Audit/Accounts Senior in Edinburgh or Kirkcaldy at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 10/30/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description


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.

Seniors should be driven, thorough, systematic and enjoy working within clearly defined work parameters.

Overview of the Role

Responsible for audit and preparation of accounts assignments, reporting to the job manager. A key requirement of the role will be the ability to take responsibility for all aspects of the audit including planning, fieldwork and completion and provide a completed audit file for manager/partner review.

You will be responsible for the supervision of junior staff and will need to be able to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues. You will be expected to use your technical knowledge to identify areas for improvement/efficiency.



  • Plan audit assignments
  • Conduct onsite audit fieldwork in accordance with the agreed plan
  • Complete all aspects of the electronic audit file
  • Supervise and help develop more junior members of the team


  • Prepare full statutory accounts under FRS 102, including all required disclosures
  • If required produce draft tax computations and a provision for inclusion in the accounts.
  • Prepare full supporting working papers


  • You will be expected to plan and control your professional work for the firm's clients within the firm's standard procedures.
  • You will be expected to identify and act upon any opportunities you see within the professional work you do to sell more services to existing prospective clients.
  • You will be expected to have and maintain a working knowledge of the computer based programs that you will be required to use to undertake your job and will report any requirements for assistance or training to your line manager.
  • To professionally represent the firm and its interests in dealings with clients and other professionals at all times.
  • Regular attendance at Haines Watts led training and seminars to further develop and maintain your technical and personal development skills.
  • You will keep up-to-date with internal policies, procedures and announcements.

You'll also get involved with any 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.


  • Develops a team atmosphere through hard work, calmness, patience and consistency.
  • Is confident in front of clients and others more senior than them and is not afraid to challenge deliverables.
  • 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.
  • Coaches junior members of the team to ensure standard of work meets expectations. Takes responsibility for developing and providing opportunities for the junior team members. Is conscious of their colleague workloads and issues.
  • Takes ownership for managing own development, seeks extra responsibility, striving to always go the extra mile, preparing well ahead of appraisal meetings.
  • Is able to make the right decision quickly, displays a high level of confidence in their decisions with reasonable justification.
  • Is relentless in problem solving, provides a solution in a timely and thorough manner.
  • 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.
  • Gives technical support to seniors.
  • Is able to juggle a number of jobs, whilst demonstrating excellent time management skills to ensure all deadlines and expectations are met.
  • Is 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.

Haines Watts are a top 15 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.

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.

Job Requirements

Audit/Accounts Senior Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy or Stirling