Graduate Service Charge Accountant – Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Graduate Service Charge Accountant

Places for People

Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire


We are Places for People Group, we're a social enterprise that believes it's more than just homes that make a community – it's the people. That's why we build homes and manage communities where everyone can thrive.  

We aren't your typical company. We apply the same philosophy to our People as we do to our communities, ensuring our team is appreciated and supported. At Places for People, you're more than just a number – you're a part of our cause.  

More about your role  

This role is part of our 2023 graduate programme, known internally as our Emerging Talent programme. As our Graduate Service Charge Accountant, you will join RMG, our private residential managing agents, one of Places for People many subsidiaries.  

In this role you will be initially given a chance to build a foundation knowledge of financial processes including budgets, systems, reporting and general industry knowledge before moving into a more specialist role to learn the role of a Service Charge Accountant. As you gain confidence  your role will increase in complexity including responsibility for your own property portfolio   

The start date for this role is September 2023 which will include a week long induction in Leeds in which you will be introduced to various members of the Executive Team, take a tour of some of Places for People housing stock and be given plenty of social time to get to know other members of the Emerging Talent 2023 cohort. 

You will join a team of 6 based out of our Hoddesdon, giving you the ability to network, build relationships and learn from each other on a daily basis. You'll also work alongside our outsourced team basd in India. This is an office-based role will an expectation for you to be onsite every day.  

The two-year programme will support you to develop the core skills, behaviours and technical ability to develop into a Service Charge Accountant with your own portfolio to manage. 

For more information, please download our job profile available on our website. 

More about you  

You'll be educated to a graduate-level with a degree within a related specialism such as Maths, Business Studies, Accounting, Finance or any other related degree with a element of numeracy skills involved. 

The successful candidate will need experience with Microsoft Excel, this will be discussed during interview to understand your experience of formulas and data manipulation.  

Being able to able to operate in a high-pressure environment with tight deadline without sacrificing the quality or detail required is essential to success in this role.  You'll be empowered to you own time and priorities, with support given to develop this skill set.  

The application process is designed to support you to showcase your personality, strong communicators and candidates who embody our SPIRIT values will be looked upon favourably. 


You'll join our Emerging Talent programme which brings together SPIRITed and talented individuals from across Places for People. The programme is designed to provide you with a wide range of skills, business insight and sector specific knowledge over two years.   You'll learn a lot and quickly, you'll get exposure to some of our senior leaders as well being connected to a business mentor to support you throughout. You'll be encouraged and empowered to flourish and thrive within a nurturing environment. Our ambition gives you all the challenge you could wish for and that's why we can offer you tangible and exciting career progression in a diverse ad pioneering environment. 

We are a large diverse and ambitious business, which will give you all the challenge you could wish for. 

We know that there's always more we can do to make you smile, that's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package with each role, yours will include: 

  • Competitive salary, with a salary review yearly 
  • Excellent holiday package – up to 35 days annual leave with the option to buy or sell leave 
  • Cashback plan for healthcare costs – up to £500 saving per year 
  • A bonus scheme for all colleagues at 2% 

What's next?  

Hopefully what you've read here has got you excited and wanting to apply. The first step of the application process should take around 20 minutes. You'll be asked to complete your personal details, academic history and provide us some additional supporting information about you. Don't worry you should know all of the answers. The next part of the application form is asking you to complete a few additional questions, these will ask you to consider your reason for applying, what you want out of the Emerging Talent programme and how you would address current societal issues. Take your time over these, your answers will be shared and may lead to additional questions throughout the application process. 

Finally, you'll be asked to upload a CV, this should include an overview of your work history so far, don't forget to include any volunteering you've done. You will need to make sure this includes all of your academic achievements, from GCSE to your most recent qualifications. 

Once we've been able to review your application and CV, successful candidates will be sent invites to complete a video interview.   This gives you the opportunity to give us more information and offer insight into the person behind the CV. 


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