Manager - Global Outsourcing

Are you looking to further your career in accountancy, in an interesting and varied role managing teams and client relationships and covering all aspects of company finance?  Do you like to get involved in business strategy and business development? Would you like to join a company committed to the development of its people, who believe in a life:work balance?

Our client, the global outsourcing division of a top 10 professional services firm, is growing rapidly and looking for a qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent) to join their International Team in Bristol. This role is a great stepping stone to a senior finance position either in practice or industry.

Ideally, you will be working at manager level already, with experience managing people.  You are likely to be looking to step out of practice, but you may be working in industry, with evidenced experience in process improvement. You should have excellent communication skills - this is a client facing role.  Experience of the real estate sector would be ideal but is not essential.

In return, they offer a sociable and friendly work environment, with real opportunities for progression and flexible working arrangements as standard including core hours 10-4, 4 days per week, 5 days per week with a day from home, 5 days per week school hours. Salary of £47,000 - £52,000 plus 6% cash benefits.

 

About the Client

This role is in the Global Outsourcing team of a top 10 professional services business, specifically within Global Business Services.  The Bristol Global Business Services team specialises in providing international accounting services. They now require a Manager to join their team to help deliver all aspects of client accounting operations to their growing client base. The team has experienced significant growth in recent years and this position offers a real opportunity for the right candidate to join a successful and expanding team with proven career opportunities and a clear career path.

 

Our client takes pride in their core values which allow you to be yourself - they value you as an individual and want you to realize your aspirations. You have a voice and your opinion counts. They give you the challenge and support you need and you are able to shape your own career according to your strengths, skills and personality. Working there enhances your professional development at all stages of your career. Few firms offer the same breadth and quality of work, responsibility and experience. They recognize and reward your high performance and you have the opportunity to excel, progress and share in their success. They are clear on what they expect from you and what you can expect in return.

About the Role

The Manager’s primary responsibility is to assist in managing the Global Outsourcing & Accounting team on a day-to-day basis. The Manager will work as part of a dedicated team and will take responsibility for running the project, to ensure services are provided to the client effectively and efficiently.  The manager will be a point of escalation both internally and for the client, and will confidently deal with difficult situations. They will manage a portfolio of clients including control of billings and cash collections within the firm’s criteria.

 

The manager should also be actively involved in business development, and should actively seek opportunities to grow the business.

 

This role would suit a qualified accountant with some experience in a medium to large practice environment or in industry in an international business with a heavy focus on process improvement

 

Responsibilities

  • Manage client assignments, which include determining the resource requirements, monitoring progress against budget and established timeframe, review of work completed by junior team members and resolving all project issues prior to Partner and Director review.
  • Assist in managing the overall team on a day-to-day basis.
  • Lead implementations and project start-ups.
  • Act as a major point of contact within the firm for the client together with the Project Director and Partner. This includes responding quickly to, as well as anticipating, client requests/needs, keeping clients informed of progress in relation to all aspects of the service provided and maintaining regular contact with clients.
  • Ensure that the firm’s risk management and quality control procedures are adhered to.
  • Manage a portfolio of clients including control of billings and cash collections within the firm’s criteria.
  • Share knowledge within the team and facilitate research and personal development.
  • Capture client feedback and ensure it is addressed and effectively communicated to the Global Outsourcing team.
  • Build sustainable relationships with clients, and take point responsibility for delivering answers to clients in most cases.
  • Identify and recognise new project and business opportunities for Global Outsourcing, and inform the Partner and client. Act as an ambassador of the firm, participates in marketing events, keeps abreast of the wide range of services the firm offers and suggests innovative products and services.
  • Recruit, retain, develop and motivate our employees (includes participating in graduate recruitment, ensuring job appraisal documentation is completed within deadlines and ensuring appropriate objectives and development plans are in place for counselees).
  • Work as part of management team with other Global Outsourcing managers (e.g. resource planning, merit rate meetings and efficiency improvements).
  • Develop a strong commercial understanding of the clients’ business.
  • Keep up to date with industry developments including technical guidance.
  • Identify and recognise new project and business opportunities for Global Outsourcing, and inform the Partner and client. Act as an ambassador of the firm, participate in marketing events, keep abreast of the wide range of services the firm offers and suggest innovative products and services.
  • Have a good understanding of the business/GO strategy, both long term & short term, and cascade this within the team.
  • Take responsibility for managed targets.
  • Be proactive in driving forward business development.
  • Participating in recruitment activities.
  • Supervise, coach, motivate and develop junior members of staff within team.
  • Delegate work appropriately to the team.
  • Be a counselling manager.
  • Involvement in department meetings and act as chair of some meetings.
  • Work alongside Directors to lead at least one non-client project/ad-hoc piece of work.

 

Required Knowledge and Experience

Our client is looking for a qualified accountant, ideally with at least some experience in practice, possibly still in practise now and looking to make a first step out of audit to work directly on client accounting projects. 

In particular, they are looking for:

Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • ACCA, ACA, or CIMA qualified
  • Solid and demonstrable Management Accounting experience
  • Qualified accountant not necessarily from practice, will look at an Industry background.
  • Solid previous people management experience is a must
  • Role is client facing so candidates must have strong communication skills

Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • The portfolio will be weighted towards Real Estate clients so any experience of the Real Estate sector would be ideal. 

 

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Perks

Flexible working patterns available
Excellent benefits, including 6% cash benefit
Clear career path