Audit / Accounts Senior in Derby at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 9/24/2021

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Job Description

Haines Watts is a Top 15 National Chartered Accountancy Practice, advising over 35,000 companies and business owners around the UK; providing over 100 specialist services, which gives our clients access to a huge amount of business expertise and knowledge. Haines Watts is recognised as one of the Top 10 Accountancy firms and advisory practices to work for by Best Companies.

An excellent opportunity has arisen for either an AAT qualified or ACCA, ACA part qualified or qualified person to join our audit and accounts team as an Audit/Accounts Senior based in our Derby office to assist the partners and managers in delivery of statutory audit and accounts preparation services, and to assist with the management of trainees. This role offers career progression and full study support.

We offer a wide range of benefits which include holidays, life assurance, company pension scheme and employee assistance programme along with a range of flexible benefits for you to choose on our rewards website.

The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of audit work and will have practice experience with both accounts and audit of OMB/SME's and good commercial awareness. Must be able to communicate at all levels and be able to build and develop client relationships. Knowledge of the IRIS Accountancy Suite, Xero and Sage is a distinct advantage but not essential.

The ideal candidate will be happy to travel for work based assignments and to other offices in the region on a regular basis.

You will be responsible for ensuring that the firm's standard processes are used in the production of audit and accounts work in all aspects and for ensuring that technical standards are maintained, being able to answer technical questions.

Job Description: Audit / Accounts Senior

Reporting to a Partner or Manager, the duties and responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Planning and delivery of audit/accounts assignments and producing an accounts/audit working file.
  • Produce an accounts/audit summary and list of discussion points for the manager or partner.
  • Plan assignments in conjunction with the client Partner or Manager and work within a budget agreed at the planning stage.
  • Lead some of our smaller and specialist assignments.
  • Supervise junior staff during the audit and accounts process and review their work.
  • Preparation and interpretation of management accounts and reporting.
  • If required produce draft tax computations and a provision for inclusion in the accounts.
  • Inclusion of statutory disclosures in line with the company checklist.
  • Identify cross-selling opportunities.
  • 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.


Experience of OMB/SME private company accounts and audits: planning, budget preparation, identifying key risks, assisting with an audit plan, executing the audit on site and at clients.

  • 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.
  • Significant prior experience of statutory company accounts preparation under UK GAAP, and also charities and LLPs.
  • Experience of working on and auditing consolidated accounts and component auditor issues.
  • Experience of preparing budgets and monitoring actual time against budget.
  • Experience of using cloud based accountancy software.


AAT qualified or ACCA, ACA part qualified and studying towards ACA / ACCA qualification

Haines Watts is committed to develop its people and will provide extensive training offering a full study package including qualification funding, study leave, college based tuition and a mentor who will support the Audit and Accounts Senior throughout to successfully complete their professional qualification.

The Audit / Accounts Senior will have the following skills and qualities:

  • Develop a team atmosphere through hard work, calmness, patience and consistency.
  • Confident in front of clients and others.
  • Retains a formal and professional manner, reflects on difficult situations and stands back from people and remains unemotional in order to resolve problems.
  • Considers problems as a challenge.
  • Adopts a calm approach and makes time for people.
  • Takes ownership for managing own development, seeks extra responsibility, striving to always go the extra mile, preparing well ahead of appraisal meetings.
  • Has an eye for detail, being consistent in approach, incorporating checks to ensure accuracy, standing back from the detail ensures all tasks are completed to a high standard.
  • Able to juggle a number of jobs, whilst demonstrating excellent time management skills to ensure all deadlines and expectations are met.
  • Be prepared for meetings, communicates with line manager regularly, listens and takes on board views of others, is proactive, ensures that tasks are followed through, loose ends are tied up and the job is completed.
  • Keeps systems and procedures up to date.

You may be asked to be involved with other tasks, as required and understand that this job description is not an exhaustive list of what is required and may be changed from time to time.

Salary dependent on experience and training - Study support package and flexible benefits offered.

If you are keen to secure a progressive Audit / Accounts Senior role, please apply today attaching your full CV.

We 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.