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Senior Business Adviser - London
Job ID #: 6276 Location: London
Business area: Business Services and Accounting Job category: Business Services and Accountancy
Employment type: Full Time - Permanent Qualification level: Qualified (professional)
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.

As a Senior Business Advisor you will be required to work closely and support senior members of the team in the timely delivery of services.  You will work independently and be accountable for the delivery of the project to the manager for review, being the first point of contact for our clients throughout the project.  In addition to accounting capabilities, you will have a rounded business knowledge able to analyse client data, make recommendations and talk credibly to clients on the issues they face such as current trading position, future outlook and legislative changes.


  •  Preparation of statutory accounts under UK GAAP and other accounting frameworks including transition to FRS 102
  • Preparation of consolidations and cash flows for year end statutory accounts

  • Preparation of other financial reports such as forecasts, profit projections, benchmarking reviews

  • Excellent knowledge of various accounting software packages including Sage Line 50, Xero, Quickbooks

  • Ability to become a champion in specialist areas eg software packages, VAT, medical for your office

  • Process transactions, prepare and post journals, update ledgers, perform bank reconciliation and cash book analysis as required to complete monthly reporting processes for our larger more complex clients

  • Prepare VAT returns
  • Prepare tax computations
  • Prepare year end accounting files ready for audit either by internal or external auditors.
  • Liaise with auditors as necessary
  • Prepare engagement letters for manager and partner review
  • Ensure compliance with our streams policies and procedures
  • Understands WIP, scope, fees and project negotiations
  • Monitor and review client financial data, present ideas and make recommendations to clients
  • Proactive analysis of client data and communication directly with client e.g current issues, future trading, relevant legislative changes





  • Understands the clients business context to ensure we continue to deliver relevant solutions and good value

  • Organises work efficiently to meet project deadlines and client expectations

  • Share knowledge and ideas openly with colleagues

  • Continues to build a network of professional contacts

  • Attends client meetings with other senior members of the team

  • Undertakes planned activities to build business development skills

  • Contributes to bid documents and proposals

  • Attends relevant business seminars

  • Supports trainees with their personal and professional development

  • Can articulate the BS&A and wider BDO offering

  • Proactively identifies potential new business opportunities for BS&A and wider BDO services





  • Supervises the work of others when needed

  • Seeks greater responsibility and rises to the challenge

  • Is robust under pressure and calmly faces challenging situations

  • Is sought out by colleagues as a valuable source of advice and support

  • Makes suggestions and offers potential solutions to problems in a  timely manner

  • Displays energy and enthusiasm and is focused on achieving results

  • Qualified ACCA or equivalent

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office especially Excel.

  • Good knowledge of accounting packages (Sage Line 50, Xero, Quickbooks) and caseware

    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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