MHA | Audit Assistant Manager
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Audit Assistant Manager

Blackpool, Kendal, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston Audit & Assurance Posted: 18 May 2023 ref:
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Job description

Key Responsibilities:

  • To assist in looking after a range of clients, preparing assignments to strict deadlines for review, reporting either directly to director/partner or on more complex assignments to senior manager (accounts, tax, briefing notes etc).
  • To assist in co-ordinating compliance service delivery to clients and ensure that information is collected in the most efficient manner, timetabling work wherever possible to suit the needs of the client.
  • To assist in maintaining regular contact with client and client service team.
  • Arrange pre-completion meetings with managers/directors/partners and completion meetings with clients on timely basis.
  • To plan the approach to assignments following partner/director briefing, having agreed fee budget and completion deadline with director/partner.
  • To ensure that jobs are adequately resourced, giving due regard to staff continuity where possible.
  • To supervise teams of staff onsite, ensuring they are suitably trained, reviewing their work and providing feedback in a timely manner.
  • Give clear and unambiguous instructions to staff on assignments.
  • Provide staff with feedback at the end of the assignments using the Firm's IPD framework documentation.
  • Identify when staff members may need support, provide support and refer issues where appropriate to relevant line manager.
  • To liaise in particular with relevant departments to make sure compliance work is planned at the right time.
  • Highlight issues which the director/partner needs to discuss with the client.
  • Review work in progress and fee budgets on monthly basis, reporting variances from billing target to director/partner.
  • Manage own fee targets, prepare own budgets and bills for director/partner approval.
  • Plan own and others time to maximum efficiency, manage personal time and working practices to maximize profitability and protect the good reputation of the firm.
  • Maintain the highest standards of personal organisation, setting an example to more junior members of staff.
  • Consistently achieve good feedback from clients and staff by delivering a high standard of client service both internally and externally.
  • Comply with the firm’s policies, procedures and ethical standards.
  • Fulfil ongoing obligation to Continuing Professional Development and take an active role in own personal development.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate technical ability in dealing with accounts, audit, VAT, tax, PAYE and general business advisory areas compatible with client base.
  • Spot opportunities to introduce other services

Experience, Skills and Qualifications required

  • Up to date technical knowledge of Auditing and Financial Reporting Standards and the firm’s software packages.
  • Awareness of departmental objectives and key performance indicators.
  • Awareness of the firm’s services and product offering.
  • A sound general understanding of auditing and accounting principles.
  • Knowledge of the CPD programme
  • Knowledge of the student competencies framework
  • Ability to use sector software, in particular accounts prep, Excel, Word and e-mail systems.
  • To be able to draft letters which are commercially sensible and appropriate to the client's situation.
  • Adapt to different audiences and able to thoroughly research available data and present findings in a way which can be understood by both clients and staff.
  • Effective communication skills, including feedback/coaching, supervisory skills.
  • To be able to establish client needs.
  • To use data gathered to analyse client circumstances.
  • To be able to provide answers to client questions in a manner and pace appropriate to their needs.
  • Possess the ability to communicate with and report directly to partners or senior members of staff.
  • Pay attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Be solutions focused.
  • Willingness and ability to motivate a team of staff, including junior/student members of staff.
  • Awareness of the appraisal system and CPD programme.
  • Awareness of key dates and filing deadlines.


  • ACA/ACCA qualified or qualified by experience.

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