GAAPweb target Manchester’s finest finance talent

Treading water at work is an easy trap. You take a stepping-stone job, and then get stuck. You give it six weeks, then stay forever.  

But life’s too short to settle, so GAAPweb is giving Manchester’s finest finance talent something more satisfying. Our new campaign’s about getting you out of a rut and into a fulfilling, rewarding role, right on your doorstep.

We’re the UK’s number one specialist job site for accountancy and finance professionals, connecting you with top opportunities in Manchester and beyond. So look out for our ads throughout the city, online and on social media – plus an unmissable billboard at Piccadilly.

Search GAAPweb’s accountancy & finance jobs in Manchester for the latest local roles across all industries including FTSE 100, practice and public sector – from Credit Controllers to CFOs.

No stopgaps. No second best. No time like the present.


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What is Management Accounting?

Looking to make an impact with your accountancy skills? Management accounting is number crunching with commercial clout. You’ll provide the financial information that drives business and shapes critical decisions, advising managers and leadership teams on company performance, investments, risk and spend.

Analysing financial data and pinpointing past and emerging trends, Management Accountants play a central role in a company’s growth, profitability and productivity from intelligently cutting operational costs and streamlining processes to engineering competitive business strategies. Day to day, you’ll be responsible for budget planning, risk management, financial strategy, accounts preparation, audit, data analysis and team leadership. You’ll also win over the C-suite with charisma, creativity and first-class communication skills.

So you’ll need a head for figures, a flair for business and the fire to succeed at every level. Here’s where to start:

Assistant Management Accountant

While a degree isn’t necessarily a deal breaker when launching your management accounting career, part qualification or CIMA, ACCA or ACA study is a must. Fundamental accountancy and business experience, razor sharp Excel skills and a strong academic record will also give you an edge.

As an Assistant Management Accountant, you’ll typically report to the Financial Controller or (Senior) Management Accountant and cut your teeth with bedrock duties like:

  • Preparing management accounts to tight deadlines
  • Supporting and streamlining month end processes such as managing accruals, monitoring prepayments and reviewing costs to budget
  • Posting month end journals with commentaries
  • Reconciling balance sheets
  • Analysing budget variance
  • Preparing P&L reports
  • Contributing to ad hoc project work

You’ll also enjoy stacks of development opportunities and plot a potential career path leading all the way to the CFO’s office.

Ready to see how it works in the real world? Check out GAAPweb’s Assistant Management Accountant opportunities.


Graduate Management Accountant

A degree demands passion, precision and perseverance – attributes hiring managers hunger for. So if you’ve earned a 2.1 or higher in Finance, Accounting, Maths or Business Studies, have CIMA, ACCA or ACA qualification on your career plan, and can back up your book smarts with relevant job experience, you may have your pick of graduate positions.  
As a Graduate Management Accountant, you’ll work closely with more senior Management Accountants, the Financial Controller or Finance Director. They’ll rely on you for fundamental finance and accountancy support – and stretch your skills with higher-level tasks including:

  • Financial performance analysis
  • Cash control, bank reconciliation and associated ledger postings
  • Management accounts consolidation
  • Fixed asset register management
  • Group treasury support

Looking for your next role in finance? Browse GAAPweb’s Graduate Management Accountant roles.


Group Management Accountant

Making the leap to a Group Management Accountant role requires CIMA, ACCA or ACA qualification, solid business experience and the skills – hard and soft – to take on a pivotal, multi-faceted position. You’ll be practised in producing and presenting management and financial information to top-level execs, building gainful business relationships and transforming functional data into inventive, forward-looking strategies.

Often reporting to the Finance Director, Head of Finance or Chief Financial Officer, Group Management Accountants are responsible for:

  • Developing new reporting processes and internal controls
  • Consolidated management accounting – from reporting results and investigating variance to providing analysis and presenting findings
  • Reporting actual results for P&L and balance sheet against budget and forecasts
  • Assisting with year end audits
  • Budgeting, forecasting, modelling and providing ad hoc project management
  • Preparing group annual financial statements

Plan your next move with GAAPweb’s Group Management Accountant opportunities.

GAAPweb join leading financial services firms to tackle workplace inequality

GAAPweb, the UK’s #1 job site for accountancy & finance professionals, are among 22 new firms who’ve pledged to improve gender diversity at senior levels by signing up to the Women in Finance Charter.

GAAPweb currently have 50% gender diversity within the senior management team of Trinity Mirror Digital Recruitment (legal entity of GAAPweb). A key target for the team is to maintain our 50% gender diversity in addition to promoting charter membership to our Banking & Financial Services clients who use GAAPweb to recruit their own senior finance teams.

Other new signatories include major financial services firms such as Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Jupiter Asset Management, Zurich Insurance, Allied Irish Bank UK, State Street, the Financial Ombudsman Service, and the trading arm of BP.

These 22 firms employ over 20,000 people in the UK, bringing the total number of Charter signatories to 93.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said:

“It is great news that almost 100 firms have signed the Women in Finance Charter and are now dedicating themselves to tackling gender inequality.

But there is still further to go. The UK leads the world in financial services, but it can be even better. I want to see a diverse sector run by talented women as well as men, to help secure Britain’s place as a globally competitive economy. The business case is obvious, and the best firms already get this.

I urge more businesses to commit to the Charter – to commit to building an economy that works for everyone”

The Chancellor has appointed Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money, as the government’s official Women in Finance Champion to promote the Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter and the benefits of a diverse workforce across the UK financial services sector. It is estimated that equalising the role of men and women in the labour market could increase GDP by 10% by 2030.

GAAPweb launch accountancy & finance jobs app

Want the latest accountancy jobs direct to your phone as soon as they’re posted?

We’ve made it even easier for you to find your next role with the launch of the GAAPweb app.

Get the latest jobs from global brands, FTSE listed firms and market leading recruiters by:

  • Saving searches to get notifications when relevant jobs are posted
  • Uploading your CV to iCloud, Google Drive or DropBox so you can apply for jobs on your iphone
  • Shortlisting jobs you’re interested in to apply later

The app is available for download in the app store.

Need help creating your account? Contact 0207 348 5030 or email cs@gaapweb.com.


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GAAPweb to attend IFA conferences in London & Birmingham

After the success of the 2015 conferences, the Institute of Financial Accountants are holding regional conferences this autumn in the Midlands and London.

This year’s conference programme will provide delegates with technical updates and insightful information on key topics. Additionally, the conference provides 7 hours CPD, great networking and peer engagement opportunities.

Conference Programme

– General Tax Update from Gabelle LLP

– SME focused Economic update from HSBC

– Navigating the Auto Enrolment Jungle from Smart Pension

– An Introduction to Practice Assurance from Mercia Group

Dates: 26th October
Venue: West Bromwich Albion FC, West Midlands, B71 4LF

Dates: 1st November
Venue: British Museum, London, WC1B 3DG

Of the delegates who attended last year, 99% stated they would attend again this year and 95% stated they would invite a colleague in the future.

Register now for your place at the Midlands or London conference.


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GAAPweb to attend top university careers fairs this Autumn

We are delighted to announce that GAAPweb will be attending a host of graduate fairs this October and are looking forward to meeting accountancy and finance professionals of the future.

Get the latest careers advice and graduate accountancy and finance jobs at…

 

The University of Birmingham – Autumn Careers Fair

Where: The Great Hall

When: 12th October – 11am to 3:30pm
More info

 

The University of Surrey – Careers & Placements Fair

Where: PATS Playing Field Marquee
When: 12th October – 11am to 3pm
More info

 

Aston University – Business & Management Fair

Where: Conference Aston Centre

When: 26th October
– 11am to 3pm
More info

 


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Future Leaders of Finance Networking Evening

Qualified Accountants, Finance Managers and Financial Controllers all attended GAAPweb’s Future Leaders of Finance networking evening, in association with Reed Finance.

In an interactive session, Mark Doyle, Managing Director of The Method, revealed how method acting techniques can be used to help you develop your leadership skills. Attendees also had the opportunity to discuss the latest accountancy and finance roles available with representatives of GAAPweb and Reed Finance.

   

 

100% of surveyed attendees said they’d recommend the event to their colleagues. If you would like to hear details of future events from GAAPweb, sign up for our newsletters or visit our events homepage.


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What does a Finance Director do? – Webinar

The position of Finance Director is the pinnacle of achievement for many finance professionals, but even for the most ambitious, it may be unclear what is required of a Finance Director. Hear from, Andrew Fantham, Finance Director of Babington Group, a leading provider of AAT, CIMA and ACCA courses, on:

  • How he became a finance director
  • What he does day-to-day
  • What the biggest challenges are in his role
  • The most important traits and skills for a finance director

Andrew will also provide advice and tips for aspiring finance professionals looking to transition into a Director-level role.

The webinar will take place at 2pm on 5th August, click here to sign up.

Careers advice for Newly Qualified ACAs

Congratulations! You’re almost there, exams completed, hard slog over and contract about to end. Shortly you will be able to apply for your letters. So its decision time. You are working with some great people, many will be life-long friends, but now it’s time to start thinking about the next career step.

Do you stay in practice and progress towards Partner? Or is it time to make your first move out of practice and see what your options are in industry?

There’s no wrong answer. You’re at a unique stage of your career where the possibilities are literally endless.

  • You could talk to your manager about staying on in the firm and ask for their objective view on the Partnership route with your current firm.
  • You could look at moving to another practice and perhaps specialising in a particular area that interests you or perhaps to a smaller firm and taking on a broader role.
  • You could explore commercial opportunities, from large corporates to tech start-ups.
  • You could consider a role in banking and financial services.

But which path to choose? If your options are not clear cut, then it’s time to consider a number of questions:

  • What do you like and dislike about your current role?
  • How many Partner opportunities are there at your current firm, how long would it take, what will you have to do to stand a good chance and are you prepared to commit to all of that?
  • What client sector experience do you have, does that area interest you for a long term career?
  • Do you want to work in London/ Manchester/Birmingham/Edinburgh or will you consider relocation and if so where?
  • What type of corporate culture appeals to you? Large FTSE; private equity backed; not for profit, start-ups?
  • What are the key priorities of your next role?  More money?  Better work/life balance?  Location? Career prospects?
  • Is the industry sector most important, or is it the role and its content?
  • Are you just looking for your next step?  Or a business with longer term scope for progression?
  • Where do you want to be in five years’ time?

When you know the answers to some of these questions, you are in a much better position to assess the opportunities available to you.

We can help you work through these questions, gain insight from our industry experts, and ensure you get on the right career track for you.

CMC Consulting are financial recruitment specialists. To discuss the broad range of opportunities available contact our team – whether you’re looking for Audit Manager roles in London, Financial Controller positions in Hertfordshire, Finance Analyst jobs in West Yorkshire or anything in between, our Recruitment Consultants are experienced at providing sound advice and guidance that will help ensure you get your qualified career off to the very best start – to suit you.

View the latest finance opportunities from CMC Consulting on GAAPweb

Author:
Vincent Bowen is a Practice trained Accountant and specialist Finance Recruiter, with extensive experience placing Finance staff with a wide range of clients in Industry, Commerce, Financial Services and the Not for Profit sectors across the UK.

Considering a career abroad?

A career-based move abroad has never been easier, in theory, although in practice there are many important factors that need to be considered. With increased globalisation, digitalisation, ease of travel and better linguistic capabilities, the modern world is now more equipped than ever to enable the relocation.

Having moved abroad myself three years ago from London to Singapore, I know all too well the advantages and disadvantages of taking your career (and life) to the other side of the world. There are a plethora of personal and professional reasons why I looked to do this, and many things that you really only discover once you’ve made the move.

Everyone has their reasons. Having lived and worked in London my whole life, gone through the largest white-collar recession in recent history, and having never really seen much of the wider world (especially Asia) all signs pointed towards a life changing move. I am fortunate to work in a people business, and luckily for me people are everywhere, so from a career perspective I had options. I’m also unashamed to admit that my move was heavily financially motivated, and having paid 40-50% tax in the UK, moving to an environment where I was paying 5-15% tax sweetened the deal no end.

I left London without any real ties. This made the move a lot easier, and meant I could effectively go where I wanted. Career opportunity aside, if you do have a spouse and children, you have other people to think about and it comes with a certain set of associated challenges. I can only really comment on the Singapore and Hong Kong markets, but it is important to note that if you do have children, finding good schooling is difficult, and extremely expensive. Housing can also be expensive depending on where you live, and couple this with the rapid disappearance of ‘expat packages’ (they really don’t exist anymore here), the move can be costly and chip away at some of the potential tax advantages. That being said, I don’t know many people in this part of the world who are worse off financially – family or no family, even with the additional costs of living attached.

There are certainly career advantages to moving out here, particularly into accountancy, finance and strategy roles in insurance as the sector continues to grow. Whilst it is slightly harder as an expatriate to get into Singapore and Hong Kong now given the growing demand for local talent, if you are able to do so you will get exposure to certain aspects of the market that perhaps the Western world isn’t able to offer right now. Asia is certainly not considered to be embryonic anymore, however it is much less advanced than the UK, and with growth potential comes opportunity. You are able to contribute to the industry at an exciting time, and we are certainly seeing a number of our UK contacts shifting their focus out East.

I will further add that the experiences I have gained in my three years of being here have matured me, made me better at my job (I hope) and given me a new found appreciation and perspective of different cultures and the global economy; it turns out that the UK really isn’t the centre of the Universe! I’ll admit – the first 18 months professionally were hard as I needed to adapt to a different culture, a different way of working and a new market. Singapore and HK can be deceiving as well, as given the Colonial roots that still have an impact today, it can be easy to perceive that everything is the same – it is not. At all. There are some subtle differences (and some not-so-subtle differences) that add to the allure and charm of my newly adopted home. It took me a while to get completely used to the working cultures of Singapore and Hong Kong although having now adapted, life has never been better. I’ve grown as a person, I’ve grown as a professional and can hand on heart say I am a better recruiter now than I ever was in London (you might even find some clients who will agree with me…).

Yes, it may be expensive at first, you will certainly miss some home comforts, and you will find cultural challenges at work that you didn’t even know existed. However, if you move you will grow as a person and you will learn to appreciate the value that you can bring as an outsider in a foreign land. You may stay for good, you may go home at some stage, but whatever happens you will be a much better person for it.
Oh – and did I mention the weather in the UK is terrible?!

By Mei Ling Reddaway – Head of Marketing, High Finance Group


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