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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.
£23,000 - £25,000
This public sector body is needing to recruit two credit controllers to join its team. Key responsibilities will include: • Credit control by phone, email and letter • Dealing with a wide variety of customers from individuals to big corporations • Sales ledger • Working with spreadsheets and Oracle In order to be successful regarding these credit control roles, you must have had at least six months’ credit control experience and be able to prove that you can deal with a wide variety of customers and large volume. You must also have a good knowledge of sales ledger and debits and credits. Benefits include excellent holiday and pension entitlements.
£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.
£32,000 - £36,000
My client is a legal practice, which has an opportunity for a Legal Cashier or Accounts Manager to join them due to the current occupant of the post retiring. Key responsibilities for this Legal Cashier/Accounts Manager post include: • Undertaking the daily banking functions, including bank reconciliations • The administration and reconciliation of petty cash • The processing of client and office transactions including postings • The preparation of cheques • The processing of bank transfers • The control of designated client deposit accounts • The preparation of credit control advice • Purchase ledger • Financial management reporting as required • The preparatory work for the financial accounts • VAT Returns
£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.
£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
Is Accountancy the right role for Me?
Following on from my blog last week on how to find a role in accountacy, I thought I'd look at how to know when accountancy is the right career path for you. It is important when looking for a career, which you will satisfy you, to think about what your strengths and weaknesses are and the kind of things you enjoy doing. Clearly, you have to be realistic. You may enjoy playing football but unless you had the good fortune to be spotted by a top club at an early age, you are unlikely to have a career in it. Equally, you may love singing, but how many people are going to be another Taylor Swift? It can be very hard to work out what your strengths and weaknesses are, so you may have to ask people, who know you wel,l to help. Make a list and then when you have that list look at different job roles and if possible find people who do them and ask them what personality traits are needed to be good at their job.You will find that a lot of older people will be more than happy to help and advise so use their knowledge. Having interviewed hundreds of accountants over the years I have been in recruitment, I would say the traits I find in most accountants are as follows: Attention to detail A logical mind An enjoyment of solving puzzles ( they often like doing things like crosswords or Sudoko) Many are people who are quite calm and unruffled They have always liked numbers and can easily remember phone numbers They break down problems in an analytical way in order to resolve them If this sounds like you, then maybe you would enjoy accountacy. Next week I am starting a series on different qualifications you can study for your career in finance. Till then have a great week. Jeanette Robinson FREC (Hon)
Highest Wage Growth in 10 Years
The BBC reports today that wage growth is the highest it's been in 10 years. In the three months to August, wage growth has been 3% compared to 2.5% over the same period last year. The employment rate remains at 4% and locally it is much, much lower. These figures will come as no surprise to anyone working in HR or the recruitment industry. Companies are increasingly struggling to find the quality candidates they need to fill a whole raft of roles. This is being driven by strong growth and also, I am perceiving that many Eastern Europeans seem not to be around in the nuumbers they once were, leading to a tightening of labour availability. In some areas, such as the accountancy profession, a lack of succession planning during the recession is now leading to extreme shortages of candidates to cope with the fast expansion many are experiencing. So if you are a candidate with good experience under your belt, it would be worth looking at a few job boards to make sure you are earning the market rate. If you are a business, it may be time to review your salaries to avoid losing key members of staff as you may find it hard and costly to replace them. If you need any advice on current salary levels, please feel free to call me on 01223 300639 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I shall be happy to help. Have a great week! Jeanette
How To Start A Career In Accountancy
I have been interviewing this week for a trainee role in a practice and have been struck by a number of things, which I thought it would be worth writing about. There appears to be very little career advice available to young people on how to find the right job or how to go about starting a career in accountancy and I have the impression that many younger people rely heavily on job boards to come up with the right role for them. Whilst it is undoubtedly true that job boards have lots of roles available, some of which might be at the trainee level, there are other ways of enhancing your job chances but they do involve being pro active. If you are serious about being an accountant then working in an accountancy practice is a good way to start, You will get a good grounding in basic bookkeeping, which will stand you in good stead for the rest of your career. You will also usually get study support. So how do you get a job in an accountancy practice? My husband runs a small accountancy practice and for many years he used to get what he called "Give us a job" letters. He now very rarely gets them and when he does he reads them as it shows that person has been pro active in their job search and really wants to be an accountant. It is therefore worth looking at Yell.com under "Accountancy Practices", finding the name and email of the staff partner or person who owns the business and then emailing them a copy of your CV with a polite covering letter explaining why you want to be an accountant and asking if they have any openings. I would then keep in touch with a brief email every month just to let them know you are still looking. Guess who the first person will be then when they do have a role they are recruiting for! . Good luck! Next week - how to work out if accountancy is the right role for you. Have a graet week. Jeanette Robinson FREC (Hon)