Chartered Accountant

08 Oct 2016
05 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Chartered Accountant
Excellent salary (DOE)

Based in Maidstone with occasional travel to other office in Kent
Permanent role

Brief description of role

Our client is a highly respected and well established law firm with a dynamic and progressive approach and offering professional business, personal and specialist legal advice.

They are seeking a proactive and highly organised ACA/ACCA qualified Chartered Accountant to join their law firm in Kent

So, what would my main duties consist of?

• Operation and reconciliation of the Firm's client and office bank accounts, monitoring and posting receipts to the Firm's CMS, making/authorising payments, identifying and effecting transfers, managing remittance advices and liaising with the Firm's bankers where necessary

• Preparing forecasts and financial statements, business plans, commentaries and budgets for management and Partners

• Analysing the client and nominal ledgers to assist with the production of annual and monthly management reports/accounts

• Managing the Firm's cash flow, billing, expenditure, credit and investments

• Assessing fee targets, liaising with the solicitors re their performance and ensuring various target criteria are met

• Monthly payroll for staff

• VAT / Tax Returns

• Dealing with, and advising on tax issues, ensuring compliance with tax legislation

• Reviewing and preparing trust accounts alongside tax returns for individuals, companies, LLPs and trusts

• Monitoring compliance with SRA Accounts Rules, including identifying, reporting and remedying any breaches and recommending action to improve compliance

• Liaising with auditors, regularly undertaking audits, involving the examination of the organisation's accounts, analysing risk, inspecting the organisation's current practices, investigating any financial irregularities and recommending improvements

• Reviewing, implementing and adapting new and existing financial systems and controls

• Managing Accounts based colleagues

• Keeping up to date with technical developments and changes in legislation

I like it, tell me more!

The successful candidate will head up the Accounts team as part of the Firm's future growth plans and ongoing expansion. Reporting to the Firm's Equity Partners, this is a crucial and key role which entails a high level of responsibility to ensure the smooth operation of the Firm's financial accounts.

What do you want from me?

• Be fully ACA or ACCA qualified

• Experience in using Sage 50

• Experience in preparing staff payroll

• A good understanding of UK financial reporting requirements

• Full knowledge of SRA Accounts Rules and their practical application

• VAT knowledge

• IT proficiency in all Microsoft Office systems, especially Excel

• General all round business interest and knowledge

• Experience of working directly with solicitors, and the proven ability to build effective relationships with senior members in a law firm

• Strong analytical, problem-solving and accuracy skills

• Tact and discretion

• Integrity and trust

• Excellent numeracy skills

• Organisational and time management skills

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

• Leadership/management qualities and effective team-working skills

• Experience or knowledge of Partner4 Windows would be preferred but is not essential

• A clean driving licence and own transport is essential as the role is predominantly based in Maidstone however some travel will be required to and from Gravesend

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