Grant Thornton UK LLP

Financial Accounting Advisory Services Manager (happy to talk flexible working)

Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
06 Oct 2021
04 Nov 2021
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Join us and you'll shape more than just your career

We believe we're best positioned to make a meaningful impact on the economy. Every day, we provide a diverse range of organisations with the kind of business and financial advice it takes to do this. Our ideas and insights empower our clients to make big decisions about the future and unlock sustainable growth. With a relentless focus on quality and integrity, we help businesses, communities and our people to flourish.

Job Description:

Our Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) team were established to help our clients when they had a temporary resource or expertise gap. They work directly with Finance teams to help them deliver business critical projects. These can range from simple issues - e.g. year-end accounting - to more complex issues like Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) or merger and acquisition activity.

The FAAS team sits within our Advisory division - specifically within Deals & Business Consulting - and work closely with a range of clients across different industry sectors. If you are looking to work on an exciting range of projects, then this could be the team for you.


We are flexible on location although are looking for this candidate to work with our teams across the north of the UK. There will be a requirement to travel to our client and Grant Thornton office sites across our main hubs of Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Birmingham and London.

Let's talk about the job

If you enjoy working on a wide-reaching range of projects that will help businesses and communities flourish, you'll fit right in.

Specifically, you will become responsible for the delivery of a number of projects which are already underway. You will be expected to undertake the delivery and relationship management for these clients and projects. This includes:
  • Weekly or fortnightly client check-ins with the client to check our secondees are performing
  • Weekly or fortnightly secondee check-ins to check on their wellbeing and help with any issues
  • Finding additional resource for the client should they require it
  • Completing all internal and external documentation regarding onboarding new secondees on to the project - including IR35 determinations, contractor contracts, and contracts with the client
  • Build long term relationships with clients by holding periodic calls with them after our initial engagement has ended to find out what's on their agenda and whether Grant Thornton can assist them
  • Build long term relationships with our team members who work through the Agile Talent Community by having regular calls with them to get to know them, their skill set and their work preferences
  • Provide weekly delivery updates to the divisional Associate Directors

Here are some things you can expect from this Financial Accounting Advisory Services Manager role.

Making quality second nature. This means doing what's right even when no one's looking. The work that you will do has a major impact on our clients and our firm. We pride ourselves on the high-level standards we have for the work that we do.

Own your own work. Our Managers are pivotal to our client engagements and take the lead in delivering our high quality services. This is a client-facing role, and you will be responsible for leading teams on and off-site, delivering technical and non-technical accounting project.

Be a part of a team. The FAAS team provide a fully-managed service that provides on-demand, expert support to our clients' finance teams. We provide accountancy, advisory and project management support across a wide range of industries from larger SMEs to listed entities with overseas operations. We have a flexible team and great quality people that our clients love to work with.

Take responsibility. You may be expected to personally undertake secondments to support clients through business critical issues.

Build your brand. We are looking for collaborative individuals with good communication skills that want to work with a diverse client base.

The minimum criteria
  • You will need to be a fully qualified (ACA/ACCA/equivalent) and be passionate about supporting, advising and helping businesses achieve their potential.
  • Ideally you will have gained experience in a practice environment e.g. external audit.

Skills to set you apart

Here are a few more skills we are looking for. Don't worry if you don't tick every box. It's important for us to support you in your role and help you to develop along the way.
  • Delivery of statutory accounts preparation and consolidations
  • Preparation of year end 'audit packs' and helping clients to be ready for audit
  • Support in transitioning to new accounting standards and financial reporting changes
  • Financial process and internal systems review and improvement
  • Delivery management

Do you care about the same things we do?

We have six values we work by. When we meet, we'll want you to show us how they're important to you, too.

Collaboration: We work together, share ideas and always make time to help each other out.

Leadership: Everyone has the chance to lead their own projects.

Excellence: Quality is central to our purpose. We love what we do, and it shows. We sweat the details. We see things through, no matter how tricky.

Agility: The world moves quickly. To keep up, we stay flexible - changing approaches, changing projects, working offline, online, together and alone to get things done.

Respect: A given, of course: we value each other and our clients. We listen, we understand, we care.

Responsibility: The decisions we make and advice we give affects people's lives and livelihoods. We take that seriously and always do well by doing what's right.

Bring your whole self

Now you've seen our values, it shouldn't be a surprise that we're creating a respectful, open, diverse place to work. Building an inclusive culture, where we value difference and respect our colleagues, is not just the right thing to do, it helps our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential.

"We are committed to making sure that the opportunities within our firm are equally accessible for everyone - regardless of background or gender." Dave Dunckley, CEO

There's more to life than work

Families, children, sports, night classes...the things you do and the people you're with outside work matter. They can inspire, motivate and energise you. Inside the office and out. So if you'd like to work flexibly, let us know. We're happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles, and we'll always do our best to keep your work and life in balance.

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