Corporate Tax Compliance Manager, throughout the UK, (Big4)

Our client is one of the world’s leading professional services organisations. From 158 countries, they help clients, some of the most successful organisations on the globe, as well as its most dynamic entrepreneurs and thriving private businesses, to create the value they want. They help to measure, protect and enhance the things that matter most to them.

 

Compliance Services currently employs approximately 350 people across the UK in a number of different areas, Corporate Tax, Global Mobility, Private Client and Accounting Services. CS provides a range of compliance services including preparing accounts and tax returns, to enable clients to meet their statutory obligations.

You will join a team of experts who specialise in Corporate Tax Compliance.   The team provides clients with advice on various compliance issues including paying and minimising their tax liabilities. Clients range from multinationals to smaller mid tier clients across a wide range of industry sectors, providing you with opportunities to broaden your technical knowledge

 

About the role

Your role will work alongside other compliance and relationship managers, you will manage a range of activities that together will result in high quality service for the clients in your portfolio including:

  • Up-front scoping and engagement planning with clients
  • Liaise with the Data Management team on the approach to data collection for your clients.
  • Review and submission of tax accounting schedules
  • Review and ultimate submission of corporation tax returns
  • Opportunity spotting for related practice services and helping clients to manage their tax risk.
  • You will be expected to have a high level of client contact in this role and will, of course, be expected to organise, monitor and manage your own workload.
  • Budget management/monitoring and assist in the development of other staff as required.
  • Assist in the development of other staff,  which includes delegation and coaching.
  • In the role you will become involved in the running of the business in order to contribute to the growth and profitability of the business team. This will include continual development and involvement in the risk procedures for the business.

 

Requirements

The successful candidate will possess initiative and enthusiasm and will show the ability to work in and contribute to the team and will possess the personal skills needed to form successful relationships. The successful candidate will have the majority of the following skills and experience:

  • Be ACA or CTA qualified (ideally through first time passes).
  • Strong UK corporate tax skills.
  • UK GAAP and IFRS tax accounting experience
  • Has a highly developed client service ethos and can adopt a flexible approach to meeting client needs.
  • Be able to establish, build and maintain a good working relationship with key decision makers, including partners and senior client personnel.
  • Have the ability to help manage and build new business through referrals, networking and spotting client opportunities.
  • Be an effective delegator, strong at coaching junior staff.

This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to join a growing business that offers exposure to an unrivalled range of clients and specialist tax areas. We offer a competitive salary and a wide range of flexible benefits.

 

For more information please contact Becca at rebecca@williamscottassociates.com

Finance Transformation Manager, London (Big4)

An exciting opportunity to join a fast growing team in one of the leading professional service practices in the World.

In the Finance Transformation (FT) team of this Big 4 Management Consulting division, our client improves the effectiveness and efficiency of finance functions and generates real insights to help deliver value to their clients. Their mission is to be the leading FT practice in the UK market, to be number one in their focus markets, and to be recognised as innovators in finance technology.

The team is structured by market segment (Financial Services, Corporates and National Markets) with consultants having deep industry specific expertise. The go to market approach is business-focused and solutions are developed around client issues.  The team is therefore also structured by capability, providing specialist services and solutions such as Integrated Finance Transformation, Enterprise Performance Management, Global Business Services and Digital Labour & Automation.

Working within the FT team will provide an unparalleled opportunity to gain experience in target operating model design and implementation, finance transformation, enterprise performance management, process improvement and change management, all of which are invaluable in today’s market place.

Candidates are being sought with the skills to support growth strategy and the ability to work with leading Private Sector organisations in both the Business to Business and Business to Consumer sectors. As part of this team, you will be working with a broad range of clients from the initial diagnosis, strategy formulation and analysis, through to implementation.

 

The Role

• Engagement delivery: leading and managing projects or work-streams of small to medium size and complexity (including planning and organising work packages, overseeing data gathering and analysis, summarising insights and presenting results, owning client relationships and  preparing and chairing client meetings and workshops)

• Risk management: identifying and managing risks and ensuring the Firm’s frameworks are implemented appropriately and effectively

• People development: performance management including identifying team member development needs and accelerating development with particular emphasis on coaching and skills transfer

• Practice development: taking a leading role in processes and initiatives that are key to scaling the business and achieving our Mission Statement

• Business development: developing a strong understanding of client needs and building positive, long-standing relationships with clients through engagement delivery; identifying business development opportunities, and supporting the business development activity of senior members of the team (including shaping and presenting proposals/ bids for future work and managing proposal development activities)

 

The Person

Successful candidates should have strong finance knowledge and demonstrate the following skills / experience:

• Proven track record of working on finance improvement consulting projects, working across multiple aspects of a finance function (transaction processing, management reporting, financial accounting, planning, budgeting and forecasting), with a focus on high quality client service
• Excellent understanding of issues and challenges facing Finance functions, Finance business partnering and trends in Finance
• Experience managing teams to deliver to deadlines and required quality standards; experience developing, coaching and mentoring team members
• Excellent communicator with the personal skills to build strong and lasting internal and client relationships; and the ability to deliver clear, concise, focused messages to senior finance team members or clients
• Strong commercial and financial analytical skills with the ability to interpret data, generate insights and construct solutions.
• Impactful written communications, producing high quality, client ready outputs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Vision etc)
• Flexibility to travel
• Relevant finance qualification – ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA or equivalent

Relevant experience in one or more of the following solution areas is required:

• Finance Transformation – leading practice insights across finance and accounting processes, operating model design, data and technology, including robotics and artificial intelligence
• Enterprise Performance Management – planning, budgeting and forecasting, management information and reporting, profitability and cost management, and performance data and analytics.
• Global Business Services – business and information technology outsourcing, shared service and global business services design, build, transition and implementation

 

Internal Audit Manager, Birmingham (Big4)

Our client is seeking an Internal Audit Manager in their Birmingham office. Whilst the role will be based in Birmingham, it will include travel across the Midlands.

 

Their Internal Audit practice is an area of the firm with tremendous growth potential.  As a multi-disciplinary practice they deliver a comprehensive range of consulting services that their clients demand. Clients are based in the private sector, in businesses from FTSE 50 to private equity backed and Owner Managed businesses. Their services deliver added value to clients through the use of modern risk management and audit techniques focusing on strategic, management and operational issues as well as financial. They also work closely with other consulting teams, for example cyber security specialists, digital experts, or other SMEs.

 

The Role:

As a Manager there will be opportunities to work on a variety of engagements covering the spectrum of services that they provide including:

  • Reviewing and establishing internal audit functions
  • Assurance mapping
  • Creating annual internal audit plans for clients
  • Providing internal audit services on both outsourced and co-sourced contractual basis
  • Managing and directly delivering individual and /or a programme of internal audit projects which includes planning, review, quality assurance and reporting
  • Working with client’s in house internal audit function to supply specialist or additional resources were needed
  • Sarbanes Oxley advisory services and delivery, including implementation projects and ongoing SOX testing
  • Process improvement projects
  • Risk management, governance and internal audit advisory services
  • Risk identification workshops and control reviews
  • Delivering control and risk training
  • Managing and reviewing internal control questionnaires
  • Corporate governance reviews
  • Contract compliance internal audits
  • Assessing effectiveness of internal audit functions, audit committees and boards
  • Working with members of other advisory teams
  • Secondments to clients to assist with specific projects

 

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Retaining management responsibility for a portfolio of clients, maintaining relationships with senior internal and client staff and is responsible for the financial performance and delivery of these accounts
  • Demonstrating a detailed understanding of how current and emerging legal, regulatory, governance, risk management, auditing, accounting and financial reporting standards affect their clients
  • Undertaking the firm’s internal risk management and client engagement management procedures including client acceptance, continuance and engagement procedures
  • Keeping up to date with all industry specific issues and circumstances which affect their clients
  • Developing audit strategies which address all audit, client service and project management issues, in accordance with the internal audit methodology
  • Recognising where specialists are required and involving other staff, managing their input to the client
  • Reviewing the audit evidence obtained ensuring it is sufficient in line with IIA Standards and their client’s methodology
  • Conducting meetings with clients to explain internal audit findings and drafting and reviewing reports
  • Reporting to Partners / Directors all salient points arising from assignments
  • Producing quarterly Audit Committee papers
  • Setting budgets for engagement and monitoring delivery against the budget
  • Ensuring work in progress is monitored and controlled with fees being raised promptly
  • Identifying and exploiting additional fee billing possibilities
  • Planning and allocating staff resources to fulfil business requirements
  • Setting objectives with the team, and providing support and feeding back on performance
  • Providing coaching and training to staff on risk management and internal audit methodology
  • Identifying and developing new opportunities for the company to work with clients and targets
  • Writing tender documents and presenting at proposals
  • Assisting partners in general business development
  • Counselling/appraisals of junior staff
  • Forecasting and reporting on client engagements

 

Experience required:

– Managing Internal Audit and/or risk management engagements, preferably including experience of managing Global teams.

– SOX testing experience is preferable and experience of SOX implementation projects is beneficial.

 

Project management:

– Experience of being the main client contact for engagements and dealing with day to day interactions at FC / FD level.

 

Skills/Qualifications

– Qualified (IIA, CCAB, ICAEW or equivalent).

– 2.1 degree

 

For more information please email Elizabeth Tabor at elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com

Process, Risks & Controls Senior Associate, Manchester, UK (Big4)

Our client’s Risk Assurance practice in the North is looking for a strong Senior Associates (pre-Manager grade) to help our client develop and deliver high quality engagements to a range of clients in the Commercial/ Financial Services/ Government & Public sector. This role provides an outstanding opportunity for an individual with experience to join our client’s growing team and gain exposure to a dynamic mix of client engagements.

Whilst our client eventually encourage their team to develop a specialism within a certain industry sector, if you haven’t already specialised, one unique aspect of the role is the opportunity to work across a fantastic range of clients and industry sectors thus providing a broad range of experience that will credentialise you well for progression both within or outside of the firm. The variety of work also extends beyond the industry sector to the type of work performed. Your work will involve being part of delivery teams for a variety of process, risk and controls assurance engagements.  This includes opportunities to work on our client’s extensive portfolio of outsourced Internal Audit contracts, financial services risk and regulatory assignments, performance assurance reviews (such as sustainability or contract assurance assignments) and controls testing to support our external audits.

Responsibilities:

  • Engagement scoping and planning
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with new and established clients
  • Being a member of a team on large and small engagements – working as part of a project team on client sites and day-to-day liaison with clients
  • Identifying and documenting key risks and controls within businesses and their processes
  • Conducting work in accordance with our client’s methodologies and quality assurance standards.
  • Working within set deadlines.
  • Leading and coach junior team members.
  • Discussing findings and issues with clients and our client’s Engagement Leader.
  • Taking responsibility for drafting initial reports ahead for delivery to the client.
  • Working as part of our business development strategy team in the local marketplace and taking responsibility for developing your own personal network both internally and externally.

You will receive appropriate training for the engagements that you will undertake and coaching on engagements.

For the right individual, the role provides an outstanding opportunity to progress, develop and be rewarded for achievement as part of a successful and growing part of our client’s business.

Requirements:

  • A passion for Governance, Risk & Control and Internal Audit/ Compliance or Performance Assurance;
  • Experience of review planning, risk and control identification and performing, reviewing and directing testing;
  • The ability to work effectively in different teams for varying periods of time building good working relationships with colleagues and clients;
  • Ability to communicate clearly with colleagues and clients at all levels;
  • Experience of identifying and effectively reporting any issues and recommendations for improvement to clients, as well as drafting the related sections of formal reports;
  • The ability to assess risk in a wide range of operations and activities and suggest pragmatic risk mitigation activities. Due to the diverse nature of the clients and industries where you will be required to apply your skills, this is essential;
  • A proactive approach to problem solving and delivering client solutions;
  • You will have experience of interacting with clients at all levels and developing/maintaining business relationships;

All our client’s people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support them in delivering their business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our client’s global leadership framework.

Our client’s global leadership framework focuses on five core attributes; whole leadership, business acumen, technical capabilities, global acumen and relationships. They use this framework to recruit, develop and assess their people, at all grades and all areas of our business, because our client expects all of their people to be leaders.

Process & Controls Improvement – Senior Associate, Gatwick, Reading, Southampton St Albans and Uxbridge, UK (Big4)

The successful candidate will join our client’s growing Governance, Risk & Controls (GRC) team in the South East. The team has grown exponentially over the past 4 years due to the large market opportunity across the region. Our client’s team has vastly experienced Partners, Directors, Senior Managers and Managers offering Governance, ERM, Compliance and Process & Controls improvement advice to our clients. They have a huge wide variety of clients across industries from large listed companies and global businesses to private and private equity backed high growth companies. Our client is looking for a candidate that has significant financial process and controls improvement experience to fit into an ever expanding part of our team.

Requirements:

  • Ability to engage effectively with key stakeholders.
  • Experience of identifying and recommending process and controls optimisation opportunities.
  • An understanding of SOX compliance.
  • Experience assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of business processes and controls
  • Experience in supporting the capture of both current and future state business processes, risks and controls, including process mapping and risks and controls matrices (RACMs)
  • Chartered Accountancy (fully qualified or exam qualified)
  • Experience of financial processes and controls
  • Possession of strong team working skills
  • Well-developed listening and questioning techniques
  • Experience of risk-based control identification and assessment methodologies
  • The confidence to challenge the status quo and desire for continuous improvement
  • Ability to communicate clearly and confidently with colleagues and clients at all levels, and good report writing skills
  • A methodical approach to problem solving and delivery of client solutions
  • Good project management and organisational abilities
  • Presentation and oral communication skills

Desirable skills:

  • Facilitation skills (i.e. risk workshops)

You will receive appropriate coaching and training on engagements you will undertake, together with a sufficient level of support on engagement delivery, although it is anticipated you are able to work reasonably autonomously without the need for day to day direct management.

Our client is looking for a candidate who has a willingness to work across the region and nationally.

Manager, Corporate Finance M&A, Real Estate, London, UK (Big4)

£65,000 + car

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Manager to join our client’s Real Estate corporate finance team. The successful candidate will work on the origination and execution of lead advisory mandates in the mid-market across a range of subsectors within Real Estate. Clients will include owner-managed businesses, corporates and private equity firms. This is an ideal opportunity for the candidate to join a growing and ambitious team as a sector specialist working on a broad range of UK and cross-border transactions including sell-side, buy-side and fund raising mandates.

The position within the Real Estate sector team will be primarily focused on M&A and capital raising across the sector and hence experience/interest in the sector would be advantageous alongside an enthusiasm to assist in growing a sector based business plan.

Responsibilities:

  • Actively managing client relationships, taking responsibility for the day to day project management and delivery of M&A transactions. This will include assuming responsibility for managing all phases of the transaction cycle and deal execution, reporting directly to senior team members
  • Leading and managing the delivery of marketing documentation including pitch materials and client proposals
  • Directing and managing junior colleagues, analysts and support staff on M&A transactions
  • Coaching and contributing to the development of junior team members
  • Proactively assisting business development efforts including pitching for new work
  • Building & maintaining client relationships with both corporate and financial institutions

Requirements:

  • A strong interest in the Real Estate sector
  • Strong academic background
  • Ability to identify critical & relevant data sources
  • Commitment to high quality standards & a detail oriented approach
  • Personal drive and integrity to deliver results within tight deadlines
  • Personable team player with the ability to create confidence and trust with colleagues and clients alike
  • Prior experience of working within subsectors within Built Environment and the wider real estate markets


Experience & Background

  • Must have relevant corporate finance experience in an investment bank, big 4, private equity team, M&A Boutique or corporate business development role
  • Significant transactional experience with a demonstrable track record of deal execution across all phases of the transaction cycle from origination to completion including:
  • Preparing high quality pitch materials and proposals including sector mapping, market analysis and target client positioning,
  • Drafting transaction documentation, including: valuation analysis, potential buyer research, information memoranda and management presentations
  • Financial modelling including LBO & DCF analysis
  • Managing the due diligence process including co-ordinating all stakeholders and other advisors including, for example, legal and tax

Associate Director, Corporate finance, London, UK (Big4)

Up to £85,000 + car

Our client requires an experienced M&A Advisor to work in the Consumer Goods & Retail (CG&R) Team within M&A in London. The role will allow the successful candidate to work on a broad range of domestic and international transactions for corporate, private equity and owner managed clients. The scope of the role will include both execution of transactions as well as helping with the origination of new opportunities across the CGR space, including specific sub-sectors including Food, Travel & Leisure and FMCG.

Our client is the leading mid-market M&A advisor in UK, Europe and globally and is looking to recruit M&A Associates keen to contribute to the ongoing success of the business.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead projects (with support from Director/ Partner) including being one of the senior points of contact with clients on M&A projects
  • Actively managing client interfaces, taking responsibility for the day to day project management and delivery of M&A transactions. This will include assuming responsibility for managing all phases of the transaction cycle and deal execution
  • Leading and managing the delivery of transaction documentation including pitch materials and client proposals
  • Directing and managing colleagues, wider support staff and other external advisers
  • Supervising and reviewing financial analysis complex modelling carried out by team members
  • Build and develop strong relationships in the market
  • Take responsibility for agreed areas of origination and business development
  • Set, monitor and control M&A project budgets, billing and other reporting requirements.

Requirements:

  • Strong academic background (ACA, CFA, MBA or equivalent)
  • Significant experience within M&A advisory
  • Proven execution ability and developing origination skills
  • Strong numerical, analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Personal drive to deliver results and ambition to make an impact in a growing sector
  • Demonstrated experience of Financial modelling including LBO & DCF analysis
  • Commitment to high quality standards, attention to detail and motivation to deliver results within tight deadlines
  • Personable approach, possessing the ability to create confidence and trust with colleagues and clients alike
  • Sector specific M&A experience and strong Transactional experience with a demonstrable record of deal execution across all phases of the transaction cycle from origination to completion

Associate Director: M&A, Healthcare, London, UK (Big4)

Up to £85,000 + car

Our client requires an experienced B grade M&A advisor (C grade candidates will be considered) to join the Healthcare team within M&A in London.  The role will allow the successful candidate to work on a broad range of domestic and international transactions for corporate, private equity and owner managed clients. The scope of the role will include both execution of transactions as well as origination of new opportunities.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead projects (with support from Director/ Partner) including being one of the senior points of contact with clients on M&A projects
  • Actively managing client interfaces, taking responsibility for the day to day project management and delivery of M&A transactions. This will include assuming responsibility for managing all phases of the transaction cycle and deal execution
  • Leading and managing the delivery of transaction documentation including pitch materials and client proposals
  • Directing and managing colleagues, wider support staff and other external advisers
  • Supervising and reviewing financial analysis complex modelling carried out by team members
  • Build and develop strong relationships in the market
  • Take responsibility for agreed areas of origination and business development
  • Set, monitor and control M&A project budgets, billing and other reporting requirements

Requirements:

  • Strong academic background
  • Significant experience within M&A advisory
  • Particular experience of the UK (International will be consider) Healthcare market
  • Proven execution ability and developing origination skills
  • Strong numerical, analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to high quality standards & detail oriented
  • Personal drive to deliver results and ambition to make an impact in a growing sector

M&A Manager, London, UK (Big4)

£65,000 + car

Our client is the leading mid-market M&A advisor in UK, Europe and Globally.  Everything they do is aimed at adding value for their clients whether they are buying, selling or re-financing their business, through objective, unbiased advice supported by:

  • Genuine integrity and independence
  • Deep sector knowledge
  • Global execution capability
  • Connectivity with the financial markets

Opportunities exist to join our client’s London M&A team supporting and leading deal origination and execution, with a particular focus on public company M&A. The role will allow the successful candidate to be involved in opportunities where our client acts for the board of public companies, and potential acquirers of public companies, on offers for public companies regulated under the UK Takeover Code.

The role will allow the successful candidate to work on a broad range of domestic and international transactions for public and private entities. The scope of the role will include both execution of transactions as well as origination of new opportunities.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage M&A projects (with support from Director/ Partner) including being the day to day point of contact for clients.
  • Actively managing client interfaces taking responsibility for managing all phases of the transaction cycle and deal execution.
  • Leading and managing the delivery of transaction documentation including pitch materials and client documents.
  • Leading and managing the process of input to and review of key public offer documentation (including offer announcements and offer documents).
  • Leading and managing the process associated with providing formal advice to the board of a public company in relation to the terms of an offer.
  • Directing and managing colleagues, wider support staff and other external advisers.
  • Supervising and reviewing materials prepared by other team members.
  • Set, monitor and control M&A project budgets, billing and other reporting requirements.
  • Build and develop strong relationships in the market.
  • Take responsibility for agreed areas of origination and business development.

Requirements:

  • Strong academic background.
  • Experience within M&A advisory with proven execution ability.
  • Experience of Takeover Code transactions and / or working in the plc regulated environment.
  • Strong numerical, analytical and strategic thinking skills.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Independent thinker with the ability to identify problems and contribute to the development of solutions.
  • Comfortable discussing financially related commercial issues.
  • Ability to work on a range of projects simultaneously to demanding timetables.
  • Highly motivated, ambitious self-starter willing to take advantages of the opportunities this position offers, but also a team player.
  • Experience of working in and managing small teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to high quality standards & detail oriented.
  • Personal drive to deliver results.
  • Experience & Background
  • Have a sound knowledge of M&A through investment banking, advisory firms, private equity, M&A Boutique or corporate business development.

Origination Manager (National Markets, Deals), London, UK (Big4)

£65,000 + car

Our client’s National Markets, Deals group is focused on continually enhancing value for clients across the deal and economic cycle. Our client’s teams comprise of specialists capable of helping clients right through from conceptual thinking of buying a business to turning their business around in times of difficulty.

Working with the National Market Deals origination team, the successful candidate will take responsibility for supporting the wider origination team on origination, gathering intel on assets/clients and project managing the junior team member networking initiative (The 250 Club).

Responsibilities:

Roles and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Origination

  • Prospect for potential new clients and turn this into increased business.
  • Drive growth development on the targeted accounts, demonstrating understanding insights and actively provide/suggests solutions (linked to our client’s offerings and their clients’ needs)
  • Development of strong internal and external network of relationships, generating business opportunities for our client either directly or indirectly and be recognised as the key point of contact for our client
  • Meet potential clients by growing, maintaining, and leveraging the network.
  • Identify potential clients, and the decision makers within the client organization.
  • Support the team on specific origination projects
  • Promote the team and gather intelligence from other of our client’s departments/areas

Client Retention

  • Present new products and services and enhance existing relationships.
  • Work with technical staff and other internal colleagues to meet customer needs.
  • Arrange and participate in internal and external client debriefs.
  • Research and build relationships with new clients within the market or geographic area to ensure a robust pipeline of opportunities.

Coverage Planning

  • Attend industry functions, such as association events and conferences, and provide information on market and creative trends.
  • Support the preparation of pitches within both sell side and buy side for a broad range of National Markets clients.
  • Ability to get involved with other related tasks to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration within different teams
  • Identify opportunities for campaigns, services, and distribution channels that will lead to an increase in sales.
  • Using knowledge of the market and competitors, identify and develop the company’s unique selling propositions and differentiators.
  • Project management of the a number of internal initiatives: 250Club, PE Activity tracker, Alumni, Women, Sector specific events.

Management and Research

  • Line management of junior team members
  • Manage the relationship with Pitchbook and get specific training to be able to run ad hoc reports
  • Gather intelligence and maintain information related to the assets available on the market (liaising directly with other departments of our client)
  • Ensure that data is accurately entered and managed within the company’s CRM or other sales management system.
  • Work with marketing staff to ensure that prerequisites (like prequalification or getting on a vendor list) are fulfilled within a timely manner.
  • Understand the company’s goal and purpose so that will continual to enhance the company’s performance.

Requirements:

  • Previous origination experience