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How about a fresh start after Easter?

Good Friday is upon us tomorrow, and a long bank holiday weekend ahead of us... With a very good weather forecast!!

What will you be doing?

Gym every day for me, a good walk on Saturday and a pub lunch afterwards. Sunday will be an Easter egg hunt - timed for after lunch so that Saffron knows she only gets to hunt for eggs and eat chocolate, if she has made a sizeable dent in her roast turkey and veg!

A bike ride on Monday: Saffron managed to ride her bike without stabilisers for the first time today: a very proud mum and dad... I missed it but have seen the videos. (I managed to miss her winning her 25m swimming badge too, this week).

I will also be doing some work, because we have had a great start to the year. Which means we need to recruit an exceptional qualified accountant, who is looking for an exciting opportunity.

So, if you know of anyone who fits the bill (see the description below), and would like a fresh start after Easter, please point them in our direction.

Which just leaves me to wish you and your families a very Happy Easter.


CBSL Accountants: Manager

Outsourcing & Management Accounts, Corporate Finance, Consulting

c£35,000 p.a. plus bonus and flexible working

An exciting new position at CBSL Accountants. The position will have a significant advisory element, and will be at Manager level, reporting directly to the directors. It is extremely rare for such a role to arise in Shropshire, with candidates normally having to travel to Birmingham or Manchester to get similar opportunities.

CBSL Accountants have a proven track record of investing in training and rewarding high performing staff with rapid career progression.

We are a family orientated firm with more than 90% of employees benefiting from flexible working. The position is a new one created as a result of growth.

The role includes: -

  • Taking primary responsibility for outsourcing and management accounts:

Meeting client to discuss their periodic management accounts. This will include interpreting them, identifying and advising on key performance indicators, and making the accounts more informative so that they add value to clients.

It will require the review all management accounts prepared by the firm and managing a team to ensure that deadlines are met.

  • Corporate Finance work:

We are currently involved in the sale and acquisition of several businesses. You will be part of the team advising clients on acquisitions and helping business owners prepare and market their business for sale.

  • Consultancy & profit improvement:

We have ongoing engagements to work actively with clients to improve profitability. There is natural synergy for a manager in charge of the production of management accounts to assist with this work.

We have a diverse client base, including many complex clients and so frequently are instructed on ad hoc projects for clients, such as business planning, due diligence, business valuations and investment appraisals.

The candidate will need to demonstrate commerciality as well as accounting expertise. We would expect either ACA, ACCA, or CIMA qualified with a minimum of 12 months post qualification experience.

Experience of cloud-based accounting software is referable, and strong Excel skills essential.

We would expect the successful candidate to be able to demonstrate a track record of the following: -

  • Discerning: Able to quickly sort the critical from the superfluous and act appropriately;
  • Analytical: Able to understand complex matters, and explain them simplistically;
  • Mission of Service: Service orientated; committed to the team, the company and their continued development;
  • Proactive: Looks for solutions and initiates change and improvements;
  • Strategic: Well organised and skilled in prioritising , with well developed planning skills, and bringing tasks to closure; and,
  • Relating: Outgoing, congenial and professional to build strong relationships with clients and other members of our team.