Group Tax Accountant, Luton

A great opportunity has arisen for a Group Tax Accountant based at our client’s offices in Luton.

This role is to join the head office finance team of an AIM listed group, reporting to the Group Head of Tax. The required individual should hold an accounting qualification ideally gained through training with one of the Top Ten accountancy firms and/or an in-house multinational function.

The role requires solid UK corporate tax knowledge, extensive experience of preparing corporation tax computations and UK GAAP/IFRS accounting experience. A willingness to get involved in other taxes such as employment taxes and VAT is also key and an appreciation of international tax principles is welcome.

This is an ideal role for someone looking for their first in-house move, or for someone already in-house looking to move to a role within the area.

Responsibilities will include –

  • Preparation of UK corporation tax computations (for approximately 40 companies).
  • Preparation of year-end group tax numbers under IFRS for the consolidated accounts, including liaising with external auditors and overseas tax advisors.
  • Preparation of tax numbers for UK GAAP accounts of the UK subsidiaries.
  • Managing the group’s quarterly tax instalments payments.
  • Assisting with the group’s SAO compliance work, including documentation and testing of processes and controls.
  • Providing tax support to the UK businesses, the Group Legal Team and the Company Secretary, including corporate tax, VAT and employment taxes.
  • Supporting with preparation with UK and Irish VAT returns and UK PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) if required.
  • Monitoring the group’s position within the corporate interest restriction rules.
  • Assisting with Country by Country Reporting requirements.
  • Assisting the Group Head of Tax with planning projects, such as BEPS, acquisitions, HMRC enquiries and international tax issues.

This is a full time role, but our client is open to flexible working and working from home

Lead IT Auditor, Paris

Up to €65,000 + bonus

An exciting opportunity to join a growing business with a truly global remit.

Senior/Lead Operational IT Auditor – Paris                        

Our client is a leading international IT services company specialising in hi-tech transactional services, unified communications, cloud, big data and cybersecurity services. With annual revenue of over €12billion. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions.

This role is crucial in supporting the company’s market leading status. As a member of the Operations IT Audit function, you will be responsible for achieving the organisation’s goals and objectives within the challenging global environment. The business is currently experiencing an exciting period of growth and change and in order to maintain the function’s support excellence there is a requirement for an Operations IT Auditor.

Responsibilities:

•      Take end to end responsibility of the assigned audits (preparation, execution and reporting)

•      Execute the audit missions including ad-hoc requests within the team

•      Follow the audit methodology and ensure quality of deliverables

•      Add value to the audit team by knowledge sharing

•      Assign and supervise the junior team members

•      Accountable & responsible for the continuous communication with business management

•      Keep up to date with all relevant industry trends

•      Participate in the setup of the audit plan and risk assessments

•      Minimum of 3-5 years of experience as an IT internal/external auditor or comparable work related experience (Big4 background preferred)

Education:

•      A Bachelor’s degree in relevant fields such as Engineering, IT / Computer Science, Business

•      Proven certifications in IT/Internal Audit and/or other relevant qualification are an advantage. (eg. ITIL, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CISSP,CIA etc.)

Technical Skills:

•       Strong knowledge in specific area(s) such as Compliance, Information Systems

•       Technology, Operations, ITIL processes, etc.

•       In depth knowledge of IT controls (e.g. access controls, Service Management, Security, IT operations)

•       Awareness of key regulatory standards (e.g. ISO 27001, PCI DSS, GDPR, etc.)

•       Knowledge of data analytical tools is an advantage (eg. IDEA, ACL)

•       SAP knowledge is an asset either as a functional user or in-depth knowledge of the business processes supporting SAP (eg. FI, MM, SD)

•       Previous experience in following domains can be an added value: IT Services Delivery, IT Outsourcing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Cybersecurity, IT Security Management, BCM/DRP, Cloud services

 

This is a great opportunity to continue your development and learn new skills working along side talented professionals. This role is high profile and visible across the group structure, therefore offering an excellent opportunity for career development and progression within a global business.

 

Assistant Financial Controller, St Albans

We are currently recruiting for a rapidly growing multi site operation (£5bn turnover) in St Albans. They have undergone a period of rapid growth and business acquisition and need a full time Assistant Financial Controller.

Reporting to the Financial Controller, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Manage key balance sheet accounts and be responsible for all financial accounting entries and operational queries relating to those areas.
  • Manage P&L accounts and variances between results and budget
  • Support month-end and year-end close process
  • Ensure quality control over financial transactions and financial reporting
  • In control of managing the intercompany matrix and supporting towards reducing the group structure
  • Key contact with auditors managing at interim and final audit
  • Support development of best practice and process improvement
  • Updating policies and procedures in line with legislation
  • Support with work around business combinations and disposals

Knowledge and Skills required:

  • Degree Educated
  • Professional accoounting qualification
  • Minimum 3 years post qualified experience in a commercial role
  • Experience of preparing management accounts
  • Experience of month end reporting and managing deadlines
  • Effective communication skill; verbal, electronic and written
  • Highly computer literate with excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Office
  • Excellent organisational skill with the ability to prioritise tasks and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to achieve targets whilst maintaining accuracy
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with colleagues and external contacts
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Rational decision making
  • Strategic thinking and commercially aware
  • Responsible for accounting for an independent business unit
  • A flexible approach to achieving team priorities.

 

 

Location: St Albans (some occasional business travel)

Interim Chief Operating Officer, Oxford

Up to £150k pro rata

 

An exciting and innovative medical technology business requires an interim COO.

Based in Oxford, to support the ongoing growth of the business, there is a need for a talented and motivated COO, initially for a 3-6 month period.  This is an extremely exciting time to be joining the business, 2019 continues to be a period of scaling up the business both in the UK and internationally.

This individual will be responsible for day to day Financial Control, Financial Modelling, Risk & Compliance, including Data Protection and reviewing and managing all commercial contracts. The individual will work closely with the CEO and be a member of the senior management team. The individual must possess a commercial and general management background.

 

Responsibilities:

Reporting & Control

Complete financial reporting and Management Accounts.
Manage the relationship with the outsourced accounting function.
Maintain appropriate financial controls for the size of business.
Monitor spending and ensure business is efficient & spending cash wisely.
Tax planning and working with tax advisers in claiming R&D tax credits etc.

Modelling

Financial planning including budgets and forecasts.
Support CEO in communicating with investors & presentation work related to investor relations.
Financial & commercial analysis supporting all parts of the business.

Risk & Compliance

Oversee established data protection & data management regimes (GDPR compliance etc).
Drive through planned upgrades to proven risk management regime.

General management

Line manage three strong leaders
Manage advisors and suppliers – lawyers, banks, insurers etc

 

Key attributes:

A qualified accountant with broad commercial finance experience.
Commercially minded and a background in General Management.
Exposure and experience of working with an overseeing Commercial Contracts.
Experience of working within a fast growing, technology driven business.
Comfortable to be responsible for compliance, inc GDPR
Strong appetite to learn and support CEO broadly as CFO/COO
Exposure to an international business environment.
Passion for the business which saves lives and improves healthcare for everyone.

 

Summary

This role requires a talented and exceptionally technical individual who has the drive, enthusiasm and motivation to support the ongoing development of this dynamic and growing business. As COO, you must have the ability to work with and support the senior management team. You must have the commercial ability to highlight the challenges and future needs of the business. This role requires an individual who can add considerable value to the CEO and the senior management team.

 

For more information please contact Leo Ketchin at leo@williamscottassociates.com 

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

Candidate Resourcer, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire

Competitive Salary + Commission

 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Candidate Resourcer to join our specialist executive recruitment company.  The role has been newly created due to the continuing growth in our client base. The role will support our growing Finance Professional Services team. It is a great opportunity to add value to a growing niche company.

Your main focus, will be to search, select and engage with candidates both in the UK and internationally. You will build up an expertise in the finance and accountancy market sector. You will establish the capability to be able to identify candidates who are specialists in their industry and be able to match candidates with our client’s needs.  We specialise on the functions of Professional Services Finance recruitment and our clients include the top accountancy firms in the UK.

You must have the drive to succeed and ability to research. You will be rewarded for your efforts. Ideally you will possess the following attributes:

 

  • Enthusiastic and motivated
  • Previous experience of research
  • An ability to build relationships
  • A competitive nature
  • An excellent telephone manner
  • A desire to earn commission
  • A strong work ethic
  • Self-starter who understands the need to complete everything to the best of their ability

 

The role will involve direct targeting and headhunting using various job boards and social media platforms to source candidates. You will also be responsible for advertising vacancies. A flexible approach, a hard work ethic are essential. This is an exciting stage in the development of the company and we are looking for an individual with drive and charisma who will add great value to the business and someone who is keen to push forward their career.

Senior IT Auditor, Belgium, Brussels

€55,000

 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing business with a truly global remit. Our client, a leading international IT services company, requires a senior IT Auditor. This person will join a growing global operations audit function which has recently been awarded the highly regarded IFACI certification.

This role is crucial in supporting the company’s market leading status. As a senior member of the IT Operations Audit function, you will be responsible for achieving the organisation’s goals and objectives within the challenging global environment. The business is currently experiencing an exciting period of growth and change and in order to maintain the function’s support excellence there is a requirement for a Senior IT Auditor.

Reporting to the Group Internal Audit Director, the requirement is for a Senior IT Auditor who is CISA certified or has worked in an Audit environment for a Big 4 consulting firm. The opportunity is based in Brussels, but the roles have a global remit and flexibility to travel is needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the continuous communication with business management on the audits delivered.
  • Responsible for the quality assurance of the audits lead.
  • Be the expert in projects & IT solutions domains and keep up to date with all important related trends.
  • Be the expert in security domains and keep up to date with all important related trends.
  • Participate in the set up of the audit plan and risk assessments.
  • High potential with at least 8 to 10 years experience in similar functions
  • Proven certifications in IT audit would be advantegeous (i.e. CISA,PMP,CISM,CISSP)
  • In depth knowledge of IT project & program management, software engineering, IT solutions & architecture.
  • In depth knowledge of technical security, operating systems, databases, networking, datacenter infrastructure.
  • You will have regular communication and interaction with the senior management team, therefore it is crucial to possess strong presentation skills and gravitas.

This is a great opportunity to continue your development and learn new skills working along side talented professionals. This role is high profile and visible across the group structure, therefore offering an excellent opportunity for career development and progression.

If you are interested in applying please email leo.ketchin@williamscottassociates.com or call +44 (0) 203 8188604.