28 September 2017 - 30 November 2017

Job Title:   Audit Manager  
Reporting to:   Directors/Partners  
Salary:   Market Rate
Location:   Winchester

About Us

Wilkins Kennedy is a top 20 firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers providing a full range of accounting and business advisory services to a diverse range of businesses and individuals across the UK and overseas.  We operate from 17 regional offices based across the South of England with a turnover of £47 million, 74 partners and over 600 members of staff.

Job Purpose

The purpose of this role is to ensure a delivery of high standards of client service, advice and expertise, as well as to maximise practice efficiency and income by the optimum allocation of audit personnel to client assignments.  There is also a requirement to identify and pursue opportunities for value added work.  The manager is also responsible for the training and development of the audit team.

Main Duties

Client Work

  • To be proactive in the planning and management of client work within the audit department, that focusses on good client service and exceeding clients’ expectations
  • To maximise staff utilisation, ensuring that team members with appropriate skills are used to ensure efficiency and good recovery rates
  • To liaise with client to identify and agree both time and financial budget as well as taking a proactive approach with clients to work delivery
  • To ensure all audit personnel are advised of the assignment budget and of key issues to be addressed; as well as ensuring the audit and accounts production is organised and planned prior to the commencement of the assignment
  • To ensure fieldwork, stock counts, debtor circularisation etc are arranged in good time
  • To ensuring the progress of assignments are monitored, including client filing deadlines, client service turnaround targets and time budgets; to keep director/partner informed of progress and any deviations; to maintain overall and proactive control over fees, WIP and debtors and to assist in fee negotiations with clients
  • To lead the audit planning process and to ensure planning meetings are held with the client, pre audit and engagement letters are issued as necessary and that an audit team meeting takes place with the SSA
  • To ensure issues from the previous audit have been evaluated, each audit section has been completed properly and there is clarity of documentation and the audit trail
  • To review the completed audit file, formally signing off each section and resolve outstanding issues with the client
  • To recommend to the appropriate manager/director/partner the fee quote prior to the job starting; to raise the fee note and ensure preparation of all documents including post audit letter and letter of representation and bill to accompany accounts to client for signature
  • To undertake a range of special projects to assist in the development of the practice
  • To identify and pursue any opportunities for value added work within the practice
  • To actively seek ways to improve work processes to improve efficiency and productivity, cut costs and improve client service
  • To raise client fees notes and prepare new client proposals
  • To be part of the management team responsible for the supervision, training and development of the audit team
  • To schedule and perform six monthly and annual appraisals
  • To identify audit team training and development needs, as well as any staff performance issues, raising these with the staff partner as necessary
  • To advise in the recruitment needs for the audit accounts department and to assist in the recruitment of more junior staff
Personal Development

  • To maintain a high level of knowledge, interpretation and application of audit and accounting standards and practice
  • To maintain broad tax knowledge
  • To move towards developing own specialist role within the firm
  • To attend networking events
  • To attend in-house and departmental meetings

Skills and Experience

  • Qualified at either ACA or ACCA
  • Experience of working in practice
  • To be highly competent in Microsoft Office – particularly Excel
  • To be proficient in the use of specialist audit, accounts preparation and tax software
  • To demonstrate clear written and verbal communication skills with both internal and external clients
  • To demonstrate the ability to make decisions, solve problems and take appropriate action
  • To understand the link between effective performance management and business results
  • Demonstrates a clear knowledge and understanding of performance standards, quality control procedures and office procedures
  • Ability to deal confidently and positively with poor and underperformance issues
  • Ability to adapt leadership style for different team members
  • Ability to identify high calibre candidates and to be competent at interviewing
  • Ability to prioritise workload in order to achieve client accounting deadlines, as well as other day to day work
  • To demonstrate the ability to use initiative as well as develop an understanding of when to ask questions
  • To actively participate in team meetings making a wide range of suggestions

To Apply

To be considered for this role, please send your CV to hrteamwest@wilkinskennedy.com FAO Jo Holmes, Regional HR Manager.

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