Gauge Services Limited

Accounting Technician Apprentice - Higher (Level 4)

Gauge Services Limited (Employer)

West Suffolk College (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £150.50
35.0 hours per week Monday - Friday between 9am - 5pm
24 months (duration)
10 May 2021(start date)
30 April 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

S&T Bookkeeping provides accounting support to individuals and businesses alike, including but not limited to: Statutory Accounts, Corporation Tax Returns, Annual Confirmation Statement, VAT Returns, CIS Administration and Personal and Partnership Tax Returns. They have an opportunity for an apprentice to join their London team.

Responsibilities

This is an ideal role for an apprentice who wishes to progress and complete their accounting qualification. The role involves regular and direct communication with clients to identify and establish requirements, client onboarding process and CRM.

The successful candidate will be regularly liaising with the production team to identify and iron out bookkeeping and accounting issues as well as work with senior members of the team to address them. Once fully equipped, they should be able to present accounts and returns to the simpler and smaller clients and explain the same.

Day to day duties include:

  • Liaising frequently and regularly with clients for the purpose of:
    -Client Onboarding
    -Addressing incidental queries concerning records and bookkeeping matters
    -Coordinate ad hoc tasks such as Certificates and Letters of Residence / References / etc.
  • Monitor tasks of the bookkeeping and accounts production teams and coordinate the resolution of any queries
  • Assist clients to integrate with the systems of the practice, such as Xero, Dext, OpenSpace
  • Filter client requirements and understand when to escalate and when to deal with the matter themselves
  • Implement existing control processes.
  • Liaise with the HMRC and Companies House as well as foreign tax authorities and registrars when necessary
  • Cooperate with IT and technical support re network and specific application issues.
  • Work as part of a team to ensure tasks are duly monitored and executed and issues arising are properly escalated
  • Complete and review self-assessment tax returns for smaller and simpler clients

Future Prospects

The successful candidate will be able to progress through to a full accounting role subject to merit. Staff who complete their training and attain full membership will then be given management roles and complex projects to manage, such as integrating other practices to ours following acquisitions.

Reality Check

The practice also has premises in Suffolk and the successful candidate may need to work from there from time to time. During the pandemic, the practice has been successfully operating its remote desktop computing infrastructure, enabling it to continue to grow, whilst the staff have been able to work productively away from the office location. The holder of the position may occasionally need to commute to meet clients. You may also be asked to work out of hours. There is a large section of the job that will be dealing with Greek Clients and therefore being a Greek speaker is essential.

Skills Required

Essential Skills:

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Prior experience of using bookkeeping software
  • Ability to work in a fast moving environment under pressure
  • Numeracy

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience with Excel formulae
  • Good stakeholder management skills
  • Prior Experience of using Xero, IRIS and Digita

Qualities Required

Essential:

  • Strong work ethics
  • Be proactive and able to work without constant monitoring
  • Good command of the English Language
  • Greek Speaker

Desirable:

  • Keen to support the expansion of the practice

Qualifications Required

Essential

  • GCSE or equivalent, grade C(4) or above in maths and English
  • Level 3/A Level or equivalent Accounting Qualification

Training Provided

  • Professional Accounting Taxation Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship
  • AAT Level 4 Qualification
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