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Business Manager/Senior Recruitment Consultant

Abacus Consulting is going from strength to strength, in our 17th year of trading, the longest established independent accountancy recruitment specialist in Northampton.

You’ll see from our website that we have an incredibly loyal and experienced team to thank for our success, and we are now looking to grow further by recruiting an additional Business Manager to focus on the permanent, qualified accountancy market across Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.

We envisage the person we need to be currently working in financial recruitment, or another white collar specialism, in the local area and to be ready for a new challenge in a professional, consultative environment with genuinely autonomous responsibility for developing their own business.

The Directors at Abacus take a very hands off, albeit supportive approach, viewing their responsibility to be the provision of the platform and tools required for the Business Managers to deliver to their clients.  As such, we use industry leading, state of the art recruiting software, have an extensive marketing budget and a comprehensive and continually cleansed database ready for you to make your own.

If you are tired of the “production-line” recruitment philosophy still so commonplace in many of our centrally managed, national competitors and you are ready for a more grown up approach, where your unique talents and ideas are properly recognised and rewarded for their originality, rather than ignored because they don’t conform to the herd, then we need to hear from you!

For an informal and completely confidential conversation about how your career could flourish with Abacus Consulting, please call William Hayward now on 07775 518093 or email

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Site Accountant – Corby

Acquisitive FMCG with a family run culture, which promotes personal and professional development and invests in its’ employees is keen to appoint an Accountant to form part of their fast paced senior finance team. Reporting to the Group Management Accountant, in a standalone role, you will be:

  • Hands on in preparing, analysing, reporting and investigating variances on materials, labour and overheads for a number of their sites.
  • Assisting in month end closing, inventory analysis and of costs for profitability and stock valuation.
  • Taking the lead in preparing regular forecasts and the annual budget for the sites, alongside working with the site general management to develop reporting and control procedures.

This role would suit a CIMA Finalist or CIMA Qualified Accountant, with experience of manufacturing variances and how to dig down into detail of what is happening in the factory with regards to over usage of raw materials. You will have come from an FMCG, ideally with multi site manufacturing experience. As a person, you will have the confidence and interpersonal skills to communicate across all levels of the business, possess advanced Excel skills and ideally have had exposure to BI systems and a general understanding of ERP systems. This is a great opportunity for you to make this high profile, autonomous role your own, gaining experience commercially within a highly successful, progressive company which has exciting plans for further growth.

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Partnership Opportunity for ACA / ACCA qualified with a client following

Our client is recruiting at Partner level to bring in somebody with their own small client portfolio which would supplement taking over some of the Senior Partner’s client portfolio as part of the firm’s succession plan.

This is an exciting and secure long term opportunity for an ambitious ACA or ACCA qualified with a Public Practice background ideally dealing with the audit, accounting and tax requirements for owner managed businesses but the firm is flexible on the areas of experience.

This opportunity would suit:

  • An ACA / ACCA qualified with a client following and a general practice background
  • Somebody with ambition and an interest in assisting with the development of the business
  • A client base which is within a reasonable distance from Northampton so location does not not become an issue in respect of your own clients

Please contact us if this opportunity is of interest and we can arrange to have an initial meeting. All details and information will remain confidential at this stage until we know we have a good match on both sides.

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Newly Qualified Audit Senior

Opportunity for a newly qualified ACA / ACCA with experience in accountancy and audit gained from working within Public Practice, to join a Top tier firm in Northampton for your next stage of career development.

Newly Qualified ACA / ACCA Practice Audit Senior £32K-£35K Milton Keynes

Newly or nearly ACA / ACCA qualified with relevant Practice experience in audit and accountancy.

About the Role:
As Newly Qualified Practice Audit Senior you will be working in a team, reporting to Manager and Partner level and be given the opportunity to work closely with clients, managing junior staff and developing your technical, commercial and people management skills.

The client base is varied and consists of Owner Managed Businesses which will provide exposure to different industry types and systems and will allow you to develop your breadth of experience.

If you are fully or nearly qualified ACA / ACCA with relevant Practice experience and interested in joining a Top tier firm in Northampton, this is an excellent opportunity to continue with your Professional development.

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Accounts Senior, Bedford

Our client is an established firm of accountants with a varied client base and planning for future growth.

ACA / ACCA Qualified Accounts Senior – Bedford £35K – £40K

Due to restructuring we are recruiting for a qualified ACA / ACCA experienced accounts senior to join an independent firm in Bedford to deal with the accounting and tax requirements for a varied client base consisting of sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and special clients such as solicitors.

Reporting directly to the Partners this is a roll your sleeves up general practice role where you will be dealing with the basic work alongside the more complex so it will suit someone who enjoys this type of variety. There will be supervision of junior staff and regular client contact which requires the ability to deal professionally with people at all levels.

There are prospects for future progression as the firm starts to plan for succession, which will start to open up new opportunities. That said, it is not a prerequisite that you want that progression to secure the role.

To register your interest in this opportunity please contact Wavelength by clicking on the apply button or e-mail

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Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior

Audit and Accounts Semi-Senior – Near Kettering
c£20K – £25K + study support

Opportunity to join a Top 20 Public Practice firm of accountants at semi-senior level for an ACA / ACCA studier; AAT candidates will also be considered. It is essential that you have audit experience as well as the ability to prepare statutory and year end accounts and have current experience gained from working for a Professional firm of accountants.

As an approved training office all trainees work towards the Chartered or Certified qualification. Full study support is provided with expert tutors – the firm’s trainees have an excellent success rate in moving through to qualification.

All trainees develop rapidly taking on increasing responsibilities within audit teams.

About the Role

  • Audit of limited companies, charities, public sector entities etc. using a computer based system
  • Preparation of accounts for sole traders, partnerships, charities and companies
  • Preparation of taxation computations
  • Working as assistant on ad hoc assignments
  • Supervising and reviewing the work of junior staff
  • Helping junior staff to develop technical skills
  • Complete staff assignments where responsible for reviewing the work of others
  • Assisting the Audit Manager as required


  • At least two years accounts/audit experience
  • Working towards a professional ACCA or ACA qualification (AAT candidates considered)
  • Basic knowledge of PAYE, corporation tax, income tax, VAT and company secretarial procedures.
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to build positive working relationships with clients and colleagues at all levels
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Proven planning and prioritising skills
  • Good technical and analytical skills
  • Able to work under pressure with accuracy and focus

Please note this role involves visiting clients at their premises, so having own transport is desirable

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Qualified ACA / ACCA Audit Senior

Qualified ACA / ACCA Audit Senior £33K-£38K

Opportunity for an ACA / ACCA qualified with a Practice background to join an established firm, offering long term progression.

The successful candidate will deal directly with a large variety of clients and will lead audit teams on companies with turnovers up to £30m, including specialist audits e.g. pensions, solicitors, charities and schools. As part of a close team you will report directly to the manager or partner.

ACA / ACCA qualified with at least 3 years relevant Practice experience in audit and accountancy which will have included up to 50% audit exposure.

About the Role:

·  Leading teams on statutory audits – up to £30m turnover

·  Preparation of accounts for a wide range of clients

·  Preparation of Corporation Tax and Schedule D computations

·  Production of monthly and quarterly management accounts

·  Helping with ad hoc assignments e.g. business plans, cash flows, valuations

·  Supervision of staff

·  Where applicable, drafting recommendations to management post audit.

Software used: Viztopia Bookkeeping,Word,Excel, Sage Taxation, Sage Line 50

This is an excellent career opportunity for an ambitious Accounts and Audit Senior to join an established firm in Milton Keynes offering prospects for progression to Manager and beyond.

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Part qualified Audit Semi-Senior, Northampton

Audit semi-senior reporting to audit managers & seniors and supervising junior members of the audit team.

Main duties:

  • Carrying out audits with turnover up to £30 million, including specialist audits e.g. pensions, solicitors, charities and schools
  • Assisting more senior staff as part of a team and leading smaller audits
  • Working with minimal supervision, to deadlines and within budget.
  • Supervision of staff
  • Drafting statutory accounts from client information in compliance with relevant accounting standards
  • Preparation of draft business tax computations
  • Larger accounts preparation jobs
  • Where applicable drafting recommendations to management post audit
  • Use of computer packages including Pro Audit, CCH Accounts Production, Sage 50, Excel and Alphatax.

Qualifications/education required

  • Part qualified ACA or ACCA
  • Educated to degree level

Experience required

  • Mixed audit and accounts experience gained from working in Public Practice with a large independent firm of accountants or a Top 50 firm.
  • Experience in completing audit files for review by Manager / Partner.
  • Good communicator and be able to deal confidently and effectively with both clients and staff colleagues.
  • Experience in dealing with both pure audit assignments and incomplete accounting assignments and be able to demonstrate the ability to work within deadlines and budgets.

An excellent career opportunity for an ambitious part qualified ACA or ACCA looking for variety and long term progression.

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Manager / Senior Accountant – Northampton

Due to current and future growth plans they are looking for a bright and able qualified Accountant with the experience and ability to manage the day to day requirements of a portfolio of clients.

You would be given your own clients to look after and would be responsible for the organisation of work, overseeing all the compliance work, supervising junior staff, reviewing their work and handling client meetings.

The role would include a responsibility for the training of staff which is a fundamental aspect to the firm’s business development. Your responsibilities will include all aspects of the work the firm does for their clients, for example they don’t have a separate tax department, and training will be provided as appropriate.

The Partners pride themselves on providing a highly efficient service to clients, being both pro-active and commercial, always looking for ways to help clients. You will play a leading role in the provision of that level of service and be encourage to progress your career.

The ideal candidate must have a positive attitude and a friendly, approachable manner. You will have good organisational skills, an ability to learn quickly and work well in a team.

What is on offer for the right person is the opportunity to work in a great environment with fun, hard working people who share the desire to contribute in taking the business forward. The Partners are ambitious and the firm is experiencing considerable growth, with no shortage of opportunities and they want to build the business by recruiting high quality individuals.

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ACA / ACCA Qualified Audit Senior, northampton

Opportunity for a qualified ACA/ACCA with experience in accountancy and audit gained from working within Public Practice to join a Top Tier firm.

You will be working in a team, reporting to Manager and Partner level and be given the opportunity to work closely with clients, managing junior staff and developing your technical, commercial and people management skills.

Summary of Main Responsibilities

  • Planning Audit assignments for a varied range of audit clients identifying key areas of importance to be covered.
  • Managing and supervising junior staff .
  • Significant client contact, being an integral part of the communication process with clients.
  • Opportunity to work on projects for clients.

Qualifications and Skills required

  • ACA or ACCA, fully or nearly qualified with practice experience
  • Good accounts preparation skills
  • Competent planning and completion skills
  • Computer experience – Sage, Excel, Word and tax software
  • Previous experience of supervising junior members of staff (12 months plus experience)
  • Good up-to-date technical knowledge including recent developments in accounting standards
  • Communication – oral and written, ability to deal with variety of people in different environments
  • Organised – ability to deal with a variety of tasks
  • Client focused
  • Commercially aware
  • Team building skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure

It is essential that you have relevant Practice experience and in particular already have a sound knowledge of auditing Owner Managed Businesses.

If you are fully qualified or nearing qualification and interested in joining a Top tier firm, this is an excellent opportunity to continue with your Professional development.

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