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Careers with Ballards

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding role with a forward thinking firm? Why not contact us to start the conversation.

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Who are we?

Ballards is an award-winning firm providing a range of accountancy services to different sectors.

We provide anyone who joins us with a variety of different clients across these industries ensuring every day delivers a challenge.

We pride ourselves on our modern approach delivering exceptional service, thinking outside the box and using technology where we can, to help our clients grow. We have a great community at Ballards and look after our teams members in many different ways.

How do we do this?

We train, we pride ourselves on the training we provide to everyone throughout their career with us

We support everyone through their own development path, Career Development Managers provide guidance and assistance bespoke to individuals

We empower individuals with work and their career

We reward through a competitive salary, some great benefits including wellbeing. Our approach to flexibility ensuring we all maintain the right balance for both work and home demands. We also celebrate individual and team success with some great awards!

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Our vision

Take a look at who we are.

We are passionate about our vision and know that we can achieve this through our DNA of:

Positions available.

Whether you are starting out on your career or looking to join somewhere new, take up the challenge and start building your career with Ballards!

Take a look at our current vacancies or email us to express an interest in working for a great team.

To provide a highly efficient, reliable and proactive service to partners and directors to support their business effectiveness.

The role will require the candidate to embrace new systems and work with a high attention to detail and strong IT skills, ensuring the continuation of working towards an efficient and paper light environment, whilst embracing the Firm’s DNA.

Key Duties:

Relationship management

  • Acting as the first point of contact on behalf of the partners and directors, assisting with queries and liaising with the necessary team members or third parties.
  • Building effective working relationships with clients, maintaining a strong knowledge base of each client.
  • Identifying opportunities to enhance the firm’s reputation.

Diary and meeting management

  • Managing diaries and organising internal and external meetings and conference calls, using initiative when making decisions to resolve conflicts and exercise judgment on priorities where required.
  • Proactively monitoring meeting attendance, taking ownership to ensure enquiries and issues are appropriately delegated and resolved effectively.
  • Facilitating all logistical arrangements and ensuring all documentation is prepared in advance of meetings.
  • Ensuring follow up minutes are completed in a timely manner with precision and accuracy and following up on action points.
  • Providing remote assistance when partners and directors are attending meetings off site, where required.

General administrative and project support

  • Managing communications, monitoring emails and post, taking telephone calls and ensuring appropriate action is taken, escalating or delegating accordingly.
  • Ensuring client databases are maintained accurately across all relevant systems.
  • Producing/assembling correspondence for submission to clients, ensuring timely return to meet filing deadlines.
  • Creating reports and presentations, as required.
  • Ensuring full onboarding of new clients, arranging initial contact meetings and using respective software to record all information accurately.
  • Monitoring work in progress, raising invoices or dealing with WIP accordingly.
  • Providing ad hoc project support.

Additional duties

  • Providing cover for colleagues during absences as appropriate.
  • Undertaking additional training as and when required to meet the needs of the role.

Person specification

Essential

Qualifications:

  • GCSE in English and Maths.

Knowledge & experience:

  • Experience in a corporate professional services environment.
  • Extensive diary management experience.
  • 4 + years’ experience in a PA role.
  • Experience of handling sensitive and confidential information.

Skills:

  • Strong attention to detail is essential and ownership for the delivery of high-quality work.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively and build relationships, internally and externally.
  • Strong PC skills including Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • The ability to plan ahead and anticipate potential problems.
  • Extremely organised with the ability to prioritise and work under pressure in a professional environment, ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Highly proactive individual who enjoys handling multiple tasks and working on own initiative.

Other:

  • Team player who embraces a continuously changing environment as the firm grows.

Desirable

  • Worked in accountancy firm.

We have an exciting new role which will be pivotable in the attraction of top talent for our firm. Managing the function of recruitment, with the attraction and engagement of all candidates, passive and actively looking. The role will be the first point of contact for any recruitment needs or information across the firm and will undertake all duties from screening, interview and hiring of people to posts.
This role will need to form relationships with internal management teams to know the ins and outs of their departments and better understand their hiring needs and job specifications
The right person will be able to grow and foster high-touch relationships with a database of qualified active and passive talent to pull from, as new positions open up.
You will have the experience to stay active on job boards, social networks, LinkedIn platforms to find talent, and plan, create, and release job descriptions and announcements,
Identify and build relationships with external recruitment partners to create an in depth understanding of the firms’ recruitment needs and ensure we attract top talent will also be of key focus.

What else are we looking for?

To be successful in this role we will be looking for the following attributes:

  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office, database management and internet job search
  • Proven experience in conducting interviews across varied roles and levels
  • Experience of developing a recruiting strategy
  • Proficiency with content management systems
  • Ambitious individual who can work predominantly on their own
  • Can demonstrate interpersonal relationship building

To apply for this role please email your details to careers@ballardsllp.com

Ballards are an Equal Opportunities employer and welcome applications from all candidates.

This role will be part of the Real Time Accounting team and will be a support role to clients using Xero software for their accounts. Ballards provide a first port of call for clients using Xero software and this role will be a trouble shooter for resolving these queries.
The role will provide training to clients from Xero build and beyond dealing with all ad-hoc queries throughout the accounting year. The role will be fundamental in the growth of Xero software as part of our product and service portfolio.
We are looking for someone who will have a good understanding of how a set of accounts are completed to really give a valued service to our clients. A good bookkeeping background with the ability to learn and navigate software will be ideal attributes for this role.

What else are we looking for?

To be successful in this role we will be looking for the following attributes:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Analytical mind – to review data in detail to provide the right solution to clients
  • A good level of education with a desire to learn new skills in Xero software
  • Previous experience of writing training sessions
  • Experience of working in an accountancy role is desired but not essential

To apply for this role please email your details to careers@ballardsllp.com

Ballards are an Equal Opportunities employer and welcome applications from all candidates.

Four Squared Recruitment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ballards LLP are currently looking to speak to motivated, ambitious, recruiters who want a career within the very rewarding world of recruitment.

This role would suit someone who has some recruitment experience, or you might be from a HR, Sales or Customer Service background and want to get into the exciting fast paced environment recruitment offers. 

From the start you will be given the opportunity to manage your own desk and be expected to do the following:

  • Maximising on recruitment opportunities in the marketplace through continuous networking with clients and developing a network of candidates
  • Generating new clients through marketing calls, clients visits and targeted marketing campaigns
  • Developing long-term effective business relationships with clients and candidates
  • Becoming a specialist and market leading recruiter within the finance sector through successful placements
  • Attraction, selection and interview of suitable candidates to meet the needs and demands of your clients.
  • Effectively using advertising and social media platforms
  • Establishing long term relationships with your candidates and providing career solutions which maximise their working arrangements.

Key Skills Required

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Attention to detail and ability to analyse information
  • Interpersonal skills – Empathy, understanding, rapport building etc
  • Listening skills
  • Questioning skills
  • Research skills

What does a typical day look like?

  • Sourcing candidates, screening advert response, business development, attending client meetings, interviewing and registering candidates (phone and face-to-face) marketing, headhunting, negotiating terms of business, closing deals, maintaining client relationships, hitting targets and KPI’s.

You can expect:

  • Competitive basic salary
  • Monthly commission structure
  • Hybrid office and home working
  • Death in service cover
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Options to buy extra holiday days
  • Flexible working
  • Free parking
  • Internal staff feedback surveys
  • Company matched charity donations
  • Staff events

Please contact Emma Richardson for more information on 01905 783 352

We have an exciting new role which will be pivotable in the development of our Real Time Accounting team within the Accounts and Audit function.
Supporting the Real Time Accounting Director, the Accounts Manager will be responsible for delivering the services in line with an agreed SLA and timely production of management information. Key responsibilities will include regular interaction with clients and will provide guidance to the Real Time Accounting team ensuring cross development of skills,
To be successful in the role you will be required to work closely with other accounts managers to ensure efficient completion of compliance work, thus ensuring teams are working in tandem to deliver the right results for a range of clients and providing a pro-active service. One of the key areas will be to oversee the implementation of migration to cloud-based accounting, communicating with the key personnel both internally and externally to ensure this is successful.

What else are we looking for?

To be successful in this role we will be looking for the following attributes:

  • Experience of managing a portfolio of clients producing month end accounts
  • Experience of managing a team
  • A clear vision for the services to be delivered with the ability to apply practical solutions and navigate through ambiguity
  • Confidence operating within a dynamic, organisational structure and able to be flexible and collaborate with teams on different projects and needs

To express your interest in this role please email your details to careers@ballardsllp.com

Ballards are an Equal Opportunities employer and welcome applications from all candidates.

We will endeavour to respond to every application we receive however may not be able to respond to all applications due to the volume we may receive. Therefore, if you have not heard back from us within 3 weeks of applying, your application has not been progressed any further.

Our Trainee programmes can be entered at two different entry levels –

School Leavers

Joining Ballards is a great way to start your career whilst still gaining additional qualifications. Its an alternative to university whilst still giving you the experience and technical know how to further your career. Join us and study for your AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) up to level 4. We will continue to support you throughout your next preferred stage, whether to specialise in general accountancy or tax. We recruit our school leavers with a view to starting your journey in September so please enquire or forward your details to us.

Graduate Programme

Our three-year graduate programme will take you on a journey from graduate to professionally qualified chartered accountant with the full support of colleagues, managers, mentors and buddy’s.

In that time, you will pack in lots of learning and new experiences. You will study through ICAEW as part of a Level 7 apprenticeship programme and revise for your exams whilst working alongside experienced colleagues in the world of an accountancy and consultancy business. In turn you will help us provide market leading business advice to support our clients’ growth.

You won’t be pigeonholed or limited in the exposure you receive. You will be given the opportunities to work on a variety of exciting projects from day one and help provide a great client service.

We know this journey will not be easy, but you will be given the support to achieve as much as you want to achieve, making this path both rewarding and challenging.

Working with clients in many different sectors, you will get a better understanding of the complete business lifecycle. This will also give insight into any area of accountancy you wish to specialise in. You will enjoy being part of a firm that has a strong sense of purpose.

For our 2022 intake we are looking for graduates who are interested in both Accountancy or Tax specialist areas.

If you are interested in either of these entry levels please send your CV with covering letter to careers@ballardsllp.com

Experienced Hires

We are always keen to hear from experienced professional individuals who share our values and DNA. If you do not see a position above of interest but are still interested in joining our team, please make contact with us for an informal discussion.

 

Your career with Ballards.

Our reputation is built on the quality of the work we deliver to our clients. We enable our clients to be agile and adapt to the environment by providing a responsive and tailored approach to their business, addressing any challenges and risks. This is mirrored in the career path you will have with Ballards.

Who you’ll be working with.

All our teams have an emphasis on delivering a service to a range of clients through as much technology as we and our clients, are able to use to make things as swift and easy as possible. As part of your role, you will need to be passionate about understanding the issues that are important to our clients and their businesses. You must be a great relationship builder with clients and colleagues alike. You will take ownership for your own work whilst having the opportunity to develop others and create an environment where everyone can flourish.

Your personal development plan.

Right from the start, you will develop a strong internal and external network, working with a diverse range of colleagues and clients across a wide range of sectors. Working closely with your career development manager, you will find areas where you can develop, collaborate, and communicate more effectively with colleagues and clients at all levels.  

Progress in your career. 

As well as learning on-the-job, you will enjoy a structured programme, starting with your induction to our Firm that will immerse you in our business, vision, and purpose. At the end of the programme, you will have gained a wide range of skills and experience which will support your learning and development.

Making quality second nature.  

Our clients rely on us to make sure they do the right thing and are operating within the law. We pride ourselves on the high-level standards and integrity we have for the work that we do.

What do we look for.

We have a flexible approach to academic entry requirements. We will consider your academic achievements alongside your strengths, motivations and connection with us.

We work hard to create a respectful, open and diverse place to work. We are an inclusive employer and committed to ensure our workforce is representative of our society, we strive to help our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential.

Your Benefits – Your choice.

We are committed to building a culture where people can strive in the chosen path but also do this in an environment that suits their lifestyle. We offer competitive salaries for all our roles as well as enhanced core benefits if you join our team, you will also be able to choose from additional voluntary benefits.

Our core benefits include:

Benefits you can choose:

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IT system procurement is not just negotiating the lowest licence fee

Negotiating and procuring a new I.T system is not a simple process and can be a very daunting experience.

Negotiation and procurement is a very important stage in selecting and implementing a new I.T system, and it is crucial that sufficient effort and time is assigned to this process.  It is key to realise that this process is not just about negotiating the lowest licence fees and day rate, there are many factors that need to be considered, negotiated and agreed. 

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