Manager – Accounts – Harrogate

Job Type: Permanent Location: Harrogate

We are seeking an accounts Manager to work in our Harrogate office dealing predominantly with owner managed businesses and clients in the private wealth and landed estates sector.

The role

  • This is a client facing, fast paced role which includes advisory elements and often deals with high-net worth clients.
  • The work is varied and ranges from typical year end compliance through to ad-hoc advisory and project work. The client base is a mix of sole traders, trusts, partnerships, limited companies, limited liability partnershipsand smaller private charities.
  • The role is permanent and would suit an ACCA/ACA qualified accountant who is seeking to consolidate their knowledge of accounts, compliance and trusts, and take it to the next level by building on their advisory, client management and supervisory skills.
  • The candidate would be responsible for working on a variety of clients’ affairs, and the role would include (but is not limited to) the following key elements, within agreed deadlines:
  • Review and delivery of year-end financial statements
  • Taking ownership of ad-hoc advisory projects, including involvement in tax advice supported by firmwide expertise
  • Work planning and annual timetabling
  • Financial management
  • Cross-departmental liaison
  • Building and maintaining client relationships
  • Assisting in the development of junior team members
  • Experience of preparing year end accounts using accounts production software such as CCH or an equivalent is also required.

The team

The accounts department have experienced high growth in recent years and offer an exciting variety of work with great development opportunities.


  • The successful candidate will be ACA/ACCA qualified and will have a number of years’ experience of working in a practice, with current experience of managing a client portfolio.
  • The candidate will have strong numeracy and analytical skills, along with the ability to learn quickly. A good knowledge of Excel and Word is essential. Understanding of other accounting systems would be helpful but is not an essential requirement.
  • The ideal candidate should be hard-working, show initiative and be self-motivated, with the ability to organise their own workload. They should also demonstrate the ability to cope with a number of competing deadlines. They will display a flexible, professional approach and have the confidence and ability to communicate effectively with managers, partners and clients. They will also be a natural team player with a positive and enthusiastic attitude and excellent eye for detail.
  • Trust experience is desirable as well as experience in the private landed estates sector.


  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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.