Accounting & Financial Reporting Manager

Crawley, West Sussex, UK
Competitive salary + benefits
20 May 2022
20 Jun 2022
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Contract type
Full time
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This exciting role is to join a large Accounting and Business Advisory (ABA) team in the South East, based in our Crawley office. The ABA team is split into two sub-teams - Accounting, Insight and Advisory (AIA) and Accounting and Financial Reporting (AFR). 

The role is Manager in The Accounting and Financial Reporting. The key AFR services include preparation of statutory financial statements for large and medium companies, liaising with audit teams on financial reporting assignments and assisting tax teams.

We act for clients across a wide range of sectors including retail, media and technology, travel, manufacturing and PE backed entities. With a personal, director led approach we work as trusted advisers to a wealth of clients from small owner-managed businesses to large corporate clients.

Overall job purpose

You will be required to assist the Department Head in the day to day management of the department as well as managing your own portfolio of clients, ensuring the highest possible standards of client service at all times. You will take an active role in the growth of the department through identification of opportunities and involvement in the business development process, as well as building sustainable external client relationships.

The role will involve managing a specialist team providing technical advice on accounting issues covering group consolidations and medium and large corporate entities. Strong managerial and technical skills are therefore essential for this role. Experience with IFRS, FRS101 and acquisition accounting would be an advantage. 


  • Managing a portfolio of clients with varying assignments, which includes;
  • determining resource requirements and ensuring that the team has the relevant experience and skills required; 
  • liaising with clients to establish workable timeframes, meeting deadlines for accounts and tax as well as those imposed by the client and internal and external audit teams;
  • being the key point of contact for clients, liaising with them frequently and understanding their business requirements;
  • monitoring the team’s progress against budgets;
  • ensuring appropriate liaison takes place with all other departments, and that all potential client needs are identified and serviced accordingly;
  • reviewing work completed by junior members of the team, providing relevant feedback and being proactive in identifying training needs; 
  • thoroughly researching and resolving issues prior to Partner review; and
  • Maintaining an advanced level of technical knowledge through appropriate reading and courses and fulfilling any development or training requirements.
  • Providing technical support to the ABA Directors and Partners as well as technical advice to our client base and other departments as and when required.
  • Liaising with clients throughout the year and practicing the principles of excellent client service at all times.
  • Closely monitoring the practice management system reports, to ensure the profitable recoverability of work in progress, and to bill clients on a timely basis.
  • To develop a detailed knowledge of the firm’s specialist services, actively look for opportunities to cross sell, and to undertake special work in response to client needs where appropriate.
  • Participating in the recruitment process for specialist hires or graduate recruits, leading first round interviews and making recommendations to ABA Directors and Partners.
  • As a line manager, manage the ABA team’s appraisal process ensuring appropriate objectives and development plans are in place for junior members of the team. You will also be required to support the overall technical training and development needs of the staff within the ABA department.
  • To perform the firm’s review and completion procedures, to attend the final meeting with the client and to ensure that the client subsequently receives the final accounts, management letter and adjustment to opening balances on a timely basis.
  • To be involved in any other administrative departmental and office issues as deemed appropriate.
  • Carry out ad hoc assignments.

Minimum Qualifications

Key Performance Measures
  • Delivery of high quality service to clients
  • Deadlines are met
  • Budgets achieved
  • Adherence to the firm’s procedures
  • Flexibility towards hours of work and tasks performed including assisting other staff e.g. dealing with urgent tasks at a short notice when required
  • To keep confidential any information obtained concerning the business affairs of the Firm, its staff and clients
  • Portray the Firm in a professional manner through appearance, conduct and attitude
  • Personal and professional qualities
The role requires:
  • ACA/ACCA fully qualified, with two years PQE.
  • Previous experience of managing a portfolio of clients.
  • Strong technical skills.
  • Experience of using accounting software.
  • A good understanding of UK financial reporting requirements.
  • Well-developed people skills to relate to clients and colleagues.
  • Good organisational and time management skills.
  • Strong accounts production skills.
Flexible Working
At RSM we work hard to create an environment where our people can make a difference - to themselves, their career, their teams, and to the success of our firm and clients. We support all our people to work flexibly, to manage their family and other responsibilities alongside their work commitments; we believe this is key to achieving an inspiring and fulfilling working environment.

Diversity and Inclusion at RSM

At RSM, inclusion and diversity are central to our values. We have an authentic focus on intentional inclusion, enabling our people to feel they can bring their whole self to work and ensuring everyone feels supported, respected and confident to make a valuable contribution.

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