Allen Rose Ltd

We are an accounting firm who focuses on advising companies and individuals on their financial business.

Sector : Business & Professional Services

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Where is your business based?

Wolverhampton and Stafford

What is your name?

Peter Allen

What is your role within the business?

I am the director of the company and I advise businesses and private individuals on their financial and tax affairs.

What does your business do?

We are an independent, two-partner firm of chartered certified accountants, tax specialists and business advisers, with offices in Stafford and Wolverhampton.

What is special about your business - what makes it a great place to work?

Allen Rose prides itself on providing excellent advice and guidance to clients on their financial affairs.

How many people do you employ?

7

What skills and qualities do you look for in new employees? Why should people look at jobs in this sector?

We look for people who enjoy mathematics and problem solving and demonstrate excellent communication skills. Preferably A level Maths Grade C or above.

What other job roles do you have in your business?

Accounts AssistantsTax AssistantsSecretaries

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Peter

Director

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Jack

Semi Senior Accountant

Job role: Accounting

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

Each day varies, depending on the work rqeuired for each particular client. Generally, I support clients with accounts and taxation queries, and often do their bookkeeping.

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

This was my first job as an accountant, starting straight after finshing A-Levels at 18.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

I found the job advertisement online after searching for ACCA approved employers, where I then submitted my CV and then was interviewed.

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

The best part is successfully dealing with a client's query, and leaving them feeling satisfied with the service they receive.

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

I am provided with online learning courses to assist with studying for exams.

What skills are required to do your job?

Good computer skills are essential, especially with Microsoft Excel. A keen eye for numbers also helps.

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

Other than A-Levels or equivalent, there are no specific qualifications required to begin studying towards becoming a chartered accountant.

What subject options (curriculum subjects) would you recommend someone chooses to do your role?

  • Business and Management
  • Mathematics and Statistics
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Molly

Administrator

Job role: Administration

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

I would describe my job as a office administrator

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

My first job was at a supermarket working in the clothes department.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

I had to send over my CV to the Director of the company and then I was selected for an interview which I then attended, after the interviewing process I had to wait to hear back off the company to see if i had got the job or not.

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

What I think is great about my job is that there is always something new to learn and be taught and is quite varied so you aren't doing the same thing every day

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

I have received computer training and software training for the different software we use e.g for payroll and using spreadsheet etc.

What skills are required to do your job?

Good computer skills are required in my job as a lot of it is computer based.

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

To do my job role there aren't any specific qualifications you need.

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Rachel

Secretary/Payroll Administrator

Job role: Administration

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

Office administration and payroll processing

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

No. Secretary at a building company

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

Taken over from a previous employer

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

It is varied, no two days are the same

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

Internal training, if necessary

What skills are required to do your job?

Computer skills, keeping up to date with payroll requirements including workplace pensions

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

No

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Lucy

Accountant

Job role: Accounting

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

I carry out all aspects of accountancy work including the preparation of statutory year end and management accounts, the completion of personal and corporate tax returns, completion of VAT returns and I generally support our clients with any accountancy and taxation advice and support they need to assist them within their businesses. Everyday is different and varied as I am dealing with a variety of clients and businesses as part of my role.

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

I have worked in accountancy for over 20 years, starting as a trainee accountant straight from school at the age of 16.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

When leaving school and looking for an apprenticeship in accountancy I applied for jobs advertised through a training provider who supported the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) accountancy qualification. When applying for my current role I registered with an agency who specialises in recruitment for the finance sector.

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

The thing I enjoy most is the variety of the work and that every day can be different.

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

I am a qualified accountant with the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and to maintain this qualification I am required to carry out a certain amount training during each year. This can be the attendance of external courses, webinars or reading articles in the ACCA publications.

What skills are required to do your job?

You need to be good with numbers and have good IT skills (particularly excel).

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

To become a qualified accountant you need to study accountancy qualifications. There are different accounting bodies dependant on the industry you are looking to work in. I am a member of the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) and the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

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James

Accountant and tax adviser

Job role: Accounting

Describe what you do in your job. What is a typical day like?

I have a very varied job where I get to produce accounts for clients, prepare tax returns to be submitted to HMRC and offer tax advice to individuals and companies. Every day can be different in what tasks will need to be done, at the start of each day I usually draw up a plan of what needs to be done by the end of the day, the time each job is expected to take and the priority they are to be done in. My main priority is usually to complete and jobs with short deadlines and then any other jobs that can be completed relatively quickly. It is very often that a client will call up requiring urgent information which can cause problems with my plan for the day and it is up to me to rearrange my plans to ensure everything that is required to be done by the end of the day/week is done.

Was this your first job? What other jobs or work experience have you had?

This job was not my first job but it was my first full time job. Previously I have worked a paper round while I was a teenager and then worked in a supermarket during sixth form and university.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

I first started out by obtaining work experience during the summer after my first year of university with the firm. I made a good impression in the weeks I was working for the firm that they offered me a full time position after completion of my university degree. To be able to obtain the work experience in the first place I had to attend an interview day where I was asked numerous questions and had to make a good impression.

What is great about your job? What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

The best part of my job is the satisfaction of seeing a client happy with the tax advice I have provided and that they feel like that they have managed to get a good deal by saving tax one way or another and have a bit extra cash to be able to spend on themselves. I also enjoy going out to clients and interact with them in meetings or while performing my duties as an accountant, it is a great opportunity to meet new people and to make the client feel more comfortable with us as a firm.

What training do you get at work to help you do your job role?

I was provided with offsite training to complete my professional qualifications which in the long run has helped me achieve the position I am currently in. I was also provided with onsite training on how the computer systems, software and various intricacies of accounting worked within the firm.

What skills are required to do your job?

A number of skills are required to perform my job well, they include a good understanding of mathematics (but no more than a good grade in GCSE), good comprehension skills (to be able to understand legislation and other documents), good writing and communication skills (to be able to write letters and emails to clients which are clear, concise and understandable), determination and good problem solving (so you don't give up if something stumps you at first) and good team working skills (to be able to work well with other people as well as with clients).

What role-specific qualifications do you think are needed to do your job?

The minimum qualifications required are good grades in GCSE Maths, English (Literature & Language), and three other GCSE subjects. This will enable to you enter accountancy or tax adviser at the lowest level (AAT, ACCA Foundation for accountancy and ATT for tax advisers). If you wish to step into the game at a higher level you will require at least 2 A Levels (I would recommend Maths at the very least as one, but it can be any 2 A Levels) and this means you can start as student under ACCA, CIMA or ICAEW (ICAS if you are in Scotland). To be able to do the ICAEW/ICAS qualification you will need to be employed by a ICAEW/ICAS authorised training employer so a lot of the smaller firms only offer ACCA training packages. CIMA is a qualification mainly for accountants in industry but it has been known for public practices to train in CIMA if the majority of their work revolves around preparing management accounts and other functions an internal accountant would perform in industry. If you are thinking about going to University to do Accountancy I would suggest to have a second thought, it is very expensive to go to university these days and out of sixth form/college you can start earning immediately and not have to worry about student loans etc. and be the envy of all your friends who went to university when you turn up to the pub to meet them in your brand new (insert brand of car here). Saying that, some of the top jobs at the Big 4 firms are only available to graduates.

Name the top three skills needed for your job

The top three skills required are: Mathematical understanding Communication Determination

What was the highest level of qualification you needed from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 3 - GCSE grades A*-C (Level 4-9); Btec First Diploma, Certificate, Award; NVQ 2; Intermediate 2 Credit Standard Grade; SVQ 2.

What subject options (curriculum subjects) would you recommend someone chooses to do your role?

  • Mathematics and Statistics

What is your personality type?

  • Debater - Smart and curious thinkers who cannot resist an intellectual challenge.

Do you have any interests that mean you fit your job role?

  • music

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 4 - 6 years experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • £40,000+
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Title: Director
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Role: Accounting
Title: Semi Senior Accountant
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Role: Administration
Title: Administrator
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Role: Administration
Title: Secretary/Payroll Administrator
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Role: Accounting
Title: Accountant
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Role: Accounting
Title: Accountant and tax adviser