Accounting Manager

Job reference: 000272

Location: Kendal

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

Due to expansion within our Accounting Service Line, we are now recruiting for a determined and client focused Accounting Supervisor, or Accounting Manager to join our Kendal office.  

The successful candidate will be expected to take responsibility for a portfolio of Accounting clients which includes a mixture of basic / large / complex assignments and ensuring our clients receive an excellent service whilst controlling the Firms ongoing service cycle for those clients.

The main elements of this role will include:

  • Having your own portfolio of basic / large / complex Accounting clients
  • Taking responsibility for the completion and submission of financial statements and business taxation for clients by the required deadlines
  • Briefing Accounting Assistants / Seniors appropriately at the start of an assignment to ensure the job plans and budgets are clearly understood, managing the team during the assignment and being involved in the completion process
  • Attending and contributing to client meetings when required by the Accounting Partner
  • Raising fees in connection with the portfolio for approval by the Accounting Partner and providing explanations and action plans to prevent any overruns in future
  • Managing the workflow and staff development linked to this portfolio
  • Developing the Accounting portfolio and expanding this area of our business

The Candidate

In order to fulfil the role, we expect a candidate to be: ​​​​​​​

  • ICAS / ACA / ACCA Qualified with experience of working within a professional Accounting environment
  • A determined and motivated individual striving to provide an exemplary client service to all prospective and existing clients
  • Able to demonstrate a positive attitude when dealing with colleagues and clients, and use initiative to solve any problems / queries
  • Organised and experienced with planning of workload, prioritising deadlines and delegating work accordingly to other members of your team
  • Self-confident, approachable and capable of building long term relationships with clients
  • Aware of the applicable Accounting Standards

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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