2 years’ experience at Finance Assistant level (Essential)
– Ability to use IT systems efficiently and effectively (MS Word, Excel) (Essential)
– Experience of using accounting software (we use Access Dimensions) (Essential)
– Ability to work with bespoke IT systems (Essential)
– Excellent understanding of accounting principles (Desirable)
– Relevant work experience in a similar organisation or background (Desirable)

Personal Qualities

The post holder must be enthusiastic, have excellent communication and teamwork skills, and a can-do flexible attitude, both with work colleagues and other key stakeholders. They will also promote and drive a culture of continuous improvement.

If you feel you have the personality, skills and experience we are looking for, then we would love to hear from you.

How to Apply:

Please send your CV and a covering letter outlining why you feel you would be suitable for the role of Finance Assistant to: or postal applications to:

Ms Jenny Dall
The Royal Yacht Britannia
Ocean Drive

Closing date: 17 February 2023

No agencies please