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

Financial Controller, Glasgow, £65,000

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Financial Controller to join a fast growing listed technology company. To support the ongoing dynamic growth of the business, there is a need for a talented and motivated Financial Controller. The role is based in the operational headquarters in Glasgow.

This is an extremely exciting time to be joining the business, as it prepares for an international commercial roll out of the technology applications.

This individual will be responsible for day to day Financial Control matters working closely with the CFO and the senior management team.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Timely accurate, and complete financial reporting including consolidation of group accounts for both Management Accounts and external financial reporting.
  • External financial reporting to include annual report and accounts, interim half-yearly reporting and supporting numbers for trading statements.
  • Working closely with other advisors and suppliers such as banks, insurers, actuaries etc.
  • Manage day to day aspects of the finance function.
  • Communicating with investors and presentation work related to investor relations.
  • Financial planning including budgets and forecasts. Financial & commercial analysis supporting all parts of the business.
  • Supporting and advising the senior management team on commercial activities.
  • Supporting client contract structuring and negotiations from a financial perspective

 

Key attributes:

  • A qualified accountant with broad commercial finance experience.
  • Experience of working within a fast growing, technology driven business.
  • Exposure to an international business environment.

 

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 Finance Controller, you must have the ability to develop financial reporting to highlight the challenges and future needs of the business. This role requires an individual who can add considerable value to the CFO and the senior management team.

Manager, Transaction Services, London, UK (Big4)

£65,000 + car

Our client’s Transaction Services practice comprises approximately 350 people across the UK, organised to align to our client’s market orientated structure, and is at the heart of the firm’s agenda to increase its penetration of boardrooms and work with clients across the economic and transaction cycle.

Within this structure the TS Regions practice consists of a team of 100+ advising corporate’s, private equity houses and PLCs. Our client is driven by a passion to help their clients to execute transactions efficiently and maximise value.
Our client’s team works closely with colleagues across Deal Advisory as well as Tax, Audit and other Advisory teams; it is a multi-disciplinary and international environment that sits right at the heart of our client’s One Firm agenda.

Our client has an immediate need for a Manager (C grade) within our London office, to support the growth of our regions TS business.  The nature of our client’s regions business means that staff work on a wide range of deal types and sectors including the Retail, PE and Tech sectors.  Individuals are also expected to be flexible and to work across the regional practice from time to time according to the needs of the business.

Specific experience of financial due diligence is required, but our client will consider applications from exceptional individuals with similar skills (e.g. from undertaking IBRs in Restructuring).

Responsibilities:

  • Project management: individuals will be responsible for the delivery of client facing projects, being the main day to day point of contact for senior client contacts.
  • Team work: individuals will be key team members on large complex assignments and will lead work streams on smaller and medium size engagements.
  • Building relationships – individuals will be required to build and sustain relationships with client management team members for the benefit of the Firm as well as acting as an ambassador and role model for the Firm.
  • Developing people: individuals will need to demonstrate the ability to give clear directions, as well as positive and constructive feedback. They will coach less experienced staff and actively assist in the development of others.
  • Delivering quality service and time management: Individuals will be required to monitor and deliver high quality service to clients (both internal and external). They will need to be able to manage their own time, plan and organise work tasks, monitor progress and meet deadlines. Individuals will be proficient at managing multiple priorities. Individuals will need to have excellent analytical and report writing skills.
  • Advisory skills: Individuals will provide advice as a trusted adviser, using their skill, experience and understanding of transactions to the advantage of their client.
  • Risk management: individuals will be required to identify and manage risks and ensure the Firm’s frameworks are implemented. They will need to be able to construct scopes of work and engagement letters, and be responsible for all aspects of project management through SAP.

The role will be based in the South (with frequent travel between Bristol and Reading) but may involve some travel to support the wider Regions team together with a high level of flexibility to meet the demands of working in a transaction based environment.

Requirements:

To succeed in this demanding role you will need to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Strong academic and numerate background (ACA or equivalent highly desirable) Experience of financial due diligence is required, but we will consider candidates with similar skills.
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability of interpret data, generate insights and construct solutions
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Strong personal impact
  • Ability to perform consistently at a high level under pressure
  • Evidence of managing teams in a fast moving environment with changing client requirements
  • Ability to manage more than one project at a time and to report direct to partners/directors on small/mid-sized projects

Audit Executive, St Albans, UK

£37,500

Our client are a highly ranked Top 10 practice firm.  They have recently opened a new, dynamic business space in St Albans designed to bring business leaders together to work, connect and develop. They provide a wide range of audit and assurance services to private, public and international companies across various sectors. They audit over 8,500 firms annually, ranging from FTSE and AIM companies to Small Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) companies.

 

Responsibilities:

  • You’ll work as part of the team, in leading on site audit teams, effectively providing a hands on compliance and/or advisory role that exceeds client expectation, and engaging with clients and guests within the St Albans business space.
  • You’ll prepare and review work papers and drafts of the financial statements
  • You’ll allocate work to other members of the audit team, ensuring associates understand their responsibilities and have received excellent on-the-job coaching preparing or reviewing work papers and drafts of the financial statements
  • You’ll discuss relevant audit issues with personnel at the client’s premises in a professional and articulate manner
  • You’ll create a positive impression with the client, responding to any queries in a respectable time frame
  • You’ll effectively support and engage with managers throughout the audit process
  • You’ll interact with local businesses and take part in St Albans networking activities.

 

Qualifications:

  • ACCA, ACA, CA, CPA, or equivalent
  • Good Knowledge of IFRS and UK GAAP
  • Audit Software and Microsoft experience.
  • Strong technical abilities with a good audit grounding

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.