Semi-senior (Audit and Accounts)

Job Type: Permanent Location: Bristol

The Bristol office are looking for an experienced, professional and enthusiastic semi-senior, to join our audit and accounts team. Applicants must be able to display a commercially-minded and organised approach to client work.

The role

This is a challenging and interesting role which will include exposure to a wide range of clients. This includes:

  • Planning and conducting audit working papers that document and evaluate test findings (travel required where necessary for on-site visits).
  • Assistance with planning and completion sections on file.
  • Reporting directly to the audit senior with progress and key findings, as well as keeping them informed of budgetary matters.
  • Liaising with client teams on audit matters, as well as generally to achieve excellent client service.
  • Liaising with other Saffery Champness teams, such as corporate tax, to ensure we provide a joined-up service.
  • Document and test client internal systems through walkthrough tests.
  • Preparation of statutory accounts, most commonly under FRS 105, 102 and 102 1A for limited companies, sole traders and partnerships, either from incomplete records or accounting software.
  • Preparation of supporting accounts working papers, summarising key points for managers and potential client queries.

The team

The Accounts and Audit Team within the Bristol office comprises 39 members of staff ranging from directors to accounts assistants and audit juniors. The team reports to all of the partners within the office on a variety of tasks ranging from audits, outsourcing and management accounts, VAT returns, statutory accounts preparation and adhoc client queries.

The office

We offer accounting, audit and assurance, business advisory, corporate finance, tax and VAT services. We act for businesses and individuals both in the UK and internationally. Our staff work regularly and closely with their colleagues in our national offices to provide a seamless service to clients, wherever they are located.

Our Bristol office is home to 6 partners and 85 members of staff.


  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Computer experience: Excel, Word and ideally CCH accounts and audit automation.
  • Good technical knowledge including recent developments in accounting and auditing standards.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Proactive nature and enjoys working as part of a team.
  • Ideally: 1 to 3 years Auditing experience.
  • Ideally studying towards the ACA/ACCA.
  • Ideally: Driving licence and ability to travel to client premises.


  • A 35-hour working week with flexibility around the core hours of 10am-4pm.
  • Paid overtime or time off in lieu (pre-approved and only where required).
  • Working from home allowance.
  • 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.
  • Salary reviews annually in October.
  • Twenty days annual leave with an additional day added after each year’s service.
  • 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.
  • 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, which include; health cash plans, health screening/GP support, critical illness cover, dental and travel insurance, Techscheme, Cyclescheme, Gymflex and a Workplace ISA. More information will be provided on joining.