Agricultural Manager

Location: Banbury, Oxfordshire
Salary : £45,000 – £55,000 per annum
Joining us as an Agricultural Manager, based at our Banbury offices, you will take responsibility for a large rural and agricultural focused portfolio, providing all round accounting and taxation services, providing tailored advice and planning.
This new role for the firm has arisen through a combination of Partner retirements, positive growth over the last twelve months, together with planned future growth within this sector.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
Reviewing accounts and tax returns prepared by other members of the agricultural team and clearing all review points to partner level. This will include farming companies, partnerships and sole traders.
Developing relationships with these clients through meetings and regular contact to ensure that you become their point of contact on day-to-day matters.
To provide consistently high levels of service to the entire portfolio covering all aspects of accounting and tax in a cost effective and timely manner.
Assisting the agricultural directors with specific advisory reports in relation to Inheritance Tax planning, development land, VAT registration, farm diversification and other matters that may arise which will cover all relevant taxes.
General management of the agricultural portfolio including monthly WIP management and billing, staff feedback following job review and workflow management to ensure all work is completed before the relevant deadlines.
Essential Skills:
Qualified ACA/ ACCA /CTA manager, with direct agricultural knowledge and a minimum of two years post qualification experience
Ability to review and complete accounts files & personal tax returns files in a cost effective and timely manner
Strong computer literacy and ability to use the MS office suite of products
Strong accounting skills and experience with Sage, Xero, Quickbooks and Key Accounts
Strong problem resolution skills and the ability to identify possible solutions
Good marketing, networking and business development skills and desire to grow the portfolio
Strong organisation skills and the ability to prioritise jobs effectively
Person Profile:
Agricultural audit experience is desirable but not essential.
Self-motivated and career focused with demonstratable skills and a passion for delivering accounting services and taxation advice in this field.
An aptitude to progress within company & willing to work outside normal hours as required
A team player but with the ability to work autonomously when necessary.
An interest in people with a desire to assist more junior team members with the support they require.
Direct Reports:
None but will be required to coach and support trainees during their professional development.

Financial Controller

On behalf of a highly successful accountancy practice, we are recruiting for a Financial Controller to join the team at the firm’s Banbury office, to provide timely and accurate monthly management and other financial information for Directors.
Within this role, you will head up the day to day finances of the business working closely with the Administrator (direct report) and take responsibility for other ad-hoc projects as requested and required.
Reporting to the Directors, your key responsibilities will include:
Produce & present monthly management accounts for the company including
Sales ledger
Payroll reconciliation
Expenses analysis
Pre-payments / accruals / inter-office recharges
Fixed assets
Petty cash
Markel tax analysis
Chargeable hours analysis
Complete purchase invoices to Director approval
Prepare budgets, monitor and report as required
Prepare statutory accounts
Ensure all financial transactions are accurately recorded, filed & reported to include
Raising payments to suppliers
Take credit card payments, reconciling statement
Bank balance on a weekly basis & post to Twinfield
Posting expenses as disbursements to CCH software & checking to Twinfield
Prepare and monitor pay schedule for discussion & approval by Director
Take responsibility for the management & organisation of visits by the company’s auditors
Manage & liaise with Markel Tax to include
Extracting numbers for quotes
Agreeing pricing
Assisting with invoicing as required
Reconcile monthly client accounts & make payroll payments as and when required
Applicants will have the following skills, experience and attributes:
Qualified by experience or with ACA / CIMA / ACCA
Demonstratable financial management experience
Legislative compliance – ability to interpret relevant legislation
Ideally at least 3 years’ experience within a similar role
Preferably have experience of managing other team members
Knowledge of Twinfield and / or CCH software would be an advantage
Ability to deliver high quality results to directors
Strong but empathetic communication skills
Mobile and flexible to work at other company offices and during busy periods when applicable
Good IT skills
Ability to work without close supervision
Good team player