Based in Devon, Thompson Jenner and its sister companies currently employs more than seventy staff in Exeter and Exmouth. Our forward thinking, proactive and friendly company culture has resulted in us recruiting and developing a highly trained and motivated team of professionals. In fact many of our recruits have gone on to become department managers and even Partners within the firm. We encourage all our employees to develop their skills and qualifications and we actively achieve this through our structured training, staff appraisals and personal development schemes.

Current Vacancies

Payroll Administrator

Responsible for: Maintaining clients’ payrolls and assisting the Payroll Services team to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the department.

Location: Exeter/Exmouth

The Position: The successful applicant would work our Payroll Services departments, which act for many businesses such as those who do not have, or do not want, expensive, labour intensive and highly specialised payroll facilities of their own. Our team provide a seamless and efficient service to an expanding client base across Devon and the South West.

The person: This is an ideal opportunity for an adaptable, organised, highly efficient and numerate person to join our expanding payroll team.

You will be part of the practical day-to-day running of clients’ payrolls as part of a busy and committed team. This will include, processing tax and allowances and delivering regular management updates. Experience within payroll and familiarity of Sage Payroll software is essential. Knowledge of XERO payroll is also desirable. More important is that you are cheerful, adaptable and enthusiastic and able to thrive in a busy office environment. You will also be used to meeting tight deadlines, motivated and have an extremely high attention to detail with excellent keyboard and IT skills, especially a good knowledge of Excel.

Key tasks:

  • Undertaking clients’ payrolls according to payroll instructions and HMRC procedures.
  • Accurately completing all assignments within agreed timescales
  • Investigating and resolving day to day problems arising during assignments and notifying Payroll Manager of these and any unresolved problems.
  • Keeping the Payroll Manager and the Partners up to date on all significant dealings with clients.
  • Maintaining time-recording on client affairs on a daily basis in accordance with the firm’s procedures.
  • Liaising with other departments within the firm as necessary on client affairs.
  • Observing office manuals, procedures and instructions as issued by the firm.
  • Ensuring computer skills are developed and maintained to ensure effective completion of work.
  • Developing and staying familiar with new payroll legislation and compliance.

Salary: This will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.

The benefits:

 Competitive salary.

  • Annual salary review and annual bonus
  • Full training if required to obtain accredited payroll qualifications.
  • 22 days annual leave initially.
  • Hours 37.5 per week with flexible working (part-time will be available for the right candidate).
  • Pension with generous employer contributions and life assurance.
  • Private health insurance (after qualifying period)

To apply: Send a detailed CV stating current salary by email to or post to Ruskin Wilson, Thompson Jenner LLP, 28 Alexandra Terrace, Exmouth, Devon EX8 1BD. For further information please contact us on: 01395 279521.

Closing date:  Closing date for applications 18th February 2021

Full/Part time Bookkeeper

The role:

We are looking to recruit an experienced Bookkeeper to join our busy and growing Bookkeeping team at our Exmouth office. Our team provide a seamless and efficient service to an interesting and expanding client base of small businesses across Devon and the South West.

Location: Exmouth (although part working from home will be considered)

The person:

You will be responsible for your own portfolio of clients, providing them with a bookkeeping service up to trial balance and assisting clients with meeting VAT deadlines and CIS returns.  You may also be required to prepare monthly or quarterly management accounts for some clients.

To be considered for this role you should have extensive experience of bookkeeping and preparation of VAT returns, ideally having worked in a busy practice environment, working with tight deadlines. You will have good working knowledge of accounting software, including Sage, Quick Books and Xer and ideally, you be well versed in the functionality of Xero, but if not full training can be provided. Experience of MTD implementation would be desirable.

It is expected that you will be AAT, IAB or ICB qualified or part qualified. You must have good attention to detail and be able to work independently.  Personality and good communication skills are essential as there will be significant client contact including client visits where required.


This will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.

The benefits:

  • Competitive salary.
  • 22 days annual leave (plus public holidays).
  • Hours 37.5 per week with flexible working (part-time may be available for the right candidate).
  • Pension with employer contributions and life assurance.
  • Private health insurance (after qualifying period).

To apply: Send a detailed CV by email to or post to Paul Lewis, Partner, Thompson Jenner LLP, 28 Alexandra Terrace, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 1BD or for further information please contact us on: 01395 279521.

Interested in joining us?

We are always interested in recruiting staff of the highest calibre. If you feel you will be able to bring something additional to the practice, please forward your CV and a covering note by email to or post to Neil Curtis, Managing Partner, Thompson Jenner LLP, 1 Colleton Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4DG.

See what our staff say about us

I joined Thompson Jenner in 2016 from a small agricultural accountancy firm having done the majority of my ACCA exams. I had been looking to progress my career with a larger and more forward-looking firm who had the resources to offer me structured training and a career path. On joining I was able to continue with my qualification with a completely smooth transition as Thompson Jenner were very accommodating, allowing me to stay with my course provider and supporting me throughout my studies. Alongside, with their ongoing help and support, I have subsequently also completed my CTA qualification. Working at a larger firm has enabled me to gain a wider understanding of both tax and accounts to assist me in my studies. It has also given me a lot of valuable and practical experience of working with a diverse client base. Thompson Jenner are a great firm to work for with a fantastic team and I am really pleased I made the move to the firm. Everyone has been very friendly, supportive and welcoming throughout my time here. Studying and working can be demanding, but Thompson Jenner understand this and look after their staff welfare at all times. There are also social events outside of work which they encourage all team members to get involved. It’s a great way to meet and socialise with staff from across the firm.

Harriet Gibson ACCA CTA

I joined Thompson Jenner in September 2015, previously having worked as a bookkeeper within a small local bookkeeping and payroll company where I had completed my AAT. I was looking to advance my career further in accountancy and had the opportunity to visit Thompson Jenner for a weeks work experience to see what the next step up would entail. It was during this week, during which Thompson Jenner were very accommodating and supportive of training, that I knew I wanted to advance in the accountancy profession and work towards the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’s ACA qualification working for Thompson Jenner. With the experience of previously studying for my AAT, I knew that working alongside studying would be difficult for my upcoming ACA studies, however, Thompson Jenner provided study days and support in order to ensure my goals were met. It was also extremely helpful during my studies having other trainees on a similar level as myself alongside newly qualified and experienced colleagues within various departments. These provided a wealth of knowledge in a large variety of industries to provide real life examples to help relate to questions and scenarios seen in my studies. So far my career has progressed well and with the completion of my ACA in 2018 I have been able to share my experiences with new trainees joining the firm. I have also been able to take on a more senior role in audit working with clients across a range of sectors. Thompson Jenner is a fantastic firm to work for and it’s a decision back in 2015 that I am glad to have made, and having the support and the friendships made with colleagues that continues with social events outside of work hours is an added bonus. It’s a firm that always ensures there is a good balance between work and play.

Sam Laskey ACA

Having started with Thompson Jenner LLP at the very beginning of my accountancy career I have been given full training during my time here. Thompson Jenner have been very supportive in all areas of my training and were flexible to my needs when booking my courses. This allowed me to easily progress through the 15 ACA exams within the three-year training contract agreed. As part of the audit and accounts department, the practical experience I gained from my varied workload provided me with all the knowledge and skills required to quickly make me feel a valued member of the team. Working from the Exeter office with frequent visits to clients has given me a complete picture of the way different businesses are run, which when nearing the end of my studies was invaluable. Now working as an accounts and audit senior my days are still very varied; mixing between larger audit jobs, preparing statutory accounts along with other specific client requirements. I have always been drawn to the friendly and supportive culture of the firm making Thompson Jenner a great place to work and build a career in accountancy.

Alastair Baxter ACA

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