Accounts Senior – Peterborough

Job Type: Permanent Location: Peterborough

Due to continued growth, we are a looking for a talented individual to join the Peterborough office as an Accounts Senior within our Accounts Team. The successful candidate is expected to be ACA/ACCA qualified with strong technical ability and experience of preparing financial statements.

As an Accounts Senior, you will be responsible for preparing and reviewing financial statements for a variety of clients ranging from sole-traders and partnerships, landed estates including complex trust structures, to corporate single entities and groups.  You will work as part of a team to deliver our uniquely personal and proactive service, upholding the highest standards in client service.

You will:

  • work with our expansive and varied client base, including a number of high-profile landed estates and large corporate clients and groups with turnover up to £500m
  • lead the preparation of financial statements for complex estate and trusts, medium and large companies and corporate groups
  • coach and support trainees to prepare accounts for simpler entities including sole-traders, partnerships, small companies and trusts, and perform a review of their work
  • prepare or review VAT returns, and support clients with bookkeeping including answering questions on transaction entry and assisting with the implementation of management reporting
  • work alongside the Partners and Managers to deliver advisory work including preparation of financial forecast models, business plans, restructuring advice and other ad hoc projects
  • gain exposure to the delivery of complex capital tax advice and succession planning projects
  • build and maintain strong relationships with our clients, being a key client contact
  • be enthusiastic about developing your knowledge, including learning about new developments in the space through attendance at industry events and conferences
  • be keen to develop your reputation in the market by engaging with clients and co-professionals
  • supervise, coach and develop the accounts team
  • benefit from investment in coaching and developing you, with one-to-one support from the Manager and Partner team

The role provides the opportunity for someone who has commenced their career in the profession to join a firm and team with a great work-life balance and a genuine interest and focus on you and your career. You will gain experience on large and complex clients in a fast-growing office, creating genuine opportunities for career progression.

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 their professional qualification or have qualified and are moving into the Assistant Manager role 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 is located easily off the A1, adjacent to Nene Park; offering an on-site gym, café, electric car charging and free parking. Our light and airy offices have been designed to provide a working space that is conducive to team collaboration and agile working.


  • The successful candidate will be ACA/ACCA qualified.
  • You should have prior experience in an audit and accounts role, with emphasis on accounts experience.
  • You should be motivated, organised, commercially minded, and have a clear perception of good client service. In addition, you should possess good interpersonal skills, demonstrate initiative and be able to provide accurate work in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Furthermore, you 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.
  • Familiarity with relevant accounts software packages (Sage, Key Prime, Farmplan, Xero) preferred

Reward & Benefits

  • A 35 hour working week with a hybrid working policy with the option to work from home for up to three days per week (core hours 10-4)
  • Excellent benefits including; contributory pension scheme, 25 days annual leave, Life Assurance cover and great flexible benefits and policies,
  • Eligibility for the firm’s Profit-Sharing Plan. Paid in December.
  • Eligible for paid overtime or time off in lieu.