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Bookkeeper - Oxford

Do you want interesting client work and to be part of a team bursting with talented staff you could learn and develop from?

Shaw Gibbs is a leading and innovative Top 100 accountancy, financial services and insolvency practice with offices in Oxford and London’s West End. We pride ourselves on providing expert advice to our clients by hiring the best people. We provide a rewarding and enjoyable place to work where all staff receive appropriate training and development, not just around increasing your technical knowledge but also focusing on wider commercial and soft skills such as communication and teamwork. Our culture is based on expertise, respect, innovation and collaboration.

We put our people first – you are the future of our business. We will develop your strengths, empower you to take more responsibility and help you carve a career path. Our culture is very important to us and is based on our company values of collaboration, respect, innovation and expertise. We are known for having a friendly and supportive team where everyone receives training and development not just on technical knowledge but also on commercial and soft skills. We pride ourselves on hiring people who are curious, people who enjoy looking for better ways of doing things and who thrive on using technology.

With a strong focus on innovation and technology, we 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 subsidiaries.

Due to new client wins, we are currently looking for a Bookkeeper to join our growing Outsourcing division to be based either in Oxford or London office, or for the right candidate we would consider a full remote arrangement. 

What we can offer you

  • Exposure to a wide range of clients across many industry sectors
  • An experienced Line Manager who will provide day to day guidance and help
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including flexible working, pension, life assurance and a fantastic retail discount scheme
  • Supportive and fun team environment
  • Generous holiday allowance + ability to buy/sell holiday to fit your lifestyle 
  • A comprehensive induction and buddy to help you get up to speed in your first few months
  • Regular company and team social events throughout the year
  •  A light and airy, recently refurbished modern offices
  •  A wellbeing programme focusing on your physical and mental wellbeing

The Role 

  • This role will entail accounting, compliance and reporting support. Your core responsibilities will include:
  • Build relationships and liaise confidently with clients and internally within Shaw Gibbs
  • Prepare monthly & quarterly management accounts
  • Prepare bank reconciliations
  • Extract information from clients books and records to enable simple Income and Expenditure Account to be prepared 
  • Prepare manual control accounts e.g. Bank, Cash, Sales ledger,Purchase ledger 
  • Prepare & submit VAT and related returns
  • PAYE/NIC/Wages
  • Extract summaries from client’s books and sub-analyse where necessary
  • Calculate accruals, prepayments and depreciation
  • Post from working papers to a nominal ledger and extraction (usually via computer) of a trial balance
  • Prepare working papers/control accounts from incomplete accounting records
  • Prepare simple corporation tax and capital allowance computations
  • Maintain client confidentiality and follow data protection procedures at all times 
  • Understand and follow workplace policies and procedures 

About You

  • We would like to hear from you if you are a quick learner and can tick all of the below:
  • Solid understanding of all aspects of bookkeeping
  • AAT qualified or QBE – minimum 3 years’ experience, preferably with some of these having been in practice
  • Experience in using Xero would be an advantage
  • Proven communication skills, verbal and written
  • Strong IT skills specifically Excel and able to pick up new IT packages very quickly. Previous working knowledge of CCH would be an extra bonus.
  • Exceptional attention to detail 
  • Create a positive impression with clients and staff
  • Enthusiasm to face new challenges and learn new skills
  • Ability to prioritise and meet tight timeframes with high quality output
  • Enjoy working as part of a team, very self-motivated and highly organised

How to Apply

To apply for this vacancy please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in this vacancy to

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Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 9th July.

Please note: Only candidates with the relevant skills and experience will be contacted regarding this position. If you do not hear back from us within 3 working days of the closing date you have unfortunately been unsuccessful in your application for this position, however we may contact you in the future to discuss other opportunities. Please note that no terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person's gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job.

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