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Assistant Manager (Business Tax)
Job ID #: 6139 Location: Birmingham
Business area: Tax Job category: Tax
Employment type: Full Time - Permanent Qualification level: CTA
Duration of contract: Not Indicated

BDO. Because relationships matter.

BDO LLP is one of the UK’s largest accountancy and business advisory firms providing services to ambitious businesses within the UK and worldwide. With more than 3,500 talented people, generating close to £400m in UK revenues, we bring real leadership across the mid-market. We are a member of BDO International, which has more than 1,260 offices worldwide, spread across 147 countries. We are a profitable, dynamic and forward-looking firm with a reputation for quality. Our ambition is to be the leader for exceptional client service.

At BDO you can be yourself - we value you as an individual and want you to realize your aspirations. You have a voice and your opinion counts. We give you the challenge and support you need and you are able to shape your own career according to your strengths, skills and personality. Working at BDO enhances your professional development at all stages of your career. Few firms offer the same breadth and quality of work, responsibility and experience. We recognize and reward your high performance and you have the opportunity to excel, progress and share in our success. We are clear on what we expect from you and what you can expect in return.

Being at BDO is personally as well as professionally fulfilling. Relationships matter, and we have a friendly and inclusive culture built around our core values of honesty and integrity; empowerment and personal responsibility; mutual support and respect; and professional and personal client relationships.

This role will provide Tax compliance and advisory services for a wide range of clients.  


The primary responsibility will be to deal with all matters relating to the management of a portfolio of clients. You will also provide assistance to Director/Principals/Partners in both client work and in the management of the group. Will be involved in special assignments on an ad hoc basis. 


A key part of the role requires the individual to actively seek, and keep the Partner informed about any new business opportunities arising at existing and new clients.


Project involvement:

  • Responsible for all day to day tax compliance affairs of clients, and involved with related advisory matters, whilst being supervised by Manager/Director/Partner and communicating with clients

  • There will be an expectation that you will take full responsibility for project delivery

  • Manage a portfolio of clients including control of billings and cash collection within the firms criteria

  • Review of work prepared by more junior members of staff

  • Liaise with HMRC

  • To ensure assignments are completed within agreed budgets and keep client/Partner informed of overruns and plan staff assignments in order to give an appropriate spread of experience

  • Identify risk and technical matters, as well as selling opportunities, to the Partner/Principles/Senior Manager, whilst exercising judgement within agreed parameters
  • Ensure that the firm’s quality control procedures are adhered to as appropriate


  • Ensure professional standards are met and supervise, support and develop more junior staff both on-site at client premises and whilst in the office

  • Will work as part of management team with other Tax managers within the business group, and provide support to the rest of the Tax team

  • Training must be provided to more junior staff both on the job and through monitoring exam and on the job performance, whilst consistently providing feedback

  • Counsel, appraise, develop and motivate staff as appropriate

Sales and Marketing:

  • Participate in bids/proposals for new work as requested

Communication and representation:

  • Develop professional relationships with clients and within the firm

  • Provide an efficient and pro active service to clients and ensure that the clients’ needs are fully met

  • Pay attention to self-development and continuing professional education with a view to progressing within practice

  • To support and work as a team player in achieving activities for their business area
  • Work on own initiative
  • Consult with colleagues and Partners on technical and risk matters. 

    You would be expected to be able to demonstrate 75-90 % of the accountabilities highlighted.



  • Starting to gain staff management experience

  • Significant understanding of and previous experience within tax compliance

  • Some tax advisory experience preferable but not essential

  • Supervisory experience

  • Maintain an in depth, up to date, knowledge of taxation

  • Ability to manage a small client portfolio

  • To actively seek opportunities for selling new services to existing clients

  • Some experience of dealing with client senior management

  • Educated to degree level, and/or CTA and/or ACA qualified or equivalent

  • Demonstrable post qualified experience

    Our Agency Policy

    BDO has a commitment to building relationships directly with candidates (and agencies) in our local markets and as such, we do not accept speculative CVs from agencies. We work closely with our preferred suppliers to support us in sourcing quality candidates but we only pay agency fees where we have a signed agreement in place and an agency has been instructed by a member of the BDO Resourcing team. We do not pay agency fees where speculative and unsolicited CVs are submitted to BDO by any means other than through our recruitment portal. For any CVs which are submitted without instruction from the BDO Resourcing team, BDO reserves the right to contact and work directly with these candidates without payment of any agency fee.

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