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Senior Accountant ? Business Services (Exclusive Role)
Auckland Auckland New Zealand
Full Time
SCI Recruitment

Autonomous role offering variety and scope, Boutique firm with impressive growth + surprisingly large & complex clients, Flexibility that will allow you to take more control of your daily work...


This is a brand new role with a young and growing boutique practice based in a vibrant part of Auckland City. The firm has enjoyed an impressive sustained growth, which has created the need for a technically competent business services accountant to join their close-knit team in a key role.

About the firm

Our client has a small team of 5 (full-time and part-time) accountants mostly at junior to intermediate level. Located in a prime part of Central Auckland the firm has modern office and makes good use of modern technology. The Practice Director takes pride in the quality of their services and the calibre of their clientele (including some high-profile names).

While the firm has strong focus on professional standards and a distinctive client-centric approach, it offers a surprisingly flexible, family-like team environment. The firm's professional and social event calendar includes regular seminars, team lunches and other events aimed at building and maintaining a healthy team spirit.

The firm's clients come from a range of industries with the largest group entities turning over more than $60 million annually and boasting assets in excess of $100 million. This means exposure to technically complex compliance and advisory assignment.

The culture here will appeal to someone, looking for a professional yet flexible and non-hierarchical structure with a reasonable degree of personal freedom (when it comes to operational/everyday decisions) and autonomy.

The office offers modern facilities (including a Gym with internal access from your office, which you can use free of charge) and is in close proximity to all amenities that you can find in the CBD area.

About the role      

This newly created role can best be described as a 2IC multi-functional role with strong technical focus. The main goals we are looking to achieve with this appointment are:

  1. increase the technical competencies/capabilities of our client's team, and
  2. take some of the daily (more hands-on) responsibilities off the Director so that they can focus more of their energy on developing new business and bringing larger and more complex clients

Your main duties and responsibilities in this role will include:

  • Preparation of year-end financial statements
  • Monthly management reporting
  • Tax compliance (including preparation of various tax returns for a wide range of entities)
  • General ledger reconciliations
  • Managing daily interaction with clients of various industry and functional backgrounds
  • Assisting clients with systems-related queries (MYOB, Bank Link, Excel and Xero)
  • Reviewing and supervising a team of 5 junior and intermediate accountants
  • Liaising with IRD, Banks, Lawyers and other external parties on behalf of your clients
  • Taking full responsibility of the team and the practice when the Director is away
  • Gradual exposure to value-add project for some of the largest and most complex clients
  • Various other ad hoc tasks and projects

This is a busy, multi-faceted role that will provide you with good opportunities to broaden your technical scope in the medium to long term. The firm's business plan has clear focus on expanding their services in the advisory field n the future and the successful candidate will be able to develop new technical skills.

What we are looking for

The successful candidate may be CA qualified or qualified by experience. This is the most senior role under the Practice Director and requires a minimum of 4-5 years solid hands-on experience in a client-facing role (in a CA environment!).

You will have strong, well-rounded skills and experience with preparation of financial accounts, tax compliance and monthly reporting. Previous exposure to advisory work would be considered advantageous, although is not strictly required, as long as you have the compliance competencies and experience.

At this level you will be able to communicate in a clear and articulate manner and your ability to establish to interact with client on a daily basis will be essential.

Salary indication: $70k-$80k depending on experience.

This role is available exclusively through SCI and is not advertised anywhere else. Candidates selected for our short list will be contacted by phone. All other applicants will be automatically considered for other similar roles.

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