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Graduate trainee chartered accountant

Salary: Competitve

Location: City of london, London

Application Deadline: 31-08-2019

Job Type: Graduate job

Contract Type: Permanent

The job

Summary of the job role

At Smith & Williamson we recruit high-calibre people with the skills, knowledge and commitment to meet the demands of our business. The graduate programme is a structured training programme combining technical studies with hands-on experience, as well as offering numerous opportunities to increase your skill set with internal courses ranging from personal impact and negotiation skills to time management to delivering presentations.

Many businesses need to reassure investors and other stakeholders on their financial performance, even when a full audit isn’t necessary, appropriate, or required by law. We provide wide-reaching financial advisory services to international clients across a number of industries and a varied client base, ranging from small businesses and family enterprise start-ups to non-profit organisations.

Most of our audits last just one or two weeks, which means you will quickly gain exposure to a broad range of businesses. You will also build valuable client experience, developing the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective auditor and trusted business adviser. Alongside your work, you will receive first-class professional training as you study for the Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification, which will enable you to gain a full understanding of the technical aspects of audit, accountancy and additional financial advisory services.

How you'll expect to spend your day

As part of our Assurance & Business Services team you could be working directly with clients’ Managing and Financial Directors, checking that numbers stack up with fact. This means providing advice and solutions that really make a difference to our clients’ businesses.

Responsibilities of the Trainee Chartered Accountant position could include:

- Working as part of a team to carry out a variety of audit and accountancy tasks
- Developing an understanding of our clients’ organisations
- Completing audit programmes and forming conclusions on each individual test and section completed
- Understanding the scope of tasks allocated to you by your manager and objectives to be achieved
- Keeping senior team members and managers fully informed of any issues and problems, ensuring work is completed to a level agreed with the manager and recording clearly and concisely work done
- Becoming familiar with our audit and accounting software
- Resolving queries whether of an audit or accountancy nature
- Prioritising tasks whilst monitoring time against the project budget

Progression within this team is fast, with responsibility given to you from early-on. By the second year you will be taking on a more senior role with smaller clients and helping to supervise the new intake of trainees and as your experience grows, you may have opportunities to experience other types of assignment (including control reviews and due diligence projects).

The candidate

Required Education

- Must have (or be on course for) at least an upper second-class (2:1) honours degree in any discipline
- 300 UCAS points (or equivalent) in your top three A-levels (excluding General Studies)
- GCSE English and maths (or equivalent) at a minimum of grade B

Continue reading to learn what it's like to work at Smith and Williamson

Life at Smith and Williamson for graduates

Graduate Trainees joining departments across assurance & business services, business tax and private client tax services pursue one or more of the following qualifications: Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA), Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). Our investment management trainees work towards the Investment Advice Diploma (IAD) and the Masters in Wealth Management (CISI).

No matter which area you choose, you’ll receive first-class training and will develop the skills needed to become a trusted business adviser. In addition, placements in other departments mean greater insight into our business and the chance to expand your networks across the firm.

We can offer you much more responsibility than you might expect. You’ll be working on real projects and liaising with our clients from the start — it’s our approach to clients that makes this a more fulfilling place to work.

A career here means having more personal time than you might get in other firms. We believe in getting your work/life balance just right because it’s not just good for you, it’s good for us too.

If you’re looking to get more out of your future, we think you’ll love life with Smith & Williamson.


Life assurance valued at four times annual salary

Permanent health insurance

Flexible benefits package

An interest-free season ticket loan

Full financial support for the completion of relevant professional qualifications

Overtime payments or compensatory time off (selected business areas)

Pension scheme and discretionary bonus

Market-comparable salaries

23 days’ annual holiday allowance

Case studies


Business Tax

"The firm has much better hours and far less pressure than many other firms of the same calibre, but the same quality of work and clients."


Assurance & Business Services

"You get the chance to work on a wide range of clients in different business sectors."


Private Client Tax Services

"The best thing about working here is the responsibility."


Investment Manager (London)

"When it comes to training, Smith & Williamson is encouraging and supportive."


Private Client Tax Services (London)

"I have always felt like a valued member of the team."

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