6th Jul 2021

We’re Hiring a Cloud Accounting Team Leader

About the Role

This is an exciting role that sits at the heart of Blu Sky’s strategic vision for many years to come.  The right individual will, over time, reshape this key role as it currently stands, using their talents and experience to help drive further systemisation of efficiency both to output of the team, and the exception and reporting management thereof.  Collaboration is key, and you’ll have plenty of help to achieve this.

You will report directly to our COO, a director and shareholder of the company. Your responsibilities are to drive the quality, delivery and expertise of your team of eight Cloud Accountants, using Dext:Prepare, Dext:Precison and Xero. Team growth is a key factor, and you’ll have significant influence in the shape and makeup of the team.

Using your skills effectively, you’ll be able to drive delivery in accordance with agreed client service levels.  You will support the client relationship directors to deliver a five-star service to our clients, whilst further supporting and utilizing opportunities to input into, our wider company goals and objectives.

Looking longer term, this role could be a stepping stone into the senior management team.

Purpose

To ensure the core services of reconciliation, book-keeping, management accounts, and our flagship product ‘Insights’ are delivered to plan and to a pre-defined quality standard.  Also, to embrace and further drive the use of technology and a deeper understanding of core apps within the team in line with strategic business objectives.

People, planning and prioritisation will be your day-to-day watchwords, and development of the team – with help from others – technically, commercially and in personal skills will be a key objective.

Responsibilities

The key responsibilities and duties of the CATL role are:

  • Overall accountability for planning and delivering to plan for reconciliation and management reporting products including, but not constrained to, standard management accounts, bespoke management accounts, and our Insights product. Potentially using several different apps, for example fathom or fluidly.
  • Managing and coaching cloud accounting team (CAT) members (currently a headcount of 8), including management of the quarterly review process.
  • Implementing and controlling quality standards in the deliverables area (working with a Client Relationship Director accountable for these standards).
  • Participating in product development to assist with delivery of the Blu Sky product road map, anticipating what our clients need and want.
  • Reviewing deliverables within the team to ensure a consistent high quality of work.
  • Longer term, potentially managing a small portfolio of clients, closely working with these clients to build a longstanding relationship.

Skills – Essential

  • The ideal candidate would have spent time within a similar team leader position in an accounting practice or has been in a technical or client facing role and is now keen to expand their management, communication, and collaboration skills. Whilst the team you manage is internal, the role may suit someone now in an Outsourcing Managers role, frustrated at the lack of opportunity to develop themselves and their function.
  • Organised, with excellent personal time management skills.
  • Strong planning skills, quickly able to process, synthesise and reason about information in order to prioritise and define delivery requirements.
  • Excellent oral, written, presentation, and interpersonal communication.
  • Strong knowledge of production of management accounts and an understanding of the impact of high-quality reconciliation.
  • Strong knowledge of accounting principles and VAT.
  • A desire to self-research (supported by CPD) to continue to be on top of the game technically.
  • Experience in mentoring and coaching junior team members.
  • Self-motivated.

Skills – Optional

As a bonus, it would be great if you had:

  • Experience using Xero, Dext, Fathom, or similar cloud accountancy software.
  • Experience in change management and delivery.

Key Performance Indicators

The role is measured against the following KPI’s:

  • Average completion time for management accounts
  • Quality Scores
  • Employee engagement scores

The Salary – Competitive

We can be flexible for the right person, the offer made will be dependent on experience.

Holidays and Benefits

  • Competitive Salary, 25 days of annual leave, plus a ‘special occasions day’.
  • Commitment to growing your professional development and a training budget to support that commitment.
  • Eligibility for our flexible working arrangement, giving you the power to manage your time and place of work.  This is a role where we would expect there is benefit to the team to gather in the office at least one day a week.
  • Private medical insurance and death in service insurance (on completion of probationary period.)

About Blu Sky

Founded in 2008, Blu Sky employs over 20 people across two teams: our delivery team of accountants and tax experts are generally based from home across the North East of England, while our client relationship directors are located where ever the client needs them!

At Blu Sky, our vision is ‘to be pioneers in the future of accounting for SMEs’. Our team and cloud accounting technology enables us to inspire the future story of client businesses through numbers.

In 2018 we won the prestigious Xero UK mid-sized firm of the year award, and over the last few years our ambition to grow nationally from our base in the North East has gathered momentum, with around 25% of clients based in London. We are looking to hire talented individuals that will help continue our growth and growing reputation.

Hiring Process

We want you to be as excited about joining Blu Sky as we are about being here! With that in mind, the following selection process helps ensure that each candidate is given a comprehensive view of what we are all about, including our vision, values and longer-term strategy:

  • Screening – We will review your application
  • We’ll ask you to complete an online behavioural competency questionnaire
  • Stage One – Initial interview with two senior team members
  • Stage Two – A brief (15 minute) presentation to be delivered to the senior management team ahead of the stage three interview
  • Stage Three – generally follows straight on from the presentation –  Interview with the senior team where we can discuss the results of the presentation and you can ask any further questions.  This is as much about giving you the opportunity to find out as much as possible about us and our company as it is about us finding out about you and your capabilities
  • Stage Four ‘fireside chat’ with one of our founders.

Offer & References

Where appropriate, we initially make a verbal offer.  Upon verbal acceptance we will make a formal written offer, subject to references.

Diversity & Inclusion

We believe that the best workplaces celebrate and promote diversity. We are committed to ensuring that Blu Sky is an equal opportunity employer. And we think it’s right to build a company where everybody is welcome, with an open culture that thrives on not just our similarities but also our differences.

Part of this commitment is our promise that every team member and job applicant is treated equally, regardless of protected characteristics such as race, sexuality, religion or age.

Our company values of ownership, trust, no surprises, bigger than me, and doing it right, capture the essence of this statement, but we’re now being clear that this is key to our mission.

Sound like you? Drop us an email with your CV!