Assistant Partnership Accountant (Ipswich)

Location: Ipswich

Ensors is seeking an Assistant Partnership Accountant (Assistant Manager grade) to join the Finance Team at the Ipswich office.  This full-time role (37.5 hours per week) can be combined with an element of home-working under the firm’s agile working policy, once up to speed in the role.

The role

You will have a vital part to play in ensuring the timely and accurate processing of accounts and time recording (Practice Management System) records.  We are looking for a true ‘team player’: a flexible all-rounder who is comfortable working within a small and friendly team environment.  You will facilitate the smooth running of the Finance team, enabling Ensors to produce its financial information on a timely and efficient basis.    You will also be responsible for the maintenance of the Firm’s Sage bookkeeping system.  A calm approach and the ability to work under pressure are essential, as you will be working to strict deadlines.

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing specific support to the Practice Accountant including
  • Month end controls (debtors, purchase ledger, bank, fees, disbursements)
  • Assisting with the preparation of the firm’s management accounts, budgets, VAT returns, cash flows, payroll and pension allocation, final accounts and ad-hoc reports
  • Assisting with trouble shooting and general queries
  • Time and fees (practice management) system
  • Administering processes including: posting of cash, transfers and write offs
  • Checking on-line billing and time summary procedures
  • Producing month end reports and Partner & Manager Reports
  • Purchase ledger
  • Running the monthly purchase ledger using Sage
  • Posting cheque payments and receipts onto Sage
  • General purchase ledger spreadsheets
  • Assistance with VAT recording
  • Direct debits, cover payments and bank statements
  • Other financial duties
  • Deputising on core duties for the Practice Accountant when required
  • Accruals, pre-payments and bank reconcilations
  • WIP valuation
  • Maintaining Fixed Asset Registers
  • Helping to administer the tax investigation insurance scheme
  • Learning other systems within the department, eg credit control and direct debit software

Essential skills / attributes required:

  • You will have good academic results. You must be AAT qualified (as a minimum), and may also be ICAEW/ACCA qualified (or able to demonstrate a comparable level of competence through experience).  A levels or further/higher qualifications would be beneficial.
  • Must have substantial relevant finance work experience (minimum 3 years) including knowledge of purchase ledger work. Previous work experience within a professional firm or accountancy practice would be advantageous.
  • Fully ICT literate with a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office and advanced Excel skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of Sage Bookkeeping. Experience of using CCH (or another practice management system) would be an asset.
  • A proven track record of working to deadlines and effectively handling multiple priorities, with a positive attitude to problem-solving and working in a small team.
  • Vigilant approach to dealing with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills with a keen eye for detail. Confident approach in dealing with clients/contacts.
  • Self-motivated and able to work without supervision. Ability to judge and identify situations that merit manager/partner attention.
  • Flexibility and willingness to extend skill set and to ‘go the extra mile’ when required. You should also be willing to work additional hours when required (overtime or TOIL available).

The package includes:

  • 23 days holiday per annum (plus bank holidays). 3 days are normally taken between Christmas and New Year
  • Salary sacrifice scheme available to purchase additional holiday and/or pension contributions
  • People’s Pension: 4% employer, 5% employee contributions (cost to employee 4% after tax relief)
  • Private medical insurance (including immediate family members if applicable)
  • Health Cash Plan – enables you to claim back costs for routine medical treatments
  • Agile working
  • Employee Assistance programme
  • Free car parking
  • Staff awards scheme

We offer an attractive salary with numerous benefits in a friendly working environment.  We have an impressive record of growth and an excellent reputation for staff development, offering an extensive in-house training programme for all staff.  Read more about working at Ensors here.

The role offers a great opportunity to gain experience within a prestigious team that has gained significant recognition. The Ensors Corporate Services team won  ‘Pensions Accountancy Firm of the Year’ at the 2022 Pensions Age Awards.  Ensors also won the Private Equity/Venture Capital Deal of the Year in the Central & East Insider Dealmaker Awards 2020, and secured 1st place in the Experian 2020 Corporate Finance Adviser League Table.   Ensors also won ‘Medium Business of the Year’ at the Huntingdonshire Business Awards 2019.  See more on our website here.

To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter stating your current salary and  which location you are applying for, to quoting reference ‘ips-asstptrshipacc’.  Please note we are not accepting postal applications for this role.