Job Description

Cahill Design Consultants is a dynamic small to medium-sized engineering consultancy committed to providing acoustic and fire engineering services to a wide range of complex projects, across all sectors, within the built environment. 

We are seeking a qualified and experienced General Accountant to join our team and contribute to our continued success and growth. This position offers the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment where your expertise in accounting will make a significant impact.  

This is a full-time position based at our Colchester office. When it comes to working at CDC, we have a clear company culture and value the professional development of each team member. We are proud to be a ‘Flexified’ employer (Flexa) offering all staff flexible working arrangements, a competitive benefits package and compensation. We provide high levels of service without compromising the welfare of our staff. We pride ourselves on being an ambitious business, striving to provide our staff with the tools, training, project exposure and investment in their future development. 

If you are a motivated and skilled accountant looking for a rewarding opportunity to contribute to a growing organization, we encourage you to apply for this position. Join us in shaping the financial success of CDC and making a meaningful impact in our industry. 

The Role:

As a General Accountant at CCD Ltd,  you will play a pivotal role in managing the financial activities of the organization. Reporting directly to the Managing Director, you will be responsible for ensuring accuracy, compliance, and efficiency in various accounting functions. Your duties will include but are not limited to: 

Financial Control, Compliance & Analysis: 

  • Establish and maintain internal controls to safeguard the organization’s assets and ensure compliance with financial regulations and policies. Provide guidance and support to other departments or teams on financial matters. 
  • Analyse financial data to assess the financial health of the organization and provide insights to management. They may prepare financial statements, such as balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements, to communicate financial performance and trends. 

Payroll Management: 

  • Process payroll for employees accurately and in a timely manner, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and company policies. 
  • Calculate and record payroll taxes, deductions, and contributions. 
  • Maintain payroll records and resolve any payroll-related discrepancies or inquiries. 

Accounts Payable & Receivable: 

  • Generate and issue invoices to clients promptly and accurately. 
  • Monitor accounts receivable and follow up on overdue payments. 
  • Collaborate with relevant departments to ensure accurate invoicing and billing practices. Communicate with clients regarding payment reminders, payment plans, and resolution of billing issues 
  • Implement effective debt collection strategies to minimize outstanding debts. 
  • Keep detailed records of debt collection activities and maintain accurate accounts receivable aging reports. 

Tax Compliance: 

  • Ensure compliance with VAT regulations and guidelines. 
  • Monitor changes in VAT legislation and assess their impact on the business. 
  • Prepare and file tax returns, calculate taxes owed, and maintain records of tax payments and deductions. 
  • Identify and assess opportunities for claiming Research and Development (R&D) tax credits. 
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to gather necessary documentation and information for R&D tax credit claims. 
  • Prepare and submit R&D tax credit claims in accordance with regulatory requirements and guidelines 

Software Proficiency: 

  • Utilize accounting software such as Sage and Xero to maintain accurate financial records, reconcile accounts, and generate financial reports. 
  • Collaborate with PM’s through our internal project management software to track financial aspects of projects and budgets. 

Qualifications & Skills: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field. 
  • Professional certification such as ACCA, ACA, CIMA, or equivalent is preferred. 
  • Proven experience in accounting roles with a focus on payroll, invoicing, debt chasing, R&D tax credits, and VAT management. 
  • Proficiency in using accounting software such as Sage and Xero. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with attention to detail. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and work effectively both independently and as part of a team. 

The Benefits:

We value our people and a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work is provided as standard.

The below provides an overview of our offering:

Flexible Working 
Generous contributory pension scheme 
Annual leave buy or sell scheme 
Childcare Vouchers 
Annual performance related bonus and salary increases (discretionary) 
Cycle scheme 
Tech Scheme 
Group Life Assurance & Group Income Protection Insurance 
– Employee Assistance Programme providing 24/7 counselling support and access to AIG’s Smart Health services. 
Training & Development opportunities and support.  
Monthly Wellbeing Allowance 


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