Bookkeeper and Payroll Assistant in Colchester at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 6/7/2021

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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 looking for an experienced and enthusiastic part time Bookkeeper and Payroll Assistant to join our busy team within a top 15 accountancy firm. This role, reporting to the Business Services Manager, will be mainly office based, but will have some client facing tasks and provides an opportunity to develop bookkeeping and payroll skills within a supportive environment.

In return the Bookkeeper & Payroll Assistant role is offering a competitive salary with a great benefits package.

The Bookkeeper duties will include:

  • Sales, purchases and nominal ledger management.
  • Inter-Company transactions / recharges / reconciliation.
  • Petty cash and expenses management.
  • Reconciling bank and credit card statements.
  • Review debtors / creditors for old or negative balances and adjust as necessary.
  • VAT reconciliation.
  • Wages transactions and reconciliation of salaries and wages control accounts.
  • Preparation of clients' VAT Returns.
  • Production of end of year trial balance.

The Payroll Assistant duties will include:

  • Supporting the payroll team in providing an efficient and comprehensive payroll service to client's day-to-day administration of client payrolls.
  • RTI submissions and Year End procedures.
  • Processing starters, leavers, SMP, SPP & SSP.
  • Uploading pension contributions and assisting with the setup of pension schemes.
  • Dealing with payroll queries, providing a comprehensive service to clients.
  • Monthly CIS returns.


  • Minimum 1-2 years bookkeeping and payroll experience
  • Experience of using Xero, Receipt Bank, Sage Line 50 or QuickBooks, Iris Professional Payroll and Moneysoft Payroll.
  • Client interaction.

The successful candidate will have the following skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Good attention to detail and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage workload.
  • Good IT skills including use of Excel.
  • Strong organisation skills, awareness of confidentiality and the need for discretion.

Our salary is competitive depending on experience.

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.