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Outsourcing Senior Manager – Oxford, London or Farnham

Shaw Gibbs is a top 50 accountancy practice who provide expert solutions for entrepreneurial businesses and private individuals in Central and Southern England. Shaw Gibbs invest in their teams of high-quality specialists who work with the best-in-breed technology to create value for our clients which exceeds expectation.

Our culture is very important to us and is based on our company values of expert, respectful, innovative and collaborative. We develop high performing teams diverse in experiences, backgrounds and ideas. As a growing company, there are plenty of opportunities for development and quick progression. Our practice is known for having a friendly and supportive team culture where everyone receives training and development to increase their technical knowledge and their commercial and management skills. We put our people first and are constantly looking for ways to improve our people experience. With respectful as one of our values, we are committing to creating an inclusive culture that respects, values and celebrates cultural and individual differences. 

Our Outsourcing division, which provides our clients the full range of accounting and back office services, is one of the fastest growing in our practice and as such we are looking for an enthusiastic Outsourcing Senior Manager to join our Oxford, London, or Farnham offices. If based in London or Farnham, we will require you to travel to the Oxford office at least once a week. This vacancy is a permanent full time role with hybrid working and flexible working options (flexing your hours on different days to suit your lifestyle).

This will be a group role operating across all Shaw Gibbs offices. You will be someone who is driven and thrives in the variety this type of role offers. You will also be able to provide commercial/financial expertise to support your client’s business.

The Role

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with portfolio allocation across the wider team and monitor time allocations, budgets and deadlines, including data insight for internal management reporting and checklist monitoring
  • Working in accordance with defined systems and procedures as well challenging the status quo where there may be a more efficient way of doing things
  • Empowering and educating through line management to develop more junior members of the team
  • Assisting with tendering to potential new clients as well as the implementation phase for new engagements
  • Liaising and collaborating with tax, payroll and other departments on client matters, identifying cross-selling opportunities
  • Promoting the interests of the firm to clients, prospective clients and other third parties
  • Engaging with your clients’ businesses, understanding their needs and identify new opportunities
  • Being the primary day-to-day contact for your allocated portfolio of clients regarding all data processing activities and treasury matters, taking responsibility for all duties up to and including the production of (often complex) management information
  • Data processing activities to be conducted by the team to include bank transactions, sales and purchase ledger items, expense claims and all other general ledger postings, journals etc.
  • Active business partnering to ensure informed reporting of risks & opportunities, actuals and forecast variance analysis
  • Analytically reviewing results and analysing key performance indicators for your clients;
  • Ensuring that allocated teams are keeping all accounting systems up to date and accurate within the agree timeframes
  • Reviewing VAT returns, EC sales lists and Intrastat returns, having an understanding of what is allowable under the VAT rules and the basic principles of partial exemption and how this operates
  • Preparing basic statutory financial statements for clients with little or no supervision, having an awareness of the disclosure requirements of the Companies Act
  • Preparing an audit file which could be provided to the client’s auditors, with supporting schedules for all balance sheet items
  • Carrying out ad hoc assignments, often to include budgeting and assistance with cash flow forecasting and training clients in use of their accounting systems

What we can offer you

  • Exposure to a wide range of clients across many sectors
  • Hybrid and flexible working
  • A varied role in a talented and experienced team
  • Joining a company with an exciting growth plan ahead
  • Plenty of opportunities to increase your technical knowledge and skills
  • A tailored career progression plan
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including pension, life assurance, health cash plan, retail discount scheme, electric vehicles salary sacrifice, and cycle to work scheme.
  • Generous core holiday allowance plus holiday trading, flexible bank holidays and additional holiday with service
  • Wellbeing programme with regular events and activities focused on your physical and mental wellbeing. We also offer all employees a Wellbeing Day each year – a day dedicated to boosting your wellbeing
  • A comprehensive induction to help you get up to speed

About you

We would like to hear from you if you have a minimum of 4-5 years’ UK experience from either a Practice Outsourcing team or senior management accountant/business partner in industry. Ideally, you will be ACCA/ACA/CIMA qualified, but we will consider part-qualified and QBE candidates.

We are also looking for:

  • A positive and confident self-starter, who understands the importance of maintaining positive client relationships as well as internal collaboration
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written with an ability to work across a variety of clients during any one month
  • Exceptional attention to detail, demonstrating an organised approach to work; an ability to prioritise and meet tight timeframes with high quality output
  • An ability to apply technical accounting knowledge to real-life client situations
  • Knowledge of UKGAAP and desirably IFRS
  • Strong IT skills, specifically Xero and Excel alongside an ability to pick up new software packages very quickly
  • Sage and CCH experience would also be an advantage.

How to Apply

To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV to

For more information on working at Shaw Gibbs, please visit

Additional Information

Shaw Gibbs is an inclusive employer and we are committed to providing equal opportunities to all candidates by ensuring a comfortable and accessible interview experience. We understand that some individuals may have specific needs or require accommodation/adjustments during the recruitment process. If you require any adjustments to ensure your recruitment experience with Shaw Gibbs is as inclusive and accessible as possible, please let us know at your earliest convenience via email.

We believe that diversity makes Shaw Gibbs a stronger firm and we look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to Shaw Gibbs’ goals, without regard to their sex, gender, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

*Please note you must already have the unconditional right to live and work in the UK. For this role, we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.*

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