Job Vacancy

Job added on: 24 May 2019

Assistant Accountant / Senior Bookkeeper

Based in High Wycombe.

We are part of an award winning, UK-wide network of accountants with 200 shops supporting more than 60,000 clients.

We are looking for an Assistant Accountant/Senior Bookkeeper to join out small, friendly and expanding business based Accountancy practice, located in High Wycombe.  We specialise in providing a friendly, flexible and proactive all year round service to small businesses and individuals in the local area. 

This is a full time position offering a salary range of £24,000 to £31,000 depending on skillset and experience.

Bonus scheme available - Client Referral Bonus

Working Hours - Monday - Friday 8.30 - 5.00pm


Reporting within a client portfolio servicing team to an Office Manager / Client Partner the position is responsible for providing accurate, complete and timely Bookkeeping and VAT services for clients and supporting the Client Partners/Accountants to meet account production service levels. As an experienced, Senior Bookkeeper the post holder will also support the Manager of Bookkeeping, VAT and Management Accounts in coaching and developing junior colleagues.

Working with TaxAssist Accountants

This is an excellent opportunity for a capable individual who enjoys working as part of a team to deliver excellent client service. The ideal candidate will be looking to develop their skills in a rapidly growing and dynamic business using industry leading software with support from a multi award winning accountancy network.

Experience the rewarding and varied nature of working with small businesses and individuals in a friendly local business atmosphere.

Work for an employer who invests in colleague career development with significant opportunities for growth and development including ongoing training provided by the TaxAssist Academy.


The key duties of the post are as follows:

  • Book-keeping duties to include;
  • double entry book-keeping;
  • processing sales invoices;
  • receipts and payments
  • preparation of statements showing income and expenditure
  • completing VAT returns
  • preparing Payroll and processing expenses claims
  • helping prepare P&L accounts and balance sheets
  • Manage Sole Trader and Individual Personal Tax Self-Assessment Tax returns
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Manager – Bookkeeping, VAT & Management Accounts, Client Partners and Accountants. 
  • Communicate and liaise verbally and in writing between clients/visitors/enquirers and staff and interpret and respond clearly and effectively
  • Manage, organise and update relevant data using database applications
  • Maintain regular consistent and professional attendance, punctuality, personal appearance and adherence to relevant health and safety procedures


  1. Quality of work: accuracy, thoroughness, completeness. Assignments are completed using standard work-papers/templates to a high standard that are ready for review.  Partners can complete their reviews and communicate with the client within assigned review budgets. All in and out client correspondence is filled in CCH documents management. Extra fields are updated as appropriate (fee reviews targets etc
  2. Productivity: assignments are completed within the budgeted time and costs (to achieve 3 X salary & NI fee target) which are always checked before commencing work.  Colleague always checks the agreed Client “Record Quality” factored into client fees and escalates any issues with the Partners for resolution with the client before spending time.   
  3. Client Development & Satisfaction: Clients worked on are satisfied with our service and would rate us an 8 or 9 out of 10.  They would recommend us to their friends and family. Client concerns/issues are escalated to Partners. Client requests and communications are acknowledged within 1 day and fully responded to within agreed time frame.  Opportunities to broaden our services to clients are identified.  Where our services are appropriate personal contacts are introduced as new clients.
  4. Teamwork and Communication: Colleague is a positive and effective team player.  Treats colleagues with dignity and respect.  Communicates issues or problems within the team and with the Partners as necessary.  Helps colleagues. 
  5. Administration:  Checks fees, raises invoices on time, follows up on unpaid debts, and completes accurate time records.


Essential experience required:

  • Senior Bookkeeper QBE with demonstrated supervisory experience and/or
  • AAT Level 4 or partly qualified ACCA
  • Strong double entry bookkeeping skills
  • Good working knowledge of financial applications: QuickBooks, Receipt Bank, Sage, Xero
  • Preparation of VAT returns
  • Payroll experience
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately
  • Ability to manage and work to own deadlines 
  • Excellent team player and enjoys working in a fast paced and busy client facing environment and being part of a dynamic and growing team
  • Manage Sole Trader and Individual Personal Tax Self-Assessment Tax returns

If you are interested in applying for this postition, please email your CV and covering letter to [email protected] 

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