Audit & Accounts Manager

Job Title: Audit & Accounts Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Guildford
Salary: 55000 - 65000
Reference: 20-03-03
Contact Name: Chris Howden
Job Published: May 26, 2020 12:39

Job Description

Reporting to the Partners, this position is designed to provide a high level of service to various audit clients. The main purpose of the role is to ensure compliance with GAAP and practical guidance is provided on regulatory matters such as tax and VAT regulations, requirements of UK law and the principles of good governance. You will be responsible for your own portfolio of clients and will be responsible for the management, training and development of the audit team.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Proactive planning and management of audits and client work.
  • To lead the planning process and ensure planning meetings are held with clients, where appropriate
  • To maximise staff utilisation
  • To supervise and assist junior team members
  • To delegate and review work of junior team members; including audit files, draft documentation, accounts and corporation tax computations
  • Liaison with and dealing with client queries, as well as agreeing time and financial budgets
  • To attend client meetings
  • Ensure client engagement documentation is up to date
  • Regular review of client WIP and debtor
  • To assist in the preparation of proposals for new work
  • To act as a mentor for junior team members and provide day to day training
  • Attendance at marketing events
  • To conduct mid-year and annual appraisals
  • Planning and executing the longer-term strategy of the department along with the departmental partner
  • Managing a team to ensure the efficient preparation of accounts for a variety of small clients
  • Carry out review work on accounts and other assignments prepared by team members
  • Travelling to client premises as required and to deal with clients in a professional manner either in person, telephone or by email
  • Assisting the departmental manager with providing feedback to team members as well as assistance with conducting appraisals
  • To be involved in the recruitment process of new staff
  • To undertake a range of special or one-off projects to assist with the development of the practice


Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

  • Qualified at either ACA/ACCA
  • Experience of working in practice
  • Experience of working with Sage 50 Accounts and Xero
  • Experience of charity, academy audits and SRA Accounts Rules desirable but not necessary
  • To be highly competent in Microsoft Office – particularly Excel
  • To be proficient in the use of specialist audit, accounts preparation and tax software
  • To demonstrate clear written and verbal communication skills with both internal and external clients
  • To demonstrate the ability to make decisions, solve problems and take appropriate action
  • 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 deal confidently and positively with poor and underperformance issues
  • Ability to adapt leadership style for different team members
  • Ability to identify high calibre candidates and to be competent at interviewing
  • To demonstrate an understanding of employment legislation, especially the Equality Act
  • Ability to prioritise workload in order to achieve client accounting deadlines, as well as other day to day work
  • To demonstrate good timekeeping skills as well as displaying a professional attitude in all aspects of their work
  • To actively participate in team meetings making a wide range of suggestions


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