Audit & Assurance Director / Partner

Job reference: 000243

Location: Leeds

Closing date: 24/12/2021

Salary: Not specified

Employment type: Permanent

About Armstrong Watson LLP

As an expanding business with 17 offices at present, Armstrong Watson LLP is a leading independent accountancy firm ranked in the top 30 firms of accountants and business advisers.  

With approximately 470 colleagues, our people and our culture are at the heart of what we do. We recognise the unique impact our employees have on not only our clients, but also our colleagues and the communities in which we operate in. Our success is dependent on every colleague behaving consistently across all four of our values: Passion, Trust, Honesty and Humanity.

The Role

We now have an exciting opportunity available within our expanding Audit & Assurance team as we are recruiting for an Audit & Assurance Director / Partner. The successful candidate will be based at our Leeds office. 

The main purpose of this role will be to lead, enable and manage the Audit & Assurance department to provide an unrivalled client service experience, and to deliver the budgeted internal financial performance.  

The key elements of this role will include but not be limited to:

  • Overseeing the planning and prioritising of all relevant client work ensuring effective departmental workflow
  • Overseeing and ensuring establishment of scope and budget for each piece of client work and ensuring adequate briefings to team members are given
  • Monitoring work progress and ensuring appropriate levels of communication with all clients and internal stakeholders
  • Monitoring individual and team performance versus original objectives and departmental KPIs
  • Providing regular feedback to all team members on their performance via informal ‘1:1’ meetings and formal appraisals / quarterly reviews
  • Where performance is below target, encourage and instigate remedial action and focus from self and departmental colleagues to rectify and improve short term performance
  • Building, developing and maintaining a network of business Partners / intermediates to ensure the profile of Armstrong Watson is positive in the marketplace and to generate referral opportunities
  • Achieving your own incremental fee target

The Candidate

In order to fulfil the role, we would expect you to:

  • Either possess one of the following qualifications: ACCA / ICAS / ICAEW
  • Have excellent knowledge, and working experience, of the International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) variant
  • Have a solid knowledge and understanding of all relevant UK taxes such as Corporation Tax, VAT, PAYE etc in order to ensure amounts are accurately presented in the financial statements of a company
  • Be familiar in using audit software and accounts preparation software to ensure files are prepared and signed off in line with the relevant standards and firm policy
  • Have strong experience in preparing and auditing statutory financial statements in line with UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice

The Benefits

In return for your hard work helping us shape our future growth and development; we will provide a competitive salary and a positive benefits package which includes:

  • 3.1% Employer Contribution Pension Scheme including Life Cover and Income Protection
  • Enhanced Annual Leave which will increase throughout your length of service and option an Annual Leave Purchase Scheme allowing you to buy up to 5 additional days annual leave each year
  • Flexible & Smart Working – giving you the ability to balance home-working, office location etc.
  • Life Cover of 4x your salary
  • Health Shield Cash Plan (provides cash back on a range of Health benefits and discounts on fashion, entertainment, holidays etc)
  • Introductory Commission Scheme (financial reward if you refer a new client)
  • Employee Assistance Programme (confidential support for emotional wellbeing)
  • Employee Referral Scheme (financial reward if you refer new AW colleagues) of up to £2,500
  • Detailed and thorough on-the-job training
  • Reviews and appraisals with your management team to ensure regular communication and providing you with a platform to enhance your career

In addition to all the benefits you would expect from an award winning employer, you will be given the utmost encouragement and support to develop your career further.

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