Accounts and Audit Manager in Colchester at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 7/26/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

We are recruiting for a qualified Accounts and Audit Manager to work within our Colchester office, to assist the partners in delivery of accounts preparation services and statutory audit, and to manage and allocate work to trainees. The split with be accounts 50% and audit 30% with the balance of time being spent on ad-hoc advisory work and proposals.

We are looking for highly skilled entrepreneurial individuals to join the team to assist us in achieving our strategic goal of being the number one advisor to owner managed businesses.

We are a top 13 accountancy firm specialising within the owner managed business area across the UK. A well-established firm since the 1930's with an entrepreneurial and dynamic feel who are continuing to grow nationally as well as regionally.

In return the Accounts and Audit Manager role is offering a competitive salary with a huge career opportunity within the firm and great benefits package.

The Accounts and Audit Manager duties will be:

  • Planning and delivery of accounts and audit assignments and meeting of deadlines
  • Plan assignments in conjunction with the client partner
  • Supervise junior staff and review their work
  • Deliver the completed files to the client partner in a timely manner
  • Identify cross-selling opportunities and potential management letter points
  • Manage client communication in effective manner
  • Monitor your chargeability and your assignment budgets pro-actively
  • Coach other staff for improved performance and technical development
  • Develop specialist sector knowledge and keep abreast of industry developments
  • Mentor audit and accounts trainees and contribute to the office's training and development programme


  • Experience of OMB/SME private company audits: planning, budget preparation, identifying key risks, developing an audit plan, executing the audit on site
  • Knowledge of and experience of current auditing standards and approaches: analytical review, documenting systems and controls, sampling techniques
  • Experience preparing audit and accounts files using established working paper systems such as Mercia and IRIS for accounts preparation.
  • Significant prior experience of statutory company accounts preparation under FRS102/FRS1021A including LLPs
  • Leadership experience - experience supervising trainees and reviewing their work
  • Experience of preparing budgets and monitoring actual time against budget
  • Experience of common Bookkeeping software (Xero etc.) and the ability to monitor preparation of / review Management Accounts and VAT Returns and identify issues therein


  • ACA/ACCA qualified

The Accounts and Audit Manager will have the following skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • A strong interest in owner managed businesses and general commercial awareness
  • The ability to manage multiple deadlines and prioritise effectively
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Personal Accounts and Audit Manager Qualities

  • Enthusiastic with a positive attitude
  • Adaptable
  • Personable
  • Courteous and professionalWe do not pay agency fees where speculative and unsolicited CVs are submitted to Haines Watts by any means. For any CVs which are submitted without instruction from the Haines Watts Recruitment team, Haines Watts reserves the right to contact and work directly with these candidates without payment of any agency fee.
  • If you are keen to secure a progressive Accounts and Audit Manager role within a unique top 13 accountancy firm offering a great career progression, please apply today to find out more.