Careers

Accountancy firm looking to recruit in Central London

AAT/ACA Trainee

We are currently looking to recruit for an AAT/ACA Trainee.

We do not expect the successful candidate to have had any experience of accounting prior to commencing this role.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Preparation of accounts (annual and management) for companies, charities, partnerships, sole traders and all other entities. This will be achieved using one, or a combination of different computerised packages including Caseware, Sage, Xero and Excel to name a few. This will also involve producing relevant working papers and completing work programmes (for annual assignments only).
  • Working as a member of audit teams and performing audit work in accordance with instructions given by more senior staff. This will also involve specialist audit assignments, which require different approaches to standard audit assignments.
  • Studying for a recognised accountancy qualification

Suitable candidates must meet ALL OF the following criteria:

  • Good experience and knowledge of Microsoft office software, specifically Excel & Word
  • At least 5 GCSEs at Grade B or above plus English & Maths and at least three "A" level passes at Grade C or above (or the equivalent) (for the AAT Trainee). A degree level qualification is not necessary for this role, but any suitable candidates who hold a degree must have a minimum of a 2:1 degree qualification. The ACA route which will be offered to the successful candidate will depend on their highest level of academic achievement held.
  • Possess a good command of English, both written and spoken
  • Live within a 20 mile radius of central London
  • Hold a valid EC passport or suitable work permit, it would also be a great benefit if the successful candidate held a valid EC driving licence

Other information:

  • HOURS: Flexi-time office arrangements based on 35-hour week; four weeks holiday, plus 8 statutory bank holidays and 2 additional customary holidays
  • PAY: Starting Salary £18,000 (AAT trainees) to £22,000 (ACA trainees) 
  • TRAINING: Training will be given both internally and externally as necessary on relevant courses
  • AAT/ACA courses are offered on a day release basis and with paid study leave for all first attempt courses

Closing date Friday 28th May 2021

If your application is successful you will be contacted for a telephone interview initially and then if you reach the next stage you will be invited to join us for a virtual interview with one of our partners at a later date (to be arranged).

If you are interested in the above vacancy and meet ALL of the criteria then please email your CV and a covering letter/email (explaining why you are interested in and why you feel you are suitable for this vacancy) to Robert Smith at rsmith@gsmaccountants.co.uk.

We must stress we will not consider any applications where they do not meet all of the above criteria and who do not provide a detailed cover letter/email as requested.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Audit & Accounts Senior – part qualified

We are currently looking to recruit for a part-qualified ACA senior/semi-senior to come on board and complete their ACA qualification with us.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Preparation of accounts (annual and management) for companies, charities, partnerships, sole traders and all other entities. This will be achieved using one, or a combination of different computerised packages including Caseware, Sage, Xero and Excel to name a few. This will also involve producing relevant working papers, completing work programmes and producing accounts in the necessary statutory format containing all required disclosures (for annual assignments only).
  • Working as a member of audit teams and performing audit work in accordance with instructions given by more senior staff. This will also involve specialist audit assignments, which require different approaches to standard audit assignments.
  • Ensuring files are in order for review by Managers/Partners. Preparing a list of points that need to be brought to the attention of Managers/Partners or referred to the client.
  • Drafting tax computations and company tax returns.
  • Preparing management accounts and other information as required by the client e.g. variance analysis, cash flow forecasts.
  • Assisting with the completion of client VAT returns as required.
  • Providing ad hoc advice and assistance to clients.
  • This role does involve travelling to clients. Any additional time spent travelling over and above your normal travel time to the office can be charged to the client.

Suitable candidates must meet ALL of the following criteria:

The successful candidate will be looking for diversity in their work and their client portfolio. They will work closely with the managers/partners developing client relationships.

  • Need to be part-qualified ACA or working towards completion of ACA professional level with a good exam track record.
  • Need to have a broad experience of the following areas on a wide variety of clients: -
    • Accounting
      • Preparation of accounts for sole traders, partnerships, limited companies, Plc’s, LLP’s and Charities, with knowledge of CaseWare Accounts production and working papers
      • Management accounting and book-keeping, principally using Xero, Sage and Excel.
    • Tax
      • Corporate tax
      • Knowledge of personal tax issues
      • Capital gains tax
      • VAT, including preparation of VAT returns
      • PAYE & other employment related issues
    • Auditing
      • Audit of limited companies, UK based groups, groups with International interests
      • Specialist audit assignments i.e. Charities, Pensions, FCA regulated businesses
      • Documentation of systems and testing of such systems
      • Planning and completion of audits
  • Experience of working in teams on audit and accounts assignments, in the role as a senior.
  • It is essential that the successful candidate will be experienced in Microsoft office tools. It would also be a benefit if they were experienced in CaseWare Accounts software and Mercia audit/accounts working papers, as well as cloud bookkeeping software such as Xero, QuickBooks & Sage.
  • Hold a valid driving licence and have access to a car.
  • Be able to freely work in this country without having a restricted/time barred work permit.

Other information:

  • HOURS: Flexi-time office arrangements based on 35-hour week; four weeks holiday, plus 8 statutory bank holidays and 2 additional customary holidays
  • PAY: Between £25,000 - £33,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience, plus 8% pension contribution regardless of personal contribution and other benefits 
  • TRAINING: Training will be given both internally and externally as necessary on relevant courses
  • ACA courses are offered on a day release basis and with paid study leave for all first attempt courses

Closing date Friday 28th May 2021

If your application is successful you will be contacted for a telephone interview initially and then if you reach the next stage you will be invited to join us for a virtual interview with one of our partners at a later date (to be arranged).

If you are interested in the above vacancy and meet ALL of the criteria then please email your CV and a covering letter/email (explaining why you are interested in and why you feel you are suitable for this vacancy) to Robert Smith at rsmith@gsmaccountants.co.uk.

We must stress we will not consider any applications where they do not meet all of the above criteria and who do not provide a detailed cover letter/email as requested.

We look forward to hearing from you.