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Corporate Services Manager

Competitive Salary


Scott Golding

A great opportunity to join a friendly and professional firm of Chartered Accountants based in Peterborough, our client is looking for a Corporate Services Manager to join their team.

What's on offer?

  • Salary – Up to £50,000
  • Working alongside a friendly and supportive team part of a reputable firm.
  • In addition to a strong benefits package such as 22 days holiday and Private Medical Health 

Key Responsibilities – Corporate Services Manager:

Audit and Accounting

  • Accountable for the provision of audit and accounting services including corporate and personal tax returns and special services for a portfolio of clients.
  • Assist in the supervision and control completion of audit assignments including assessing internal controls, systems and planning.
  • Provide projections and forecasting information as required.
  • Review VAT returns as required for audit/accounts assignments.
  • Manage budgets and compliance processes.
  • Utilise a variety of paperless software applications.
  • Preparation of budgets for audit and accounts work.
  • Liaise with clients for debt recovery as required.

Client Management

  • Manage a portfolio of clients.
  • Manage and develop client relationships, including regular client contact by telephone, meetings and electronically.


Tax Compliance / VAT

  • Review completed VAT return forms.
  • Communicate with client when VAT return is complete and submit to HMRC.
  • Review prepared self-assessment tax returns, business and partnership tax returns to include detailed capital gains computations and preparation of schedules of income from property.
  • Review information processed on a computerised tax software to produce returns and calculations above.

7.   Staff

  • Review work of junior staff, ensuring quality in compliance with professional standards/requirements.
  • Ensure Partner decisions on staff are promptly implemented.
  • Ensure staff motivation and loyalty is maintained to minimise staff turnover.
  • Monitor and encourage improvements towards standards of work via guidance, coaching and mentoring.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Good communication skills  
  • Approachable and personable
  • Audit lead and review experience
  • Ideally ACA/ACCA Qualified
  • Has means of travel


For more information on this Corporate Services Manager role, please contact Scott Golding at AJ Chambers.

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    Person Specification:

    Work based competencies

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    Behavioural Competencies

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    Training & Development:

    Continued professional development program Annual performance reviews

    Benefits Package:

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  • As a client manager in the Business Services Department you will be the main point of contact for a portfolio of between 100 and 150 clients. The role will be a mixture of hands-on accounting duties and managerial duties.
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AJ chambers are currently supporting A leading regional firm with multiple offices in Cambridgeshire, on a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Semi Senior to Senior practice accountant. This role may suit someone who is AAT qualified, a finalist/newly qualified ACCA or ICAEW student, or someone with the equivalent experience and technical knowledge.

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