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Business Advisor

Posted 9 March by Michael Page Finance Easy Apply Ended

Michael Page are currently partnering with a Top 10 Accountancy practice who are recruiting for a Business Advisor. The role will work competently and independently to support a team in the timely delivery of services to a more complex and larger client base. This is a brilliant opportunity for the right candidate to build on their advisory experience and have a good level of client contact from the outset.

Client Details

Our client is a Top10 Accountancy practice based in Southampton. They have a great reputation on the South Coast and beyond. There is circa 150 people in the Southampton office and the business advisory department is a big focus for the next 5 years with a target to double their budget in that time period. There is a good structure in the existing team giving the successful candidate a great opportunity to progress with a good support network around them.


  • Maintain records for our clients using various accounting software packages including Sage Line 50, Xero, Quickbooks
  • Process transactions, prepare and post journals, update ledgers, perform bank reconciliation and cash book analysis as required to complete monthly reporting processes.
  • Prepare VAT returns
  • Prepare tax computations
  • Undertake financial close procedures e.g. reconciliation of inter-company balances, ledgers, preparation of journals and schedules and prepare monthly management accounts for review.
  • Using Caseware produce statutory accounts for review for a variety of clients including those reporting under UK GAAP , FRS102 and other accounting frameworks
  • Perform pentana checker and have a detailed understanding of the disclosures required
  • Prepare year end accounting files ready for audit either by internal or external auditors
  • Ability to interpret financial data, proactively present ideas and make recommendations to clients
  • Proactive analysis of clients data and communication directly with client
  • Liaise with other service lines and other streams on technical issues as appropriate.


  • Work as part of a team to provide rounded accounting assistance and ensure clients are provided with excellent service.
  • Ability to identify opportunities for other BSA services
  • Ability to identify possibilities for other services and liaise with manager/relevant departments
  • Visit client sites when necessary
  • Asks questions to check understanding, avoids assumptions and delivers to expectations
  • Proactively seeks knowledge and skills relevant to the role and client needs
  • Updates manager regularly with progress reports and delivers work accurately and promptly
  • Efficiently delivers service in order to ensure best value for the client whilst maintaining quality
  • Has an up to date LinkedIn profile
  • Actively develops a network of professional contacts and attends relevant events.


  • Well organised and planned
  • Committed to delivering what is requested and informs superiors of any issues at an early stage

  • Has strong time keeping discipline

  • Works well in a team

  • Proactive in managing own learning and development and sharing best practice

  • Is able to prioritise and manage tasks set

  • Is open to feedback from others

  • Ideally AAT qualified or equivalent

  • Studying ACCA or equivalent experience

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office especially Excel.

  • Knowledge of accounting packages (Sage Line 50, Xero, Quickbooks) and caseware.

Job Offer

On offer is a very competitive salary and benefit package as well as good career progression for the right candidate

Reference: 34651857

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