First Base Employment Limited

Are you looking to join a market leading accountancy practice that can offer a great working environment, and the opportunity to develop your career? Then look no further as we are currently looking for a Strategic VAT Advisor to join one of our long-standing clients based in Cheltenham.



To assist CRM’s providing a high-quality book-keeping and VAT service.

Accountabilities & Deliverables

  • Plan and coordinate workflow with clients and colleagues to meet deadlines for book-keeping and VAT.
  • Plan and implement specialist projects in the service line (e.g. MTD, Outsourcing, Digitising WP, Acquisition Migration, Client Acquisition)
  • Coach and supervise junior members of staff
  • Contact clients to obtain records and deal with queries.
  • Assist with processing and preparation of VAT returns as necessary
  • Ensure Bank, Sales and Purchase ledgers are reconciled
  • Review VAT Returns prepared by junior staff and clients.
  • Prepare a list of matters to be resolved to complete assignments.
  • Present draft documents for client meetings with Client Director / Partner.
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of book-keeping and VAT in common situations including Flat Rate, S/H Goods scheme, Reverse Charge, PVA.
  • Identify, research and resolve technical issues.
  • Identify specialist areas of technical knowledge for future development.
  • Comply with Firm’s CPD requirements. 
  • Identify VAT planning and opportunities to improve book-keeping and reporting processes for clients.
  • Develop specialist knowledge and assist colleagues in these areas.
  • Identify future projects to ensure department develops continually
  • Assist with business development and client acquisition


Key Measures

  • Accurate VAT Returns prepared within set budgets and timescales.
  • Achievement of KPI’s.
  • Achievement of accountabilities and deliverables as outlined in job description.
  • Achievement of personal performance objectives as agreed at PDR meetings.


Key Relationships

  • Client Relationship Managers
  • Peers
  • Trainees
  • Clients

Skills, Knowledge & Behaviours

  • Open to continual learning.
  • Application of technical learning.
  • Working with and respecting others.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the Firms’ policies and quality standards.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of financial and tax matters.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the Practise software, primarily IRIS.
  • Advanced IT skills across the various accounting and cloud based software in use by the firm.
  • Excellent communication and numeracy skills
  • Excellent problem and project management skills


If you would like to be considered for this position please email your CV to or call Lilly on 01453 755330 (option 2).

Just at the moment, we are seeing a massive upturn in applications. Please be aware that more than ever we are needing to shortlist heavily and that it may not be possible for us to come back to you if your details do not match the needs of our client on this vacancy.

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