Accounts Senior / Manager

AJ Chambers
Southampton, UK
16 Aug 2019
23 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The firm has been a traditional compliance service firm established about 85 years ago with offices in Salisbury and Southampton. Most of the staff have been with the firm for many years and staff turnover is very low. Whilst this has been a positive for client continuity, stability and reliability for many years, a number of staff are all approaching retirement at the same time. In addition, the firm is looking to offer cloud based software, tools and apps in the coming months and require a hungry individual to champion this.

The current aims and challenges

The firm is now looking to offer business advisory services to current and potential clients as the directors see business advisory as a growing market and more lucrative and interesting than general compliance work. Currently testing various software tools to provide detailed management information quickly and easily to make the service cost effective for clients.

The job role

The ideal candidate will be a modern accountant, preferably qualified, with approximately six year's experience or more who is competent to prepare accounts and tax returns for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies and who has a broad range of general practice based experience.

The role will be diverse and varied and the main duties will include:

  • Setting work for the overseas team and supervising/reviewing
  • Preparing final notes for Directors ahead of client meetings
  • Building relationships with clients
  • Assisting staff in the UK offices with any client queries and issues
  • Managing client Xero set up or conversions and assisting with add-on app implementation
  • Assisting directors with the identification, testing and implementation of new software tools for general practice or advisory services
  • Producing management accounting info for clients and being able to speak to clients regarding the results

Any other tasks needed to meet client needs such as VAT registrations, dealing with HMRC enquiries, business sales, restructures etc.

Once passed probation the right candidate will have a portfolio built around them and will be encouraged to be self sufficient and as autonomous as possible.

There is real scope for progression with this firm as the Southampton office does not currently have a resident director/manager. Although the new team member will have some management duties from the outset, if they were the right person to develop the office and bring in new business, a more formalised office manager position could be available.

In addition they would encourage the development of any specialisms and fully fund all exams/courses undertaken.

For more information on this Senior Accountant role, please either apply directly or contact Alfie Thomson at AJ Chambers. If this role isn't for you but you do possess many of the requirements then please do get in contact with us, as we may be able to offer a more suitable role.

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