Overall job purpose
The Accounting and Business Advisory Group (ABA) are responsible for the preparation of accounts for SME clients. Much work is done for the client on the year end statutory accounts and therefore a strong understanding of FRS 102 and FRS 105 is essential. Previous experience with preparing corporation tax computations is also required.
Experience of working with medical partnership accounts would be preferential but not essential.
You will be required to provide support to the ABA Managers in regard to the profitable running of their client portfolios, working with a team of staff to ensure the highest possible standards of client service at all times and to take an active role in the growth of the office through identification of opportunities and involvement in the business development process.
Ideally, the successful candidate will be a newly qualified either as ACA or ACCA and be able to demonstrate good experience in financial reporting.
Responsibilities To ensure that jobs are completed to the highest standard, within the agreed internal budget for the job and to discuss all material points arising on the assignment with the manager / partner and clientTo plan assignments in accordance with the firm’s standard procedures and confirm arrangements with the client, including likely costs and billing arrangementTo take the hands on supervisory role on assignments as and when requiredTrain clients on their accounts systemDeals quickly and effectively with client queries (client focus)To brief junior staff on the client’s business and the pre-assignment instructions, to supervise and control the completion of work, and to undertake ‘on the job’ training and provide feedback where necessaryTo implement the firm’s review and completion procedures and to ensure that the client subsequently receives the final accounts, management letter and adjustment to opening balances on a timely basisTo liaise with the client throughout the year and to practice the principles of excellent client service at all timesTo ensure that appropriate liaison takes place with all other departments, mainly audit and tax, and that all potential client needs are identified and serviced accordinglyTo 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 appropriateTo maintain an advanced level of technical knowledge through appropriate reading and courses, and to fulfil any development or training requirementsTo support the training and development of the staff within the ABA departmentTo be involved in any other administrative departmental and office issues as deemed appropriate
Key Performance Measures Delivery of high quality financial statements and overall service to clientsDeadlines are metBudgets achievedAdherence to the firm’s proceduresFlexibility towards hours of work and tasks performed including assisting other staff e.g. dealing with urgent tasks at short notice when requiredTo keep confidential any information obtained concerning the business affairs of the Firm, its staff and clientsPortray the Firm in a professional manner through appearance, conduct and attitude
Personal and professional qualities
The role requires: A good understanding of UK financial reporting requirements An understanding of the following accounting packages would be advantageous: Sage and Xero.Ability to demonstrate commercial awareness and to add valueStrong oral and written communication skillsWell-developed people skills to relate to clients and colleaguesGood organisational and time management skillsStrong accounts production skills. Previous experience of CCH Accounts Production would be desirable, but not essential.Ability to prepare corporation tax computations. Previous experience of Alphatax would be deseriable, but not essential.ACA or ACCA qualified
Note: This job description reflects the present requirements of the role. As duties and responsibilities change, the job description will be reviewed and will be subject to amendment in consultation with the individual.
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