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Matthew Sommerville

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Matthew Sommerville

Associate - Public Practice
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Audit Senior

City of London, London

Are you a Qualified Accountant looking for a new challenge? A Top London based Accountancy is seeking an Audit Senior to join their Public Service Group. It is a busy and varied role that would suit a qualified ACA/ACCA (or similar Qualification). You will become part of the close-knit team which provides a range of advisory, audit and accounting services to the firm's clients. Job Responsibilities: Planning Contributing to team planning meetings and taking responsibility for completion of planning files, including documentation and evaluation of material systems. Performing preliminary analytical review and highlight risk areas for further audit investigation. Contribute to the work programme for the assignment tailored to the risks associated with the client. Draft the budget and assigning audit areas to team members (where applicable) so as to manage the audit risks and develop the team members. Assisting with the preparation and delivery of the Audit Strategy Memorandum to the client. Preparing or supervising the preparation of draft statutory financial statements based on information provided by the client. Organising, preparing agendas for and, where appropriate, chair team meeting and communicate the strategy to team members. Ensuring all review points are noted and cleared. Controlling the Assignment Supervising and directing staff; allocating work to team members based on skill and knowledge, ensuring development objectives are met. Completing complex areas of the assignment. Providing on the job training to assistants. Reviewing work and providing informal feedback throughout the fieldwork stage. Ensuring issues are highlighted and resolved before manager review. Acting as a point of contact for both manager and client, ensuring both are kept fully informed of any issues arising and the progress of the audit. Reviewing actual to budgeted time and informing managers of any issues immediately. Building strong working relationships with clients, ensuring any problems or requests are dealt with promptly. Communicating with all other departments (e.g. tax, outsourcing etc.) and passing on all relevant information. Being aware of developments concerning client affairs and any opportunities to provided additional services. Completion Completing financial statement testing, including completion of disclosure checklist and closedown of audit files. Ensuring standards and procedures are maintained by the whole team; completing/presenting audit file with cleared review points. Collate and validate all errors, uncertainties and exceptions. Drafting the audit opinion summary for review and drafting management letters and any other reporting documents, including group reporting and audit committee papers where required. Providing constructive feedback for the completion of staff appraisals on the assistants and seniors and 360 degree feedback on managers and partners. Individual specification: Qualified accountant - CIPFA, ACA, ACCA, CA or equivalent (essential) Holds external audit experience, delivering audit services to the Public Sector (essential) Demonstrates and applies advanced technical, commercial and Public Sector industry knowledge to the role, identifying issues and solutions Pro-actively identifies client need and keeps them informed of project status as appropriate Develops and maintains relationships with internal and external contacts at all levels Begins to develop a network of client contacts Takes ownership of projects, effectively delegates to others within the team and takes responsibility for quality control Acts as a role model for the team and values others expertise Provides assistance, shares experiences, provides meaningful feedback and proactively supports the development of others Willingness to be involved in delivering feedback to the wider team, including presenting group training sessions Commitment to self-development Participates in meetings, providing information and ideas with clarity and persuasiveness

Audit Supervisor

City of London, London

Are you a Qualified Accountant looking for a new challenge? A London based Top 20 firm of accountants is seeking an Audit Supervisor to join their Assurance department, is a busy and varied role that would suit a qualified ACA/ACCA (or similar Qualification). You will be required to provide on-site management of each assignment in an efficient and effective manner. To help ensure that client received a quality service in all aspects. Responsibilities To ensure that the assignment is undertaken in accordance with the pre-assignment instructions. To carry out the more rigorous aspects of the assignment efficiently, thoroughly and in accordance with the firm's procedures. Assisting 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 at all times. 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. To summarise time spent on regular basis, and to perform the firm's review and completion procedures before passing the files for manager review. To develop and maintain an advanced level of technical knowledge through appropriate reading and courses, and to fulfil the Institute's CPE requirements. To maintain training records conscientiously and keep up to date with examination studies, where applicable. Maintain an awareness and observation of Health and Safety issues within the Firm and report any concerns to the Health and Safety Representative. Carry out any Ad Hoc duties. Personal and professional qualities The role requires: Essential: 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. Desirable: Assurance experience from a practice background would be distinct advantage. Assurance experience of Owner Managed Business clients would be advantageous. Experience of analytical review approach desirable.

Accounts Administrator

City of London, London

My client is a UK top 20 accountancy firm based in the city of London. They are looking for an Accounts administrator on a permanent basis. The individual ·You will be a bright and able individual. ·A positive and professional attitude is essential. ·Have a strong willingness to learn and the ability to deal with people at all levels of business. ·The candidate should have an eye for detail as well as the ability to prioritise workload will be essential. Main duties ·Processing client account payments and receipts ·Processing client account interest ·Circulate client balances to partners & produce statements on request ·Assist with purchase ledger ·Raising and processing sundry debtors invoices, ensuring journals are posted to NAV ·Regional office bank reconciliations/petty cash reconciliations ·Reconciliation London petty cash ·Post daily direct debit's & standing order's and allocate ·Post daily bank account transfers ·Direct credit banking back up ·Assist with balance sheet reconciliations ·General filing duties ·Ad hoc tasks as required Education and experience ·Candidates must have a good educational background. ·Relevant experience within a busy Finance department.

Management Accountant

City of London, London

My client, a small restaurant chain based in central london, is looking for a Management Accountant on a Permanent basis. You will be working in the office 3 days a week while having the ability to work from home for the other 2. The deliverables of the role include: ·Full ownership of the month end management accounts process ·Preparation of prepayments, accruals, direct costs & controllable costs ·Strong balance sheet reconciliation culture, with a drive to investigating any risks/opportunities in the balance sheet. ·Preparation of the month end P&Ls for 24 UK sites ·VAT reconciliations ·Monthly P&L variance analysis ·Supporting head of Finance in ad-hoc requests Candidates should have: ·Part Qualified(studying CIMA or ACCA) ·Multi-site experience (Desirable) ·Previous Experience of managing the month end process ·Very Organised ·Attention to detail ·Able to manage own time, as well as others ·Confident in using systems and strong Excel skills including use of VLOOKUP's, pivots and sumifs ·Excellent communication skills with both financial and non-financial staff members ·Experience with accounting package sage 50 desirable ·"Can do" attitude and proactive approach to drive efficiencies