Accounts Senior in Kirkcaldy at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 11/18/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

An 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 that can be relied upon to see the job through to conclusion.

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

Overview of the Role

Responsible for the preparation of limited company, sole trader and partnership accounts packaged in a portfolio and reporting to the job manager. You may be responsible for the supervision of junior staff and will be required to work within an budget using a standard approach agreed at the planning stage with the manager.


  • Prepare high quality financial statements;
  • Produce an accounts working file in line with Haines Watts standards;
  • Produce an accounts summary and a list of discussion points for the manager;.
  • Work within a budget agreed at the planning stage.
  • If required produce draft tax computations and a provision for inclusion in the accounts.
  • Inclusion of statutory disclosures in line with legislation;
  • To professionally represent the firm and its interests in dealings with clients and other professionals;
  • To attend training to further develop and maintain your technical skills;
  • To supervise and help develop junior members of staff;
  • To contact clients in connection with non-technical issues such as the collection of debtors and be involved on an ongoing basis in administrative activities such as billing;
  • To plan and control your professional work for the firm's clients within the firm's standard procedures. You will be able to identify basic planning opportunities;
  • To identify and act upon any opportunities you see within the professional work you do to sell more services to existing prospective clients;
  • 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;
  • You will keep up-to-date with internal policies, procedures and announcements.

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.


  • 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.
  • Coaches junior members of the team ensuring 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Accounts Senior required for Haines Watts Kirkcaldy