Current Vacancies

We are looking to recruit an experienced and well organised individual to join our growing Bookkeeping team at our central Exeter office working with an interesting mix of clients. This role will be part of a small but dynamic team helping our clients manage their day to day financial affairs.

What we need you to do

  • Carry out weekly, monthly and quarterly bookkeeping for a portfolio of clients.
  • Prepare & submit VAT returns for a range of clients under MTD.
  • Ensure financial records are maintained in compliance with accepted policies and procedures.
  • Prepare financial management reports.
  • Ensure accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year end close processes.
  • Establish and monitor the implementation and maintenance of accounting control procedures.
  • Resolve accounting discrepancies and irregularities.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations and integrity of financial data.
  • Maintain CPD.

What we are looking for

  • At least three years bookkeeping/accounting experience in industry or practice.
  • Knowledge of accounting principles and practices essential.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, codes and regulations essential.
  • Knowledge and experience of accounting computer applications essential.
  • Knowledge of online packages such as Sage, Xero and QuickBooks essential.
  • Experience of MTD implementation desirable.

You will need to:

  • Explain why you are interested in a career with Bush & Co.
  • Demonstrate that you are numerate and have good verbal & written communication skills.
  • Present examples of how you can work with others in a close team under pressure.
  • List your significant achievements and failures to date and explain why these experiences will be helpful in this role.

Full time and part hours considered.

What we can offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Annual bonus
  • Up to 23 days annual leave
  • Birthday day is given as holiday
  • Flexible working
  • Continuing professional development training and support
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Generous pension scheme

POST TITLE: Team Leader

SALARY INDICATOR Depending on skills and experience




To support the Manager in leading a team of payroll administrators to ensure the many varied deadlines are met and excellent client service is delivered whilst managing their own portfolio of payroll clients.


  1. To have a strong working knowledge of payroll requirements and to be able to tackle questions from both the team and clients and problem solve.
  1. To be able to process payrolls for more complex clients including managing own client portfolio.
  1. To effectively manage the many varied deadlines for payroll services, providing timely feedback and updates to the Manager.
  1. To have pension and auto-enrolment experience, be able to process pension uploads with various scheme providers, to have been involved in the commencement and ongoing administration of a scheme including understanding the various correspondence that is required as employees are enrolled or opt out.
  1. To have knowledge of the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) and be able to process sub-contractors payments, understand the verification process and deduction of CIS tax.
  1. Provide mentoring and leadership to the team in absence of the Manager.
  1. Assisting the Manager with staff training on both technical and software developments to ensure optimum output is being achieved from the team.
  1. Deputise for the Manager as required.
  1. To assist the Manager in building a team that aligns with the company values, have strong team ethics with a can do attitude and embrace enhancements in a fast paced environment.
  1. To have excellent client relationship skills, to be able to build strong relationships and handle client queries in a positive and client focused manner.
  1. To support the Manager in growing the business, undertaking business appropriate development activities, meeting potential new clients as required and assisting with strengthening the online presence of the business.


  1. Leading by example as a role model for Westcountry Payroll Limited’s values and professional standards.
  1. Driving continuous improvement within your own areas of responsibility.
  1. Being fully aware of and actively complying with Westcountry Payroll Limited’s policies and procedures relevant to your own responsibilities and to company policies and procedures including equality, professional conduct, health and safety and data protection.

This job description outlines the duties required for the time being to indicate the level of responsibility. It is not a comprehensive or exclusive list and duties may be varied from time to time, which do not change the general character of the job or the level of responsibility.





Previous experience of working to non-standard working hours


Previous experience in leading teams with diverse skill sets


Previous experience in a bureau payroll provision


Previous experience in payroll provision – minimum of 5 years


Ability to manage multiple and changing deadlines


High level of attention to detail


Good customer service skills


Ability to demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement


Intermediate knowledge of Excel spreadsheet management


Strong communication skills


Ability to identify developments in software and advancements in working methods


Please apply by emailing a covering letter and CV to

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