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Senior Accountant

Posted 29 January by First Freelance Ended
  • Clear career progression opportunity
  • Supportive, open and stimulating workplace
  • Participation in our industry training programme
  • Salary negotiable depending on experience + performance related bonus

At First Freelance we pride ourselves on being first-class employers. We seek out the most talented individuals and reward them with a stimulating and challenging work environment. We offer an industry training programme, clear career progression and excellent remuneration package. We are currently looking to recruit a bright and ambitious team member to our accounting team within our dynamic and fast-growing accountancy practice based in Sloane Square, London.

Key responsibilities:

As a First Freelance Senior Accountant, you will be responsible for a large portfolio of clients working as an individual and part of a team. Your main function will include:

  • Preparing annual accounts
  • Preparing Corporation Tax computations
  • Dealing with accounts queries
  • Interpreting accounts to clients if figures need explanation
  • Processing final accounts
  • Submitting annual accounts & CT600s to HMRC via iXBRL
  • Contacting HMRC if a problem arises whilst reconciling VAT, PAYE/NICsetc.
  • Personal Tax computations and support to clients
  • Preparing personal self-assessment tax returns
  • Dealing with tax queries and providing tax advice

Desired Qualifications:

  • Hold an accounting or tax qualification (e.g. ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CTA)
  • Full membership to an accountancy or tax professional body
  • Excellent academic record with at least five GCSEs or equivalent, including A-B grades in Mathematics and English
  • General computer and software skills and good use of Microsoft packages (in particular Excel) is essential
  • Knowledge of cloud based accountancy and/or payroll software is essential

Skills and experience:

  • Proven practice and industry experience essential
  • Proven team leader and practice management experience highly preferable
  • Accountancy, tax and payroll experience is essential
  • Excellent level of literacy, numeracy, communication skills, analytical skills, telephone manner and commercial judgement
  • Excellent attention to detail

Personal Attributes:

  • Friendly and outgoing personality with a positive 'cando’ attitude
  • Hard working, diligent, consciousness and responsible
  • Able to multi-task and prioritise tasks to a high level of detail in a faced-paced environment
  • Self-starter and motivated to succeed
  • Ability to lead and manage a team

Other responsibilities:

Other tasks may also include (or the supervision of):

  • Ensuring that clients are contacted on a regular basis to keep them updated with progress on their affairs
  • Reviewing clients’ files to ensure compliance with deadlines and regulations
  • Preparing references for clients
  • Support, supervision and training of the other members of the team, including accountants and operations
  • Support to the Operations Director
  • On boarding of new clients
  • Incorporating companies
  • Registering companies for VAT and PAYE and Corporation Tax
  • Liaising with clients via telephone, e-mail and post
  • Processing PAYE and VAT returns
  • Processing of client payroll
  • Bank and other reconciliations
  • Adhering to all filing deadlines - which includes chasing clients for missing information
  • Filing Confirmation Statements and assisting with end of year returns
  • Meeting deadlines, such as the clearing of e-mails and post daily
  • Client management including filing and general administration of client companies
  • Communicating with HMRC on behalf of the client
  • Creating and maintaining client files on internal databases and management of CRM
  • Internal reports to Operations Director
  • Miscellaneous

First Freelance is an equal opportunities employer. If you believe that you are an exceptional candidate who will contribute to our continued success, please feel free to submit your application including your current C.V.

Required skills

  • ACA
  • ACCA
  • Corporation Tax
  • VAT
  • Personal Tax

Reference: 33853449

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