About Armstrong Watson LLP
As an expanding business with 17 offices at present, Armstrong Watson LLP is a leading independent accountancy firm ranked in the top 30 firms of accountants and business advisers.
With approximately 420 colleagues, our people and our culture are at the heart of what we do. We recognise the unique impact our employees have on not only our clients, but also our colleagues and the communities in which we operate in.
Our success is dependent on every colleague behaving consistently across all four of our values : Passion, Trust, Honesty and Humanity.
We now have a fantastic opportunity for a motivated and driven individual to join us at our Kendal Office as an Accounting Director.
The main focus of this individual, will be to to lead, enable and manage the Accounting department to provide an unrivalled client service experience and to deliver the budgeted internal financial performance.
The main elements of this role will include :
Overseeing the planning and prioritising of all relevant client work ensuring effective departmental workflow.
Overseeing and ensuring establishment of scope and budget for each piece of client work and ensure adequate briefing to team members.
Ensuring preparation of bills for work done in department and ensure timely sending to client.
Signing off and authorise documents / accounts / returns where legally acceptable.
Ensure full agreement of client for work to be undertaken and communicate likely fees prior to commencement to maximise fee recovery.
Providing input into departmental business plan, both strategically and tactically.
Owning and managing departmental financial performance. Agree and brief departmental targets, monitor performance and publish monthly results.
Providing input into the recruitment of the very best’ people for job roles within Accounting as required.
Ensuring the defining and the agreement of formal objectives for all direct reports.
In order to fulfil the role, we expect a candidate to be :
Either ACA or ACCA qualified.
Experienced in providing advice to clients and colleagues and ensure all advice which is given is accurate technically (appropriate and clear).
Focused on the development and implementation of plans to ensure the firm is prepared’ for future technical or legislative developments .
Able to complete required CPD records and ensure this remains up-to-date.
Able to make decisions courageously and confidently often where outcomes may be unpopular or uncharted .
Experienced in managing the performance and development of reports and be able to inspire them to achieve their career ambitions.
Determined to drive the firm forward and be able to build strong (both prospect and current client) relationships.
In return for your hard work helping us shape our future growth and development; we will provide a competitive salary and a positive benefits package which includes :
3.1% Employer Contribution Pension Scheme including Life Cover and Income Protection
Enhanced Annual Leave which will increase throughout your length of service and option an Annual Leave Purchase Scheme allowing you to buy up to 5 additional days annual leave each year
Flexible & Smart Working giving you the ability to balance home-working, office location etc.
Life Cover of 4x your salary
Health Shield Cash Plan (provides cash back on a range of Health benefits and discounts on fashion, entertainment, holidays etc)
Introductory Commission Scheme (financial reward if you refer a new client)
Employee Assistance Programme (confidential support for emotional wellbeing)
Employee Referral Scheme (financial reward if you refer new AW colleagues) of up to £2,000
Detailed and thorough on-the-job training
Reviews and appraisals with your management team to ensure regular communication and providing you with a platform to enhance your career
In addition to all the benefits you would expect from an award winning employer, you will be given the utmost encouragement and support to develop your career further.
When you’re with us ... we’re with you.