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Alistair Gray

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Alistair Gray

Head of Public Practice
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Accounts & Audit Senior

Bristol, England

Due to growth across Bristol, Swindon and Cardiff locations, this top 15 accountancy firm established in the 1930's with an entrepreneurial and dynamic feel who have a growing strategy nationally and regionally are recruiting for four Audit and Accounts Seniors, to assist the Partners and Manager in delivery of statutory audit and accounts preparation services. The offices client base is predominantly SME/Owner Managed Businesses based together with UK subsidiaries and the charity/not for profit sector. The work will be approximately audit 50% and accounts 50%. The Audit and Accounts Senior duties will be: ·Management and delivery of audit/accounts assignments for Limited Companies (including groups), Sole Traders and Partnerships from both balanced systems including cloud-based software and incomplete records ·Preparing draft corporation tax and business tax computations including supporting analysis ·Planning audit assignments, including budgeting and use of analytical review ·Taking the lead and assisting on audit assignments ·Supervising, delegating and reviewing audit work of juniors ·Delivering information and communicate with clients in a timely and effective manner ·Assisting the Manager and Partners on ad-hoc project work Qualifications ·ACA/ACCA qualified/part-qualified with at least 3 years of practice experience (QBE will be considered) The Audit and Accounts Senior will have the following attributes and skills: ·Ability to multi task and prioritise a number of jobs, whilst demonstrating excellent time management skills to ensure all deadlines and expectations are met ·Ideally experience leading and/or assisting on Limited Company audits including; planning, preparation and completion (training will be given depending on experience) ·Display strong technical knowledge of Financial Reporting Standards and International Standards for Auditing ·Excellent verbal and written communication skills ·Strong analytical skills with good attention to detail ·Display commercial awareness ·Strong interpersonal skills ·Good experience using a variety of bookkeeping software, including cloud-based platforms such as Sage, QuickBooks and Xero What you can expect in return: ·Competitive and flexible remuneration package ·22 days holiday plus bank holidays. Increasing annually to a maximum of 25 plus bank holidays ·Access to excellent benefit schemes ·A relaxed working environment whilst maintaining a high level of professionalism ·Continuous training and development of new and existing skills. CPD courses provided ·Exposure to a wide range of clients ·Career path opportunities If you are keen to secure a progressive Audit and Accounts Senior role within a unique top 15 accountancy firm offering a great career progression, please apply by forwarding your profile through the link below.

Audit Senior

Bristol City Centre, Bristol

A top ranked global professional services organisation is actively seeking to appoint an Audit Senior (ACA/ICAEW) to manage an expanding portfolio of PE, AIM & FTSE listed clientèle based in Bristol. Key responsibilities: Client Contact * Regular discussions with the client to confirm progress, identify solutions to any hurdles and ensure reasonable expectations are met. * Establish relationship with key contacts at the client. * Identify and highlight any opportunities for the business apparent from work undertaken. Staff management * Assist and perform training of junior staff. * Plan, assign, monitor and review work of junior staff. * Complete assessment forms of audit team. * Monitor adherence to budget. Technical * Assist with the planning of audits and accounting assignments. * Perform work in accordance with audit and assignment procedures. * Ensure all areas of the work are completed with any exceptions to this being agreed with the manager. * Prepare draft accounts/report and completion memo (including identification of control weaknesses or areas of improvement) for review by manager. * Understand and appreciate key commercial aspects of the clients business. Organisational * Provide regular progress reports to the manager. * Identify and discuss with manager issues/problems and agree and complete appropriate actions. * Ensure deadlines met. * Be able to work on several different assignments at one time. Staff development * Attendance on courses. * Technical reading. * Attend client meetings. Key Competencies: 1. Judgement: be able to take a situation and reach a suitable conclusion based on information available. 2. Planning and organising: needed throughout process to ensure deadlines met. 3. Customer focus: develop relationship and gain confidence of client. 4. Commercial awareness: awareness of the key business drivers and the commercial pressures affecting the client. 5. Teamwork: ability to optimise the team's performance and fulfil the needs of each team member in terms of personal and professional. development. 6. Technical expertise: technical competency. Candidate Profile Education/Qualifications: * ACA/ACCA qualified or equivalent. Requirements; ·Candidates must be ACA or ACCA part qualified/qualified ·Previous experience of carrying out Assurance related tasks as requested by the Assurance Manager. ·Proven experience in client handling. ·Proven Assurance experience in producing high quality Assurances. Why this organisation? For over a century, our client has provided tailored financial and professional services to private clients and their business interests. Today, the firm is one of the largest independently owned investment managers in the UK. Its 1,800 staff serve clients including individuals, families, entrepreneurs, charities, trustees, professional advisers and businesses from 13 offices in the UK, Ireland and Jersey.

Audit Supervisor/Assistant Manager

City of London, London

A top ranked global professional services organisation is actively seeking to appoint an Audit Supervisor (ACA/ICAEW) to step lead an expanding portfolio of PE, AIM & FTSE listed clientèle based in the City of London. Key responsibilities include; ·Ensuring that the assignment is undertaken in accordance with the pre-assignment instructions, and to carry out the more rigorous aspects of the assignment efficiently, thoroughly and in accordance with the firm's procedures. ·To ensure Assurance quality always. Assist with internal and external quality assurance, ensuring any actions are completed in line with the firms and professional standards. ·To communicate any problems in complying with these instructions, or any contentious issues identified, to the assignment manager immediately, identifying and commenting upon the possible solutions. ·To act as day-to-day point of contact for the client, and to practice the principles of excellent client service always. ·To maintain an awareness of the firm's specialist services and publications. Ensure added value to clients. ·To provide adequate briefing, supervision and "on the job" training for trainee staff. ·To review work completed by trainee staff for adequacy and completeness, and to undertake job appraisal interviews. Requirements; ·Candidates must be ACA or ACCA part qualified/qualified ·Previous experience of carrying out Assurance related tasks as requested by the Assurance Manager. ·Proven experience in client handling. ·Proven Assurance experience in producing high quality Assurances. Why this organisation? One of the world's largest networks of audit, tax and consulting firms, that will help you reach your full potential. You'll work on an impressive client list - from multinational and growth-focused entrepreneurs to fashion icons. The variety of projects will challenge you every day, helping you expand your capabilities and grow professionally. And with access to a global team that spans more than 120 countries, you'll have plenty of opportunity to broaden your horizons. Discover a culture that nurtures individuality and celebrates fresh thinking.

Audit Manager (Financial Services)

City of London, London

A top ranked global professional services organisation is actively seeking to appoint anAudit Manager (ACA/ICAEW) to step lead an expanding portfolio of PE, AIM & FTSE listed clientèle based in London. Key responsibilities: Client work: Ensure that clients receive an efficient and proactive service and client expectations are exceeded. Identify issues and agree resolution with client Partner, ensuring they are up to date with the job's progress. Awareness of commercial aspects of clients' business and its impact on our work. Provide regulatory compliance advice to clients in respect of the FCA Handbook, in particular, IFPRU, GENPRU, CONC, BIPRU and CASS, including application of the FCA Rules and regulatory reporting. Be aware of developments in regulatory requirements and how these have an impact upon our clients. Staff Management: Organise staff on jobs, ensuring each individual is clear on expectations and timescales, is properly trained and receives constructive feedback. Ensure any shortages or excess workloads are identified and minimised. Ensure assessment forms are completed and feedback given to all staff on all jobs. Provide internal training in respect of the FCA Handbook to staff. Business Development: Prepare proposals for new work. Attend relevant marketing events. Present at financial services seminars. Attend financial services focus group meetings. Develop personal contacts. Identify and develop opportunities with current clients. Liaison with other departments: Ensure the department is providing the support required by other departments and vice versa. Billing: Monitoring of time costs on a regular basis to ensure any problems are identified early and action taken as necessary. Requirements; Significant experience gained within a professional and/or financial services organisation. Demonstrable experience of working with and/or for FCA regulated organisations. Demonstrable audit experience essential with regulatory consulting experience advantageous, although not essential. Good working knowledge of accounting and auditing standards and industry specifics, in particular the FCA Handbook, and their application. Good working knowledge of the skill requirements of staff at various levels to ensure work is undertaken by appropriate individuals. Strong communication skills in order to liaise with clients, partners, directors, staff and other professionals. Organisation to ensure needs of clients, partners and staff are all met. Why this organisation? For over a century, my client has provided tailored financial and professional services to private clients and their business interests. Today, the firm is one of the largest independently owned investment managers in the UK.

Accounts Senior (Sports Group)

City of London, London

Cedar are partnering with a top 25 UK chartered accountancy firm who are a commercially astute organisation with a personal, partner-led service aimed at entrepreneurial small and medium enterprises (SMEs), large corporates and high-net worth individuals. Their clients come from multiple backgrounds and are active in all branches of commerce and industry. The firms reputation is grounded in quality, delivering premium advisory services efficiently and cost-effectively. Founded in 1933, the practice comprises 29 partners and approximately 310 staff supplying a range of services spanning audit, corporate taxation, private client services, VAT, business recovery and forensic accounting, together with a range of sector groups offering specialist industry knowledge. The Department is uniquely positioned with the organisation and has a particular focus on authors and journalists. The department provides a "one-stop shop" for owner managed businesses including personal and corporate tax, accounting, and VAT functions. The firm requires a part-qualified/nearly-qualified ACCA accountant with at least two years' experience within a practice environment. The successful candidate will have prior experience within a firm that specialises in clients from the media or sporting sector. We also require the following qualities and skills; ·Excellent organisational skills ·The ability to work independently and be able to take responsibility for own work ·Excellent attention to detail ·The ability to work calmly under pressure and be able to prioritise own time ·A good knowledge of limited company accounts and the issues affecting small limited companies ·Knowledge of PAYE regulations ·Good knowledge of corporate tax and FRS102 1A As well as the above there it is expected the suitable candidate to have a good understanding of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word packages. It would be desirable for the candidate to have knowledge/experience of AP accounting software as well as ProAudit, although training will be provided where necessary. Prior experience of QBO or Xero would again be advantageous but not essential. The Role requires a part-qualified ACCA to work in the above department, specifically within our growing Sports Group. The role will involve a variety of general practice work primarily focused on accounts. The responsibilities of the role are varied and will include the following; ·Preparing limited company accounts ·Preparing sole trader, partnership and rental accounts ·Preparing VAT returns ·Communicating and corresponding with clients ·Communicating with HMRC ·Preparation of P11D's ·Assisting with company secretarial matters ·Preparation of Personal and Partnership Tax Returns ·Assisting in the billing of clients ·Attendance at networking events ·Liaising with specialist departments in the Firm ·Other ad hoc duties in line with the role In return, the successful candidate will be part of our growing sports group, which has an array of interesting and well-known clients. Career progression is transparent and based on merit, the successful candidate has the opportunity to accelerate their career as the department continues to expand at a rapid rate. Along with this significant career opportunity, the firm also provides; ·Salary: Dependent on experience ·Group Life Cover ·22 days holiday on commencement ·Buying and Selling Holiday Scheme ·Flexi-time policy ·PHI (Permanent Health Insurance) ·Contributory Private Health Scheme ·Non-Contributory Health Cash Plan ·Season Ticket Loan (after qualifying period) ·Discounted Gym Membership ·Pension Scheme ·Cycle voucher scheme

Audit Manager (Financial Services)

City of London, London

A top ranked global professional services organisation is actively seeking to appoint an Audit Manager (ACA/ICAEW) to step lead an expanding portfolio of PE, AIM & FTSE listed clientèle based in London. Key responsibilities: Client work: Ensure that clients receive an efficient and proactive service and client expectations are exceeded. Identify issues and agree resolution with client Partner, ensuring they are up to date with the job's progress. Awareness of commercial aspects of clients' business and its impact on our work. Provide regulatory compliance advice to clients in respect of the FCA Handbook, in particular, IFPRU, GENPRU, CONC, BIPRU and CASS, including application of the FCA Rules and regulatory reporting. Be aware of developments in regulatory requirements and how these have an impact upon our clients. Staff Management: Organise staff on jobs, ensuring each individual is clear on expectations and timescales, is properly trained and receives constructive feedback. Ensure any shortages or excess workloads are identified and minimised. Ensure assessment forms are completed and feedback given to all staff on all jobs. Provide internal training in respect of the FCA Handbook to staff. Business Development: Prepare proposals for new work. Attend relevant marketing events. Present at financial services seminars. Attend financial services focus group meetings. Develop personal contacts. Identify and develop opportunities with current clients. Liaison with other departments: Ensure the department is providing the support required by other departments and vice versa. Billing: Monitoring of time costs on a regular basis to ensure any problems are identified early and action taken as necessary. Requirements; Significant experience gained within a professional and/or financial services organisation. Demonstrable experience of working with and/or for FCA regulated organisations. Demonstrable audit experience essential with regulatory consulting experience advantageous, although not essential. Good working knowledge of accounting and auditing standards and industry specifics, in particular the FCA Handbook, and their application. Good working knowledge of the skill requirements of staff at various levels to ensure work is undertaken by appropriate individuals. Strong communication skills in order to liaise with clients, partners, directors, staff and other professionals. Organisation to ensure needs of clients, partners and staff are all met. Why this organisation? For over a century, my client has provided tailored financial and professional services to private clients and their business interests. Today, the firm is one of the largest independently owned investment managers in the UK.

Xero Accountant

Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex

Do you want to work for the Xero Accountancy firm of the year? Through a period of extreme growth are seeking a Client Manager to join their organisation. Based on the south coast area in beautiful offices, and with a strong regional presence, allows the successful candidate to have an excellent work-life balance which is unrivalled. Our client are looking for a qualified accountant to join our fast growing ACCA qualified firm of accountants. Your role will be to manage and run a varied portfolio of clients including limited companies, partnerships, sole traders and personal tax clients, reporting to the partners whilst utilizing and training our graduate ACCA trainees. In turn we will help you to progress your career by giving you the chance to offer a full range of services to clients including general business advice. This role includes a clear path to partnership for the right applicant. Applicant should hold a valid full UK driving license. Salary circa £30,000 - £60,000 based on current experience. There is a generous bonus system for new business gained to boost this base salary. Essential Requirements ·Good all round knowledge of tax and business for owner managed businesses ·Fully ACCA qualified ·Currently working in practice ·Willing to gain new business ·Ability to manage a team of keen ACCA graduate trainees ·Working to deadlines ·What to work for a firm that wants to change with the times ·Willing to take on responsibility

Client Manager/Portfolio Manager

Southampton, Hampshire

A 60 employee independently owned firm of accountants with offices in the Southampton area are seeking Client Portfolio Manager to join their firm to support continuing growth across the organisation. You will manage a team responsible for; - Management of all client affairs including; accounting, audit, corporate tax, payroll, personal tax and company secretarial. - Ownership of client responsibility is essential with minimal up managing - Ensuring all client deadlines are met on time - Pro actively supporting the Directors & Associate Directors - Attend existing and potential client meetings This is an exceptional opportunity to join a dynamically expanding firm and become and essential part of the organisations fabric and future direction. Successfully holding an ACA or ACCA Qualification is essential in addition to previously managing a portfolio of clients in the environment of an established accountancy practice. For a further confidential discussion, please contact Alistair Gray, Head of Public Practice on or 07990 886464.