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Accounts Manager – Oxford

Excellent career making opportunity in a growing Top 100 firm for an experienced ACCA/ACA qualified accountant already at manager level.

This role would suit someone with a strong systems, processes and technical background and the ambition to offer business advisory services and challenge the status quo. The candidate will ideally be able to demonstrate a strong commercial acumen with an interest in business development and growing the business.

If this sounds of interest, we could have the perfect role for you. Shaw Gibbs is a Top 100 independent accountancy, financial services and insolvency practice with offices in Oxford and London Marylebone. We have a strong focus on innovation and technology to help our clients make informed decisions on how to grow their business. Our clients range from private clients to owner-managed businesses and large international groups. We also have specialist teams for international businesses and property based clients.

Shaw Gibbs takes pride in being an employer of choice. We put our people first and are known for having a friendly and supportive team culture built around our values of collaboration, respect, innovation and expertise. We develop high performing teams diverse in experiences, backgrounds and ideas on the firm belief that creating better client solutions requires innovation and continuous improvement.

We have ambitious growth plans and are currently looking for an Accounts Manager to join our Oxford team. Your role will be varied, challenging and hugely rewarding.

This is a full time permanent position.

The Role

Reporting directly to the Head of Compliance, you will have a large degree of autonomy. Your core responsibilities will include:

  • Support the practice in innovating. Identify ways to improve our way of working, our processes and systems and lead projects to bring about change.
  • Build long lasting client relationships. Develop and apply your technical and commercial knowledge to provide expert advice. 
  • Proactively manage a diverse portfolio of clients 
  • Deliver high value business advisory services including recommendations for business improvements
  • Participate in business development and marketing activities including networking in the business community to develop own external profile as well as the Shaw Gibbs brand
  • Ensure assignments are completed to a high standard, on time and within budgets
  • Work with other accounts managers to actively manage workflow and work allocations within the division
  • Work with the Head of Compliance to set KPIs for the division together with managing group and individual team member’s performance against targets. (KPIs include chargeable time, recoverability, work turnaround timescales, quality)
  • Work collaboratively with other Managers and the Directors to ensure quality of output and efficiency in process across the wider accounts team
  • Prepare and review working papers, statutory accounts and management accounts for a wide range of business entities across many sectors
  • Prepare and review corporation tax computations and returns 
  • Line manage, develop and mentor junior staff including overseeing work and assisting team members to support their performance and career development 
  • Maintain up to date and relevant technical knowledge of the industry and national economic issues
  • Input in to service and product pricing, including assisting with new client quote

What we can offer you

  • Competitive salary and benefits package including pension, life assurance and a fantastic retail discount scheme
  • 25 days holiday & holiday trading - the opportunity to buy/sell holiday to fit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • Wellbeing and mental health programme
  • Attractive modern Oxford office
  • Exposure to a wide range of clients across many industry sectors
  • An immediate start on our Management Development Programme comprising of a blend of taught modules, mentoring and a personalised career development plan
  • A comprehensive induction to help you get up to speed

About You

  • ACCA/ACA Qualified
  • Significant UK practice experience - minimum of 5-6 years’ including team management experience
  • University degree with a 2.1 or higher or 3 good A-Level results (or equivalent) 
  • Experience of managing a medium/large portfolio of clients
  • Results orientated to meet and exceed client expectations
  • Proven ability to design, implement and manage systems and processes using the latest technologies
  • Experience of developing new business is preferred, however we will consider candidates who have the competencies and appetite to perform this as part of their role
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and client relationship management skills
  • Highly commercial and analytical and an avid problem solver
  • A proactive approach, prepared to go the extra mile
  • Strong IT skills, able to pick up new IT packages quickly & good working knowledge of systems such as Xero, SAGE, Quickbooks & Excel

Please do not apply if you cannot tick all of the above criteria.

How to Apply
Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you think you are suitable for the role to For more information on what it is like working at Shaw Gibbs, visit our career page:

Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 22 May.

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