Accounting and Financial Reporting Associate Director

Competitive salary + benefits
15 Apr 2024
23 Apr 2024
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As one of the world's largest networks of audit, tax, and consulting firms, RSM delivers big ideas and premium service to help middle-market businesses thrive. We are a fast-growing firm with big ambitions -- we have a clear goal to become the premium adviser to the middle market, globally. This vision touches everything we do, motivating and inspiring us to become better every day. If you are looking for a firm where you can build a future and make an impact, then RSM is the place for you.

Consulting brings together multiple teams across Transactions, Risk & Consulting, ABA, and Outsourcing to provide client-centric solutions for RSM’s current and future clients within the middle market. Our Consulting team has a major role to play in driving forward the growth of the firm with over 1,700 people delivering almost £200m revenue.

At the heart of Consulting are the six solutions we offer our clients: business transformation, deal services, finance function support, risk and governance, forensic and investigation services, and restructuring. Our solutions create an enhanced tailored approach to support our clients in achieving their strategic goals and empower our people to make an impact and develop their own unique career path.

Overall Job Purpose

This exciting role is to join the Accounting and Financial Reporting (AFR) team based in our Bristol office. The AFR team is part of a wider Accounting and Business Advisory line of service within Consulting.

The role is for an Associate Director looking to progress towards a Director role in the near future. The client base is a mixture of entities including large corporates, private equity-owned businesses, groups, and privately owned businesses. AFR projects often include:

  • The preparation of year-end statutory accounts (compliance);
  • Pre-audit readiness financial reporting reviews and support;
  • Agreed upon procedures engagements;
  • Financial reporting advisory and consultancy projects on specific client issues;
  • Ad-hoc secondment work to support gaps in client teams.

An Associate Director acts as an Accounting and Financial Reporting lead across portfolio of clients with responsibility for client service and quality of work. The Associate Director is expected to act as the key client contact and delegate work into the team. The portfolio of clients will be tailored around the individual’s skill set and interests. The role is a senior position within the leadership team, contributing to the smooth running of the department. A fundamental element of the role is the active coaching and development of the more junior members of the team.

A strong understanding of UK GAAP (FRS102 Section 1a, FRS 102), IFRS, and accounting principles is desirable.

A significant part of the role is contributing towards business development. An Associate Director will be given the time, coaching, and support to grow the firm through identifying opportunities, introducing new clients, and participating in broader multi-service line pitches.

The development of our people is a fundamental part of RSM. The opportunity for further progression within the firm exists if a successful candidate can demonstrate their talent, potential, and a desire to participate in RSM’s leadership development programmes.


  • To lead the delivery of accounting and financial reporting services on a portfolio of clients. To work alongside other service lines such as Audit and Tax and report into the client relationship Partner on matters of additional advisory and client care. Expected to practice the principles of excellent client service at all times.
  • To manage the working capital of the above projects including budgeting, cost management, billing, and debt recoverability. To ensure resource is planned effectively and team members are briefed appropriately to deliver projects to clients in line with RSM’s quality guidelines and procedures.
  • To actively participate in business development. The Partner group will work with you to develop a coordinated business development plan. An Associate Director is expected to contribute to growing the department and the firm by participating in targeting and lead generation, supporting proposals to new clients, and agreeing projects with the firm’s existing clients.
  • To provide insights to our clients drawing on the firm’s depth of resources and help to introduce other service lines as you build those relationships.
  • To act as a senior team member and leader in the team. An Associate Director is a senior member of the management team and is expected to act as a role model in their approach and actions for more junior managers.
  • To actively coach and develop our team. This includes acting as a line manager, mentor and performing job appraisals.
  • To develop and maintain an advanced level of technical knowledge through appropriate reading and courses, and to fulfil the Institute’s CPD requirements.
  • To oversee and review work completed by managers, supervisors, and assistants. To ensure firm policy and procedures are followed.
  • Carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit, and purpose of the job, the title of the role, and its grading, as requested by the Office Managing Partner.
  • A willingness to travel to the client’s premises or other regional offices is required. However, the significant proportion of work is office-based working within our fast-growing team.

Personal and Professional Qualities

The role requires:

  • Candidates should be either ACA or ACCA qualified or equivalent. Candidates should have a minimum of three years of experience at a manager level.
  • Experience of managing a portfolio of client work within professional practice. It is expected that candidates may be transitioning from an audit role, which has many complementary skills.
  • A strong accounting and financial reporting skillset is fundamental. A specialism in one or more of the following areas are highly desirable:
  • IFRS or US GAAP;
  • Complex UK GAAP reporting including group reorganisations and consolidations;
  • Sector specialism, for example Legal, Technology, Manufacturing, Property etc
  • Excellent communication skills with proven experience of building lasting client relationships.
  • An adaptable and collaborative team player able to work at all levels from trainee to Partner. Advanced coaching and development skills. Experience as a line manager.
  • The ability and talent to make a positive contribution through business development. Candidates presenting themselves for interview are expected to discuss their initial thoughts about how they might approach this area in their role at RSM.
  • Excellent proficiency in MS Office products including MS Word and MS Excel.
  • Ability to deliver results autonomously – a “self-starter”.

Diversity and Inclusion at RSM

At RSM, we want to create a strong sense of belonging so that people of all identities, backgrounds, and cultures feel they can bring their true self to work. Our clients come from all walks of life. We aim to achieve that same diversity of background, experience, and perspective in our own teams, so that we can genuinely understand our client's needs. Diverse teams bring a broader range of ideas and insights to work. That's why we're working together to ensure our firm's principles and processes support a firm culture that embraces difference and strengthens inclusion.

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.

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