Accounts Associate in Northampton at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 10/23/2019

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Job Description

Accounts Associate

We are a business advisory housing 13 specialist services with each team dedicated to offering the best possible service to owner-managed and SME businesses across the UK.

Our key to achieving this is through our knowledgeable, energetic and agile team who work hard to assist our client's businesses, helping them not only with their day-to-day business needs but also to build and deliver their business strategies, goals and ambitions.

We always seek the best talent, looking for individuals who are technically brilliant, solution-focused and continually strive to be the best in class. Each member of our team plays an integral part in creating the unique feel and culture of our business, which in turn helps us continue to grow, develop and evolve.

Position: Accounts Associate

Location: Northampton, NN4 7YB

Job Type: Full Time, Permanent

Salary: £17,500 - £21,500 per annum

About the role:

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on an extensive and broad portfolio of clients within the owner-managed space. Working alongside Client Service Directors and Managers, they will be in a client-facing role, establishing strong relationships with a significant number of business owners across the region.

The primary objective of the Accounts Associate / Trainee Accountant is to play an integral part within the existing regional accounts team in delivering compliance services to the client base.


  • Supporting on a portfolio of clients throughout the year; managing timetables/expectations, anticipating costs, raising fee invoices and agree / action dates for cash collection
  • Preparation of accounts for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies (including those under FRS102, 1A and 105)
  • Preparation of Corporation Tax Returns VAT Return preparation
  • Utilising and promoting the use of cloud technology within our client base including the conversion of existing clients
  • Identifying, researching and helping to resolve technical issues which may arise on clients. Preparing client deliverables, building relationships with the client (including their staff) and
  • acting as an ambassador for the business
  • Initiate and work with other teams across the region (including other service lines) to the benefit of the client including referring opportunities where relevant and minimising risk (to both the business and the client)
  • Assisting and developing more junior members of staff
  • You will be expected to professionally represent the firm and its interests in dealings with clients and other professionals
  • You will be expected to attend training to further develop and maintain your technical skills and if not yet attained to work towards a professional qualification

About you:

  • Previous experience in a practice environment
  • Working towards a professional qualification, ideally ACCA, ACA or Level 4 AAT
  • Must demonstrate gravitas and impact to earn trust and respect amongst management, the wider team and with clients
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated ability to think analytically and a high level of attention to detail
  • Recent accounting experience is essential including knowledge of UK GAAP and Companies Law
  • Exposure to owner-managed businesses is also essential
  • Technical ability with a knowledge of recent developments in relation to accounting and tax compliance (FRS 102 / FRS102 1a / FRS 105)
  • Drive and resilience to deliver high levels of customer service

What is on offer:

  • £17,500 - £21,500 per annum, depending on experience
  • Study support will be considered for the right candidate
  • Rewards and incentives
  • Quarterly functions and events
  • Parking on-site
  • Friendly and inclusive working environment
  • Regular training and development