Accounts Manager
Axminster/ Remote working

Westcotts is a Top 50+50 Accountancy Practice with over 280 team members based in 17 offices across Devon and Somerset.

We are now looking for an Accounts Manager to join us on a permanent basis in our Axminster office, two days a week in the office with the option of the remaining three days working remotely. The successful candidate will support Partners and Directors with the management of their client portfolios in providing a range of accountancy and taxation services.

Main Duties

The main duties (but not limited to) are the following:

  • Overseeing and controlling a portfolio of clients to ensure compliance for tax and accounting purposes.
  • To be the first point of contact for clients.
  • Supervising staff and managing workflow through the office.
  • Responsible for developing junior staff.
  • Preparing and reviewing financial statements for limited companies, partnerships and sole traders.
  • Preparing tax computations and corporate and personal tax returns.
  • Reviewing of VAT return preparation.
  • Filing documents with HMRC and Companies House on client’s behalf.
  • Dealing with correspondence for clients.
  • Providing business set-up services for clients including incorporations and HMRC registrations.
  • Providing value added business advice including ways to minimise tax liabilities and maximise profits.
  • Identifying opportunities to offer clients additional services.
  • Assisting the partners and directors with specialist assignments as they arise, including providing technical support as necessary.
  • Comply with internal policies and procedures, ethical standards and regulatory requirements.

This job description summarises the main duties and responsibilities of the post, however the list is not exhaustive as the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties and projects of similar level and responsibility.

Attributes, Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Ideally the successful candidate will have the following attributes, skills, experience and qualifications.

  • Outgoing, socially confident and emotionally controlled.
  • A positive attitude, friendly and approachable.
  • Resilient, able to multi-task and work independently / flexibly.
  • Adaptable, organised and conscientious.
  • Takes the initiative, ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Discreet, professional and team orientated in approach.
  • Good working knowledge of general IT Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Social Media programmes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with proven accuracy and an eye for detail.
  • Ability to present information effectively and concisely in emails and documents.
  • Experience of working at an Accounts Manager level in an accountancy practice.
  • Previous experience in accounts preparation for limited companies and unincorporated businesses.
  • Previous experience in preparing tax computations and returns for limited companies, unincorporated business and individuals.
  • Ideally AAT or ACA / ACCA qualified.

Terms / Benefits

  • 36.25 hours / 5 days per week (two days a week in our Axminster office with the option of the remaining three days working remotely).
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • Annual salary review.
  • Death in service 3 x annual salary.
  • Access to Westfield Rewards and Health scheme.
  • 24-hour external Employee Assistance Programme helpline.
  • Flexible benefits including Buy and Sell holiday, Cycle to Work, Payroll Charity Giving and Private Medical Insurance.
  • Introducing clients and staff commission schemes.
  • Pension 3% rising to 4% (but matched up to 6%) after 4 years’ service

How to apply

To apply for this position, please upload your CV along with a covering letter providing information on why you feel you would be suitable for the role in particular in regards to the desired attributes, skills, experience and qualifications. Please also state your current salary (if applicable), salary expectations and available start date.

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