Qualified Accountant

Hours: 37.5 per week (including flexi & home-working)
Division/Department: Accounts
Reporting to: Operations Director
Location: Head Office, Caton Road, Lancaster

Organisational Profile

The company is a well-established accountancy firm based in Lancaster providing accounting services to 2800+ 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. ICS Accounting is located just off the M6 at Junction 34 making it an ideal location for commuting, including from Preston, Blackpool or Kendal.

Position Summary

This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious and talented individual. The role will involve managing a team of accountants that are responsible for the delivery of services to a portfolio of clients. Tasks will include planning workload (self-assessment tax returns, year-end company accounts and corporation tax returns), liaising with clients and answering technical queries, reviewing work, answering technical questions and providing an all-round service going above and beyond for clients.

Responsibilities & Duties

Client meetings (virtual & face to face).
Management of accountants and their performance.
Provide complex tax advice.
Preparation of annual accounts.
Completion of self-assessment tax returns.
Dealing with complaints and complex issues from clients.
Preparation and dealing with HMRC audits or investigations.
Monitoring and analysation of data in relation to KPI’s.
Attending management meetings.

Essential Qualifications and Skills

To be qualified ACA, ACCA or equivalent.
Experience of cloud accounting software including FreeAgent, QuickBooks & Xero.
To have a proven background in accounting and managing a portfolio of clients.
Excellent attention to detail.
IT Skills with competent use of word and excel.
Excellent varied accounting and taxation knowledge.
Advanced knowledge of income tax, corporation tax, VAT and PAYE.
Ability to solve problems and provide a professional, punctual, and accurate service to clients.
Excellent written and verbal communication with the ability to coordinate, supervise and report
performance to seniors.
Excellent timekeeping and management ability with the ability to prioritise workload to ensure all task are carried out daily and all deadlines are met.
Previous experience of managing a team is essential.
To have a client-focused attitude and commercial awareness within the firm.

Desirable Qualifications and Skills

Knowledge of capital gains and inheritance tax
Knowledge and experience of HMRC audit and investigations
Previous experience of performance management