38 Collingwood Street, Collingwood Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1JF
- Specialism: Finance & Accountancy
- Sector: Commerce & Industry
- Location: Durham, Darlington, Cleveland and North Yorkshire
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County Durham, England | Permanent
Sellick Partnership are currently working several well respected Accountancy Practices, in the recruitment of Finance Assistant to join teams, with opportunities in Durham, Darlington and Newcastle. As a Finance Assistant you will be given the autonomy and flexibility to manage your own workload and be responsible for helping clients in the North East and beyond to build a better business. To coincide with their ambitious growth strategy, the organisation are looking for a passionate Accounting professional and will provide exceptional development opportunities as well as internal and external support to enhance your business advisory skills. Responsibilities of the Accountant will include: Compliance - Cloud accounting, bookkeeping, company secretarial, VAT and personal tax returns Advise a client on how to move their finance system to the cloud and help to migrate their data Meet up with other team members as part of a working group that is tasked with implementing internal strategy Give a customer that you know are struggling a call…. just because you know it can be lonely as a business owner sometimes Essential experience: Be PQ ACCA/ACA or fully AAT Qualified A minimum of two years' experience within an Accountancy practice Competent and enjoy using cloud accountancy packages Enjoy a fast paced environment This is a fantastic opportunity if you want to part of a business that has a clear mission and vision, you enjoy learning, problem solving and thinking outside the box or you enjoy being part of a team. If you are interested in the above position please apply, or contact Kathryn Heeler at Sellick Partnership. 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. 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.
County Durham, England | Permanent
£25000 - £35000 per annum
Sellick Partnership are currently working in partnership with a number of well established independent Accountancy Practices, who have opportunities within Durham, Darlington and Newcastle, for qualified Audit and Accounts professionals. The role of the Accounts and Audit Senior will become a subject matter specialist, to develop best practice and play a key role in assisting in the delivery of a high quality service to clients. You will be given the opportunity to undertake technical training which has been recognised by all major professional institutes. Whilst an office based position, you will be given the responsibility for client engagement and completing tasks associated with the audit of statutory accounts. You will have responsibility for completing work and reviewing work performed by other members of the team. As a Accounts and Audit Team Leader within the Audit and Assurance practice you will have responsibility for Completion of UK GAAP compliance reviews of statutory accounts Agreement of information included within the accounts to supporting documentation provided by audit engagement teams Audit of holdings companies and small trading companies Undertaking other audit tasks to assist audit teams. Accounts preparation Review of tasks undertaken by other team members Having a broader perspective of potential issues encountered when managing diverse teams and the strategies to overcome them; have a clear understanding of the firm's commitment to creating a more inclusive culture Experience required for the Audit and Accounts Executive position: ACA/ACCA qualification (or equivalent) however those with significant relevant experience will be considered Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of UK accounting frameworks Thorough knowledge of UK GAAP An ability to lead, develop and mentor a team Able to display initiative, proactivity, professionalism and confidence Diligence, hardworking and co-operation to be an effective member of the team Articulate and able to demonstrate discretion Strong interpersonal and communication skills Ability to prioritise workload and work under pressure with a flexible approach Ability to problem solve and think logically If you are interested in he position please apply or contact Kathryn Heeler at Sellick Partnership. 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
North East England, England | Permanent
£30000 - £32000 per annum
Sellick Partnership are delighted to be working with a well-established housing organisation in the recruitment of a Category Manager to join their team on a full time, permanent basis. The Category Manager will support the Procurement Manager in the effective management of the contracts of the organisation. They will be responsible for the management of the whole life cycle of contracts from procurement to contract management and review ensuring that the organisation is obtaining value for money in all contracts in addition to compliance with relevant Public Contracts Regulations (PCR2015). The post holder will liaise closely with relevant Service Leads within their specific category and will be responsible for ensuring that advice and guidance is provided. The post holder will provide support to the Senior Category Manager, Procurement Manager, Senior and Executive Managers across the organization to ensure smooth operation of the procurement and contract management function. Responsibilities: To analyse current contractual provisions of goods and services and make recommendations to consolidate and/or complete procurements of non-compliant contracts To be open to and advise of new ideas and processes which may not have previously been used and have a positive role in developing relationships between procurement and other areas of the business To manage the whole contract lifecycle through the in-tend e-tendering portal To actively monitor supplier spend throughout the life of the contract to highlight any issues with contract values and liaise with the financial management team to ensure that any issues are discussed accordingly relating to budget provisions with the relevant stakeholders To provide general advice and guidance to the stakeholders within the category area relating to procurement and contract management processes and procedures. To professionally challenge specifications based on previous knowledge of the contract to ensure that the new provision is fit for purpose. Manage health and safety issues in your area of responsibility in line with the relevant section(s) of the relevant Health and Safety Policy Essential Experience: Qualified or willing to work towards level 5 or above in Procurement or business related qualification Knowledge of PCR2015 regulations and how they impact on the organisation Experience of administering contracts Experience of effectively maintaining working relations both external and internal Able to demonstrate an understanding of relevant laws and regulations, including EU procurement regulations, the Social Value Act and Data transparency Computer literate with experience of using Microsoft Office Systems If you are interested in this position please apply or contact Kathryn Heeler at Sellick Partnership. 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
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear | Temporary
£15.00 - £17.00 per hour
Sellick Partnership are assisting a Large NHS organisation in the recruitment of an Information Analyst to join their team in Newcastle. This is temporary position due to last until August 2021. Reporting to the Information Analysis Manager, the successful candidate will provide support to a diverse range of stakeholders, using analytical and technical skills, supported by a knowledge of NHS an public sector data and definitions. Responsibilities: To assist in the receipt, input and validation of complex data sets and returns from Trusts,GP Practices, providers and other agencies to strict deadlines, identifying potential and actual data problems and proposing solutions, to support the submission of statutory returns. To support the Senior Information Analysts in major work areas e.g. secondary care, contract/performance monitoring, or medicines management whilst maintaining a generic approach to support the service as a whole, working independently within departmental procedures and referring to senior staff when necessary. To participate in the formal statistical analysis and interpretation of results of data analysis, e.g. reports, charts, maps, pivot tables. To design and develop spreadsheets/databases to hold sometimes complex data collected for a particular purpose and maintain the integrity of the data. To participate in development of key data sets by frequent or regular information users, including development of techniques or systems. To ensure that the security of IT systems and the confidentiality of personal data are maintained at all times in line with the relevant organisational policies. To explain and advise to information users the availability of data on a particular topic, suggesting where it is appropriate to be used. To undertake the analysis of computerised and manual data as part of the provision of management information for both routine and ad-hoc requests. To undertake the presentation and explanation of data analysis to a broad client base in the PCTs and other organisations using the service. To identify and propose changes to business processes or reporting systems to improve service, bring efficiencies and/or meet new policy or guidance requirements To support the development and documentation of quality standards covering all aspects of data, analysis and reporting work streams. To maintain specialist knowledge and expertise in NHS information systems and an appreciation and understanding of other information systems. Essential Experience: Knowledge of NHS data dictionary, Commissioning datasets and Payment by Results. Knowledge of information reporting tools Experience in analysing and interpretation of complex data. Experience in using and developing databases and analytical tools. Developed analytical skills to present complex and/or sensitive information clearly and persuasively. Excellent written and oral skills. Sound reporting writing skills to produce high quality timely reports for a varied audience. Highly developed knowledge of Microsoft products including Access and Excel. Knowledge of data manipulation tools and techniques e.g. SPC, SQL. Knowledge of information governance standards around data security and confidentiality. If you are interested in this position please apply, or contact Kathryn Heeler at Sellick Partnership. 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.
Roles in fintech are growing, and recently we have seen a massive increase in the number of Finance & Accountancy professionals utilising their skills and entering this growing sector. In this article, Nicholas Harding, CEO of peer-to-peer lending platform Lending Works, offers his advice for people with financial backgrounds who may want to transition over to fintech or secure a role in this growing sector. The fintech industry in the UK is booming, generating an estimated annual turnover of £20 billion (IG) and creating many new, exciting jobs. So, it is no surprise that so many people aspire to work in fintech, whether they are soon-to-be graduates or have been working in other areas for a long time. In this new industry, you will need a range of hard and soft skills, which you may have already acquired if you started your career in finance. Below, I will take you through just a few of the skills that makes people with financial backgrounds so desirable in this industry. Financial knowledge You do not necessarily have to be an expert in technology to do well in fintech. What you may find, is that employers are more interested in your financial knowledge, because you can provide insight into areas that could be improved by technology. You can also advise them of regulations and other limitations they will need to be aware of. You will likely have experience using finance-specific tools and technology to complete your daily tasks, whether that is Excel or a custom-built accounting software. Having a comprehensive understanding of these tools can give you a competitive advantage over other candidates, especially if you can come up with ideas for how they can be improved or used for other purposes. Hard skills Hard skills are the talent and expertise you acquire through training or experience that allow you to perform well in a certain job. They are usually easy to prove by earning certificates, such as degrees or diplomas as evidence of a formal education. But hard skills also include things like additional languages and computer literacy. One of the key hard skills finance workers pick up in the industry is data analysis. Fintech roles are usually very figure-driven, so having a strong data analysis aptitude will allow you to better use numbers to make business decisions. Financial reporting and forecasting are also important traits to have — plus, as there has been a shortage of candidates with this skill in recent years (Jobsite), it will make you more desirable. Your role in finance should provide you with plenty of opportunities to practice developing the right hard skills, but you could consider looking into online courses or asking your employer to recommend some to hone your knowledge. Some can take a few years to complete, such as accountancy qualifications, but they will provide you with concrete evidence of your capability. Soft skills Do not forget that the ideal candidate also needs to have excellent soft skills, which are things like communication, networking, creative thinking, and time management — these are equally important in any role. Make sure you jump at every opportunity to exercise these whilst you are working in finance by volunteering to attend industry events and getting involved in optional projects. It can also help to perform regular skills gap analysis. These are usually done employer-to-employee, but you can conduct one yourself to identify which areas you need to work on. For example, if you have had less experience putting together professional graphs or struggle to produce cleanly formatted charts, you can focus on developing your design skills. Frequently undergoing skills gap analysis and topping up your experience can help you become a more well-rounded and versatile employee. When you decide to move on to fintech, it is also important to highlight any project management experience you may have picked up that can give you even more of an edge compared to other candidates, as these leadership skills are just as important as they are in other industries. These are just some of the ways a career in finance can prepare you for a new role in fintech. From useful hard skills to crucial soft skills, there are plenty of transferable talents for you to acquire by working in the financial industry. Can we help? If you are looking for your next vacancy, or are interested in joining a leading fintech firm, please get in touch, we would be more than happy to help.
This year International Women’s Day is spreading the message #EachforEqual and is looking at how “we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements”. This is a great message and something I feel is hugely important today, especially within the finance and accountancy sector which I predominantly recruit for. Finance has been associated as a very male dominated sector for a long time, but more recently female finance professionals are proving that anyone can reach the top and succeed in this highly rewarding sector. I work with a number of strong female professionals across my NHS client base, many of whom are striving to make the sector a more diverse and inclusive place to work. I recently sat down with Beth Fleming, Head of Strategy, Planning and Partnerships at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and HFMA Chair, to find out about her career and to get her thoughts on what it takes to be a success within public sector finance. Can you tell me about your career and experience to date? This year is my 30th anniversary of working within the NHS after joining in 1990. I started as an Internal Auditor for North Derbyshire Health Authority and, after nine months, was successful in being accepted onto the Graduate Regional Finance Trainee scheme. I qualified as a CIPFA accountant in 1996 which was one of the proudest moments of my life to date. I then worked my way up the career ladder in various roles across the NHS and in 2013, I became deputy CFO for NHS Hardwick CCG. In 2016, I was approached by my now manager in Derbyshire Health Service NHS FT to see if I would be interested in taking a role which was more strategic, whilst maintaining a financial link through contracting, income and commercial development, which I gladly accepted. I have also become responsible for the procurement team whilst in post. I am now in my fourth year in this role and absolutely loving it. I have the opportunity to challenge myself every day and stretch my knowledge which is so important to me as a female finance professional. What motivates you to be successful? I have two daughters and I want them to see how important it is to have a fulfilling career and a voice in society. It doesn’t matter to me what they do as long as they do it to the best of their ability and they are happy, fulfilled and kind to people along the way. The NHS has always been an exceptional employer to me and I feel that I owe it to them to be the best that I can possibly be, and I hope my two children grow up to have the same mentality wherever they end up working. As a manager I am also incredibly motivated to see my team developing. I absolutely love how supportive we all are of each other, which means we get to try new things and work together towards a common goal. This is hugely important in any environment, especially one as stressful as public sector finance. No two days are the same within the NHS – which I wouldn’t change for the world – but you need a solid team that you trust around you in order to get the work done and really make a difference. As a woman working in the NHS and finance industry, have you ever faced any discrimination or felt you had fewer opportunities? NHS finance is traditionally a male dominated environment – as is the finance and accountancy sector in general – especially when looking at it at a senior level. In 2017, just 28 percent were women and women are still largely under-represented at bands 8c and above, although they account for 61 percent of the workforce overall. I know this is something the NHS is working towards addressing, and we have made huge strides in recent years, but I do believe more needs to be done to balance everything out. The HFMA works hard to understand this dynamic and puts programmes in place to support women and people in ethnic minorities to be successful. The East Midlands Branch of the HFMA recognises this and, at our recent conference, invited Sandra Easton, Director of Operational Finance and Performance of NHSI/E, to present on “Diversity in NHS Finance”. This was a fantastic opportunity to hear from someone incredibly passionate about EDI and gave us lots to think about as to what we can do to support more women and minorities into roles across the NHS. It is also great to see support mechanisms being introduced across all sectors to support more woman working towards senior leadership roles. The NHS leadership academy is a great example of this. The NHS leadership academy actively promotes strong female role models from within the NHS and offers the support that leaders need to achieve their ambitions. Although this is open to everyone, they do have a specific focus on helping women and minorities, which I think is admirable. How does it feel to be appointed as East Midlands HFMA Branch Chair? It is an honour to be appointed. It is also amazing to see so many women represented across HFMA. I recently attended a national HFMA Branch Chair's meeting and six out of the seven new chairs were women. A fantastic achievement! Is there anything you want to achieve as East Midlands HFMA Branch Chair? I would like to develop an HFMA ‘champion’ in every organisation within the boundaries of the branch, much like the Future Focused Finance (FFF) value makers. I would like to see a nominated member of each finance or procurement team who could take responsibility for becoming HFMA members, sharing HFMA news bulletins, encouraging team members to attend events and generally spread the news of this valuable resource within our health communities. I would also like to develop the nascent relationship between FFF and the Skills Development Network (SDN) so that our vision and objectives are shared between the three bodies and within the wider community. What advice do you have for women looking at your success and wanting to achieve the same? Work hard, use the resources available to you through your employer, professional accountancy body or HFMA and ensure you build and motivate a successful team around you. There is a wealth of support out there to help you achieve your career aims, and if you ask for help, and use what is available I’m sure you will achieve great success. Can we help you? If you are looking for a finance opportunity within the NHS or would like advice on how you can build a successful career, get in touch. We would be delighted to help. Alternatively, you can browse our latest NHS jobs or check out or dedicated Candidate Resources section to help you with your next career move.
Earlier this month the government finally announced plans for a review of the proposed IR35 reforms that are due to hit the private sector in April this year, however the news has been met with very mixed responses. With a little over two months to go before the reforms are implemented we are still unsure as to the true impact they will have, and it is unlikely that this review in its current form will alleviate the worries of our contractor, candidate and client base. The timing of the review is wrong. A thorough independent review that will look at the issues that have been raised, consult the market and detail amendments simply cannot happen in the short time left until the planned implementation date. I therefore worry that the government will use this ‘review’ as an obligatory pre-election promise and will not look closely enough at the implications this will have on the contractor market across the UK. I am also concerned that the basis of the review isn’t right. In late November, campaigning for Tory votes, Chancellor Sajid Javid said that he wanted to “look again at the proposed changes to IR35 to make sure that they are right to take forward”. Now, however, it looks as if the review will probe the reforms’ implementation, not the reform as a whole which is a mistake in my opinion. At our IR35 briefing event in November last year, we heard the concerns of contractors first-hand, and many of the same worries still stand and are unlikely to be solved unless the implementation date is delayed, and a more thorough review is launched. They raised concerns such as businesses not being ready for the changes, a lack of client understanding and a blanket ban on limited contractors by many clients across all sectors. Another issue that the review will likely skim over is the impact on ethical behaviour across the contractor market, something that is hugely important in my opinion. In a recent Recruiter article, Neil Carberry, CEO of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said: “Pushing ahead with an approach to taxing contractors that is not fit-for-purpose will punish ethical businesses, incentivise non-compliance and harm workers. I wholeheartedly agree with this comment, and it is becoming an even bigger worry for me and my team. If this review is going to work, it must consider monitoring and regulating non-compliant umbrella companies. We have a list of preferred umbrella companies for a reason. Each one is vetted to ensure that our contractors, our clients and we are protected as far as possible from both financial and criminal liability. The government also needs to look closely at the mistakes that were made in the public sector roll out. A lack of communication, panic and timing all culminated in several key issues and many contractors are still feeling the adverse effects as a result. The government needs to learn from these mistakes, and at least adopt a phased approach to the private sector roll out and offer some clarity to businesses around what the implications will be for them. My worry is that there is a similar feeling of panic and unrest with the current plans, and there are a number of extremes across the market. On one hand some clients are panicking and putting a blanket ban on contractors stating that they will only work with temporary staff through PAYE, with others using this review as another excuse to delay their plans, something that we have been advising them not to do. Organisations and contractors need to be doing all they can to prepare and seek advice from recruitment professionals like Sellick Partnership. Finally, the review needs ample time to consult the market and appease any concerns businesses, contractors and recruiters have about the roll out, and I don’t believe that is the case. For a thorough, independent review to take place the reforms will have to be delayed giving everyone time to prepare. Without these preparations, and a decent consultation process, we are in danger of heading for the same mistakes and challenges we faced in 2017, which would be very damaging for the private sector contractor market. If you are worried about IR35, or would like some advice, head over to the dedicated section of our website. Alternatively, you can get in touch with myself, or a member of my team and we will be more than happy to help.