Darren Buckley

Director Phone: 01702 256025

Darren is a Director at AJ Chambers, with over a decade’s experience specialising in recruitment for finance professionals on behalf of accountancy firms, and for finance professionals in commerce and industry, predominantly based in the East of England.

He strategically leads the East England Division in the Chambers Group which specialises in the tactical recruitment on behalf of Finance Professionals for Accountancy Firms, varying from small and owner-managed firms (chartered and certified practices) through to the Top 20, and leading independent firms. Alongside this, he business partners with talented accountancy and finance professionals in Commerce and Industry, from Transactional and Part-Qualified Accountants through to Financial Directors and CFOs, on interim, contract and permanent basis for various organisations across the East of England.

Darren offers a consultative approach to his Clients and advice for Qualified and Non-Qualified Individuals who are seeking their next big career move, from Trainee through to Fee Earner level in Public Practice, and Newly Qualified through to Board level appointments in Commerce and Industry.





Accounts - Accounts Assistant

£27,000 - £32,000

AJ Chambers are currently looking for an energetic Accounts Assistant who is keen to progress their career in a dynamic business with a clear progression plan.

For the right individual, future opportunity to become Head of Finance is available. There is also study support available for those who are still in process of undertaking a professional accounting qualification.

It is essential that the job holder knows their way around a balance sheet, experienced in job costings (and use of a job costing program, such as EasyBuild, for example), comfortable with bank reconciliations and CIS returns and also fully conversant in Payroll. Someone who has this experience in a Manufacturing or Engineering environment would be looked upon favourably.

The role encompasses:

  • Setting up new jobs on our accounts package.
  • Inputting and running weekly and monthly payroll from job costed time sheets along with associated submission of RTI files to HMRC and year end reporting.
  • Submitting Furlough claims.
  • Posting of employee expenses.
  • Posting of credit card payments.
  • Raising sales invoices and chasing payment, including sales retentions held by clients.
  • Looking after sub-contract payments, including CIS tax status verifications.
  • Transmission of monthly CIS returns.
  • Raising and inputting journals.
  • Monthly balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Dealing with motor penalty notices.

The package includes:

  • Basic salary up to £32,000
  • 3% employer contribution to company pension scheme.
  • 21 days + Bank Holidays (29 total).
  • Free Parking.

Working pattern:

  • 08:00 £" 16:00 £" Monday - Friday, with 1 hour lunch
  • Can also accommodate 09:00 £" 17:00 if preferred.

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

Finance Manager

£50,000 - £60,000

Finance Manager

AJ Chambers are delighted to be exclusively representing one the European market leaders in their specialist field, with over 40 years\' experience in the manufacturing industry the company has grown exponentially over the years, and they are proud to remain family owned.

Based in the heart of South East Essex, the Finance Manager role is open for someone with good experience within a Manufacturing, FMCG or Engineering environment. The ideal candidate will be a qualified professional who is either CIMA, ACCA, ACA or equivalent.

This position would suit an inquisitive individual with good experience within a commerce and industry setting, happy to get involved on the \'shop-floor\' and engage with all staff and customers and is also able to demonstrate good commercial \'know-how\' and the ability to communicate at all levels.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the new Finance Manager will have four members of staff reporting to them, which includes a Company Accountant, Purchase Ledger, Credit Controller and Office Administrator.

Job Description

Main Purpose of Role:

Overseeing the company Finance function and supervising the Accounts Department staff.

Role and Responsibilities:

Preparation of the Monthly Management Accounts Package in conjunction with the Company Accountant.

Budget Management and Preparation of Annual Budget.

Daily monitoring and periodical forecasts of Cash-flows.

Stock-takes / Cost of Sales: -

  • Organise regular counts, valuation of the stock and calculation of the Cost of Sales.

Salaries and Benefits: -

  • Running monthly salaries.
  • Medical cover.
  • Life Assurance/DIS benefit.
  • Company Cars, including breakdown cover.
  • Pensions administration.
  • Managing Group Employee Benefits.



Sales Finance.

Fixed Assets.

HP / Finance.

Other Ad Hoc duties: -

  • Inter-company account.
  • Apprenticeship levy.
  • Gender Pay Gap.
  • Director\'s current accounts.
  • Liaising with the Group Financial Director on matters such as Energy supplies and foreign Exchange Rates.

To provide support, and absence cover, for Company Accountant and other Accounts Staff in your team.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Accounting Skills £" Qualified Accountant (ACCA or CIMA).
  • IT Skills - Word, Excel, Outlook & Winman (or other ERP/MRP system).
  • Ability to communicate at all levels both written and verbally.

For further information on this exciting Finance Manager position, please apply direct or contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers

Senior Finance Assistant

£28,000 - £32,000

Senior Finance Assistant

AJ Chambers are currently working with an award-winning business that provides services to many market sectors. They are looking to recruit a Senior Finance Assistant within their highly successful team and for the right individual there is a clear progression path within the company.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Finance Director, the Senior Finance Assistant will assist with day-to-day purchase and sales ledger activities, month-end reporting and statutory HMRC returns across all group companies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Month End Management Accounts Production.
  • HMRC reporting.
  • Preparation of VAT returns (4 companies).
  • Bank Reconciliations £" including foreign currency.
  • Balance Sheet Reconciliations.
  • Credit card reconciliations.
  • Monthly nominal ledger reconciliations and corrections.
  • Journals for month end reports including prepayments & accruals.
  • Inter-company charges and reconciliations.
  • Payment Runs.
  • Year-end account preparation.
  • Year-end audit.
  • Raising sales invoices.
  • Assist with month end job costings and reporting.
  • Assist with sales and purchase ledger processing.
  • Work with credit control on escalated debtor issues.
  • Assist with other accounting duties as required.
  • Ad-hoc administration tasks from Financial Director.

Knowledge/Skills and Experience Required:

  • Minimum 2 years accounts experience on sales, purchase and nominal ledgers.
  • Experience in the preparation of month end journals and management accounts.
  • Experience of dealing with HMRC returns and reporting.
  • AAT Qualified (AAT Level 3 considered).
  • Advanced user of MS Excel (not to Macro level).
  • Experience of Sage 50.
  • Ability to quickly pick-up new software skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

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

Accounts - Legal Cashier

£25,000 - £30,000

AJ Chambers are seeking a confident, professional, and experienced Legal Cashier to join our Clients Accounts Team.

Our Client is recognised as one of the leading law firms in Essex and are long established as a highly successful law practice. Currently the firm is growing rapidly both regionally and nationally, and also merits a growing reputation internationally.

The Accounts Team has full expertise in operating a busy finance function, fully compliant with the Solicitors Accounts Rules.

Role Requirements

We are looking for a candidate with confidence in supporting a busy legal accounts team, with at least 3 years\' experience in a similar position. The Legal Cashiers liaise with Clients and Colleagues at all levels and are proactive in their prioritisation, initiative and considerate teamwork.

Key Skills and Competencies:

  • Legal Cashier experience of at least 3 years.
  • Good working knowledge and understanding of the Solicitors Accounts Rules.
  • Excellent working knowledge of all Microsoft Packages.
  • Motivated attitude demonstrating a proactive approach.
  • Ability to work under pressure and be flexible.
  • Excellent organisation skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Considerate Team player who can work on own initiative.


Our Client offers a highly competitive package of reward, including competitive salary, a generous benefits package, together with career progression opportunities.

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

Finance Manager

£45,000 - £50,000

Finance Manager

The Company:

Our client is a long-established Essex based Construction Company, who carry out a broad spectrum of works throughout the UK. The business supplies high quality building contracting services which includes refurbishment, fit out and new build across various Industrial, Blue Chip, Commercial and Restoration sector Client base.

They are currently seeking a Finance Manager to join their team, and you will be responsible for two other employees within the Accounts Team.

This is a permanent and varied accounting role reporting into the Managing Director, you will be a key member of a small finance team that supports all areas of the business. You will be given the opportunity to develop further in your accounting career and really add value in this hands-on role.

The Role:

You will work with and lead the Finance team to ensure month-end deadlines are met and the results are understood, along with being responsible for balance sheet reconciliations, allowing timely review and analysis. You will be involved in regulatory reporting deadlines and making sure disclosures are met, along with coordinating/assisting with the annual external audit. You will lead the finance team in improving processes, systems, controls and analytics within finance and the wider business.

Key duties of the role will include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage Monthly P&L Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Forecast.
  • Contract and Sub-Contract Costing.
  • Cost Analysis.
  • Producing and Managing the Accounts.
  • Monitoring Performance of Departments.
  • Preparing Financial Statements.
  • Overseeing WIP.
  • Contributing to decisions regarding Financial Strategy.
  • Managing Aged Debtors.
  • Arranging Payment Runs.
  • Bank Reconciliation of Accounts.
  • Raise Invoices and Purchase Orders as requested.
  • Liaising with Clients and Suppliers.
  • CIS and VAT (including reverse charge).
  • Overseeing of the Company and liaising with their insurers as well as assisting with the Company IT systems and liaising with external IT support.

The Candidate:

To be considered for this hands-on and varied Finance Manager role, you will have experience within a similar position withinthe Construction or Building Trade industry, be Qualified (CIMA / ACCA / ACA) or Qualified by Experience. It is essential you have strong MS Excel skills, and Sage experience would be beneficial. Key communication skills to build relationships at all levels and be able to present technical subjects to non-finance colleagues. You will be a self-starter with the ability to meet deadlines as part of a team and a willingness to challenge/suggest improvements to systems and processes.

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

Accounts - Credit Controller

£25,000 - £30,000

AJ Chambers are seeking a confident, professional, and experienced Credit Controller to join our Clients Accounts Team.

Our Client is recognised as one of the leading law firms in Essex and are long established as a highly successful practice. Currently the firm is growing rapidly both regionally and nationally, and also merits a growing reputation internationally.

The Accounts Team has full expertise in operating a busy finance function, fully compliant with the Solicitors Accounts Rules.

The Team

The team is responsible for the development and overall control of all matters relating to the firm\'s financial policies, financial affairs and administration.


Taking responsibility for specific practice areas and partner debts. You will ensure that your debtor balances are regularly reviewed and followed up in line with our internal processes, as well as assisting others when required. You will work closely with the Partners and other credit control team members to work towards weekly and monthly cash collection targets.


  • Taking responsibility for specific practice areas and partners, you will be responsible for:
    • reviewing all aged debt within your group.
    • following up regularly with partners and fee earners by email or virtual/face-to-face meetings.
    • effectively managing your collections to-do list to ensure that timely reminders are sent to debtors and followed up in line with our internal processes.
    • maintaining an organised diary and an up-to-date notes system.
    • escalating aged debts/files to the Disputes team where appropriate.
    • assisting with the monthly reporting of clients with high exposure.
  • Assisting with the allocation of funds received in settlement of bills, as required during team absences, ensuring that banking deadlines are met.
  • Dealing with internal and external client requests via telephone and email, to include receiving payment for invoices via credit/debit card.
  • Managing the credit control inbox, along with the team, to ensure that all queries are dealt with promptly, including responses from partners and fee earners in relation to alerts informing them that debts are approaching and are 30 days old.
  • Assisting with the submission of invoices via the E-billing process as required.
  • Helping the billing team during busy periods, particularly at the end of the month.


  • High levels of client liaison contact and interaction.
  • Ability to deal with emails, telephone calls and in-person queries, in a polite and efficient manner.
  • Assisting all members of the wider Finance department where possible.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines occasionally when transactions must be completed in a short period of time.

Skills and Experience

  • At least three years\' experience at Credit Controller level, operating within a similar sized legal team.
  • Experience in using a Practice Management System.
  • Confident in working with Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience of engaging with Partners and Fee Earners and demonstratable examples of debt meetings and client liaison.

Person Specification

  • Enthusiastic and a proactive team player, who takes a flexible, \'can-do\' approach to work.
  • Confident in working autonomously/independently to meet ever-changing deadlines.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to prioritise and organise workloads effectively.
  • A willing and adaptable aptitude to provide support to the team when necessary, during busy periods or times of absence.
  • Eager to contribute to firm events, projects, steering groups and committees. Keen to support any relevant initiative or system implementation.
  • Results driven.

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