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Life at Johnston Carmichael

When it comes to your career, what’s important to you? A varied and fulfilling role? Opportunities to work with clients all over the country, across a range of industry sectors? The flexibility to work when suits you? Find your work-life balance at Johnston Carmichael – we’re looking for auditors to join our Inverness team.

A typical day in the life might look like a busy and fulfilling day working with clients all over the UK, while enjoying the beautiful Scottish scenery right on your doorstep between meetings and at the weekends – sound good?

Read on to find out more about a career with Johnston Carmichael.

Join our team and find out why Inverness really is the gateway to the highlands!

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Our vision always remains a constant -
to be the firm of choice in all our markets.

How we get there is what changes year on year. As we continue to grow our brand and the capability of our firm, we are using technology more than ever before to streamline our processes, allowing us to focus more on advisory services to our clients. We are in an advisory centric market, where the role of the traditional accountant has changed dramatically, and we need to keep up with that fast pace of change.

The last couple of years have been challenging for us all, they have given us a chance to reflect, take stock and restructure some parts of our business. This restructure has enabled us to be more collaborative as one firm, and as a result, we are looking towards the future stronger than ever.

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Working from the Inverness office

Our Inverness team work across a number of our key industry sectors including Food & Drink, Hospitality & Leisure, Energy, Infrastructure & Sustainability, and Rural. You can read a case study of a nearby client project here.

The Inverness office is located to the east of the city, with views over fields towards the Moray Firth, which is resident to a pod of bottlenose dolphins! The office is currently undergoing a revamp to become a modern working space to suit our new working practices, and there is ample car parking for our people. The office is headed up by Rosalind Catto, who is a Business Advisory Partner and also the firm’s head of Hospitality & Tourism team. 

Our ‘one firm’ approach means that you won’t be solely focused on working with clients in the local area, instead, our team of sharp minds, use their expertise and experience collectively to act as trusted advisers offering detailed knowledge and keen insight to meet clients needs irrespective of where they are based. The firm also has a BD futures team, which, if you’re starting out in your career, will help you hone your non-accountancy skills and build your own network.

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Johnston Carmichael is a place to be yourself, not a number.

At Johnston Carmichael, we celebrate, nurture and develop individuality. It’s what makes us different. 

Yes, we all want what’s best for our clients – and as Scotland’s largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Trusted Advisers, we must be doing something right.  But we also want what’s best for each other. So we train. We coach. We mentor. And we all grow.

Growing your own way

Personally and professionally, each one of us has our own unique goals and aspirations. Growth comes in all shapes and sizes, and that’s why we encourage every single sharp mind at JC to grow their own way. As part of our team, you’ll have the opportunity to build a career you’re proud of – we’re all on our own JC Paths, and we decide what route that takes.

Our in-house learning portal, JC Academy, offers a wide range of training opportunities for our people at all stages of their career, so we can all take ownership of our own development. Our extensive suite of materials means you’ll be supported with the resources you need to succeed, in whatever form success takes for you.

Career Progression - Our people say it best

Martin Bannerman joined our Inverness team in 2007 as a university graduate. 15 years later, Martin has progressed to Audit Director, overseeing a range of clients as well as the day-to-day running of the Audit team in Inverness. You can find out more about how Martin has grown his own way in his JC Path blog here.

Our culture is driven by our core values.

Hear how our people bring these values to life in their working lives, by clicking on the icons below.

Remaining relevant

Driving our clients, ourselves and our profession forward through constant innovation, creative thinking and positive change.

Leading our future

We are a progressive and dynamic business that inspires leaders and future leaders to drive their ideas forward.

Doing the right thing

We are tenacious and persevere to make the right decision for our clients and ourselves.

Standing in other people’s shoes

We get under the skin of our clients’ businesses by listening more, talking less and understanding their situation in its entirety.

Careers with us

Denholm Associates has partnered with Johnston Carmichael to support the growth of their Audit team in Inverness. The firm are looking to add a number of key roles to the team including the position of Audit Manager. Johnston Carmichael is an established and forward-thinking firm of Chartered Accountants with 13 offices based across the UK. You will be joining an established team based in their newly upgraded Inverness office where you can take advantage of work-life balance with hybrid and flexible working available. The firm will support your career development, providing you with on-going training to ensure you achieve your career goals.

The firm are looking for an ambitious individual to join the team where you will have the opportunity to work with a multi-sector client portfolio across the local market and group level. Whilst managing a large portfolio of clients, you will be responsible for mentoring and reviewing work of the wider audit team and supporting the Senior Management team in the firm. You will be a strong communicator and liaise regularly with your clients to ensure that a high level of service is provided. The team will be responsible for the timely completion of audits from planning stage to completion. As Manager you will be responsible for ensuring budgets and deadlines are met, coaching and mentoring the team and reviewing work. You will resolve any issues that may arise and take a lead role in overseeing and completing larger audit jobs.

You are a fully qualified Accountant, holding a professional accounting qualification including ACCA, ICAS or equivalent. You are a forward-thinking individual who has trained and progressed within Audit. You will have a solid background of working within a professional firm of Chartered Accountants, where you will also have gained experience of leading, mentoring or managing a team at either Assistant Manager or Manager level. You will be a strong communicator and support both Senior Management and Partner level regularly, as well as being a main point of contact for clients. Experience of managing a client portfolio is essential.

This is an opportunity to join a highly successful, growing and forward-thinking firm of Chartered Accountants where you will be supported in achieving your career goals whilst maintaining a work-life balance.

Denholm Associates has partnered with Johnston Carmichael to support the growth of their Audit team in Inverness. The firm are looking to add a number of key roles to the team including the position of Audit Senior. Johnston Carmichael is an established and forward-thinking firm of Chartered Accountants with 13 offices based across the UK. You will be joining an established team based in their newly upgraded Inverness office where you can take advantage of work-life balance with hybrid and flexible working available. The firm will support your career development, providing you with on-going training to ensure you achieve your career goals.

The firm are looking for an ambitious individual to join the team where you will have the opportunity to work with a multi-sector client portfolio across the local market and at group level. You will hold responsibility for your own client portfolio where you will take a lead role on audits. You are a strong communicator who can build effective working relationships with clients and across the wider audit team. You will be involved in the timely completion of audits from planning to completion stage, whilst offering a high level of service to clients. You will support the Audit Manager to ensure all budgets and deadlines are met, and provide coaching and mentoring to junior members of the team, including reviewing work.

You are a newly or recently qualified Accountant and you hold a professional accounting qualification including ACCA, ICAS or equivalent. You have completed training within a professional firm of Accountants, where you have gained experience of external audit. Previous experience of taking a lead role on audits is advantageous.

This is an opportunity to join a highly successful, growing and forward-thinking firm of Chartered Accountants where you will be supported in achieving your career goals whilst maintaining a work-life balance.

With our flexi time policy, you have the opportunity to flex your start/end times along with banking additional hours worked; taking it back as leave at a later stage.

We’ll help you grow in your own way, offering generous study leave when you need to focus on your professional qualifications.

Get a bike to work with our scheme in conjunction with approved cycle retailers and do your bit.

Get involved in the social committee and you could be organising events for the whole office to enjoy. Recent highlights include a night at the races!

We’ve got a generous life assurance policy in place, so you can trust that your family will be free of financial worries should the worst happen.

Join the CSR committee in your office and you can help to make a real difference, raising funds for local causes and supporting the communities in which we live and work. Or get your walking boots on and walk the Kiltwalk with us!

We offer enhanced maternity and paternity policies so you can focus on what’s important, spending time with your family.

You have access to a free Employee Assistance Programme, providing support 24/7 on a range of issues including lifestyle, financial and relationships. Face to face counselling is also available.

Contact us or apply here.

Does this grab your interest? To find out more about this exciting opportunity please contact Denholm Associates today.

We would love to hear from you.

Fiona Ashcroft

HAIDER BILGRAMI

Finance Coordinator

Haider recently graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance and has gathered experience in the finance industry through internships and previous jobs. He will be using all the skills he has acquired through his previous experiences to assist the finance department with gathering data and providing analysis that will help the business expand.

Our People

Our people are our most important asset, and their mental well-being and happiness are core to our success. We love our diverse workforce, actively embrace flexible working (even pre-pandemic!) and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We have been recognised as one of the most diverse SME workplaces in the UK and are holders of the Scottish Business Pledge which exists to promote a fairer Scotland. We have also just been included in the 2021 Culture Leaders Top 25 – an accolade of which we are very proud!

We are a fully inclusive and nurturing employer and, despite being in tech, the majority of our team are women, leading to accolades in the Computing Magazine Women in IT Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards. We currently represent 15 nationalities and speak 20 languages. Age is no barrier, and we recruit for attitude, providing and encouraging appropriate learning and training for each and every role.

We are also proud members of IP Inclusive, a network of professionals working to make the intellectual property industry more diverse.

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Communication Lead

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management. Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level or above, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.

Your core duties will include:

  • Working with the MD to develop and deliver growth strategies 
  • Attracting and retaining profitable clients across a range of sectors 
  • Leading the creation and execution of strategic communication programmes
  • Inspiring, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Developing strong relationships with clients, colleagues and associates
  • Producing high quality pitches and proposals to secure new business 
  • Curating, nurturing and managing a team of talented associates.

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • 7+ years of senior leadership experience within an agency or consultancy
  • Experience in Energy, Renewables, Financial Services or Life Sciences would be very desirable
  • Outstanding writing skills and the ability to engage and excite an audience
  • An impressive track record of client attraction, retention and growth 
  • The ability to thrive fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills to motivate and inspire those around you
  • Excellent planning, evaluation and project management skills
  • To develop new processes, systems and ways of working to drive performance

Communication Advisors

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for Senior Communication Advisors, Communications Advisors and Communications Executives to join their fast-growing team. 

You’ll have previous agency experience at Senior Account Manager or Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients. You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships. Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.

Your key duties will include:

  • Supporting the key account lead with day-to-day client liaison, providing strategic counsel on day-to-day account matters when required
  • Active involvement in planning and delivering global PR, marketing and digital campaigns
  • Managing content programmes, including mapping out content themes, spotting industry trends and story angles, writing copy when required which may include opinion articles, web and social
  • Building strong media relationships, creating pitches based on your story ideas and delivering content in-to suit the client’s target media and securing opportunities
  • Planning and running client’s social media programmes, and management of their channels
  • Continuously identifying opportunities to grow brand awareness and profile our client’s businesses within their target sector through events, webinars, thought leadership
  • Producing comprehensive and timely reports on client activity 
  • Supporting in the development of client proposals to help grow or win parts of the business


In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven background in account handling and direct client liaison – 4 years’ minimum
  • Experience in an agency setting focusing on B2B communication or PR
  • Strong communications skills, verbal and written
  • A background in delivering creative, digitally led B2B communications such as LinkedIn campaigns
  • An innate understanding of earned media, with the ability to create stories and generate coverage across traditional media, digital and social
  • Experience working on content management programmes, with an awareness of the changing way business audiences consume information and an appreciation of search, paid and wider customer marketing activity, and how it all fits together
  • A history of working with clients in a variety of sectors is welcomed but experience in the tech and energy industries is advantageous.

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Our Purpose

Our aim is to combat illicit online trade by identifying and removing counterfeits for sale. Counterfeits not only damage brands, their reputations, and revenues, but can cause significant harm to the end customer – whether as a fake toy or a fake medicine – and the consequences can be life threatening.

Counterfeiting is a significant economic and social issue.

The OECD reports that counterfeit and fake goods make up more than 3.3% of the world’s global trade. Those involved in the trade of counterfeits have been linked to people trafficking, prostitution, and drug dealing.

As such, reducing illicit trade is about much more than brand protection but also about human rights, safety, and social equity.

And this is what we do, every day.

Our Environment

We deliver purpose-driven work from an extremely welcoming environment near the City Centre. We actively encourage the responsible use of resources, from using public transport to reuse, recycling, and, of course, a minimal impact office environment. We have benefited from the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. Our waste contractor also provides us with a monthly report on volumes and types of material and the carbon emissions avoided through recycling.

Over 80% of our employees can walk or cycle to The Lair and, pre-pandemic, 10% were using public transport as their normal daily commuting mode. Without doubt, online meetings will replace considerable miles, going forward, saving resources, time and energy. Where possible, when possible, the train remains our preferred option. 

ZOE LUMSDEN

Recruitment AdministratoR

Zoe joined Denholm in 2022 as Recruitment Administrator, after working in administration roles for nearly a decade. Most recently within the recruitment industry, she joins us with experience of supporting consultants, clients and candidates at all levels. Zoe has a passion for helping people and applies her positive attitude and approachable manner to support our team and deliver the best possible service to our clients and candidates at all times.

Our Community

As well as working in close collaboration with our clients, and the online marketplaces, we are active members of groups that have been established to combat illicit trade. These include the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, the European Intellectual Property Office, The Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and the China Britain Business Council. Members of our senior management sit on the boards of ACID (Anti-Copying in Design), the Scottish Ministerial Trade Board, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory Panel for SMEs, amongst others.

Each team member nominates good causes or charities that are supported on both an individual and corporate basis. Wherever possible, we support the employee’s involvement whether through time or fundraising events.

ANGELA MCCANN

DIRECTOR OF GROWTH

Having worked in the recruitment industry since 2000, Angela brings a wealth of experience as a Recruitment Professional and a proven track record of delivering a high-quality search and selection service to both public and private companies in the UK and internationally. Angela believes in a partnership approach to recruitment, ensuring a detailed understanding of employer/jobseeker requirements and delivering a bespoke service underpinned by professionalism, pragmatism and strong market knowledge.

JAMES BLYTH

HEAD OF MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

James has a decade of experience within the FMCG sector where he has partnered with a wide range of businesses placing key appointments at all levels including Director/ Board level. Driving growth across our Manufacturing & Engineering function, James specialises in Production, Operations, Engineering, Quality, HSE, Technical, NPD and Supply Chain. With his passion and expertise in these areas, James supports candidates and clients by working closely to understand their needs and wants providing exceptional service.

ANDY MACEWAN

HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

Andy has been recruiting in Technology, Change & Transformation since 2001. Delivering tailored resource solutions as trusted advisor to clients ranging from start-ups through to global blue-chip organisations across contract, permanent, fixed term, and managed service/statement of work solutions. He has experience providing candidates for Helpdesk through to CIO and takes great pride in providing excellent customer service and ensuring each candidate journey is a positive one. An expert in his market he can provide guidance across current market trends.

SCOTT CAITHNESS

CLIENT RELATIONSHIP PARTNER

Scott started his career working for one of the leading Advertising & Comms agencies in Edinburgh where he spent 7 years before moving in to recruitment in 2011. As such, he is well-networked in the Marketing & Comms space across Scotland. With a friendly and consultative approach, Scott is genuinely passionate about providing a positive journey to both candidates and clients alike and believes communication plays a big part in this.  A “thinking-outside-the-box recruiter”, he is known for helping candidates portray the best version of themselves and helping clients find talent for those hard to fill roles.

DAVID RANDALL

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MARKETING & SALES

David started recruitment at the age of 23 and while it isn’t for everyone, it was for David. What he really enjoys is looking beyond the CV and really getting to know the people sitting across the table, learning all about them and building relationships with new people. And that hasn’t changed to this day. David loves solving the puzzle of balancing the needs and wants clients and candidates to reach a point where everyone is happy. Based in Glasgow, he covers the B2B market for sales and marketing roles across Scotland.

LIZ PARSONS

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MARKETING

Liz has over 14 years’ experience in recruitment working across primarily the high-tech, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. She joined Denholm on December 1st 2021 following a relocation from Ireland to focus on Marketing recruitment. Liz’s experience ranges from high volume recruitment to executive search and she prides herself in her ability to fully understand a brief and her accurate matching skills. Frequently praised as being a clear communicator with a strong customer service ethic, Liz is well suited to the culture here at Denholm, where the client and the candidates’ needs are paramount.

EUAN ARCHIBALD

SENIOR CONSULTANT - Technology, Change & Transformation

Euan has been working in the world of recruitment since 2012, working to deliver bespoke services to both clients and candidates. Prioritising ‘future-fit’ candidates for clients, he works as an extension of his client’s business ensuring great representation in the market. He consults with each client to ensure excellent candidate journeys. Euan works focuses primarily on business analysis, project management and technical support opportunities.

CALLUM BEVERIDGE

SENIOR CONSULTANT - TECHNOLOGY, CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION

Callum has been working in recruitment since 2018 where he has solely focussed on the Technology, Change and Transformation market across the UK and ROI. He works closely with his clients and candidates to build long-lasting relationships across several industries, including Technology, Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Education, Public Sector and more. He specialises in engineering roles across Software, Infrastructure, Systems, DevOps and Cloud, along with Software Testing.

DREW GILLIES

SENIOR CONSULTANT - AGENCY

Drew arrived at Denholm as an award-winning creative, having headed content strategy teams for marketing/advertising agencies in the UK/USA before a successful career in HR, people and culture. He has years of marketing experience and building teams on both sides of the Atlantic, priding himself on going the extra mile for clients and candidates alike. Drew always works with passion as our specialist in account management, planning and strategy, digital marketing, full-spectrum creative and traffic/studio management.

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