Accounts/Audit Senior (delete where applicable) in Bedford at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 12/2/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Haines Watts is a Top 15 firm of chartered accountants who specialise in advising and supporting business owners. We support over 35,000 companies and business owners around the UK, which gives our clients access to a huge amount of business expertise and knowledge. Our fresh thinking and practical business approach underpin our values.

We are recruiting for a qualified/part qualified Audit and Accounts Senior to work within our well established Bedford office, to assist the partners and managers in delivery of statutory audit and accounts preparation services, and to manage and allocate work to audit trainees. The split with be audit 40% and accounts 60%.

An Audit/Accounts Senior has a drive to achieve results. Will take a reflective and probing, problem solving approach to the role and have an eye for detail in order to maintain quality standards. The role requires someone who has sound technical knowledge and skills and can be relied upon for their persistence and the ability to see a job through to conclusion.

Senior's should be driven, thorough, systematic, and enjoy working within clearly defined work parameters.

Be responsible for the preparation accounts and audit assignments reporting to the job manager. Working under the guidance of a manager or partner, you may be responsible for the supervision of junior staff, will be required to work within an agreed budget using a standard approach agreed at the planning stage with the manager or partner. You will be expected to use your technical knowledge to identify areas for improvement/efficiency.

The Audit and Accounts Senior duties will be:

  • Planning and delivery of audit/accounts assignments
    Plan assignments in conjunction with the client partner or manager
  • Lead some of our largest and most complex assignments
  • Supervise junior staff during the audit and review their work
  • Deliver the audit file to the assignment manager in 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

  • 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 an electronic working paper system such as Myworkpapers
  • Significant prior experience of statutory company accounts preparation under UK GAAP, and also charities and LLPs
  • Experience of preparing and auditing consolidated accounts and component auditor issues
  • Leadership experience -experience supervising teams on-site and reviewing their work
  • Experience of preparing budgets and monitoring actual time against budget

Qualifications

  • ACA/ACCA qualified

The Audit and Accounts Senior 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 Audit Senior Qualities

  • Enthusiastic with a positive attitude
  • Adaptable
  • Personable
  • Courteous and professional

If you are keen to secure a progressive Audit Senior role within a unique top 15 accountancy firm offering a great career progression, please apply today to find out more.

Job Requirements

Audit Accounts Senior