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Academy Senior

We have a vacancy for an academy senior to join our academies team at Critchleys.

About Critchleys

Founded in 1906 Critchleys is Oxford’s leading firm of accountants and business advisers, with a professional and friendly culture. 120 people are based in offices in central Oxford and provide a range of specialist services to individuals, businesses and charities. The firm has a reputation for technical excellence, training and delivering a responsive service to our clients which we strive to continue through our future appointments.

Close to train and bus links, we offer our staff a fresh, modern and inspiring environment to work in.

What we offer

  • Regular client contact from the very start and ability to build client relationships.

  • Responsibility for preparing academy trust accounts and other ESFA returns.

  • Experience of a diverse range of clients in different sectors.

  • The unique opportunity in Oxfordshire to work with such a range of charity clients.

  • Development from direct interaction with managers, partners and our other teams such as Corporate Tax, VAT, Payroll and HR

  • Career progression with the academies team and the wider firm.

  • CPD and additional training in soft skills.

  • To be part of a sociable, collaborative and growing team with Critchleys.

A Critchleys Person

The successful candidate will:

  • Take a genuine interest in our clients and have a desire to put them first.

  • Use their initiative, possess time management skills and have the ability to adapt to changing conditions to meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrate good interpersonal skills to build and maintain working relationships with clients and other team members.

  • Apply critical reasoning to provide insight into advisory work and our clients.

  • Be a team player that is motivated to help our clients.

Qualifications and experience

We are looking for:

  • ACA or ACCA or CIPFA part and fully qualified staff would be desirable but also those qualified by experience.

  • Experience preparing accounts

  • Good IT skills, including Outlook, Excel, Word and accounting packages.

  • Knowledge and experience of working with academies/schools is desirable but not essential.

  • Knowledge and experience of working with charities is desirable but not essential.

  • Ability to manage your own time and meet deadlines.

The Role

This role will be based in our Oxford office which is situated close to train services. However, this role will require you to travel to clients’ premises therefore a full driving licence will be helpful but not essential.

We offer a 37.5 hour working week Monday to Friday, a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. In addition, we offer payment of your training costs and other benefits such as a group pension, pleasant working environment and excellent career progression opportunities.

The next step

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and covering letter to Kirsty Henderson, Critchleys, Beaver House, 23 – 38 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EP, email:

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