Accounts Assistant – Peterborough

Job Type: Permanent Location: Peterborough

Due to the continued growth, we are looking for a talented individual to join the Peterborough office as an Accounts Assistant within our Audit and Accounts team. The successful candidate is expected to be AAT qualified or part qualified and will be responsible for the preparation of accounts for a range of clients, including trusts and charitable trusts as well as book-keeping and VAT returns for a dynamic client base.

The role

  • The role is hybrid according to our flexible working policy, however, he/she/they may be required to carry out work at client premises, if necessary. He/she/they will:
  • Predominantly prepare annual Trust accounts from client monies accounts and investment schedules
  • Prepare annual charitable settlement accounts from client monies accounts and investment schedules
  • Prepare quarterly VAT returns and the associated book-keeping for a dynamic client base
  • Assist with preparation of management accounts
  • Be minded to uphold the highest levels of client service and build relationships externally and internally
  • Be involved in ad-hoc advisory projects, such as setting up ledgers, reporting for bank covenants and assisting client finance/family office teams

The team and our values

You will be joining a growing team and will have regular check-ins with your Performance and Development Reviewer (Manager) to support you in your role and career. You will join a vibrant team of people who are studying towards a professional qualification or are already qualified and can expect to work closely with the Managers and Partners.
All interactions and decisions we make as a team are underpinned by our values of collegiately, enthusiasm, integrity and excellence. We are looking to continue to develop a caring team with similar values to build on the excellent client service we strive to deliver within an enjoyable environment.

The office

The Peterborough office of Saffery Champness is located easily off the A1 with accessible public transport routes and free parking on-site. Our modern offices have been designed to provide a working space this is conducive to team collaboration and agile working.


The successful candidate will be an AAT qualified or part qualified accountant, with previous experience in accounts preparation.
You should be motivated, well organised, commercially minded and have a clear perception of client requirements. 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 and clients. A natural team player is essential, with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.


  • 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