Careers at Accounting Services for Business

Bookkeeper | Accounts Assistant

Must be fluent with Xero and Sage

Westbourne, Bournemouth July 2017


Market rate salary dependent on experience.

We're looking for a Brilliant Bookkeeper / Accounts Assistant to join our friendly team here in Westbourne.

You'll need current experience working within an accountancy practice dealing with client work, proficient in preparing accounts to trial balance. 

Ideally, you'll be qualified (AAT, ICB, or similar) but we'll consider candidates who are qualified by experience.

You must be fluent with Xero cloud accounts and Sage 50 Accounts, Microsoft Office (predominantly Word and Excel).

It would also be advantageous if you had experience using CCH Central client database.

You will take full responsibility for client work and must be able to work with absolute accuracy.  As well as inputting purchase and sales invoices your responsibilities will include preparation of VAT Returns, bank reconciliation, management reports and CIS returns.

You will be responsible for: 

  • Posting transactions to sales and purchase ledgers using Xero/Sage
  • Bank and credit card reconciliation
  • VAT returns
  • CIS returns
  • Reconciling supplier statements
  • Preparation of accounts to review stage for a portfolio of clients, mostly limited companies.
  • Payroll processing

Your key skills / attributes will include

Good communication skills with good use of written English

A good team player

Well organised with the ability to work independently

A strong attention to detail and the ability to quickly see any irregularities in accounts

Some flexibility in working hours may be required. You may also be required to work on site at clients' offices.  You will therefore need to be professionally presented and comfortable working independently with our clients.

If you believe you have the skills and experience we are looking for, and would like to apply, either:

Click here to visit our on-line recruitment application page, or

Contact us by e-mail:

Note:  We have a strictly non-smoking policy (so that we can be healthy and live longer) and we like our team members to live within comfortable commuting distance that isn't stressful.

What we do

We’re not routine accountants…..     we’re very different.  Our core business starts with providing our clients with a ‘Virtual Accounts Office’ so that they can outsource their entire accounts operations and focus on what they do best.  We provide a fully managed service.   In effect, we work as an extension of our client’s business as part of their team  – almost as if we were in the office next door. 

In addition, we provide a range of back office support services to our clients.  And for most clients we are their accountants as well.

Our client base includes international companies, and businesses with multi million pound revenues.

Why choose ASFB for your next career move? 

We’re small and flexible and our team members have a high degree of enjoyment and job satisfaction.  It’s a great place to work! 

We have ambitious growth plans that will enable employees to gain wider ranging experience and greater responsibility than in a larger conventional practice.  Each member of the team is a ‘very big cog in a smallish wheel” and has a great deal of autonomy.  We provide support for career development and every opportunity to realise the ambitions of our employees.

Vacancy, Recruitment, Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant, Sage 50, Xero, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset,

Where We Work

Tayfield House
38, Poole Road
Dorset, BH4 9DW

  • Tel: 01202 755600
  • Fax: 01202 755744
  • Email:

Member of the Certified
Public Accountants
Association  (CPAA)

Additional Services

  • Budget planning & cashflows
  • VAT & Inland Revenue enquiries
  • Bank & investor financial reports
  • Property portfolio management
  • Representation at meetings with:
    • VAT
    • Inland Revenue
    • Local Authorities
    • Government Agencies
    • Banks

Business Sector Expertise

  • Building & construction
  • Charities
  • Conference & entertainment
  • Fast food
  • Hotels & hospitality
  • Housing associations
  • Legal & professional
  • Manufacturing
  • Property management
  • Rest homes
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Tradesmen