Accounts Assistant – High Wycombe

Job Type: Permanent Location: High Wycombe

Due to continued growth, we are seeking a talented individual to join the High Wycombe office as an Accounts Assistant within our Audit and Accounts team. The successful candidate is expected to be at least AAT qualified or qualified by experience who will be responsible for the preparation of accounts and VAT returns for a broad range of clients, including partnerships, trusts, sole traders and companies covering various sectors.

The role

The role is hybrid in accordance with our flexible working policy, however, he/she/they may be required to carry out work at client premises, if necessary. The successful candidate will provide the following services to our clients:

  • Preparation of management and statutory financial accounts for a varied range of high calibre clients
  • Preparation of quarterly VAT returns
  • Maintenance of client accounting records
  • Preparation and submission of other statutory returns and filings
  • Assisting managers with looking after a large portfolio of accounts clients including coaching/supervising junior staff as required

The team

You will be joining an experienced and established team with the support network of portfolio Managers to aid you in your development. The team also consists of Partners and a busy trainee cohort.

The office

The High Wycombe office offers accounting, audit and assurance, business advisory, corporate tax, personal tax and VAT services. We act for businesses and individuals both in the UK and internationally. Our staff work regularly and closely with their colleagues in our national offices to provide a seamless service to clients, wherever they are located.

Our High Wycombe office is home to 3 partners and 32 members of staff.


The successful candidate will have a wide range of accounting and VAT experience. Ability to use Excel, Word and Outlook is essential and knowledge of Xero, Sage, QuickBooks as well as CCH AP would be advantageous.

Applicants will be self-motivated, well organised, commercially minded and have a clear perception of client requirements with excellent attention to detail. In addition, they will possess good interpersonal skills, demonstrate initiative and be able to provide accurate work in a timely and cost-effective manner. Furthermore, they should display a flexible, professional approach, and have the confidence and ability to establish credibility with partners, managers and clients through strong written and verbal communication. A natural team player is essential, with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.

Reward & Benefits

  • A 35-hour working week with flexibility around the core hours of 10am-4pm
  • Agile working policy giving you the option to work from home for up to 3 days per week.
  • Paid overtime or time off in lieu.
  • 25 days annual leave. After 5 years’ service, the entitlement will be increased by 1 day.
  • In addition, employees are entitled to buy or sell up to 5 days holiday a year
  • Contributory pension scheme (The firm will contribute 5% of salary on a matched basis with employee from their date of joining)
  • Life assurance cover of 4 x annual salary,
  • Working from home allowance of £25 a month.
  • Eligibility for the firm’s Profit-Sharing Plan that runs from October to September each year. The scheme enables staff to share in the profits of the firm. Payment is usually c£1,000. Paid in December.
  • New client referral scheme. Members of staff introducing a new client to the firm, have the potential to receive a referral payment of up to 10% of the first year’s total fees.
  • Staff have access to health assessments, cancer screenings and health cash plans through the flexible benefits programme.
  • Access to a number of additional benefits with preferential rates under the flexible benefit programme, health cash plans, health screening/GP support, critical illness cover, dental and travel insurance, Techscheme, Cyclescheme, Gymflex and a Workplace ISA.
  • Paid travel expenses when working at offices other than your contracted office.
  • Saffery Champness is committed to being a fully inclusive employer and have a huge focus on ED&I. Upon joining the firm, you will have the opportunity to join a number of people network groups as well as be a part of the growing ED&I network.