Head of Operations

Job Title: Head of Operations
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: East London
Salary: Competitive
Job Published: August 08, 2019 11:56

Job Description

Due to growth we have a vacancy for a qualified Accountant to run our day to day operations team. This will involve managing a team of 2-4 Accountants, reviewing work, and helping the practice to modernise working practices. You will be acting as a member of the management team and report to the Principal.

  • Salary                                 To be determined.
  • Terms of employment     37.5 hours per week
  • Hours of duty                    To be agreed (7.5 hours between 0900 and 1800 with core hours between 1030 and 1630)
  • Reporting to:                     Principal

Principal Duties and responsibilities

Indicative percentage of time spent on areas of work.

  • Focussing on development of the practice through digitisation and automation (25%).
  • Reviewing partnership and limited company accounts to an exceptional standard (25%).
  • Preparing limited company accounts for groups of companies as well as the largest clients and
  • attending at clients’ premises as required (10%).
  • Assisting in planning and overseeing fieldwork and finishing of audit assignments (5%).
  • Reviewing VAT returns (5%).
  • Assisting with staff queries and issues (5%).
  • Dealing with clients’ queries (5%).
  • Overseeing accounting staff (5%).
  • Assisting in training staff (5%).
  • Assisting the firms Principal and Practice Manger with networking (5%).
  • Leadership Team responsibilities (5%)

Person Specification

Education – Essential     

  • Qualified ACA/ACCA,
  • Good honours degree or equivalent,
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

Experience – Essential

  • Working in public practice for a minimum of 4 years
  • Working in small/medium sized practice for a minimum of 3 years
  • Using IRIS Accounting Practice Suite for a minimum of 2 years
  • Post qualification experience of at least 2 years Experience of supervising and teaching other members of staff

Experience – Desirable

  • Auditing FRS102 accounts

Job related knowledge, aptitude and skills. Desirable

  • Ability to review others accounts, tax and VAT assignments to partner level
  • Ability to complete accounts assignments through to partner review
  • Excellent knowledge of IRIS Accountancy Suite including Accounts Production, Business Tax, Personal Tax, Company Secretarial and Company Formations
  • Good understanding of FRS102 including section 1A
  • Exceptional written and spoken English
  • Exemplary written, verbal and face to face communication skills and the ability to listen
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Xero
  • Ability to play an active part in the development of the practice
  • Networking with current and potential clients
  • Knowledge of Virtual Cabinet, Payroll manager, GoProposal
  • Having the ability to use your own initiative to resolve issues while demonstrating good judgment of when to seek clarification from superiors
  • Ability to achieve quarterly performance targets

 Personal Qualities – Essential

  • Confidence, drive and enthusiasm
  • Ambition to progress in your career
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • A capacity for hard work and manage your own work load and encourage more junior staff to do to the same
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Professional scepticism
  • Accept responsibility and instil it in others
  • Ethical approach to work
  • Empathetic to clients and staff
  • Have a positive attitude and can have fun.