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Audit Manager / PA to Partner (Partner Designate)

£55,000 - £65,000


Darren Buckley

Audit Manager / PA to Managing Partner (Progression to Partner Designate)


AJ Chambers are delighted to be working with a highly successful firm in Barnet, Hertfordshire who are looking to recruit an ACA / ACCA qualified individual who is ready to jump straight into a Managerial role and also looking for Partnership prospects. This is an opportunity to join an established firm of Chartered Accountants planning for succession and offering progression to partnership in the short to medium term.


The Firm


Our Client is accustomed to working with a range of businesses, including local owner-managed businesses, start-ups and individuals who are looking to make the most of their personal wealth, right through to large corporate companies who require audit and group consolidated accounts.


Many of our Clients' staff trained and qualified with them, and all staff continue to receive high quality, professional, lifestyle and client care training.


They have dedicated departments dealing in audit and accounts, taxation, bookkeeping and payroll.


The Career Path


This is an opportunity for an ACA / ACCA qualified individual with experience in managing a varied Client portfolio of sole traders, partnerships and limited companies, and has the ambition and enthusiasm for making the step up to Partner level.


You will initially join the firm as a PA to one of the Partners and assist with maintaining a large portfolio of Clients. Your background will be from Public Practice with experience in dealing with the audit, accounting and tax requirements for Owner Managed Businesses.


Experience in business development with the ability to maintain and develop the Client base within the firm would be useful, but if you do not have this experience, the enthusiasm to be involved in business development is equally important.


This is a genuine opportunity for progression to Partnership and is a rare and exciting chance to join an established firm with a significant Client portfolio and ultimately the opportunity to be a Partner in your own business long-term.


For further information on this role, please apply direct or contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers

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AJ Chambers are please to be representing a well established Accountancy Practice in Hemel Hempstead who have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced 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.

The ideal candidate must have the following:

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  • Be comfortable managing workloads and client deadlines and working relatively unsupervised.
  • Good time management and experience keeping timesheets.
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  • Experience using a range of accounting systems (e.g Xero, Sage, Quickbooks)

The following would also be preferred, but are not essential:

  • Advanced IT and Excel skills, the ability to assist both clients and staff with accounting-related IT matters and thinking of ways IT can improve efficiency and workflow.
  • Previous experience of processing payroll.
  • Experience using IRIS
  • UK Driving Licence

All staff and partners are prepared to perform whatever tasks are needed to meet the client£s deadlines and requirements, and no task is considered beneath anyone regardless of position. The do not departmentalise their work or staff so you can expect a varied range of duties and earn experience touching on all aspects of accountancy. In return they can offer a relaxed and friendly environment in which to work and improve as an accountant.

Your typical responsibilities might include:

  • Preparation of end of year accounts for limited companies and sole-traders
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  • Bookkeeping using a range of systems
  • Reconciliations
  • Management accounts, budgets, cashflows and other reports to meet client requirements
  • Some company secretarial duties
  • Payroll cover
  • P11d preparation
  • Accounting systems advice and support

Hours: 30 to 37.5 hours per week (full-time preferred)

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  • Assisting and Managing a portfolio of clients alongside the Partner of the office
  • Producing year-end financial statements and tax returns
  • Reviewing Juniors work
  • Management reporting for clients
  • Writing advisory letters to clients with finalised accounts
  • Maintaining client contact and relationships
  • Meeting with clients and advising on technical issues, especially tax matters
  • Driving forward the client accounting function
  • Reviewing VAT returns, tax returns and PAYE where required
  • Supervising the accounts team, providing training and support

What will you need to be successful in this role?

  • ACCA/ACA qualified would be ideal although suitable experience qualified by experience would be seriously considered
  • Strong IRIS, Xero, Sage and QuickBooks experience
  • Good commercial acumen
  • Excellent time management and priority setting
  • An understanding of the pressures and importance of effective portfolio management
  • Ability to communicate well with clients and understand their requirements

What will you get in return?

  • Competitive salary (DOE)
  • Own Portfolio of varied and interesting clients
  • A fun and supportive working environment
  • Extensive benefits package
  • On site parking

If you believe you have what it takes to be successful in this Client Manager role based in Stevenage and you would like to be considered, please do apply direct and we will be in touch if short-listed.

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