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Alastair Chisnall

Assistant Accountant/Payroll 

Summary

Well rounded administrative professional recognized for making significant contributions to the coordination and organisation of office operations.  Highly motivated and resourceful Accounting Assistant proficient in both oral and written communication. Dedicated, loyal and enthusiastic leader with the ability to relate to a broad spectrum of personalities. Has in depth understanding of accounting processes and reporting, payroll, accounts receivable and payable, cash management and the ability to meet and exceed both external and internal customer needs.  Strategic thinker and problem solver with the competency to critically evaluate and test systems, processes and ideas.  Self-starter with a proven record of accuracy, confidentially and reliability in a wide variety of administration tasks and functions. Demonstrates important characteristics of flexibility, adaptability, willingness to learn and improve, honesty, integrity and trustworthiness.  

Personal

Married to Rachel with one son Oliver

Non Smoker

Key Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Team Leadership
  • Records Management
  • Process and System Testing
  • Payroll and IRD Compliance
  • Use of Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Payroll and Time Attendance Software; CHRIS21, MYOB/Comacc, ACE, Kronos and ADI
  • Accounting Processes and Reporting
  • Clerical Operations and Organisation
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Work History

Apr 2016Present

Payroll Officer

Dunedin City Council

As part of a two person team, responsible for the processing and paying the fortnight payroll for Dunedin City Council.  Maintain leave entitlements and ensure all payroll related legislation is adhered to along with the various different employment agreements and collectives.  Filing all payroll data with IRD including Kiwisaver enrolments.  Also provide information for staff, managers and government agencies when required per official requests while maintaining strict confidentially.

  • Process as part of a two person the pay run each fortnight including the checking and entry of timesheets for those staff who pays can't be automated through HR21 Kiosk.
  • Maintain employee records and leave entitlements with a high level of accuracy and confidentially.
  • File Employer Monthly Schedules, Employee Deductions (PAYE etc) and Kiwisaver with IRD and make necessary payments on time.
  • Complete official information requests from WINZ, IRD, Ministry of Justice and provide info for employees when necessary.
  • Provide reports both scheduled and ad-hoc for managers when required
  • Help to implement and test payroll upgrades, perform tax year end and financial year end processes
Mar 2003Apr 2016

Assistant Accountant/Payroll/Accounts Team Leader

Mitre10 Mega Dunedin

The key responsibilities for this role are split into 3 areas;

Assistant Accountant - Responsible for the monthly preparation of accounts for both Jacks Group (Mitre 10 Mega Dunedin and Mosgiel Mitre 10) and Wanaka Mitre 10.  Help other members of staff with queries or errors that impact on the accuracy of accounts.  Once accounts are completed prepare report for Financial Controller and rest of Senior Management team on respective store performance and points of interest.  This role at times also helped other entities associated with the Jacks Group and this included both property management (for both residential and commercial) and general accounting.

  • Check and complete final coding of monthly bank rec before uploading into accounting system via csv file.
  • Prepare and upload all other monthly journals
  • Completion of monthly Workpapers and investigation of discrepancies and fixing of miscodings in accounts.
  • Preparation of monthly performance report.
  • Filing of respective stores GST Returns when due

Payroll - Responsible for importing time and attendance data into Payroll and then making any necessary adjustments before paying staff.  Maintain leave entitlements and ensure all payroll related legislation is adhered to as well as filing all payroll data with IRD including Kiwisaver enrolments.  Also provide info for staff and government agencies when required per official requests while maintaining strict confidentially.

  • Oversee fortnightly time and attendance data transfer to Payroll for fortnightly payment of wages and make any necessary adjustment before payment is made.
  • Maintain employee records and leave entitlements with a high level of accuracy and confidentially.
  • File Employer Monthly Schedules, Employee Deductions (PAYE etc) and Kiwisaver with IRD and make necessary payments on time.
  • Complete official information requests from WINZ, IRD, ACC and provide info for employees when necessary.
  • Complete fortnightly wage reports for Management team.
  • Tweak wage reporting when necessary to meet changes in business structure.
  • Provide advice to Wanaka Mitre 10 and Jacks HR when necessary..

Accounts Zone Leader - Responsible for managing and mentoring a team of three who cover a range of administrative functions including accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash handling and discrepancy reporting, gift vouchers and vehicle maintenance.  This role has seen up to 6 direct reports and also included stock integrity and administration junior at different times.

  • Mentor team members and provide feedback and training including working with each team member on their individual performance development reviews.
  • Technical expert on administrative functions noted above.
  • Help customers with queries including lost dockets, missing or stolen gift vouchers and account transaction data.
  • Help Checkout team with ordering system problems and other day to day issues.
19972003

Sales Assistant/Checkout Operator

Jacks Mitre 10 (now trading as Mitre 10 Mega Dunedin)

Demonstrated proficiencies in Customer Service in a wide variety of departments during this role.  Trained and on occasions supervised Checkout staff when required during weekends and holidays.  

Education

20022002

DipGrad

University Of Otago
19982001

BCom (Accounting & Economics)

University of Otago 

Interests

  • Member of Albion Cricket Club
  • Member of Ariki Harriers and past Treasurer and committee member
  • Treasurer of Caversham Toy Library (Feb 2015 to June2018)
  • Social Sports
  • Helping with Oliver's Cricket and Football teams
  • Music
  • Reading
  • Amateur Photography