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Accounts Assistant

Accounts Assistant – Stamford – competitive salary + bonus + study support.   What’s on offer: Explore your talents; Flexible hybrid working; Great benefits schemes; A healthy work-life balance; Getting involved in supporting local initiatives; Positive working environment.  

The Role:

Responsible for undertaking the preparation of client accounts and assisting with the provision of a comprehensive accounting and business advisory service to a portfolio of clients; and also, for contributing significantly to the on-the-job development of technicians and trainees.

 

Key responsibilities

  • The preparation and/or audit of client accounts, up to final stage dependent on the complexity of the business, for approval/ signing off by Manager /Director. This will normally involve preparation of draft accounts suitable for client meetings with Manager and/or Director and subsequent completion thereof.
  • The provision of a range of other services to clients as required e.g., general book-keeping, VAT Returns, assistance with accounting software, tax computations, again for approval by Manager/Director or under the supervision of Manager.
  • To adhere to the procedures which provide a clear framework for all members of the department to ensure effective scheduling, allocation, and completion of work (such procedures to be amended and updated as required from time to time).
  • To constantly review the work undertaken and refer to Manager/Director any Compliance issues or opportunities for cross-selling of other services within the group.
  • To develop and maintain a good working relationship with clients to gain their respect, and to know your own limitations in advising the client on accounting matters.
  • To assist with on-the-job training of technicians and trainees whilst at the same time meeting work priorities. Monitor progress of work tasked to trainees and technicians, review and provide appropriate feedback in accordance with department procedures.
  • To promptly report to Manager any concerns which may affect the firm’s client relationship e.g., money laundering, unethical business practice, complaints, etc.
  • To respect client confidentiality and report any issues which may affect client relationships to their senior/manager.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Part or fully AAT or ACA or ACCA qualified or qualified by experience e.g., approx. 3 years general Practice experience.
  • Must be able to prepare accounts independently to final stage.
  • Must be able to demonstrate effective client interpersonal skills.
  • Audit experience is desirable but not essential.
  • Must be able to actively manage own workloads and take responsibility for own development.
  • Must possess IT skills to operate in-house programs and prepare and develop spreadsheets as necessary.
  • Must be fully conversant with accounts preparation programs.
  • Must possess a good working knowledge of accounting standards and the accounting provisions of the Companies Act, and relevant taxation matters.
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