38 Collingwood Street, Collingwood Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1JF
- Specialism: Finance & Accountancy
- Sector: Public Sector
- Roles: Permanent, contract, temporary and interim
- Location: North East and North & East Yorkshire
Type a day in the life of sellick from Helen Dodds
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear | Permanent
£37000 - £44000 per annum
Are you looking for a highly rewarding and technically challenging position which would give you autonomy and a great work life balance? Sellick Partnership have been engaged by a market leading professional services organisation based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, to recruit an Audit Manager in to their growing team. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to contribute to and maintain the delivery of the outstanding level of service provided to clients. With multiple positions on offer you will have the choice of working in an office based position with very little travel involved, or the ability to travel between sites across the UK, work remotely or from home and meet with clients to deliver an efficient, reliable service which suits you. As an Audit Manager you will be an experienced and qualified accountant who will manage external audits and independent risk reviews as part of the trust team of Audit Managers. You will support the client engagement teams across the UK and have the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients across multiple sectors, or if preferred, be specialist in one area. The Audit and Assurance teams play a pivotal part in the firm's success, and this position will offer variety, breadth and complexity as well as great career prospects in an award winning, agile working culture. The Audit Manager will be responsible for: Managing key audit relationships across our international corporate business client base Leading Audit teams through the use of the Audit Delivery Centres Testing and discussing controls and procedures with clients and report evidence Providing added value for engagement teams and the wider Audit practice, supporting them in delivering a 'Distinctive' client experience by collating insights and considering their communication throughout the wider firm Managing diverse teams within an inclusive culture where people are recognised for their contribution Required experience of the Audit Manager: ACA/ACCA qualification (or equivalent) along with a thorough knowledge of GAAP and IFRS Previous accounting and auditing experience at Manager level Comprehensive knowledge of International Standards on Auditing and a sound understanding of risk management An ability to constructively challenge and demonstrate discretion Initiative, proactivity, professionalism and confidence An eye for detail, effective interpersonal skills and a healthy professional scepticism A background within a professional services is preferred however a suitable candidate may also have trained in practice and now be working in industry. Our client offers a wealth of training and development opportunities available and are dedicated in ensuring your technical and soft skills keep you ahead of the game. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultants boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website
Have you wondered what it would be like to work as a contractor within Finance & Accountancy but not sure how to go about it or what the benefits might be? In this guide, Consultant Rebecca Douglas looks at why more-and-more candidates are considering Finance & Accountancy contract jobs, why she thinks more Finance & Accountancy professionals should consider it as a viable career move and offers her advice as to how you can become a success within the contracting market. The Finance & Accountancy contract market is incredibly buoyant, and with roles ranging from Financial Controller and Finance Manger to Cost Accountant and Auditor it is more varied than ever before. This is because organisations are relying more-and-more on interim help to deliver key projects, cover extended periods of leave or to ensure productivity is not lost whilst looking for a permanent member of staff. I speak with Finance & Accountancy candidates that are thinking about moving into the contractor market every day. We have therefore created this guide to relieve some of the concerns we regularly face and help more candidates that may be considering the move. What are the main benefits of working as a Finance & Accountancy contractor? One of the biggest benefits of being a contractor within the Finance & Accountancy sector is the speed in which candidates can find roles, and the flexibility it offers. When interviewing for a permanent position within the sector, candidates can often expect a lengthy process, which can leave job seekers without work for some time. Most of my contractors within the sector very rarely have this issue. Skilled Finance & Accountancy contractors can generally be interviewed, hired and start work within a matter of days, making the transition between jobs quick and relatively easy. This makes finding work much easier for contractors in my opinion. Candidates in the contract market that have a varied CV with no unexplained gaps are very desirable in the market. Moving between roles so quickly also helps candidates stay on top of current trends, giving them knowledge and experiences that other, permanent staff may not have, giving them the upper hand should they decide on pursuing a permanent role again. Working as a contractor also gives Finance & Accountancy candidates the chance to work on a huge variety of projects, allowing them to learn and utilise different skills. This offers contracting candidates an unrivalled opportunity to develop different niche skillsets, making them even more desirable in the market. Finance & Accountancy contractors also have the opportunity to try our different markets and organisations, allowing them to pick and choose the type of work they do, whilst continuing to develop new skills from each assignment they take. Finally, the financial benefits are usually much greater for Finance & Accountancy contractors than that of full time permanent staff. An average contractor rate can easily earn more than a full-time employee. For example; A highly skilled Financial Controller can earn between £276 and £368 per day which equates to an annual salary of between £50,000 and £65,000. Financial Planner & Analysis Manager contracting candidates can expect to earn between £276 and £322 per day, or an annual salary of around £46,000 to £60,000. An Auditor in the contract market should earn between £184 and £230 per day which would amount to an annual salary of between £36,000 and £42,000. What are the main challenges of working as a Finance & Accountancy contractor? Finance & Accountancy contractors are paid a premium because of their skills and flexible nature, as such contractors are expected to start a role and hit the ground running straight away. This can sometimes be a daunting experience, especially if the business has a different way of working that a new hire has to get used to very quickly. Employers will expect a Finance & Accountancy contractor to work with minimal to no supervision depending on the size of the business, so it may not be a good career choice for candidates that would find this difficult to manage. Finance & Accountancy contractors also need to be aware that they are very rarely entitled to the same benefits as full time permanent members of staff. Generally sick and holiday pay are bundled into the hourly rate that is offered, so if a contractor were to fall ill they would not receive anything extra for the period they are off work. This can have a negative impact on finances if not managed correctly, however most experienced contractors are aware of this and usually keep money aside in a separate savings account and look into health and life insurance for extra peace of mind. How can a candidate get into contracting within Finance & Accountancy? Before deciding to move into the contract market, Finance & Accountancy candidates need to thoroughly research the market to make sure there is demand for their skillset. Whilst doing this it is important to keep in mind the rates that are currently being offered and location to ensure a move would be financially beneficial. I would therefore advise candidates considering a move to discuss any concerns or questions they have with a recruitment professional or someone that is already contracting within the sector. Specialised Recruitment agencies will be able to offer up-to-date market knowledge and guidance, and can help with finding roles that are geographically viable and in line with a candidate’s skills and experience. A common misconception about contracting is that candidates must be unemployed before finding a temporary position, however this is not the case. The flexibility of contracting means that contractors are free to move roles at any time, so it is important to constantly keep on top of the Finance & Accountancy contract jobs market. This is where a recruitment agency like Sellick Partnership could help! We can keep on top of the market for candidates, and always keep our contractors up-to-date with any roles that may be relevant to them. It is however important to remember that reputation is everything as a contractor, so leaving an assignment early may impact a candidate’s chances of gaining employment elsewhere. That is why we always ensure that we time a candidate’s move correctly, so contractors are able to fully complete an assignment before moving on to the next. How do Finance & Accountancy contractors get paid and how much can they earn? There are two main ways Finance & Accountancy contractors can get paid, the first being through an Umbrella provider. Once a Finance & Accountancy contractor has signed up to an umbrella provider the process is simple. Candidates are required to submit a weekly timesheet that details the hours they have worked, which is then signed off by a representative at the employer. Sellick Partnership then pay the Umbrella provider who then pays the candidate directly. Whatever goes into the candidate’s bank account each week is entirely theirs as all taxes and national insurance deductions are sorted by the umbrella company. The second option is to be paid on a PAYE basis through our payroll team. This in essence makes a contractor an employee of Sellick Partnership and means they will be paid through us. Contracting through your own limited company is also another option and can be the most tax efficient way possible. Contractors will however need to understand IR35 in order to work successfully. Contractors that are working inside IR35 will need to pay income tax and NI like a regular employee. Candidates that land outside IR35 will be deemed as self-employed and will be able to enjoy the tax advantages of being self-employed. A contractor’s IR35 status will vary from contract-to-contract. What are the career opportunities like as a Finance & Accountancy contractor? As with permanent Finance & Accountancy positions, the career opportunities are endless for candidates that have the drive and determination to succeed. The sector is vast, so there are countless routes that candidates can take, and choosing the right one is essential. This is something a specialist Finance & Accountancy recruiter can help with. As a contractor, candidates also have the option to move sectors, and try different routes out, which can be hugely beneficial for someone that may not know what route they want to take. Our Finance & Accountancy contractors regularly contact us to say how much they enjoy their job. If you are interested, or want to discuss what Finance & Accountancy jobs we currently have available, feel free to contact me directly or visit our jobs page to view our current vacancies. Alternatively, you can keep up-to-date with all of our latest news and resources for Finance & Accountancy candidates on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or the Insights section of our website.
Finance & Accountancy professionals need to have their finger on the pulse and remain up-to-date with relevant industry news in order to stay ahead of the pack. This is especially important if you are currently looking for a new Finance & Accountancy job or are thinking about a career move. Take a look at our list of what we think are the top Finance & Accountancy Twitter feeds that will keep your knowledge current and up-to-date, and help you secure your next Finance & Accountancy job opportunity. If you are looking to get ahead in your next career move, then it is important not to overlook one key element of your interview preparation, an up-to-date knowledge of current affairs. Most employers, particularly in the Finance & Accountancy sector, expect their candidates to be aware of the latest trends, topical news and expert analysis of issues that are affecting the industry. Without this awareness, job seekers could be doing themselves a disservice when compared to others competing for the same role. With over 270 million users, Twitter brings together some of the leading thinkers, writers, and doers in the Finance & Accountancy sector and is the perfect platform to network, share ideas, swap stories and read the latest news and goings on in the sector. To help you tap quickly into the Twitter pulse, we have listed the top Finance & Accountancy Twitter accounts you should follow in 2019. If there is a key account that you think we have missed, get in touch and let us know! 1. @AccountingWEBuk – AccountingWEB features the latest accountancy news, features and industry and community insights. An excellent account to quickly see the headlines and keep in the know. 2. @CIMA_News – CIMA is the world's largest professional body of management accountants that also offers business finance qualifications. Its feed shares news about events and training opportunities, articles and inspirational quotes. 3. @paullewismoney – Paul Lewis is a financial journalist, broadcaster and public speaker. He shares news articles and commentary, as well as his own views on current events. 4. @cheapaccounting – Expect lots of conversation, finance news and information from prolific tweeter Elaine Clark, managing director of CheapAccounting.co.uk. 5. @ICAEW – The official Twitter account from global membership body ICAEW provides insights, industry news and in-house updates about events, training and issues affecting the Finance & Accountancy profession. 6. @RichardJMurphy – Richard is an author, Chartered Accountant and professor of Practice in International Political Economy at the University of London. He writes and tweets about taxation and accounting issues, offering commentary and insights. 7. @ACCA_UK – The official Twitter feed of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)'s UK National Office shares upcoming events and training opportunities, as well as tweeting articles from the official ACCA magazine. 8. @economiamag – The economia magazine’s Twitter feed covers news and analysis on the essential issues in the world of business, Finance and Accountancy. 9. @TheEconomist – Global news and analysis on business, finance and politics and more from The Economist magazine. 10. @FinancialTimes – The Twitter feed from the Financial Times posts breaking news and shares the latest articles from the publication. Expect news, insights and commentary on finance, business, politics, banking and more. 11. @CityAM – As the physical copy of the City AM newspaper is only available in London, those interested in finance and business news can use the publication’s Twitter feed to keep up-to-date with the latest goings-on in the sector. 12. @EdConwaySky – Ed Conway is the economics editor of Sky News and a columnist for The Times, and his impressive following of nearly 100k followers shows he is an excellent source of commentary and insight. 13. @thefintechtimes – For those looking for more in-depth articles about the world of financial technology, then the Fintech Times is a great source of news and commentary. 14. @YahooFinanceUK – The official Twitter page for Yahoo UK & Ireland, this feed shares breaking news, updates and articles. A must-follow for a quick round-up of the day’s headlines. 15. @D_Blanchflower – If you are interested in financial and political news from the United States then Danny Blanchflower, former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, is a great account to follow for insights and commentary. 16. @SellickGroup – Of course, we could not complete our Twitter list without including our very own account! Follow us to find out the latest Finance & Accountancy news, events and jobs! We have been placing experienced Finance & Accountancy professionals into roles since 2002, so if you are looking for a new opportunity, or eager to kick-start your career in finance then we will be able to help. Get in touch with one of our expert Finance & Accountancy Consultants today. Or, if you are interested to find out how else you can use social media to your advantage as you search for your next role, visit our resources page for candidates here.
Are you a growing SME and currently outsourcing your accounts function? It may be time to change. More-and-more businesses are creating in-house finance jobs in order to streamline services and have more control, however ensuring you are ready for this step is hugely important. In this blog, specialist Finance & Accountancy Recruitment Consultant Kathryn Heeler discusses why SMEs should consider bringing their accounts function in-house, the benefits of it and when the right time to do it is. Start-up businesses tend to outsource all accounting services, encompassing payroll, accounts payable, billing and collections, tax compliance, and strategic advice in order to manage all financial business matters. It is vital that growing companies understand their figures and how they are impacting the day-to-day running, and outsourcing this whilst keeping abreast of key data can be a challenge. It is therefore hugely important that companies realise when it may be time to bring the accounts function in-house to ensure the business is running smooth financially. Having an efficient, committed accounting department can help the company on many levels including cost cutting, without significantly impacting day-to-day operations. This will also enable you to have an individual embedded into the business to liaise with non-finance staff and help to implement strategies which will ensure cost effective working in various departments. This individual will also be able to provide analysis on financial data to assist senior managers when making critical business decisions and control where company assets are being used. Attract the right Finance & Accountancy candidates When advertising for your internal accounts team you need to ensure you are attracting the right type of candidate for your business. The most beneficial option would be an individual who can provide proficient analysis and feedback on performance. Think about bringing in a senior candidate that can advise and take control straight away. For example, many of our clients have often brought in a mid to senior level candidate such as a Financial Controller or Company Accountant that will understand the importance of culture, how the company works, and what makes the business successful in order to accelerate growth. This is where a business like Sellick Partnership could help. We can listen to your needs and advertise for specific Finance & Accountancy candidates on your behalf. Benefits of bringing your accounts function in-house As your business grows, your accounting needs will become more complex and specialised and as a business owner you will have direct access to information by having a finance professional on site. This enables you to set tasks suited to your business needs whereas outsourced services usually come with a specific package that may not be bespoke to you or fit with how the business operates. The easier communication will also enable you to get the information you need, whilst moving at the pace of the business to provide a timely and comprehensive service. There are a number of benefits to bringing your accounts function in-house which include; Having an internal accounts team gives businesses full control of their accounting activities. Having an internal accounts team means they are in close proximity if any questions arise or anything needs clarifying in relation to a business’s accounts. Bringing an accounts team in-house means businesses can find a loyal employee who champions company growth and will keep sensitive information confidential. How to attract the right Finance & Accountancy candidates to your business The benefits bringing an internal team or employee to manage accounts in-house will be dependent on the level of talent you can bring in. A more senior hire will be able to make a much greater difference to your business, however sometimes budget means this is not an option. You therefore need to decide what type of candidate you are looking for and work out the way to attract them to your business! So how do you ensure you attract the right Finance & Accountancy candidates? To start your search, you will need to decide what business functions will need covering in the role. Responsibilities within the role are likely to include general ledger maintenance, daily transactions, financial statement preparation and analysis, treasury and payroll. It is also important to think about what the most critical job skills are in relation to the role and your business, for example creativity, problem solving or communication. When deciding these factors it is important to think about the direction you want your business to go in. This again is where a recruitment agency like Sellick Partnership can help. We regularly create job specifications and work with businesses of all sizes to ensure the responsibilities or the role match the candidates our clients are trying to attract. Getting the right level of Finance & Accountancy candidate is important Once the specification is suited to the business needs you will need to determine what qualifications the candidate should have, and this will depend on the level of work the candidate will be expected to do. For example, if you are hiring a Finance & Accountancy candidate to handle your financial statements and carry out general analysis and bookkeeping, you could consider a non-chartered or qualified by experience candidate. It may even be beneficial to employ a candidate who is studying towards a qualification, so that they can learn and grow with the business. If you require a candidates with a more specific skillset, a commercial mind and experience in managing tax and returns, you may need to employ a senior candidate with a qualification, for example, ACCA, ACA or CIMA. Ensuring Finance & Accountancy candidates are the right fit Another thing to think about is carrying out necessary due diligence on the candidate. Whilst it is important to take the time out to thoroughly interview the candidate and get to know them, it is essential that you also conduct a thorough reference check. If you would like to be extra diligent, you may also consider credit checks if relevant to your business. There are lots of additional things to take into consideration when making any business decisions and this may be a pivotal time in the expansion of your company. Not only should you consider the above, you also need to factor in the salary and benefits package that you are offering as this will determine the type of candidate that applies. It is important to ensure you are you being competitive with other organisations so you do not miss out on the best talent. Company culture is also important. All candidates want to work in an environment that they enjoy, so ensuring the candidate you employ gets on with current employees and fits in well with your culture is essential. I would say this is one of the most important aspects of taking on new staff. Getting this right often results in staff that are productive and happy, making it less likely that they will leave for a competitor. Sellick Partnership could help make the process quick and easy As a Finance & Accountancy recruitment specialist, we have a great deal of experience assisting SME businesses with finding their perfect internal accounts teams, and we would be delighted to help you. If you are thinking about bringing your accounts function in-house get in touch. You can contact me for an initial confidential discussion on 0191 261 8585, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can visit our employer resources section for more information on attracting the perfect candidates for your business and getting your employer brand and culture right.