Audit Manager Film & TV – London

Job Type: Permanent Location: London

The Film & TV Division of Saffery are looking to hire an Audit Manager on a full time, permanent basis.

Saffery are the market leaders in UK film and TV finance. The UK sector is the largest production hub outside of Los Angeles with countless LA companies and studios now choosing the UK to produce their content.

The role

The ideal candidate will be a commercially focused, motivated, and ambitious individual looking for a challenge in an industry that continues to experience remarkable growth.

Our clients include all of the major Hollywood studios, as well as many independent film and television production companies and video game development companies in the US and UK. We also work with many other entities ancillary to film and television production, such as film financiers, post-production houses and other service providers. Finally, we work with a number of video games developers ranging from small independents to large multi-national studios.

An audit manager in the F&TV Group will have responsibility for managing a wide range of clients. They will be responsible for:

  • Lead contact for the client in the production and delivery of high-quality accounts preparation, audit and compliance services.
  • Manage the entire client engagement from inception to delivery, to include planning, budgetary control, file review, resolution of significant issues with Partner and client, and delivery of case to Partner.
  • Ensures agreed deliverables are within the set time frame
  • Budgeting and invoicing clients
  • Develop and grow a professional relationship with your client portfolio in conjunction with the complete service team.
  • Staff planning and day to management of staff including performance and development reviews
  • Inclusion of tender process when necessary
  • Networking opportunities.

In addition to the typical audit/accountancy work you might expect the more specialised work you would have exposure to would be as follows:

  • Preparation and review of BFI certificate applications
  • Production expenditure analysis for inclusion in tax returns
  • Tax credit estimates for upcoming productions/games
  • Production cost report audits for both individual productions and co-productions
  • Preparation and audit of funding applications and reports

We will also provide the manager with regular technical training and also with the necessary soft skills development that will help them progress quickly.

The team

The Film & TV Division has approximately 75 staff in total, including 7 Partners and 3 Directors. You will have a support network from Trainees all the way up to Partners.


The successful applicant will be outgoing and resilient, with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. The position will require an extremely high level of ability and commitment, with the flexibility to work long hours as required. Candidates should be self-motivated, display a positive approach and can get things done. In addition, they should possess the confidence and professionalism to establish credibility at all levels, be commercially minded and have a clear perception of client requirements.

Candidates should be ACA/ACCA qualified with a good exam record. The successful candidate will possess a wide range of audit experience and strong technical knowledge of accounting and audit principles. The candidate will need to have experience in managing a portfolio of small to large clients as well as having the required understanding of FRS102 and IFRS.

The firm will provide training and support to help develop the successful candidate’s specialist knowledge and capabilities.

Systems used are Excel, Word CCH Audit Automation and CCH Accounts Production.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Company car as per Managers’ Car Scheme. May opt for a company car to the value to £15,100 by sacrificing £3,611 per annum of salary. (Pro-rata for lower vehicle cost).
  • 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.
  • Employee referral scheme. Assistant Manager level and below, including support staff, will attract a referral reward of £5,000, Manager level or above, will attract a referral reward of £10,000.
  • 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.
  • Eligibility for the discretionary bonus scheme. This is based on both individual performance and firm performance.
  • Private Medical – entitled to join on successful completion of probationary period
  • 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 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.