Accounts Manager Top 100 Firm

Taylor Hawkes Ltd
St. Albans, UK
18 Sep 2019
28 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
An ICAEW and ACCA firm of chartered accountants which has been established for over 50 years and has 8 partners & 75 staff. They aim to be the 'go to' firm for small and medium sized businesses, and offer audit, accounts, management consultancy, payroll and taxation services. Their clients are from many different industries and range from self-employed individuals to large corporates operating nationally and internationally.

An opportunity has arisen to join the firm as Manager of the Accounting Solutions team. The department provides a wide range of services to clients, including accounts preparation, bookkeeping and the production of management accounts and information. As the department manager, you will be expected to have strong technical knowledge across all of these areas.

Key Duties:
  • Take primary responsibility for managing and delivering work for a portfolio of clients on behalf of various Partners/Directors, providing a book keeping, VAT, management and year end accounts compliance service. This includes work for limited companies, partnerships and sole traders, using both manual and computerised accounting systems.
  • Work will include the planning, review and finalisation of accounts (including initial preparation work where necessary), dealing with clients' taxation affairs and advising clients on general commercial business-related matters.
  • Manage staff on a day-to-day basis in respect of portfolio work, including working with the Accounting Solutions Supervisors to plan and allocate work within the team, based on level of experience and competence. This will include effective motivation, training and development and monitoring and evaluating work to ensure that departmental targets and objectives are met.
  • Review work prepared by team members, providing constructive feedback and direction and guidance on performance improvement. Provide regular feedback on overall performance, informally and through the firm's appraisal process.
  • Provide supervision and task support to the wider team, sharing knowledge and providing guidance. Act as a 'go to' person for technical accounting queries from clients and other colleagues.
  • Assist with the Partner and Director billing processes, as and when required.
  • Assist in maintaining and developing the firm's compliance procedures to deliver a better quality service, to develop and promote the department and to manage risk compliance.
  • Identify opportunities to refine existing departmental procedures to deliver a better quality service and to develop and promote the department.
  • Regularly attend extra-office events and participate in networking and marketing activities where required.
  • Provide support to the Accounting Solutions Partner and Accounting Solutions Director in marketing and developing the department to assist in generating new client business and building our reputation in the market.
  • Keep technically up to date and organise/attend webinars, seminars and CPD updates as necessary
  • Other ad hoc duties as may be required from time to time in order to assist the smooth running of the Accounting Solutions Department or to provide additional assistance to clients.

  • Significant previous experience in accounts preparation, book keeping and VAT work and qualified to at least ACCA or ACA standard (or equivalent by experience)
  • Can demonstrate a strong technical and commercial knowledge and understanding of accounts processes including (but not limited to) knowledge of current accounting standards, VAT and tax matters
  • Previous team management or supervisory experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, partners and clients.

For more information please contact Jim Knott at Taylor Hawkes

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