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.

 

 
 
 
 

DARREN BUCKLEY JOBS

 

Accounts Assistant

£20,000 - £25,000

AJ Chambers are currently representing a long-established and highly reputable manufacturing company who are looking for an Accounts Assistant to join their team in Hornchurch. With a global reach, this is an excellent opportunity that offers first-rate career prospects and a generous remuneration package, which includes a range of benefits.

Responsibilities

  • Processing stock adjustments
  • Daily update of cash and banking transactions
  • Reconciling bank statements to the general ledger
  • Preparation and posting of nominal, sales and purchase ledger
  • Maintain and upload HMRC documents including for payroll and VAT returns
  • Credit control
  • Process credit card and staff expenses
  • Manage banking, cash records, payments and receipts
  • Assist with day-to-day operations of the Finance department, including filing, report generation, journal posting and preparation
  • Processing of weekly and monthly payroll
  • Maintain accounting documents and records, ensuring all files are up to date

The Candidate

  • A minimum of 3 years\' experience in accounts, within the manufacturing or industrial sector
  • Good knowledge of accountancy, bookkeeping, and cash management
  • Full driving licence
  • Excellent IT skills including Word, Excel and other accounting software\'s
  • Ability to prioritise work and/or assignments to meet strict deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

For more information on this Accounts Assistant position, please apply direct or contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers.

Accounts - Accountant

Competitive Salary

AJ Chambers are currently representing a long-established, leading independent firm of chartered accountants who are seeking an Accountant for their office in Epping. Working alongside a team of experienced professionals, this position offers first-rate career prospects and a generous remuneration package.

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • 20 Days holiday + bank holidays
  • Pension, free parking, and bonuses

The Role

As an Accountant, you will be responsible for undertaking high quality accounts preparation and tax compliance services for a range of business clients including sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.

Duties include:

  • Supervision and preparation of management and statutory accounts
  • Preparation of personal tax computations and self-assessment tax returns
  • Preparation of corporation tax returns
  • Liaising with HMRC
  • Be the main point of contact and face of the company for clients within the portfolio, nurturing relationships and maintaining a high-level of quality
  • Training and mentoring junior staff, reviewing work done by such team members

The Candidate

  • ACA or ACCA qualified, or able to demonstrate relevant experience
  • A minimum of 3 years\' experience in an accountancy practice
  • Extensive experience preparing statutory accounts
  • Experience with accounts software
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to lead and organise team members

For more information on this Accountant position, please apply directly or contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers.

Accounts - Part Qualified Accountant

£25,000 - £30,000

Practice Summary

An excellent opportunity to join a highly reputable Accountancy Practice based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.


Our Client provides a modern approach to the profession, boasting an extremely high staff retention rate with a vibrant and dynamic working environment. The successful candidate with be joining a well-respected firm with a strong, professional work force and a varied local and national client base.


The Client boasts a plethora of services to businesses and individuals at the highest standard, including (but not limited to) Accountancy, Taxation, and specialist Payroll Services. They also provide their Clients with advice on how to improve and develop their businesses

Job Description

Our Client is looking for a Part-Qualified, Semi-Senior Accountant to join their highly successful team, and are offering a highly competitive remuneration package with full study support, plus a clear progression path within the fast-growing firm.


You will be responsible for:

  • Preparation of accounts (Sole Traders, Partnership and Limited companies).
  • Review of accounts work done by more junior colleagues, prior to being reviewed by partners.
  • Preparation of monthly/quarterly management accounts with supporting schedules and reconciliations.
  • Preparation of corporation tax computations/CT600 and clearing any tax queries raised by tax specialists.
  • Preparation of Self-Assessment personal tax returns to completion.
  • Bookkeeping and VAT returns for Clients.
  • Developing strong Client relationships.
  • Liaising frequently with Clients and being their initial point of contact.
  • Liaising regularly with HMRC on behalf of Clients.
  • Keeping up to date with changes in accounting standards.


Person Specification

  • The role will ideally suit an Accountant part way through their ACCA/ACA exams
  • Strong computer skills required including Iris, Xero, Sage and QuickBooks, plus relevant Microsoft Packages.


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

Accounts - Part Qualified Accountant

£25,000 - £30,000

Practice Summary

An excellent opportunity to join a highly reputable Accountancy Practice based in Chelmsford, Essex.


Our Client provides a modern approach to the profession, boasting an extremely high staff retention rate with a vibrant and dynamic working environment. The successful candidate with be joining a well-respected firm with a strong, professional work force and a varied local and national client base.


The Client boasts a plethora of services to businesses and individuals at the highest standard, including (but not limited to) Accountancy, Taxation, and specialist Payroll Services. They also provide their Clients with advice on how to improve and develop their businesses

Job Description

Our Client is looking for a Part-Qualified, Semi-Senior Accountant to join their highly successful team, and are offering a highly competitive remuneration package with full study support, plus a clear progression path within the fast-growing firm.


You will be responsible for:

  • Preparation of accounts (Sole Traders, Partnership and Limited companies).
  • Review of accounts work done by more junior colleagues, prior to being reviewed by partners.
  • Preparation of monthly/quarterly management accounts with supporting schedules and reconciliations.
  • Preparation of corporation tax computations/CT600 and clearing any tax queries raised by tax specialists.
  • Preparation of Self-Assessment personal tax returns to completion.
  • Bookkeeping and VAT returns for Clients.
  • Developing strong Client relationships.
  • Liaising frequently with Clients and being their initial point of contact.
  • Liaising regularly with HMRC on behalf of Clients.
  • Keeping up to date with changes in accounting standards.


Person Specification

  • The role will ideally suit an Accountant part way through their ACCA/ACA exams
  • Strong computer skills required including Iris, Xero, Sage and QuickBooks, plus relevant Microsoft Packages.


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

Accounts - Accounts Manager

£25,000 - £30,000

AJ Chambers are currently recruiting on behalf of our client, a leading construction company who have offered bespoke facilities management contracts for over a decade. This is an excellent opportunity to join an established company and head up the accounts department. A generous remuneration package is on offer to the successful candidate.

The Role

As Accounts Manager, you will be responsible for solely heading up the accounts department, under the Director's remit.

Day-to-day duties include:

  • All financial aspects of the Business in liaison with Director and external accountants
  • Check the bank accounts and print off statements - enter bacs payments received on Sage
  • Assist Credit Control with one other
  • CIS
  • Bought ledger input and payments
  • Weekly bank reconciliations
  • Quarterly VAT returns including EC Sales Lists
  • Check all nominal accounts to see if anything untoward
  • Assisting with Yearend account/quarterly management accounts for the external accountants
  • Enter cheque payments on to Sage
  • Taking calls (both sales and accounts based) dealing with queries

The Candidate

  • Significant experience within accounts, ideally gained within the construction sector
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Good working knowledge of financial systems
  • Experience in preparation of budgets, management accounts and variance reports
  • Excellent attention to detail

For more information on this Accounts Manager position, please contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers.

Payroll - Payroll Processor

£25,000 - £28,000

AJ Chambers are currently representing a market leading, mid-tier accountancy practice who are seeking Payroll Assistant for their award-winning team in Basildon. This is an excellent opportunity to join a reputable firm that offers superb opportunities for progression and a generous remuneration package.

The Role

Reporting to the Head of Payroll, Directors, Associates and Managers, you will act as the primary point of contact for the clients whom you are responsible for, in all of their dealings relating to payroll.

Duties include:

  • Take responsibility for individual assignments, ensuring the effective and timely delivery and the quality of service meets the firm's aims
  • Apply the relevant technical skills and work as part of the Payroll Team, by carrying out tasks assigned to you
  • Provide support to a team of payroll administrators
  • Take responsibility and be accountable for the planning and completion of the work assigned to you
  • Liaise with specialists in other areas across the firm and ensure communication to clients on such matters is effective
  • Strengthen and maintain relationships with clients, contacts and our team
  • Provide support to the management of payroll services provided by the firm
  • Assist in marketing and promotional activities of the firm as requested

The Candidate

This position would best suit someone with around 1 years experience in a payroll bureau who is looking to work with an experienced team of professionals and progress within their career.

Requirements:

  • Experience of working in a bureau and managing a portfolio of clients
  • Experience of processing auto-enrolment pensions
  • STAR payroll software knowledge would be advantageous
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Up-to-date and appropriate knowledge and skills in payroll

For more information on this Payroll Assistant position, please apply direct or contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers.