Chartered Accountants & Business Tax Advisors

Humphrey & Co

The firm has built a strong reputation for successfully advising and supporting individuals and businesses with their financial affairs for almost a century.

Our clients benefit from our depth of experience and expertise with an established reputation in many fields.

We are based in Eastbourne and in Brighton & Hove. However, a client’s location is never a problem as we travel to meet clients at their homes or businesses.

Career Opportunities

Be More Than Just An Accountant with Humphrey & Co!

Our firm is growing. We are always on the lookout for talented people for both our Eastbourne and Brighton & Hove offices.

If you can offer a great skill set, are motivated to continuously improve and have a personable style for building client relations, we would like to hear from you.

For the right candidates we offer excellent training and exciting career opportunities. We aim to reward our team well with competitive pay and benefit packages. 

Job Vacancies

Senior Manager

Description

As a Senior Manager at our Hove office, you will work alongside the partner to manage their portfolio of clients and team of staff. The candidate must be able to work independently to cover the partner when they are out of the office, plus be confident managing the team. The candidate must be ACA or ACCA qualified and must have a minimum of 3 years post qualification practice experience.

Responsibilities

  • Reporting to and working alongside partner
  • Reviewing work and finalising accounts, tax returns, letters and fees to a standard and sending them directly to the client
  • Reviewing client and HMRC correspondence and drafting responses or communicating directly with the client
  • Assisting with ad hoc advisory matters, such as, financial forecasts, incorporation and management accounts
  • Dealing with ad hoc client queries/advice (tax, Xero, etc.)
  • Managing the team with regards to training, attendance and holiday
  • Oversee the workflow of the team
  • Competent use of accountancy and taxation software – Xero, CCH, Excel, Word
  • Maintain a professional working relationship with both clients and colleagues

Skills required

  • Qualified ACA or ACCA
  • Confidentiality
  • Experience of supervising and training staff
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Good IT skills

Learning and Development is an integral part of Humphrey & Co. We aim to provide the best support to our people to ensure that their development and knowledge is at the best level possible through professional qualifications, in-house training and self-development.

Hours: Minimum of 30 hours or full time (38.75 hours per week)

Location: Hove, office based (hybrid working will be considered)

Salary and benefits:

  • Competitive salary (dependent on experience)
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Private Health insurance
  • Pension contribution 5%

Closing date: TBC

Please send your CV and covering letter to info@humph.co.uk 


Trust & Estate Manager -

within the Trust & Estate Support Services team (TESS)

We are looking for an individual to join our growing TESS team. The role will be assisting with trust administration and tax compliance and other private client work. The role, and level of responsibility, will be dependent on previous experience. We are happy to give some training in areas, where required.

Key duties and responsibilities:

Trusts

  • Preparation of trust accounts, tax returns and IHT forms where we are trustees and for trust clients of the firm
  • Dealing with trust administration, such as TRS and CRS, for both trusts that we are trustees for and also where we are the primary contact on behalf of the trustees
  • Reviewing trust tax returns and accounts prepared by others and providing feedback and training.

Estates

Assisting with estates, reporting to the TESS Partner as Head of Legal Practice (HOLP) when required, to include:

  • Assisting with estate administration estate files
  • Preparation of accounts, tax returns and IHT forms (where required) and legal statements and other related documents 
  • Communication with executors, beneficiaries and third parties as required during the administration.

Private client tax

  • Preparation of personal Self-Assessment Tax Returns
  • Reviewing personal tax returns prepared by others and providing feedback and training
  • Supporting the TESS Partner with technical tax research, drafting reports and letters of tax advice.

Work for other professionals

  • Preparation of accounts (estate and trust accounts) and tax returns (pre-death, estate and trust returns) for other professionals, such as solicitors.
  • Providing advice and assistance as required, such as in relation to TRS obligations and registration and preparation of tax forms and computations.

Other

  • Dealing with internal technical queries for Partners and Managers, in relation to estates and trusts
  • Assisting with training of junior members of the team
  • Maintaining and updating workflow for own portfolio
  • Monthly review of WIP to ensure regular billing on all aspects of client portfolio
  • Maintaining CPD and technical knowledge in all relevant technical areas

Hours: Preferably full time (38.75 hours per week), but we would consider 31 hours+ per week

Based: Eastbourne office

Salary: dependent on experience and qualification

Please send your CV and covering letter to info@humph.co.uk


Accounts and Audit Manager

Description

As an Accounts and Audit Manager at our Eastbourne office, you will work as part of the Accounts and Audit team assisting on client accounting, tax compliance tasks and auditing tasks. The job role is likely to be 70% audit and 30% accounts work. The candidate must be ACA or ACCA qualified or AAT qualified with appropriate experience. The candidate must have a minimum of 3 years practice experience, including 2 in an audit role.

Responsibilities

As an Accounts and Audit Manager your main responsibilities will include:

  • Liaising with partners on client management, practice development, and business strategy
  • Leading and managing engagements ensuring timely and efficient completion
  • Completing file reviews on a range of audit clients, utilising your existing technical knowledge and experience whilst developing your skills still further and ensuring quality standards are met
  • Being instrumental in implementing compliance with regulatory standards and internal firm quality policies
  • Developing the team and be a role model
  • Supervising and mentoring junior staff, assisting with the structuring of their training

Skills required

  • ACA/ACCA qualified or AAT qualified with appropriate experience
  • A minimum of two years recent practical audit experience
  • Strong technical knowledge in UK GAAP, FRS 102, LLP SORP and ISAs
  • Good IT skills, knowledge of CCH would be great, but not essential
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Experience at managing teams including setting workflow and reviewing work of others
  • Specialisms in Charity audits and/or Solicitor Accounts Rules would be a bonus
  • Awareness of changes in current accounts and audit legislation
  • Problem solver with an investigative nature, including an acute attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills

Learning and Development is an integral part of Humphrey & Co. We aim to provide the best support to our people to ensure that their development and knowledge is at the best level possible through professional qualifications, in-house training and self-development.

Hours: Full time (38.75 hours per week)

Based: Eastbourne

Salary: Dependent on experience and qualification

Closing date: TBC

Please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@humph.co.uk


Tax Assistant / Manager

We are looking to fulfil a new role within our growing tax department. Ideally we would be looking for a candidate with tax experience that is ATT or CTA qualified, but for the right person we would consider someone with accounting experience and a keen interest in specialising in tax work.

Responsibilities / duties

  • Supporting the Tax Partner with technical research and preparing tax advice direct to clients in all areas of taxation
  • Supporting the Tax Partner in dealing with internal technical tax queries for Partners and Managers, encompassing all areas of taxation
  • Working with the Tax Partner to develop tax planning ideas and provide proactive advice, including technical updates to both partners/staff and clients
  • Assisting with the preparation of Self Assessment Tax Returns for a portfolio of clients
  • Assisting the Tax Partner with the preparation of US Federal Tax Returns

Requirements

  • Experience in working in mixed UK taxation (private client and corporate clients) is preferred, but candidates with a private client bias who are willing to develop corporate tax experience will be considered
  • Tax advisory experience is desirable but not essential as training can be provided in this area
  • It is experience that is important, so although CTA qualified candidates will be preferred, candidates with other tax or accounting qualification as well as those qualified by experience will be considered
  • Must be willing (and able) to undertake detailed technical research, work to deadlines and get involved in wide ranging issues
  • Experience in US tax is desirable but not essential

What’s on offer?

  • The opportunity to progress your career in taxation at this supportive and friendly firm
  • The opportunity to get involved with varied and interesting tax advisory work
  • The rare opportunity to develop broad UK tax expertise and gain US tax experience (full training and support will be provided for the latter)

Learning and Development is an integral part of Humphrey & Co. We aim to provide the best support to our people to ensure that their development and knowledge is at the best level possible through professional qualifications, in-house training and self-development.

Hours: Full time (38.75 hours per week)

Based: Eastbourne office

Salary: Dependent on experience and qualification

Closing date: TBC

Please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@humph.co.uk


Accounting Technician/Chartered Accountant

Description

As an Accounting Technician, you will work as part of the Accounts team assisting on client accounting and tax compliance tasks. We are looking for a candidate that is AAT or ACA/ACCA qualified.

Responsibilities

  • The role will involve all areas of practice work for a range of personal tax and business clients
  • Assisting in the management of a portfolio of clients to deliver a high quality service
  • Preparing and reviewing sole trader accounts, personal tax returns, company accounts and corporation tax returns
  • VAT advice and compliance services
  • Maintaining a high technical and professional standard. This would be facilitated through ongoing training and access to CPD programmes within the firm
  • Coach, train and develop junior staff to improve and further their knowledge 
  • Opportunity to develop skills in key areas such as Xero and other Cloud based systems
  • Undertake wider practice activities, as required
  • Communicate with the team on any issues or findings
  • Maintain a professional working relationship with both clients and colleagues

Skills required

  • AAT qualified or ACA/ACCA qualified
  • Experience of accounts preparation in an accountancy practice 
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • The ability to manage own workload and prioritise to meet deadlines
  • Problem solver with investigative nature
  • IT Literate able to use MS Excel and Word

Learning and Development is an integral part of Humphrey & Co. We aim to provide the best support to our people to ensure that their development and knowledge is at the best level possible through professional qualifications, in-house training and self-development.

Hours: Full time (38.75 hours per week)

Based: Eastbourne & Hove positions available

Salary: Dependent on experience and qualification

Closing date: TBC

Please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@humph.co.uk


Trainee Accountant

Description

As a Trainee Accountant you will work as part of the Accounts team assisting on client accounting and tax compliance tasks whilst studying towards an AAT qualification.

Requirements

As a Trainee Accountant your main responsibilities will include:

  • Assist seniors and managers on accounting or administrative tasks
  • Carry out bookkeeping tasks, including double-entry bookkeeping
  • Prepare a small company, partnership or sole-trader accounts file to a high degree of accuracy
  • Basic tax computations and returns
  • Utilise accounting software
  • Communicate with the team on any issues or findings
  • Develop and apply technical knowledge gained from studies and on the job experience
  • Maintain a professional working relationship with both clients and colleagues

As a Trainee Accountant your skills, qualifications and knowledge will include:

  • A levels of grade B or above in three subjects – Accounting A level desirable
  • GCSE Maths and English grades A or B
  • Dedication to achieving an AAT qualification
  • The ability to manage own workload and prioritise to meet deadlines
  • Problem solver with investigative nature
  • IT Literate able to use MS Excel and Word

Learning and Development is an integral part of Humphrey & Co. We aim to provide the best support to our people to ensure that their development and knowledge is at the best level possible through professional qualifications, in-house training and self-development.

Hours: Full time (38.75 hours per week)

Based:  Eastbourne and Hove positions available

Salary: Dependent on experience and qualification

Please send your CV and covering letter to jobs@humph.co.uk

Our Charity Partnership

After many years of supporting and sponsoring various local organisations, we decided in 2014 that we would prefer to concentrate our efforts by predominantly supporting one local charity each year.

In this way, we felt as a firm that we could:

Proudly sponsor a local charity and support the work that they do for our local community

Promote a partnership with the charity, working together to achieve specific aims or goals

Our Charity of the year 2024 is St Wilfrid's Hospice

St Wilfrid’s Hospice provides high-quality care and support for people across Eastbourne, Seaford, Hailsham, Uckfield, Heathfield (and all points between) with life-limiting illnesses. Support is offered at the hospice, in patients’ own home and in care homes. Over 70% of the funds to provide these services comes from voluntary donations.

Humphrey & Co also participates in numerous local charity events and fundraisers. We actively encourage members of staff to independently volunteer and be involved in the work of other charities in the local area. 

Past Charities

 

Our nominated charity for 2023 was
The Brain Tumour Charity

The Brain Tumour Charity is the world’s leading brain tumour charity and the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours globally. Committed to saving and improving lives, they are moving further, faster to help every single person affected by a brain tumour. They are set on finding new treatments, offering the highest level of support and driving urgent change.


Our nominated charity for 2022 was
The Pedal People

The Pedal People is a small independent Brighton charity running weekly, year-round cycle rides providing uplifting (and often the only) outdoor activity for disabled people, elders and people living with health challenges or special educational needs. The cycle rides enable meaningful community interaction plus wind-in-hair wellbeing benefits. They offer highly adaptable side-by-side tandems, recumbents and Trishaws (riders sit upfront pedalled by cycle pilot) plus guided and co-piloted options, enabling families, carers and friends to cycle together.


Our nominated charities for 2020 & 2021 were
The Eastbourne Foodbank & Hangleton and West Blatchington Foodbank

Foodbanks are here to support those in the local community who do not have sufficient funds to buy their own food and essential toiletries, whilst also offering advice and support groups to those in need.


Our nominated charity for 2019 was
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

JDRF funds research into the cure, treatment and prevention of type 1 diabetes. It is their aim to help develop new treatments to keep people with type 1 as healthy as possible until they find the cure. Ultimately, they want to prevent people from getting the condition at all.


Our nominated charity for 2018 was
Embrace East Sussex

Embrace was formed in 2014 to support special needs and disabled children and their families with their ethos being 'Because no child should feel alone'. Embrace run a number of services and projects, providing vital social and respite support as well as advocacy support for its beneficiaries.



Our nominated charity for 2017 was
You Raise Me Up

A local charity based in Eastbourne founded by Fraser and Jane Brooks in June 2011 following the sudden loss of their daughter Megan. The charity’s sole purpose is to raise funds to support families that have suffered the loss of an adult child between the age of 16 and 25 and to be able to provide compassion, support and to simply be able to say “we totally understand” rather than “we cannot imagine what you are going through”.


Our nominated charity for 2016 was
RISE

RISE (Refuge, Information, Support and Education) - freedom from domestic abuse. A National Award winning charity providing sanctuary and support in Sussex since 1994.
This is a Brighton-based charity offering practical solutions, shelter and support to those in Sussex affected by domestic abuse. They work alongside survivors giving practical support to help them rebuild their lives.

Our nominated charity for 2015 was
Sussex Cancer Fund

Since 1981 The Sussex Cancer Fund has been giving invaluable assistance to The Sussex Cancer Centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. This is in the form of additional equipment and building improvements for the treatment and comfort of cancer patients attending the department. The Centre treats thousands of Sussex people each year.


Our nominated charity for 2014 was
Children’s Respite Trust in East Hoathly

This charity is largely run by volunteers and supports children with disabilities and their families by helping them get a break throughout Sussex, Surrey and Kent. Vital to all of their work is fundraising to help the limited number of families they can reach with the money they raise.


Networking

As a firm we feel it’s important to engage in business networking to develop new relationships with local contacts, sharing ideas and discussing topical issues.

We also realise how invaluable networking is for our staff for building their confidence and expanding their portfolio of contacts.

We also attend numerous networking events in Sussex including, but not limited to, breakfast and lunch clubs, the local Curry Clubs and networking on the golf course. 

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