Audit & Accounts Director

Job Title: Audit & Accounts Director
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Guildford
Salary: Competitive
Reference: 20-03-02
Contact Name: Chris Howden
Job Published: March 10, 2020 10:01

Job Description

Reporting to the Partners, this position is designed to provide a high level of service to a variety of audit and accounts clients.

The main purpose of the role is to lead and manage an Audit & Accounts team, deliver great service to our clients, develop our business and be part of the senior management team with the office.

Client Service

  • Take the lead on dealing with large, technically complex clients
  • Providing advice to owner managers on both business and personal matters and thereby act as a trusted business adviser to our clients
  • Oversee all aspects of client engagement assuming overall responsibility for allocating work and ensuring client service is maintained at a high level
  • Manage the end to end audit process, including budgets and timescales and being RI
  • Analyse complex business situations to identify key issues and priorities
  • Demonstrate an excellent working knowledge of UKGAAP
  • Regular review of client WIP and debtor

Staff Management

  • Responsible for day-to-day staff planning, ensuring the right level of technically qualified staff are booked on to client work for the appropriate amount of time. Set and agree the level of decision making with members of the team
  • Carry out review work on accounts and other assignments prepared by Managers and team members
  • Assist with setting targets and objectives for junior staff, as well as on the job training and coaching. Completing job appraisals for staff, assisting in identifying development needs and opportunities
  • To maximise staff utilisation
  • Lead our Senior Managers and Managers to ensure they’re being supported and coached, whilst identifying any areas for development
  • Assisting the managers with providing feedback to team members as well as assistance with conducting appraisals
  • Arrange debriefing sessions after each assignment and provide feedback on performance and budget with an explanation of any variance
  • To conduct mid-year and annual appraisals
  • To work with the Partners agreeing and promotions or salary increases for the team and office

Business Development

  • Driving revenue growth across existing and new service offerings
  • Demonstrates broad business thinking and sound commercial judgement to add value for our clients
  • Suggest ideas and concepts for increased marketing opportunities with existing clients
  • Have a full awareness of internal contacts services offered by departments across the firm, maximising cross selling opportunities
  • Prepare and deliver proposals for new work

Office Responsibilities

  • Contribute and implement ideas for staff motivation and development across the office.
  • Planning and executing the longer term strategy of the department and office along with the Partners
  • To be involved in the recruitment process of new staff


Knowledge Skills and Experience Required

  • Qualified at either ACA/ACCA
  • Demonstrable experience of auditing clients within a variety of industries
  • Possess significant senior level experience and the ability to manage a large portfolio of clients, whilst leading a team
  • A genuine interest in our clients with an ability to confidently discuss business challenges and needs
  • Driven to contribute as part of a senior management team that is growing our business into new markets and service areas
  • Solid experience in practice, 50% of which should be relevant audit experience
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills
  • The ability to communicate confidently and effectively with colleagues and clients at all levels
  • Team worker and strong people management skills
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Proven planning and prioritising skills
  • Able to influence clients and colleagues alike
  • Keen to add value to our clients’ businesses
  • Self-motivated and able to apply relevant skills to new scenarios
  • To understand the link between effective performance management and business results
  • Demonstrates a clear knowledge and understanding of performance standards, quality control procedures and office procedures
  • Ability to adapt leadership style for different team members
  • Ability to identify high calibre candidates and to be competent at interviewing


To be considered for this role please apply direct. We will not be considering agency CVs at this time.​