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Trainee Bookkeeper - No Accountancy Experience Required!

£18,000 - £20,000 per annum


Kieron Whitehead

AJ Chambers are pleased to be recruiting for a medium sized Accountancy Firm in Central London who are seeking a Trainee Bookkeeper to join their firm.

This is a fantastic role for a candidate educated to A Level standard who is currently studying AAT and looking for their first step into Accountancy.

What’s on Offer?

  • Salary - £18,000 - £20,000
  • Comprehensive training to help you develop into the Bookkeeping role
  • Full Study support to complete AAT Qualifications
  • Excellent opportunities to develop and progress within the firm, with the long terms goal of ACCA Qualification & a Senior Accountant position in the future

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Sales and purchase ledger processing
  • Reconciliation of accounts
  • Bank reconciliations
  • VAT and month end reporting
  • Payroll

The Ideal Candidate

  • Educated to A Level standard
  • 2 years’ experience in a working environment, regardless of sector
  • Ideally studying towards AAT qualification, at least at Level 2
  • Interested in a career within Accountancy

If you would like to be considered then please apply direct or contact Kieron Whitehead at AJ Chambers for more information about this opportunity.

  • Mixed Tax Senior
    £25000 per year - 35000 per year

    AJ Chambers are recruiting for a Tax Senior to join a well regarded firm in their Bury office  


    Opportunity to manage a diverse portfolio of  clients You will be supported in developing your knowledge and experience You will be working a 50/50 split of Corporate and Personal Tax Flexible working hours, with some working from home


    You will be joining a highly reputable office, with a mixture of social and talented individuals. You will be entrusted with a lot of client contact, and will be directly involved in building meaningful client relationships.


    Tax Senior responsibilities:


    Managing your own portfolio of clients, as well as assisting other staff members Preparing Corporate Tax returns Preparing Personal Tax returns Assisting the director on tax planning assignments Reviewing the work of your peers Liaising proactively with clients with the view of building strong relationships Spotting planning opportunities Dealing with HMRC enquiries



    Tax Senior requirements:


    ATT qualified preferred, but qualified by experience also considered 3 Years mixed tax experience Good computer skills Able to organise and prioritise and monitor workload effectively  A sociable individual with effective communication skills Self-motivated with a positive attitude



    For further information on this Tax Senior role, please apply direct or contact Thomas Sharland-Harris at AJ Chambers

  • Payroll/Practice Manager
    £30000 per year - 35000 per year

    AJ Chambers are working exclusively with a very impressive independent firm of chartered accountants that are looking to appoint a Payroll Manager/Practice Manager for their growing firm.

    You will have sole management of the firms payroll function, include pension schemes. The portfolio is split evenly between companies and directors and can offer a strong remuneration package. You will also be responsible to support the wider team on the below duties:

    Payroll Manager - Benefits:

    £30,000 - £35,000 Flexible working arrangement on a 35-hour week (standard hours are 9-5) Up to 25 days holiday available Friendly and supportive team and office environment

    Payroll Manager/Practice Manager – Core Duties:

    Management and end to end processing of the firms payroll function, including pension schemes Raising invoices for the firm Management of the client database Communicating with clients over the phone and email with general queries Typing of letters under instruction of client manager Filing confirmation statements (any other Co-Sec experience would prove very beneficial) Providing general support to client managers

    For further information on this Payroll Manager/Practice Manager vacancy, please apply direct or contact Scott Golding from AJ Chambers Recruitment.

  • Tax Manager
    £45000 per year - 60000 per year

    Tax Senior/Manager                                                                                                                     


    You would be working within an established Chartered Accountancy, with 5 partners and 65 staff. Our client base includes a significant number of owner-managed businesses including partnerships, sole traders and private companies as well as private clients and high net worth individuals.


    We are a friendly and sociable firm, within a lovely location running alongside the river.


    We are based in the centre of this beautiful town, with its castle, cobbled streets, restaurants, bars and coffee shops.  There are also many retail franchises with their shops here, and boutiques.


    Main objective: to hold a dual role covering personal tax and corporate tax.


    Duties and responsibilities:

    The individual\'s skills should extend to full portfolio management and acting as the primary contact for clients, dealing with ad-hoc technical issues as they arise and spotting any planning opportunities relevant to the client Correspondence (written and verbal) with clients, HMRC and other third parties Preparation of P11ds, PSAs and other end of year returns Assisting managers and partners with ad hoc planning and advisory projects Reviewing the tax work of more junior team members and assisting with technical queries from the team as they arise Dealing with HMRC enquiries for individuals Dealing with all types of Corporate and Personal taxes as required i.e. Capital gains tax, Inheritance tax, National Insurance, Corporation Tax, Capital allowances, Income Tax, Trust taxation, Employee taxation, Overseas issues and minor VAT issues Dealing with any internal staff queries arising on procedural and technical matters. Contributing to the identification of technical areas and changes to legislation that are relevant to the Tax Department and also to the accounts and audit department, as required. Identifying particular areas which should be brought to client attention. Working closely with the Tax Managers and Tax Partner to ensure the Tax Department is at the forefront of Tax Compliance and planning matters Dealing with corporation tax compliance matters such as reviewing computations and advisory work. Dealing with ad-hoc advisory matters.


    Desirable experience:

    CTA qualified individual. Other relevant experience will be considered. Experience with corporation tax compliance and managing a personal tax portfolio. Advisory experience covering topics such as EIS, EMI, R & D, succession planning and remuneration planning


    The successful candidate will be responsible for their own portfolio of clients, as well as supporting other members of our 10-strong tax team.  They will be expected to work without the need for constant supervision and to show initiative in dealing with clients\' affairs.


    It is likely that the successful candidate will have at least 2-3 years\' current experience of working with tax compliance and preferably have gained some experience of working in the tax department of an accountancy practice.


    For further information on this role please apply direct or contact Jodi King at AJ Chambers.

  • Audit Senior
    £45000 per year - 47000 per year

    This is a fantastic opportunity to join a progressive and growing, Top 50 Firm based in London.

    If you are looking to join a firm that constantly looks at new and innovative ways for their people and clients achieve their aspirations then this is the firm for you. With this firm, you can expect a rewarding career where you will be supported and challenged to continually build your skills.

    In this role, you will work with a diverse portfolio of clients, with the main duties including:

    Acting as on-site senior and being responsible for planning, execution and completion of audit work Taking full responsibility of every audit assignment,  completing the work within agreed timescale and budget Supervision of junior and semi-senior staff – training juniors during audit, delegating, monitoring and reviewing their work Dealing with technical issues or seeking guidance if necessary Producing draft accounts from client records Auditing tax computations Ad hoc specialist assignments

    You as a candidate will be qualified ACA or ACCA with experience working at Senior level, leading Audit assignments with junior staff members reporting to you.

    Knowledge of ProAudit and CCH would be useful but not essential.

    On offer is a competitive salary in line with market rate, as well as a great selection of benefits including:

    2 x bonus Flexible working hours Mentoring scheme Dress down Fridays Regular social events throughout the year Perkbox

    If you would like to be considered then please apply with your CV or contact Danielle O\'Hara at AJ Chambers.

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Financial Reporting Supervisor

£48000 - £48000
London /

Financial Reporting Accounts Supervisor for a Top 10 accountancy and business advisory firm, providing integrated advice and solutions to help businesses navigate a changing world.

Opportunity to join a fast-growing team in a vibrant and modern office environment working on a variety of outsourcing, compliance and advisory work whilst helping to drive the development of the team. A sizable variety of clients largely within the SME space. To produce financial statements under a range of accounting frameworks including FRS 102 and IFRS.

As a Supervisor you will take the lead on more complex projects as well as supporting the manager team with reviewing statutory accounting and management accounts projects. You will also be expected to contribute to business development activity including supporting managers with preparing pricing for new opportunities, meeting potential clients and collaborating on the day-to-day management of the pipeline of opportunities.

In addition to client facing work you will also work to provide support to the management team on departmental issues including coaching and feedback to more junior members of staff, ensuring compliance with the stream\'s policies and procedures and the firm\'s risk management procedures.


Servicing clients

  • Prepares statutory financial statements and review of disclosures under a range of accounting frameworks including FRS 102 and IFRS for manager and partner review.
  • Manage a portfolio of clients and be the day to day contact for the client.
  • Leads on ad hoc advisory projects. Some examples have included cash flow forecast sessions and Investor readiness review.
  • Conduct rigorous project management and financial management on all projects, completing projects within agreed timescales and raising issues with the manager or client, as appropriate, in a timely manner.
  • Identifies potential technical queries and challenges and offers potential solutions to discuss with managers/technical departments.
  • Ensure that the firm\'s risk management and quality control procedures are adhered to at all times.
  • Liaison with central departments on risk management, technical and other matters.
  • Business Development
  • Engage in networking and building internal and external relationships to identify new business and sales opportunities for new and existing clients.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of brochures, marketing campaigns, and BDO Drive profile throughout the firm.
  • Contribute to the preparation of fee quotes for new work, bid documents and bid presentations.
  • Collaborating on the day-to-day management of the pipeline, ensuring all opportunities are recorded and proactively followed up.
  • Identify and recognise business and sales opportunities with new clients, and inform the management team as appropriate.
  • Support the management team with the implementation and communication of any new business strategy for existing clients, target clients and the internal business.

Training and Development

  • Assist in the development and delivery of training of the team
  • Act as a role model for the team.


  • Qualified ACA, CA or equivalent.
  • Experience in a senior or supervisory role
  • Excellent working knowledge of FRS 102 and related financial reporting requirements as well as previous experience preparing statutory accounts, consolidations and cash flows. Including consolidations from source documentation.
  • Evidence of ability to research technical accounting matters.
  • Ability to prioritise and plan effectively, adopting a logical and methodical approach in order to meet tight deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft packages including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Desirable
  • Training and knowledge of the new IFRS standards (IFRS 9, IFRS 15 and IFRS 16)
  • Experience in specialist GAAPs such as charities, academies and registered social landlords
  • Business development experience - able to contribute to the identification and conversion of opportunities to sell work.