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My client is a growing company based in central Cambridge. They now have an opportunity for someone with a keen interest in working within finance to join their accounts team. You will be trained in the following: Processing invoices Posting bank payments Posting journals Setting up supplier payments Processing expenses Knowledge of Excel Staff benefits include, 31 days’ holiday per year (inclusive of 8 bank holidays), a staff loyalty discount plan with a well know gym and travel agent and the possibility to assist someone wishing to begin studies of AAT or similar.
£11.50 - £13.50
My client based in central Cambridge needs a temp Purchase Ledger Clerk to cover until they find someone for their permanent role. This is a stand alone role and requires strong purchase ledger skills including; Processing invoices Posting bank payments Posting journals Setting up supplier payments Processing expenses Knowledge of Excel You must be able to start immediately and the role could go permanent for the right person.
£23,000 - £25,000
My client, a growing company in the centre of Cambridge, has an urgent vacancy for a strong, all round Purchase Ledger Clerk. You will be capable of working well on your own, using your own initiative and as part of a small finance team. Hours of work will be Monday to Friday, 9am – 5.30pm with an hour for lunch. Duties will include: Processing all Supplier invoices, approx. 250 invoices per month Maintaining a purchase ledger of approx. 85 suppliers Posting of Bank payments Posting of journals Setting up of supplier payments Creating spreadsheets and pivot tables Checking and approving expenses, approx 15 employees per month Managing 7 company vehicles (recording mileage and keeping up with HMRC regulations) Recording of Co2 usage (keeping track of KW usage for annual reporting) Good understanding of trial balance Good knowledge of VAT regulations when coding of expenses and other supplier costs Working knowledge of Word and Excel
£12.00 - £14.00
This employer of choice is recruiting for a Contract Credit Controller for 8 months starting immediately. Key skills needed are: • Chasing debts by phone and letter • Reconciling statements • Dealing with queries Ideally, you will have had previous experience in credit control and be able to complete the assignment.
£23,000 - £29,000 + Study
My client is one of the largest employers in Cambridge and now has an opportunity for a bright and ambitious Assistant Management Accountant/Management Accountant to develop their career. Key aspects of the role will be as follows: • Extensive use of spreadsheets, formulae and pivot tables for forecasting purposes and analysis • A/P and A/R analysis • Journals, accruals prepayments and recharges • Formalising month end reports and inputting actuals • Drilling down into variances by liaising with budget holders to ascertain why spend took place My client’s ideal candidate for this Assistant Management Accountant/Management Accountant role would be someone who is either part way through their AAT or has finished it or who has embarked on an ACCA or CIMA qualification and can demonstrate good Excel and debit and credit skills coupled with excellent interpersonal abilities. Benefits are superb and include study support and mentoring, 27 days’ holiday plus bank holidays, flexi-time, an exceptional pension scheme and outstanding future career prospects and earnings potential.
£45,000 - £55,000
My client is a large company, well respected in its field. Key aspects of this Finance Manager role will be as follows: • Managing both the sales and purchase ledger functions, which comprises a large team, which you will be expected to mentor and develop • Reviewing and streamlining purchase ledger processes in order to increase efficiency of that part of the department • Ensuring that all aspects of the sales ledger run efficiently from invoicing to credit control. • Liaising effectively with different parts of the business to resolve queries • Assisting with purchase and sales ledger in a hands-on capacity when short staffed or when issues need solving In order to be successful in this Finance Manager role, you will be a qualified accountant or qualified by experience with a minimum of 3 years in a finance management role. You will have extremely strong interpersonal skills and use them to persuade and ensure that people carry out their roles effectively; to mentor and develop your team and to liaise with all levels within the organisation. In addition, you will have had experience of systems or process reviews. You will be analytical, organised and you will enjoy working under pressure. Benefits include a group pension scheme, free parking, 23 days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays, Perkbox and a staff shop, where the company’s products can be bought at a discount.
£40,000 - £48,000
This highly respected accountancy practice has an opportunity for an ACA/ACCA qualified accountant to head up and develop its audit team. You will have responsibility for leading and managing all audit, accountancy, taxation and work-related requirements for the firm’s audit clients. Specifically, you will schedule and plan audits, prioritising and managing the team’s workload to meet deadlines, research technical and audit issues and communicate audit findings to senior management and clients. As well as being qualified with a minimum of three years’ experience of working in practice, you will be technically strong with a good knowledge of accounting and auditing standards and basic tax planning. You will also know and be able to use accounting packages such as IRIS, Xero, Sage and QuickBooks and be proficient with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel. In addition to a competitive basic salary, the company also offers a range of exceptional benefits. For further information on the role, contact Jeanette Robinson or send your CV for her attention.
£37,500 - £40,000
This growing practice is looking for an Audit Senior to strengthen their team. The role will consist of forty per cent audit and sixty per cent accounts preparation for a very varied client base, which includes charities, construction, manufacturing companies and farms. You will perform all aspects of the audit from planning through to completion and will usually have responsibility for one member of staff. In addition, you will have some involvement in personal and corporation tax. The practice offers excellent benefits and will pay £37,00 for a newly qualified accountant or £40,000 for someone post qualified.
My client has an opportunity to join its team of credit controllers, reporting to the Credit Manager. Specific responsibilities for this credit control role will include: • Contacting customers by phone and email to chase unpaid items • Dealing with customer queries promptly and accurately • Allocating cash and updating A/R balances • Developing good relationships with all internal and external customers To be successful in your application for this credit control role, you will either have had previous credit control experience or be an administrator where you may have done some credit control as part of your job. You will work well as part of a team within a fast-paced environment. You will also be able to communicate effectively and have experience of reconciling large accounts coupled with strong Excel skills. The company has a good benefits package which includes 25 days’ holiday, flexitime, free parking and private healthcare.
Up to £27,000
My client has an excellent opportunity for a Bookkeeper or someone AAT Qualified to develop and maximise their experience of producing accounts for a range of small owner managed businesses. This is a superb career opportunity, working within a friendly team. You will be using your credit and debit skills to the full in this role. In order to be successful in this role you must be AAT Qualified or similar, either with a variety of experience within an accounts department or previous practice experience. In return the business offers an excellent benefits package including: • Potential to progress within the practice • 25 days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays • A 37.5 hour week with the ability to flex start and finish hours • Overtime paid at time and a half • Free parking • Non-guaranteed bonuses based on performance and profit • Auto enrolment pension
£55,000 - £65,000
My client is a long-established practice with three offices and clients ranging from a £200,000 turnover to £5 million in a variety of industries. Many are owner managed. They are now recruiting for a qualified accountant, ACA or ACCA, with a view to succession planning. You will be recruited as a Client Account Manager and will review accounts and tax returns which have been prepared by junior staff. You will be expected to train and mentor those staff in their duties. In addition, you will have a hands-on role dealing with clients and any queries they may have. It is expected that you could make partnership within two to three years if you have the aptitude. To be successful in your application for this Client Account Manager role, you will be ambitious but this must be coupled with good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a team. Benefits include 25 days’ holiday, private healthcare, a company pension after two years and free parking. The practice also believes strongly in its employees having a work/life balance.
£45,000 - £55,000
My client Biggleswade is looking for an ambitious Tax Accountant to work closely with one of the partners. Your background to date will have been in compliance and you will be looking for the next step in your career which will include advisory work. Benefits include 25 days’ holiday, a pension scheme which is contributory after two years and free parking. For the right person, there is strong potential to develop your career to Partner level.
My client, which is in the construction industry, is experiencing ongoing fast growth and has a current turnover of £15 million. In order to support their further expansion, the business has a career changing opportunity for an ambitious and entrepreneurial accountant to lead and strengthen their finance function. Key responsibilities and challenges for this Finance Director role will include: • Supervising all financial staff • Streamlining the budget process • Improving systems and processes • Production of monthly management and year end accounts • Analysing variances and trends • Managing cashflow • Involvement in strategic decisions To be successful in your application, you will have experience of working in a rapidly expanding company and managing fast growth. You will have a strong personality, which is capable of arguing the finance position with other departments coupled with a hands-on approach to work. Benefits for this Finance Director role include a company car, a profit share in the second year of employment, a pension contribution and if necessary, assistance with relocation. There is also a real opportunity to become a shareholder in the medium term.
£20,000 - £25,000
My client, based to the south of Cambridge, is seeking to recruit a Purchase Ledger Clerk with strong experience of purchase ledger to take over from someone in their Purchase Ledger department, who is retiring. Key responsibilities will include: • Coding and inputting invoices • Checking and reconciliation of supplier statements • Dealing with queries • Assisting with weekly payment runs • Filing invoices and statements • Assisting the finance team with day to day and ad hoc duties. • Working with Excel To be successful in obtaining this Purchase Ledger Clerk role, you must have at least a years’ experience doing a similar role, preferably in a commercial, fast-paced environment. It would be desirable if you have worked with non-integrated systems. Benefits include the ability to buy and sell annual leave, auto enrolment into Perkbox,a cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers, a pension scheme and free parking.
£35,000 - £40,000
My client is a £2 million turnover owner managed business, who is recruiting for a very varied Finance Manager/Company Accountant role. The key responsibilities of this Finance Manager/Company Accountant role will include: • Overseeing the accounting function of two companies including management of 2 members of staff • Producing and consolidating the monthly management accounts including all analysis of accounts for both companies from the trial balance stage • Monitoring stock levels and maintaining the stock function, which includes producing monthly stock reports and checking stock provisions • Maintaining the Fixed Asset Register • VAT Returns and monthly EEC sales and Intrastat returns • Reviewing and renewing insurances and utilities • Completing and submitting payroll information to the company’s payroll provider and producing P11D’S To be considered for this Finance Manager/Company Accountant role, you will be Part Qualified or Qualified through Experience or similar. You will be self-reliant with a keen eye for detail. The company uses Sage 50 so knowledge of this would be useful. The business has an excellent benefits package which includes flexible start and finish times, free parking, 26 days’ holiday, a pension scheme where they contribute 6% and the employee contributes 3% and a three times salary life insurance scheme.
£26,000 - £28000 + Study
My client, a small friendly practice, is offering an excellent and varied AAT Qualified /Accounts Assistant role for someone who is enthusiastic and hard working. Key job duties will include: • All aspects of accounts to Trial Balance for owner managed limited companies and sole traders • Bookkeeping for clients • All aspects of payroll from start to finish • VAT Returns • Personal and corporation tax returns • Training to take accounts and tax computations to review stage In order to be successful in this AAT Qualified / Accounts Assistant role, you must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for progressing your career in accountancy coupled with knowledge of Iris and Xero. You will also have experience of bookkeeping, VAT and payroll. In return the business offers an excellent benefits package including: • Study support for ACCA • 25 days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays • A 37.5 hour week with the ability to flex start and finish hours • Overtime paid at time and a half • Free parking • Non-guaranteed bonuses based on performance and profit • Auto enrolment pension
£27,000 - £32,000
My client is a friendly, growing company with a very professional outlook. They are now recruiting for an Accounts Assistant/Bookkeeper with good all round accounting skills to Trial Balance coupled with strong debit and credit skills. Specific duties include: Journals Accruals and prepayments All aspects of sales and purchase ledgers including credit control Petty cash Control accounts Reconciling bank statements Producing month end reports VAT Returns Expenses The ability to modernise how certain aspects of the accounts are done To be successful in your application for this Accounts Assistant/Bookkeeper role, you will have experience in the above duties coupled with intermediate to advanced Excel. Ideally, you will have knowledge of Sage Line 50. Experience of Iris would be helpful but is not essential. You will have a cheerful disposition with a can do, helpful attitude. In addition to a competitive salary, the company offers a range of excellent benefits.
£40,000 - £48,000
This highly respected accountancy practice has an opportunity for an ACA/ACCA qualified accountant to head up and develop its audit team. You will have responsibility for leading and managing all audit, accountancy, taxation and work-related requirements for the firm’s audit clients. Specifically, you will schedule and plan audits, prioritising and managing the team’s workload to meet deadlines, research technical and audit issues and communicate audit findings to senior management and clients. As well as being qualified with a minimum of three years’ experience of working in practice, you will be technically strong with a good knowledge of accounting and auditing standards and basic tax planning. You will also know and be able to use accounting packages such as IRIS, Xero, Sage and QuickBooks and be proficient with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel. In addition to a competitive basic salary, the company also offers a range of exceptional benefits.
£26,000 - £30,000
This highly respected accountancy firm are keen to recruit a motivated Semi-Senior Accountant to join their friendly team and work with a varied portfolio of clients. Your responsibilities in this Semi Senior role will include: Preparing and presenting complete accounts files to the accounts manager ready for review. These will encompass sole traders, partnerships and corporate entities. Preparing basic business tax and personal tax computations Training juniors and assisting with queries Preparing VAT returns Liaising directly with clients Review and implementation of client book-keeping systems In order to be successful for this Semi Senior Accountant role, you will have the following: ACA/ACCA part qualified Practice experience of 2-3 years Experience in accounting packages such as IRIS,Xero,Sage, Quickbooks etc You will also have intermediate excel skills coupled with good interpersonal skills and a strong emphasis on customer service. In return the practice offers an outstanding benefits package.
I have known and worked with Jeanette on recruitment in a number of businesses for over 25 years. She is very thorough and professional in her approach and the team that work with her are friendly and helpful. Jeanette has an extensive knowledge of the recruitment industry and also the recruitment market in Cambridge, which is invaluable in finding the best candidate for the position."A Professional Approach" Colin Faiers : Head of Accounting and Finance - Sidney Sussex College
I have had the pleasure of working with Cavill Robinson on a number of occasions over the past few years and would have no hesitation in recommending them. They provide a very professional service. I am particularly impressed with their methods that ensure that they only put forward carefully selected candidates that meet the selection criteria. Their hands-on approach ensures that they fully understand both the candidates they are putting forward as well as our company, which includes understanding the culture of our organisation and appreciate that this is an important factor."They understand the culture of our organisation" James Martin: Head of Finance -The Technology Partnership
Savills use Cavill Robinson as their preferred agent for recruiting accounts staff because they have a proven record in matching candidates to both the role and the culture of the organisation in which the candidate is being placed."A proven track record" Andrew Tucker : Head of Finance - Savills
Having found the recruitment process more time consuming over the last few years and having had some rather bad experiences with agencies, Cavill Robinson are a refreshing change. They do more than just send CV's, as care is taken from every perspective to make sure they know in detail our requirement and from an applicant's view, what kind of employer we are. Recruitment is a two way process so it is important the "best fit" for both us and potential employees is the focus rather than just sending lots of potentially unsuitable CV's for us to review. Applicants are interviewed and screened prior to being recommended for interview with us thereby making sure we have a considered selection of suitable candidates resulting in our recruitment process being streamlined and efficient. Their approach is always very professional and I am happy to recommend their service to other organisations considering using an agency either now or at some stage in the future."A refreshing change" Sherry Woolsten: Director - The Payroll Services Company
Having dealt with a few employment agencies, I found Cavill Robinson to be by far the best. Jeanette was professional whilst being very warm and friendly, she had a genuine interest in me as a person as well as a client and I didn’t feel our initial meeting was so much an interview as a chat with a friend. I actually found my new role via the first application I made with Jeanette, she has the know how to present you, both skillset and background wise, in the best and most honest way to the potential employer, so if you’re looking for a new role definitely give Cavill Robinson a call.A Genuine interest in me as a person - Karen Summerbee
I’d like to commend the team at Cavill Robinson for the professional way they have dealt with all aspects of my temporary placements over the last two years. The placements I’ve had over that period have consistently met my requirements; from timespans and income, to ensuring that my levels of experience could be used by Cavill’s clients, making me feel that I made a worthwhile contribution in helping with their immediate needs."Placements met my requirements" Robert Sabak
Accountancy Qualifications - CIPFA
Finally, in this series on qualifications, it is worth mentioning CIPFA. If you know that you want a finance career in health, a council, or any other public body, then this is the qualification to get. However, this does not mean that you can not have a career in the public sector with one of the other qualifications. I would suggest ACCA or ACA would also be good options if you want to work in industry and then switch to the public sector. You can find out more information on this qualification at : www.cipfa.org I hope that this series of blogs on qualifications has been useful to anyone setting off on their accountancy career. I would welcome feedback. My email for such feedback is firstname.lastname@example.org Have a great week Jeanette Robinson FREC (Hon)
Finance Qualifications - Tax
Tax, I think, is a fascinating subject. It is highly complex and there are changes to tax law annually, which you have to keep up to date with. A good tax accountant can save companies thousands of pounds and they will be paid very good salaries for their specialist knowledge. You can either start your career in tax by studying for the ATT. This is a similar qualification to the AAT but purely for tax and once you have done this, you can go forward to the higher level qualification which is the CTA. Alternatively, if you decide after becoming a qualified accountant that you want to specialise in tax, you can do the CTA. Websites for both these organisations are as follows: www.att.org.uk www.tax.org.uk Next week, I shall be looking at what qualification you need if you want to work in the public sector. Until then, have a great week. Jeanette Robinson FREC (Hon)
Finance Qualifications - CIMA
Last week, I looked at the ACCA qualification and said that it was useful if you wanted to start your career on the financial side of the finance department. I would recommend studying for a CIMA qualification if you are interested in working on the other side of the finance department or in a manufacturing company. The other side of the finance department is the management accounting side. Roles within this are nowadays increasingly called Finance Business Partnering roles. These jobs will involve looking forward to try and establish where the business is going, unlike the financial roles which we looked at last week, which look backwards at how the business has done. You can expect to do things like analysing trends, looking at month on month or year on year variances, costing new products or services, looking at how to reduce wastage and producing budgets and forecasts. The kind of people who enjoy these aspects of accountancy tend to be highly analytical and enjoy using spreadsheets. If this kind of work appeals to you, you can find out a lot more information at www.cimaglobal.com. Next week, I shall look at tax qualifications. Until then, have a great week. Jeanette Robinson FREC (Hon)