Manager – Accounts

Job Type: Permanent Location: Bournemouth

Saffery Champness are looking for an experienced Manager to join our Accounts team with their Bournemouth office.

The role

To become part of the team providing a range of accounting and advisory services to our clients. We are offering varied and interesting work involving client contact with the people who make the decisions. An Accounts Manager in our Bournemouth office will have responsibility for managing a portfolio of clients that operate in a range of sectors, reporting directly to the Partners and Senior Managers. The position would involve accounts preparation work, as well as one-off assignments and special work, as required.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the accounts preparation process
  • Managing and monitoring progress of work and budgets
  • Ensuring all work is delivered on time and to a high standard
  • Supervising and coaching qualified staff and trainees
  • Liaison with tax team
  • Opportunities to work on special assignments and projects

We provide regular technical training and soft skills development to help support your growth and progression.

The team

You will be part of the Accounts Team in our Bournemouth office. This will include a support network from both ends. With capable, experienced Semi-Seniors and Seniors alongside enthusiastic Senior Managers and Directors. Overall, the Bournemouth office is made up of 5 Partners and in total approximately 70 staff.

The office

The Bournemouth Office is located within the town centre on Poole Road. Plenty of parking is available office road less than a minute walk from the office.


The ideal candidate should be hard working, show initiative and be self-motivated, with the ability to organise and manage their own workload. They should also demonstrate the ability to cope with some repetitive tasks. They should display a flexible, professional approach and have the confidence and ability to communicate effectively with partners and clients. They will be a natural team player with a positive and enthusiastic attitude and an excellent eye for detail.

Applicants will be either ACCA/ACA or equivalent qualified, with good pass rates. Professional training experience should have been broad based with exposure to a good range of clients both in size and sector in general practice. Ability to use Excel and Word is essential. Knowledge of Xero, Sage, Quickbooks as well as CCH Accounts Production is advantageous, but not essential as full training will be given.


  • 35-hour working week with flexibility around the core hours of 10am-4pm
  • 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 for the full year. Paid in December.
  • Eligibility for the discretionary bonus scheme. This is based on both individual performance and firm performance.
  • Salary reviews annually in October.
  • Twenty-five days annual leave. This increases in line with length of service. On 1 January, after 5 years’ service, the entitlement will be increased by 7 hours (as long as you have been a manager for 5 years).
  • In addition, under the flexible benefits programme, employees are entitled to buy or sell up to five days (35 hours) holiday a year, subject to staff partner approval.
  • Six-month probationary period.
  • Life assurance cover of four times salary,
  • Private Medical – entitled to join on successful completion of probationary period
  • Private Medical – Staff have access to a private medical scheme through the flexible benefits programme.
  • Contributory pension scheme (The firm will contribute 4% of salary on a matched basis with employee from their date of joining)
  • 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.