Audit and Accounts Senior

Job Title: Audit and Accounts Senior
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Swindon
Reference: SWAAS
Contact Name: Jess Powell
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 10, 2019 11:51

Job Description

Role Purpose

To provide a comprehensive, customer focussed client service for a range of accounting and auditing activities, supporting the organisation to achieve the goals as laid out in the business plan.

Role Dimensions

Reports to:          Department Manager

Direct Reports:   Audit Juniors when on assignments

Budgets:              Personable chargeable time budget

Location:              Based in the Swindon office however the role will be responsible for dealing with clients across the Monahans area and therefore visits to the other offices and client premises will be required most weeks

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Ensuring that clients receive an appropriate level of service to meet their business needs by:

  • Maintaining a productive relationship with key clients, maintaining regular contact, dealing with any specific queries or problems using available specialist skills and knowledge as required
  • Analysing, interpreting and auditing the range of data supplied by clients, checking for any missing information and conducting detailed investigations to determine anything that does not tally or has been incorrectly recorded or processed, resolving the matter in the most appropriate manner
  • Producing draft year end and management accounts from a wide variety of data with clear neat working papers to reflect the accounts produced and ensuring clear cross-referencing
  • Completing basic tax computations
  • Completing detailed schedules for each set of accounts to ensure the analysis is correct and logical as required
  • Identify any problems with information provided by the client and discuss with the client accordingly
  • Composing correspondence to clients, tax office, registrar of companies and others
  • Produce accounts/tables/schedules/letter to expected standards using Word, IRIS, and Excel
  • Working with the department manager, plan and prioritise work according to client and partner needs, deadlines and requirements providing information for billing purposes
  • Providing coaching, feedback and support to junior members of the team, using knowledge and experience to suggest different approaches that could be taken
  • Delegate work to junior team members ensuring their understanding, explaining priorities and providing constructive feedback on work completed
  • Providing feedback to partners on business and any other concerns to ensure that they are fully aware of any issues

Business Development

  • Being proactive in identifying opportunities for the provision of additional services
  • Generating new ideas and approaches to client concerns or issues
  • Actively supporting all sales, promotional, marketing and networking activities of the organisation either to current clients or targets.

PERSON SPECIFICATION – Audit and Accounts Senior

Education & Qualifications

  • Qualified/part qualified ACA/ACCA or qualified by experience.

Experience & Knowledge

  • Acting as an audit senior.
  • Preparation of statutory accounts.
  • Use of Microsoft Excel & Word.


  • Dealing with owner managed businesses.
  • Experience of charity or pension audits
  • Managing junior staff while out on audit.
  • Preparation of corporation tax computations.
  • Use of Xero / QBO
  • Use of Iris practice software

Skills & Abilities

  • Effective communication skills  - telephone, emails, letters, reports
  • Good customer care skills
  • Excellent prioritisation and time management skills
  • Able to work in an organised manner to strict deadlines  – planning, diary management, department systems set up and maintenance
  • Interpersonal skills – able to build relationships both internally and with clients

Disposition & Attitude                          

  • Positive and outgoing
  • Self sufficient when necessary and able to work alone for periods of time
  • Pro-active and willing to take responsibility for own areas of work – not waiting to be asked to undertake key responsibilities
  • Tact and diplomacy – able to explain issues to colleagues, partners & clients
  • Organised, methodical, detail conscious
  • Self confident and able to demonstrate effective use of personal judgement
  • Flexibility – able to deal with changing priorities, deadlines and circumstances, willing to work with others
  • Discreet and confidential – able to stand their ground where necessary regarding queries from others
  • Creative – ideas to assist in meeting client expectations

Personal Circumstances

  • Mobility across Monahans offices and client sites
  • Ability to work outside of normal office hours when client needs require it