Audit Senior

Date: 15 Jun 2024

Location: Preston, GB, PR1 3HP

Company: MHA

Here at MHA, we take the time to create great relationships with our clients to become not just their trusted advisers, but valued partners that face the future together.

As a Top 14 firm of chartered accountants, tax and business advisers, we work in partnership with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and individuals to multi-national corporations. We work together to navigate an ever-changing business world and proactively identify the opportunities that tomorrow presents.

Leveraging our national network of offices, we offer a comprehensive range of financial and business strategy services to clients across the UK, enabling them to achieve profitable growth and build sustainable long-term success. As a member of Baker Tilly International, we have a global reach that allows us to offer our insight and expertise wherever our clients need us to be. We believe this makes us a national and international partner of choice for entrepreneurs and multi-national enterprises across the world.

Our agile and responsive approach means we are always on hand to have the right conversations about with clients at the right time, allowing us to identify their goals and business needs both now, and in the future.


What does the role entail?

•    To prepare assignments to strict deadlines (accounts, tax, briefing notes), reporting either directly to director/partner or on more complex assignments to senior manager.
•    To liaise with the director/partner or manager to organise assignments (book with clients and organise staff).
•    To use allocated staff and provide appropriate supervision.
•    To liaise in particular with relevant departments to make sure compliance work is planned at the right time.
•    Collate project raw data and summarise into suitable format for review (e.g. first draft projections/reports).
•    Highlight issues which the manager/partner needs to discuss with the client.
•    Ensure compliance deadlines are met and liaise with tax staff to ensure work is appropriately planned.
•    Ensure jobs are adequately resourced giving due regard to staff continuity where possible.
•    Review work in progress and fee budgets on monthly basis, reporting variances from billing target to manager/partner.
•    Arrange pre-completion meetings with managers/directors/partners and completion meetings with clients on timely basis.
•    Manage own fee targets, prepare own budgets and bills for manager/partner approval.
•    Plan own and others time to maximum efficiency.
•    Give clear, unambiguous instructions to staff on assignments ensuring they are suitably trained and supervised.

•    Provide staff with feedback at the end of the assignments using the Firm's IPD framework documentation.
•    Identify when staff members may need support, provide support and refer issues where appropriate to relevant line manager.
•    To manage personal time and working practices to maximize profitability and protect the good reputation of the firm.
•    To maintain the highest standards of personal organisation, setting an example to more junior members of staff.
•    Consistently achieve good feedback from clients and staff by delivering a high standard of client service both internally and externally.
•    Comply with the firm’s policies, procedures and ethical standards.
•    Fulfil ongoing obligation to Continuing Professional Development.
•    Demonstrate attention to detail.

Essential skills 

•    ACA / ACCA qualified / nearly qualified / qualified by experience
•    A minimum of 2 years’ audit experience in an accountancy practice with a wide range of clients
•    Up to date technical knowledge of Auditing and Financial Reporting Standards 
•    The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and to tailor communication appropriately
•    Experience in developing client relationships and understanding client service standards
•    A strong commercial awareness
•    Excellent attention to detail
•    A positive solutions focused attitude
•    Excellent organisational and planning skills.
•    Respectful and professional, speaking positively of others. 
•    Team player
•    Flexible to work additional hours in order to meet deadlines or unforeseen problems. 
•    Plans to make effective use of time and consistently meets deadlines.

Desirable Skills:
•    Competent in all Microsoft packages.
•    Experience of CCH Accounts production.
•    Experience of Pro Audit Software.
•    Experience of Cloud Based Accounting Software

Why Join us?
Over the last few years, we have won multiple industry awards such as National Firm of the Year, Tax Team of the Year, Graduate and Non-Graduate programme of the Year, Best Advisory Services and most recently the gold standard accreditation by Investors in People
•    Genuine Work Life balance
•    33 days holiday Inc. bank holidays, plus the opportunity to buy or sell up to 5 days (28 days on a training contract, with the opportunity to buy 5 days)
•    Competitive salary package
•    Employee Recognition awards
•    Accredited Investor in People
•    New and improved programme for Succession planning and supportive management structure to help you realise your potential
•    And more!

Its an exciting time to join the firm so take you next career step with us.