How to apply:  Email Lucy Parris at

Pay: Negotiable depending on qualifications and experience (market competitive)

Benefits: Healthcare provided

Qualification/Experience Requirements: AAT or similar, HND level qualifications, good accounting and book-keeping experience

Type of Resource: F/T – Some home working may be possible

Initial Contract Term: Three Month trial period and then permanent role

Base Location: Ingram Enterprise Centre, Kilmarnock

Travel: Minimal – must be able to drive and willing to travel within Ayrshire. Occasional travel outside Ayrshire may be required (travel will be paid)

Reporting to: Senior Accountant

Scale and Size of Role
Working within a growing Accountancy and Financial Management firm to provide accountancy services to small business and charities. The role will focus on managing the practice and providing accountancy (up to and including IRIS or Xero tax filing and companies house), book-keeping, VAT and payroll services (this will be completed by another member of staff) to a number of clients.
The role will be to manage two accounts assistants (one full time and one part-time) whose focus is on bookkeeping, payroll and office administrative duties.
The role will also involve working with the Directors to build and develop the practice. This will include some networking and meeting with prospective new clients. This is not just a back-office role it is to assist in building an accountancy business.

Key Skillset
• Excellent numerical skills
• Book-keeping/accounts preparation – either a single client or within an accounting practice
• Xero and IRIS expertise would be preferable
• VAT return completion
• Payroll creation would be advantageous
• Ability to manage a small team of support staff
• Experience of working in Accountancy practice/finance office or related role
• Trust/integrity and honesty
• Excellent communication skills – verbally/written/face to face with clients
• Proven track record of managing an office and administrative environment
• Excel/Word/PowerPoint knowledge
• Self-starter and can work autonomously – as the role will require long periods of working without supervision
• Strong decision support capabilities
• Willingness to learn
• Be able to think through problems in a pragmatic manner
• Able to juggle a number of key priorities across a number of projects and a number of clients
• Know when to ask for assistance
• Adaptable and understanding to meet the needs of a small developing business

• Managing Director
• Senior Accountant / Director
• Support staff
• Accountancy contractors and consultants
• Associates
• Clients

Person Profile
• Proactivity and ability to work on own initiative
• Focuses on the needs of the customer
• Flexibility
• Innovative thinking
• Open and honest approach in meeting deliverables
• Willingness to challenge
• Needs to be a strong team player
• Can-do attitude

Top 6 Accountabilities
• To develop working practices and processes to allow the accountancy practice to expand further
• To become the lead accountant for a growing client base (Sole Trader, Self-Assessment, Limited Companies and Charities)
• To be the key client liaison with all new clients – to build relationships and retain clients
• Book-keeping and other accounting services for both this company and for a growing client base using Xero and IRIS alongside other accounting software
• To manage all back-office related activities for the accountancy side of the business
• All other ad-hoc related activities to assist in the management of the practice and other activities to assist the Directors to develop and grow the business