Dains is committed to recruiting high calibre professionals and has a continual expansion programme for our growing compliance and specialist service departments.

Our Benefits Package

We offer a full benefits package to all employees and details can be found here.

Our Talent Database

We are always keen to hear from professionals looking for new opportunities so please feel free to send in your CV along with a covering note outlining your area of specialism to: careers@dains.com

How to Apply

To apply for any of the positions please email your CV to Jenna Clewley along with a covering note on why you feel you are suitable for the role.

Current Vacancies

Corporate Tax Trainee Apprenticeship x 1 (Birmingham)

We are looking for people that can not only produce numbers but also build lasting relationships with clients and advise on all aspects of their business.

At Dains, we recognise that our success is dependent on our most important asset - our people. That is why we have developed an award-winning training programme to ensure that our trainees are given every opportunity to be the business leaders of tomorrow.

Our approach:

For the individual who is looking for a firm in which they can enjoy a rewarding career, look no further, as our firm offers one of the widest ranges of professional services available to businesses throughout the Midlands.

Within the accountancy practice our core business areas are as follows:

  • Accountancy & Business Services
  • Audit
  • Business Recovery & Insolvency
  • Corporate Finance
  • Taxation - Corporate, Employment, Private and Indirect
  • Forensics

Dains is a dynamic and modern thinking Professional Services firm with a people-focused culture. Our strengths and opportunities lie in our independence and our reputation for quality and knowledge.

Our management team is comprised of highly skilled individuals who will help you to forge your career and develop all your potential.

Dains operates as one business and our collaborative approach means that we can offer a wider range of business solutions than is associated with a traditional accountancy practice.

Our Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum Grade B in Maths and English at GCSE level or equivalent
  • A minimum of 112 UCAS points or equivalent (Excluding General Studies)
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

Audit Senior (Stoke x 1)

Dains is looking to recruit an Audit Senior.  The role will require you to plan, delegate, review and complete audit and accountancy work for Manager review and supervise junior members of the team.  This position will be based out of the Stoke office.

These will include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide liaison between client and Manager during the audit.
  • Supervise the audit team, providing leadership, control and guidance as required.
  • Ensure that high standards of quality, reporting and advice are maintained throughout the audit.
  • Plan the assignment and supervise the team in order to complete work on time and within budget and identify alternative or innovative methods of completing the assignment.
  • Review the work of allocated staff, answering all but the most difficult fieldwork queries and ensure that files are prepared in accordance with the audit manual for managerial review.
  • Co-ordinate the documentation and file work, including the management letter and other reports, to complete an assignment for review by the Manager.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and understanding of current technical matters.
  • Become and remain familiar with the market in which the client operates.
  • Liaise with the Tax Department in respect of tax-related activity.
  • Prepare and discuss assignment appraisal reports.
  • Assist in the development of other, more junior, professional staff.
  • Participate in discussions at clients or other meetings.
  • Perform detailed technical work as required; contribute to technical or other discussions with the client showing commercial awareness, skill and initiative in handling complex technical matters.
  • To be aware of the latest technical developments through reading and attendance of courses (internal and external).
  • Carry out duties in accordance with office procedures manual.
  • To provide ad-hoc support to other members of the audit department as required.

A professional qualification (ACA, ACCA) is preferred, however, suitable equivalents will be considered subject to sufficient experience.  CPD to the requirement of the professional qualification must be maintained.

Commercial Services Semi Senior/Senior Accountant (Lichfield x 1, Stoke x 1)

Due to continued growth and success of the department another opportunity has arisen for a Commercial Services Semi-Senior / Senior within Dains Commercial Services Cloud Team. Digital technologies and the cloud based software we work with are constantly changing and evolving.

Dains is a regional firm of accountants & business advisers specialising in growing owner managed businesses in the Midlands. Our primary offices are in Birmingham, Burton on Trent, Derby, Lichfield, Rugeley and Stoke on Trent. Our services include accountancy, audit, business recovery, forensic accounting, insolvency, corporate finance and tax advice.

The Cloud Team was formed to ensure that Dains are well placed to embrace the opportunities created by these emerging technologies. The Cloud Team are an integral part of the Commercial Services Department.

The location for this role will be Lichfield, but you will need to travel to other Dains offices and clients’ premises as required.

You will be involved in the role out of our MTD compliance and Cloud Conversion project across the Commercial Services department. You will work with clients to analyse, review and improve their financial reporting systems / processes and transition clients to an effective cloud accounting software.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work under instructions of members of the Commercial Services West Midlands team, whether directly for a Partner, Manager or Supervisor
  • Working on cloud conversions for a wide variety of businesses preparing them for the introduction of the HMRC initiative, MTD for VAT
  • Face-to-face contact with the clients to assess their system requirements
  • Attending client meetings with the Supervisor, Manager or Partner to plan conversion projects
  • Broadening your product knowledge of cloud systems and find innovative solutions using the emerging technologies
  • Processing of VAT returns / bookkeeping & management accounts / statutory accounts
  • Development and delivery of advisory services using cloud software (Spotlight / Futrli / Fluidly)

Attributes:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage confidently with clients
  • Competent on Word, Excel and the ability to learn how to use cloud based accounting packages (Xero / Sage Business Cloud / QuickBooks )
  • Analytical and innovative approach to problem solving
  • Organised and capable of working on multiple conversions at any given time

This role is suitable for someone who is AAT part qualified / qualified with a minimum of 12 months experience in practice. Training opportunities will be available for the right candidate.

In return…

  • 25 days annual leave (plus normal statutory bank holidays)
  • Study Support
  • Buying and selling annual leave
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Payment of professional subscriptions
  • Regular reviews and training
  • Staff rewards scheme
  • Smart working hours
  • Flexible working hours
  • Group staff pension scheme
  • Death in service of 4 times salary
  • Volunteer days
  • Refer a friend / client
  • Wellbeing refreshments

Tax Assistant - Corporate Tax (Birmingham x 1)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Tax Assistant within Dains growing Birmingham office. The Successful candidate would work on various Corporate Tax Compliance assignments under the supervision of the Tax Consultants and Managers. Dains are looking for someone who can always deliver the highest standard of service to clients.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Preparation and submission of Corporation Tax Computations and CT600’s
  • Dealing with basic tax queries on behalf of clients with review by more senior members of the team
  • General client administration
  • Preparation of Corporate Tax Computations and Tax Disclosures for review by the Tax Consultant or Manager
  • Computation of deferred tax provisions and tax reconciliations
  • Maintain and develop technical knowledge through appropriate training
  • Effectively communicate between Partners and Managers at all levels
  • Build and continue to build a sound professional relationship with clients at a senior level
  • Raise your own profile and the Corporate Tax Department by integrating with fellow colleagues at both internal and external events where appropriate

Attributes:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage confidently with clients
  • Be able to react quickly and positively to change and new ideas
  • Be able to seek feedback on performance and take positive steps to improve
  • Act accurately to instructions given
  • Not afraid to take on new challenges
  • Be able to manage your own time effectively and prioritise own work

Our Minimum Requirements:

  • 1-2 years' experience
  • Compliance experience is a must
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

Accounts and Credit Control Assistant – Burton

Due to internal promotion Dains are now recruiting for an Accounts and Credit Control Assistant to support the Finance Manager and assist in the preparation of all financial information. You would be responsible for all aspects of credit control and work closely with all members of the Finance department.

This role will be based at our Burton office and some travel may be required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To support the Finance Manager in the preparation and administration of the management information
  • To work closely with the Finance Manager to deliver the Financial function of the practice
  • To prepare management information and account for review to tight deadlines
  • To work closely with the Company Partners as required
  • To maintain an effective and professional credit control system for the firm
  • To assist with the management accounts for the Dains Group of companies
  • To produce key performance reports
  • To prepare monthly statistical information for the practice and to use analytical procedures and accounting ratios and other benchmarking techniques to assess the viability of the performance within Dains
  • To prepare inter-department and inter-company transfers monthly
  • To maintain and generally monitor the time and fees ledger information; specifically, in relation to staffing (including but not limited to charge-out rates, chargeable hours information and budgets) and to report on any inconsistencies
  • Ensure that a tidy fees ledger is maintained at all times
  • Send out statements as required and to further the credit control collections, ensuring the information supplied is correct
  • Where required, initiate proceedings to ensure outstanding debts are brought to a satisfactory conclusion
  • Supply Finance Manager with relevant provisions for bad debts and credit on a monthly basis
  • Monitor credit limits on consultation with client partner
  • To keep the firm up to date with new credit management procedures and techniques
Technical Skills / Knowledge:
  • A professional qualification (AAT) is desirable; suitable equivalents will be considered subject to sufficient experience
  • Have an awareness of current UK auditing and accounting standards
  • Have a basic knowledge of accounting computerised software and systems operated by the internal Finance team (e.g. Twinfield, Sage, Sage Winforecast, etc).
  • To have an excellent understanding of relevant Microsoft Office software, e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel and any other packages relevant to the role
  • You will be expected to keep up to date technically by attending courses (internal and external) to aid you in the capacity to fulfil your role
  • Able to demonstrate experience within credit control
  • Experience of providing credit control within a business similar to the size of Dains
  • Numerical skills are essential in order to reconcile individual client accounts
  • Keep up to date with credit control procedures with relevant update courses

Attributes: 

  • Must have a friendly, helpful attitude in order to service both the client and colleagues
  • Must not be averse to standing up to difficult clients when chasing payments
  • Attention to detail is essential in this role
  • Ability to work to deadlines and to prioritise. From time to time to meet deadlines we may ask for some flexibility in your workings hours
  • To understand Dains services; and to take every opportunity to promote the firm and these services
  • To demonstrate the ability to manage multiple tasks and assignments
  • To perform well under pressure
  • To ensure that the firm is not exposed to unnecessary risk
  • Seeks feedback on performance and takes positive steps to improve
  • Demonstrates the ability to deal with difficult situations

Finance Manager – Burton

Dains are currently recruiting for a Finance Manager to effectively manage group processes and be responsible for driving the financial performance of the business. The Finance Manager is a key member of the management team and will work hand in hand with the existing, well established management team.

This role will be based at our Burton office and travel to other offices will be required.

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the administration of a portfolio of Dains Group of companies
  • Ensure that all financial information is supplied on an accurate and timely basis, and on occasions working closely with the CEO and Finance Executive
  • Produce management accounts for Dains Group and subsidiary company’s
  • Prepare and review the audit file and ensure that it is complete in accordance with best auditing practice
  • Perform company secretarial duties in order to meet statutory requirements
  • Use analytical procedures and accounting ratios and other benchmarking techniques to assess the viability of the performance within Dains, and advise the Head of Departments and Finance Executive accordingly
  • Plan the workload and balance staff availability for busy periods in the year, and to ensure that staff levels in the team are correct
  • Maintain good working relationships with all other Managers and Partners and support Partner’s / Senior Manager’s on ad-hoc projects
  • Recognise and implement areas of improvement within areas of the finance department
  • Liaise with the HR Manager, to recruit staff

Technical Skills / Knowledge:

  • A professional qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) is essential
  • A broad knowledge of professional exams and CPE available, in order to assist staff in obtaining the correct professional training
  • A strong awareness of tax knowledge (Sch D and VAT) and the effects of these taxes on a set of accounts
  • An awareness of the technical aspects concerning a set of LLP, limited company accounts, including presentation of the file
  • An awareness of current UK auditing and accounting standards
  • An excellent knowledge of accounting computerised software and systems operated by the internal Finance team (e.g. Twinfield, Sage, Sage Winforecast, etc)
  • An excellent understanding of relevant Microsoft Office software, e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel and any other packages relevant to the role

You will be expected to keep up to date technically by attending courses (internal and external) to aid you in the capacity to fulfil your role

Key Attributes:

  • Professional and approachable with partners, staff, contacts and clients
  • Ability to work to deadlines and to be flexible as regards the hours worked
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • To promote a positive work attitude and mentor staff as appropriate
  • To understand Dains services and actively market these services, taking every opportunity to promote the firm and secure new business
  • Excellent oral and written skills for effective communication 

Private Client Manager - Birmingham

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Private Client Manager to join our well-established team. Your main responsibility will be to plan, assist, coordinate and deliver tax advisory services to existing and new clients. You will need to build your own portfolio of Private Clients for whom you will act as their primary Relationship Manager.

The successful candidate will be supporting the Private Client Partner in delivering the highest standard of service and managing our Client’s expectations at all times.

Dains is a regional firm of accountants & business advisers specialising in growing owner managed businesses in the Midlands. Our primary offices are in Birmingham, Burton on Trent, Derby, Lichfield, Rugeley and Stoke on Trent. Our services include accountancy, audit, business recovery, forensic accounting, insolvency, corporate finance and tax advice.

This role will be based in our Birmingham office but travel to other offices will be required.

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage the delivery of both compliance and advisory assignments to your client portfolio
  • Assist the Private Client Tax Partner as necessary in the overall management of the Private Client department
  • Build and continue to build sound professional relationships with clients
  • Maintain ongoing communication with clients throughout the year
  • Respond to client concerns promptly in an effective and professional manner
  • Cross sells Dains services at all opportunities
  • Demonstrate a pro-active approach in providing professional services to clients
  • Be pro-active in proposing solutions to clients
  • Attend client service reviews and works with the team to identify improvements and opportunities
  • Demonstrate good listening and questioning skills in dealing with clients
  • Contribute to client understanding at meetings, presentations and interviews
  • Assist the Partners in preparing the annual budget for the Private Client department and in the monitoring of budgets and WIP on an ongoing basis
  • Have an overall responsibility for the management of WIP on your client portfolio
  • Ensure that maximum recoveries are achieved, agreeing in advance additional fees with clients where additional work is carried out
  • Be a pro-active member of the division’s management group, embracing specific tasks to move the division forward
  • Have an active involvement in relevant networking events
  • Identify and refer opportunities for other departments within Dains
  • Identify potential business development opportunities
  • Be active in the production of client proposals
  • Formulate the overall marketing strategy for the department
  • Initiates and develops business contacts

Technical Skills / Knowledge:

  • CTA qualified
  • Ability to use/learn software and systems operated by the company as appropriate (eg Caseware, CorTax, MYOB AE Central, Singleview*)
  • To have a good understanding of relevant Microsoft Office software, eg Outlook, Word, Excel and any other packages relevant to the role
  • You may from time to time be required to attend courses (internal and external) to aid you in the capacity
  • STEP would be preferred but isn’t essential

Attributes:

  • Displays a positive and motivated outlook
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills
  • Shows appreciation for good performance
  • Can instigate change and new ideas
  • Performs well under pressure
  • Tenacious
  • Demonstrates the ability to deal with difficult situations
  • Resilient
  • Flexible
  • Charismatic
  • Seen as confident and self-assured

How to Apply

To apply for any of the positions please email your CV to Jenna Clewley along with a covering note on why you feel you are suitable for the role.