Senior Audit Manager

Are you looking to advance in your audit career but feeling stuck?  There is a lot to think about when making a career change, but joining our well-established regional firm can offer a world of opportunity without all the red tape.

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Senior Audit Manager to join our 50-person team and play a key role in leading our audit practice. This is not just a job – it’s an opportunity to accelerate your career and pave the way to partnership within a supportive and collaborative environment.

About Us

An Inside Public Accounting Top 500 Firm, Payne Nickles is a well-established, rapidly growing regional firm of CPAs and Business Advisors specializing in tax, assurance, and business consulting for closely held companies.  Our office locations in Norwalk and Sandusky, Ohio are deeply connected with our communities.  Our services are geared to improving our clients’ business and financial lives.


  • Lead and manage review, compilation, and audit engagements from planning to completion, ensuring quality and accuracy throughout the process.
  • Monitors and improves realization in client engagements.
  • Develop and maintain strong client relationships, serving as a trusted advisor and providing strategic guidance and business insight.
  • Mentor and coach team members, fostering their professional development and growth.
  • Stay current on industry trends, professional standards, and best practices, and apply this knowledge to client engagements and internal practices.
  • Contribute to firm-wide initiatives and strategic planning efforts.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Accounting or related field.
  • CPA certification required.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in public accounting with a focus on audit.
  • Strong technical skills, deep understanding of reporting standards, and knowledge of Employee Benefit Plan, Not-for-Profit Organizations and Non-Public Entities.
  • Excellent communication with a track record of building successful client relationships.
  • Proven ability to lead and develop a team.

Why Join Us

  • Accelerated path to partnership: With a practice that’s doubled in size over the last three years, our firm offers a clear path to partnership for top performers.
  • Positive culture: Our firm is known for its family-like atmosphere and strong staff retention. Be a part of a team with an open-door policy between Partners & staff.
  • Shortened hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day: With office locations on the shores of Lake Erie, we design our office calendar to take full advantage of our surroundings and time with family and friends.
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package: In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive benefits package, including fully employer sponsored health insurance, flexible working hours, retirement plan and profit sharing with our sister company Payne Nickles Financial Services, and more.

To Apply

If you are ready to take your career to the next level and become a leader in our firm, we want to hear from you!  Email a resume & cover letter to  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

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