Accounts Assistant

Hours: Full-time 37.5 hours per week
Division/Department: Practice – Hanley & Co
Location: Staveley, South Lakes

Organisational Profile: The company is a well-established accountancy firm based in Lancaster, providing accounting services to 2,000+ clients via cloud accounting software. The company offer a high-quality service in Bookkeeping, Accounts, Payroll, VAT Returns and Tax Services, as well as offering a wealth of knowledge and advice.

Position Summary: This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious and talented individual in our South Lakes office. The successful applicant will need to be able to plan and prioritise their own workload, be able to communicate with clients and colleagues in a professional manner and be a good team player to ensure the team and firm meets its objectives.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Preparing annual accounts for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies
  • Preparing draft tax returns and computations alongside the accounts work
  • Preparing draft VAT returns
  • Liaising with clients in a confident and professional manner
  • Dealing with HMRC in regard to queries and correspondence
  • Analysing data and producing accurate reports

Essential Qualifications and Skills:

  • Previous experience of preparing self-assessment tax returns, year-end accounts & corporation tax computations to draft stage
  • To be studying towards AAT, ACA, ACCA or have equivalent experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines and be proactive
  • Attention to detail
  • Have an aptitude for figures and an interest in business and finance
  • Good IT skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • To be motivated and enthusiastic
  • To be able to work to individual and team targets
  • To be able to solve problems and provide a professional, punctual, and accurate service to clients
  • To have strong communication skills with the ability to coordinate, organise and take responsibility for performance
  • To have a client-focused attitude and commercial awareness within the firm
  • Have knowledge and experience of using cloud accounting software

Desirable Qualifications and Skills

  • Have knowledge and experience of using Sage software