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Matthew Sommerville

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Matthew Sommerville

Associate - Public Practice
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Audit Senior Manager

Southampton, Hampshire

My client is seeking an Audit Senior Manager, you will be a senior member of the audit group. You will be responsible for servicing clients, directing all assurance services delivered, ensuring sound management of our people and supporting the Partners with business development and practice management. Key responsibilities: Client Portfolio - ensure that clients receive an efficient and proactive service and client expectations are exceeded throughout the year. Liaison with client Partners and other staff where appropriate to ensure all are kept up to date with relevant issues. Audit work and setting budgets - act as audit lead on fully listed and AIM listed clients. The expectation is that on large assignments this role will be supported by one (or more) Managers, with overall responsibility for each assignment being retained by the Partner. Commercial awareness of all aspects of clients' businesses and the impacts on our work. Management - arrangement of timetable, booking of staff, planning review and completion of audit and other related assignments. Business/Practice Development - preparation and review of proposals for new work, attendance at marketing events, development of personal contacts and identification and pro-active development of opportunities with current clients. Department Administration - monitoring of qualified and student bookings and workloads to ensure most efficient use of resources. Liaison with junior staff to assess any issues that need dealing with. Training and development - ensuring assessment forms completed and feedback given to staff on all jobs. Ensuring appropriate in house and external training received personally. Client billing/commercial awareness of WIP Key Competencies: Planning and organising - to ensure all client work is carried out within the appropriate timescales through continual monitoring of progression of the work. Technical expertise - to ensure audit conducted to correct standard and accounts preparation is accurate and meaningful for the type of industry. To be able to answer staff and client technical queries and make technical decisions. Commercial awareness - to have a good understanding of the commercial factors affecting the client and to be able to monitor the commercial effectiveness of work done by reviewing costs against budget. Teamwork - working as a team with the other managers, Partners and staff to ensure the department as a whole meets its objectives and all client demands are exceeded etc. and dealing with differences. Problem solving - technical knowledge to resolve client issues and organisation to be flexible to meet client and director demands. Customer focus - ensuring clients expectations are exceeded, by providing a first class service at all times. Business Development - ability to develop trusted advisor status with clients Candidate Profile Education/Qualifications: Qualified accountant (ACA, CA, ACCA). Key Experience/Skills: Significant external audit experience gained within a professional services environment. Experience of working with entrepreneurial, OMB, SME and AIM listed clients. Experience of (and appetite for) business development activities such as targeting, preparation of proposal documents, proposal presentations and attendance of networking events Demonstrable working knowledge of accounting and auditing standards, industry specifics and their application. Good working knowledge of skill requirements of staff at various levels to ensure work undertaken by appropriate individual. Strong communication skills in order to liaise with clients, Partners, staff and other professionals. Previous experience of management and motivation of staff to ensure best performance. Organisation to ensure needs of clients, partners and staff are all met. Monitoring costs against budget for individual clients. 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

Southampton, Hampshire

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 Southampton. Key responsibilities: Client Portfolio - ensure that clients receive an efficient and proactive service and client expectations are exceeded throughout the year. Liaison with client Partners and other staff where appropriate to ensure all are kept up to date with relevant issues Audit work and setting budgets - act as audit lead on privately owned and AIM listed clients. The expectation is that on large assignments this role will be supported by one (or more) Managers, with overall responsibility for each assignment being retained by the Partner Commercial awareness of all aspects of clients' businesses and the impacts on our work Management - arrangement of timetable, booking of staff, planning review and completion of audit and other related assignments Business/Practice Development - preparation and review of proposals for new work, attendance at marketing events, development of personal contacts and identification and pro-active development of opportunities with current clients Department Administration - monitoring of qualified and student bookings and workloads to ensure most efficient use of resources. Liaison with junior staff to assess any issues that need dealing with Training and development - ensuring assessment forms completed and feedback given to staff on all jobs. Ensuring appropriate in house and external training received personally Client billing/commercial awareness of WIP Candidate Profile Education/Qualifications: Qualified accountant (ACA, CA, ACCA) Key Experience/Skills: Significant external audit experience gained within a professional services environment Experience of working with entrepreneurial, OMB, SME and AIM listed clients Experience of (and appetite for) business development activities such as targeting, preparation of proposal documents, proposal presentations and attendance of networking events Demonstrable working knowledge of accounting and auditing standards, industry specifics and their application Good working knowledge of skill requirements of staff at various levels to ensure work undertaken by appropriate individual Strong communication skills in order to liaise with clients, Partners, staff and other professionals Previous experience of management and motivation of staff to ensure best performance Organisation to ensure needs of clients, partners and staff are all met Monitoring costs against budget for individual clients Why this organisation? My client is a leading independent provider of investment management, accountancy, tax, corporate and financial advisory services to private clients, corporates, professional practices, and non-profit organisations. With 13 principal offices in the UK and Ireland, 1,600 people and an international capability in over 100 countries, there aim is to provide an innovative global service.

Audit Senior

Southampton, Hampshire

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 Southampton. 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 Senior

Greater Manchester, England

Are you a Qualified Accountant looking for a new challenge? A Top 10 firm in Manchester is seeking the best talent to join there ever growing office. It is a busy and varied role that would suit an individual who has a passion for Audit and is ACA/ACCA qualified (or similar Qualification). You will become part of a fantastic team with great opportunities for internal development and career progression. The successful candidate will be an accomplished auditor, ensuring all work is carried out in line with relevant legislation, and guiding more junior members of the team while working closely with the Audit Supervisor in planning and completing the auditing of key clients accounts to the highest standard and service. This firm provides a clear career route to progress your career into management and beyond with a supportive inclusive culture that promotes personal progression. For further details contact Matthew Sommerville, Associate of Public Practice, 0789269037 | 0203 002 8055 |