Ref - Senior Accountant – Ref 679

Senior Accountant

Senior Accountant – Lincoln – £ 25k-£31k.   You will assist the Directors and Associates in the provision of accountancy, audit, tax, and other services to clients including assisting with the management of workflow and supervision, management, and training of team members as required.  If you specialise in audit work a proportion of your work will involve using your expertise in this area.   What’s on Offer: Homeworking for up to 3 days per week; Flexible working hours between 7am and 7pm (core hours 9.30am to 2.30pm); BUPA; Life assurance; Free fruit; Training and professional development opportunities; Team-building days.  

The Role:

Under direction, performing accounting and audit tasks that require a good knowledge of specialised rules and regulations.  Planning and helping to monitor departmental workflow.  Ensuring technical expertise in accounting knowledge to help the department achieve financial goals in particular; limited company audits, exempt companies, charities, pensions, academies, farming businesses and other unincorporated entities.  In addition, you will be tasked with preparing accounts from incomplete records.

 

Your duties will include:

  • Working on special projects, with guidance, on an ad hoc basis as and when required to include cash flow projections, funding assignments, business acquisitions and disposals.
  • Preparing accounts and tax returns.
  • Preparing complex VAT returns/reviewing VAT returns.
  • Tax planning.
  • Completion of form P11d.
  • Managing of own workload and deadlines.
  • Assisting in training, mentoring, supervising, and developing team members in all areas of general practice work by continually assisting the management team as and when required, this includes keeping a record of your own CPD and submitting this to your Line Manager by the 30th of November each year.
  • Assisting in the management of the firms’ workloads as well as assisting in the motivating of the team by maintaining regular contact with the team.
  • Taking responsibility for all allocated clients; including dealing with queries whether via telephone, email or in person.
  • Being able to interpret clients’ accounts and explain these to clients.
  • When required, be able to produce forecasts and budgets to assist clients in their business and finance planning.
  • Preparing self-assessment tax returns and computations by examination of client’s financial records and producing accurate draft documents.
  • Preparation of bills and assisting in the managing of work in progress by discussing with your Line Manager and taking appropriate action.
  • Assisting Directors in the promotion of the company by attempting to cross-sell other company services at every opportunity, (non-audit only).
  • Proactively drive the company forward by contributing fully at team meetings and adopting an appropriate attitude during working hours.
  • Undertaking and performing other related duties as required.
  • If within the audit team, undertaking and planning limited company audits, and specialist audits; and
  • Preparation of financial statements from incomplete records in an efficient manner and to the deadline set by adhering to the company manuals and procedures.

The Candidate:

Essential

  • Self-motivation
  • Integrity
  • Ability to reflect on one’s own work as well as the wider consequences of financial decisions
  • Business acumen and interest
  • Organisational skills and ability to manage deadlines
  • Teamworking ability
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in IT
  • Analytical ability
  • A methodical approach and problem-solving skills
  • High level of numeracy
  • Excel and Word skills to an intermediate level, e.g., lookups and pivot tables
  • Accounting experience
  • Experience of dealing with difficult client issues
  • Experience of organising and prioritising workload
  • Experience of involvement in meetings
  • Ability to work within deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Time management
  • Accuracy
  • Excellent verbal communication
  • Legible written communication
  • Computer literacy – Microsoft suite of programmes
  • Negotiating skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise
  • Good knowledge of recent technical issues
  • Use of judgement and initiative.

 

Audit only:

  • Excellent experience of audits.
  • An understanding of Ethical Standards, and International Auditing Standards; and
  • Strong knowledge of Xero/Cloud technology.

 

Desirable

  • 5 years experience
  • Experience of working in practice
  • Experience of Iris and Xero
  • AAT qualified, working towards ACA, ACCA, or equivalent; and
  • Intermediate knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite.

 

Core Requirements

  • Building and maintaining effective relationships within the company
  • Supporting fellow employees
  • Ensuring your knowledge is kept up to date and relevant using CPD time; and
  • Engendering a positive and professional working environment that encourages quality staff to join the company and develop within the business.

 

Measures

  • Achieving the target rate of 93% chargeable working hours, and 85% recovery rate on work completed
  • Achievement in own development plans and that of the team; attaining Chartered Accountant status, certified status, or qualified by experience
  • Ensuring all competency/technical areas are adequately covered and that training is requested as required
  • Profitability and attitude of the Team.
  • Aiming towards 6-week turnaround and keeping WIP levels at an acceptable level
  • Strong knowledge of personal and business taxes
  • Preparation and completion of complex tax returns including being able to explain tax liabilities/refunds to clients
  • Strong knowledge of business taxes including capital allowances and use of losses
  • Agreement of figures with HM Revenue and Customs
  • Client satisfaction level of “satisfied” as a minimum, by assisting in the building of good working relationships with clients via feedback forms
  • Attending promotional events and putting forward suggestions for new marketing initiatives
  • If required, attendance at audit team meetings; and
  • Attendance of relevant courses/webinars/updates.
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