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

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.

Manager, Transaction Services, Private Equity, 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 Private Equity Transaction Services Team (PE TS) team comprises c.60 professionals focused on both mid-market and LBO houses, working predominantly on financial due diligence projects across buy side, sell side, IPOs and refinancing projects.

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.
Due to the increase in the number of transactions in the private equity market our client are expanding the size of their team and have a need to recruit a Manager in order support the growth of our PE TS business. Specific experience of leading financial due diligence project for private equity clients is preferred.

Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities in this role include:

• 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.
• Business development: individuals will be required to build, commercialise and sustain relationships with top management team members for the benefit of the Firm. Individuals will be required to develop PE-TS propositions, focusing on specific themes and/or clients. The successful candidate will be expected to comfortable in talking asset opportunities to private equity clients and regularly input into horizon scanning activities.
• 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.
• 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.

Requirements:

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

• Strong academic background with proven numerate ability (qualifications such as ACA or CFA are highly desirable)
• Experience of managing buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence projects
•  Experience of working with Private Equity clients is essential
• 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

Senior audit associate, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, UK (Big4)

£36,000 + allowance

 

As a fast growing business unit our client have many opportunities for career progression – particularly to the manager grade where they service  clients from FTSE 100 to the privately owned business and work across a variety of industries from Financial Services to Property to manufacturing to the public sector and many more. This also gives you an opportunity to work with new people day in day out, and get to know people across the office and from all lines of service.
As a Senior Associate you will have a fantastic opportunity to take ownership of your development, and particularly on smaller clients can be seen as one of the main faces of our client even to their senior client members.  You will have involvement in the audit from beginning to end – from planning, supervising the work of others, dealing with senior members of the client’s management team and significant involvement in completion/dealing with engagement leaders.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Providing audit and business advice to a variety of clients
  • Providing an on-site co-ordination role for audit clients including planning, day to day management of the audit team, liaising with clients and completing audit assignments
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with new and established audit clients
  • Working and liaising with other members of the audit team and colleagues in other parts of the firm as necessary to provide a high quality client service
  • Strong business awareness, sound reporting skills and the ability to work under your own initiative
  • Reporting directly to a partner, director, senior manager or manager
  • Having team management responsibilities
  • Responsibility for the coaching and development of more junior members of the team
  • A chance to give back to community and social welfare projects, often using your business skill
  • We fully support internal mobility both nationally and internationally

 

Requirements:

  • ACA / ACCA qualification essential
  • Significant auditing and accounting experience
  • A passion for client service
  • A keenness to further your own personal development and career goals

 

Please send CVs or requests for more information to elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com

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

Audit Specialist, Central London, UK

£45,000

Our client, a boutique 16 partner firm requires an audit specialist to not only undertake audit assignments but support the corporate finance department on an ad hoc basis.
They have a mixed client portfolio, including Leisure, Financial Services, Property, Media some very large private businesses, ranging from several million to £5m – £50m+ t/over bracket, though some are in the hundreds of millions. This offers an excellent opportunity for career development within an expanding London firm and an opportunity to be exposed to a real diversity of client work both in the audit and Corporate Finance project area. High performing individuals will be well remunerated and will progress very quickly.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to either Senior Managers or directly to Partners.
  • Time split between audit and corporate finance.
  • Acting as on site senior, responsible for planning, executing and completing audit work to a high standard. Will be working regularly with juniors & semi seniors, so must be able to train juniors during an audit, delegate, monitor & review their work.
  • Due Diligence, Valuations and Transaction Support projects
  • A high technical & practical standard sought, so experience working in a well-reputed and recognised firm is preferred.

Qualifications:

  • ACA or ACCA Qualified
  • Must be computer literate with advanced knowledge of Excel and good knowledge of Word, Pro Audit is useful but not essential.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Knowledge of IFRS would be useful.

Internal audit executive (newly qualified), London, UK

 

£45,000

 

The Executive plays a central role within the Business Risk Services department. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing the advice necessary to help clients manage risk and improve their business performance.

 

Responsibilities:

  • prepares draft terms of reference/audit planning document prior to meeting the client ensuring any revisions are processed
  • prepare fieldwork as applicable to review
  • produces close out documentation and contributes to close-out meetings with the client
  • responsible for building and maintaining good working relationships with all clients and colleagues

 

Requirements:

  • Delivery of internal audit service including devising strategic and annual internal audit plans on a risk based approach.
  • Field management responsibilities including completing file reviews and preparing reports for review by engagement manager.
  • Planning and supervision of audits assigned to auditors, including leading planning and exit meetings.
  • Completing high level internal audits including corporate governance, clinical governance and risk management arrangements.
  • Reporting to Audit Committees on progress and key performance indicators against plan.
  • Establishing effective working relationship with external auditors to provide reliance on internal audit work.
  • Financial Management including billing and income collection, compilation of profitability budgets and management of financial review process to achieve target internal profit measures.
  • Executing internal audit assignments independently to the required scope in compliance with risk based internal audit methodology including: Treasury Management, General Ledger, Payroll, Capital Budgeting and Monitoring, Human Resources, Corporate Governance and Project & Change Management.
  • Working with counter fraud to ensure control weaknesses are accounted for within internal audit delivery.
  • Participating in proactive and reactive fraud assignments to identify potential instances of fraud.
  • Performance Management of auditors and acting as a Development Officer mentoring auditors.
  • professional qualification (ACA, CA, ACCA,MIIA)
  • Experience of using Microsoft packages, internet, email
  • Experience of internal and auditing and risk management
  • Experience of preparing and delivering presentations

 

For further information, please contact William Scott Associates on +44 (0)203 818 8600 or email elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com