The Accountant is responsible for preparing client accounts and assisting with the provision of a comprehensive accounting and business advisory service to a portfolio of clients, as well as significantly contributing to on the job development of junior technicians and trainees.
The KEY RESPONSIBILITIES of the accountant are:
- The preparation and/or audit of client accounts up to final stage, dependent on the complexity of the business, for approval by the client manager. This usually involves preparation of draft accounts suitable for client meeting with manager and/or Director and subsequent completion thereof.
- The provision of a range of additional services as required, e.g. general book-keeping, VAT Returns, assistance with accounting software, and tax computations, all for approval by or under supervision of the client manager.
- To adhere to the procedures which provide a clear framework for all members of the department to ensure effective scheduling, allocation and completion of work (such procedures to be amended and updated as required from time to time).
- To constantly review the work undertaken and refer to the client manager or director any compliance issues or opportunities for cross selling of other services within the group.
- To develop and maintain a good working relationship with clients to gain their respect, and to know your own limitations in advising the client on accounting matters.
- To assist with on the job training of technicians and trainees whilst meeting work priorities, monitor progress of work tasked to team members, review and provide appropriate feedback in accordance with department procedures.
- To respect client confidentiality and promptly report any issues or concerns which may affect the firm’s client relationship e.g. money laundering, unethical business practice, complaints etc.
The ideal candidate will:
- Be AAT, ACA or ACCA qualified or qualified by experience (e.g. approx. 3 years general practice experience).
- Be able to demonstrate effective client inter-personal skills, actively manage their own workload and take responsibility for their own development.
- Possess suitable IT skills to operate in-house programs and prepare and develop spreadsheets as necessary.
- Be fully conversant with accounts preparation programs.
- Possess a good working knowledge of accounting standards and the accounting provisions of the Companies Act, and relevant taxation matters.