Bookkeeping Assistant

Job Title: Bookkeeping Assistant
Contract Type: Graduate
Location: Fareham
Salary: Competitive
Reference: 19-10-19
Contact Name: Chris Howden
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 10, 2020 08:59

Job Description

Working in the outsourcing team to produce management accounts, VAT Returns and ad-hoc management information on a timely basis.


Supplying a high-level payroll service for a large number and variety of clients. This includes running monthly and weekly payrolls ranging from one employee to circa 200 employees in size, completing year-end returns, and dealing with HMRC queries.


Linking that work with year-end reporting and maintaining regular contact in a support role with key client personnel under guidance from Wilkins Kennedy Partners and Accounts Managers.


You will be a motivated team player with a flexible attitude and a confident, outgoing personality.  Client focused, you will be able to work quickly and accurately with minimal supervision, liaising directly with clients face-to-face and by telephone as required.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undertake bookkeeping using SAGE accounting software for review by senior staff
  • Preparation of VAT returns
  • Client visits
  • Run payrolls according to client specification/ instructions including data entry
  • Action starters/leavers
  • Action statutory payments (SSP, SMP, SPP, SAP, ShPP) in accordance with HMRC legislation
  • Assist in dealing with written and verbal general queries clients
  • Monthly/weekly filing of FPS submissions in accordance with RTI
  • Setting up employees in pension schemes in line with auto-enrolment
  • Ensure compliance with GDPR
  • Billing clients
  • Work towards maintaining client relationships for both existing and new clients
  • General administration including filing



Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required


  • A minimum of two to three years’ experience in a similar (payroll bureau) role
  • Knowledge of payroll software
  • Practical experience of year end procedures
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Thorough and accurate approach to work
  • Flexible approach during busy periods
  • Car driver with full, clean licence as travel to client premises will be required



  • Knowledge of the CIS scheme
  • Understanding of payroll aspects of NIC, pensions and salary sacrifice schemes
  • Experience of auto-enrolment
  • Knowledge of Earnie or Star would be an advantage