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Trainee Chartered Accountant

Salary: Competitve

Location: Bristol, Bristol

Application Deadline: EXPIRED

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 the business. The graduate programme is a structured training programme combining practical experience with technical studies, as well as providing 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 where 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 diverse client base, ranging from small businesses and family enterprise start-ups to non-profit organisations.

As part of our Assurance & Business Services team you could be working directly with managing and financial directors, checking that numbers stack up with fact. This means providing advice and solutions that really make a difference.

How you'll expect to spend your day

Many of our audits last just one or two weeks, which means you'll quickly gain exposure to a variety of businesses. You'll also build valuable client experience, developing the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective auditor and trusted business adviser. Alongside your work, you'll 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 and accountancy and additional financial advisory services.

Responsibilities of the Trainee Chartered Accountant position could include:

- Work as part of a team to undertake a variety of audit and accountancy tasks
- Develop an understanding of our client’s and their businesses
- Complete audit programmes and form conclusions on each individual test and section completed
- Understand from your manager the scope of tasks allocated and objectives to be achieved
- Keep seniors and managers fully informed of any issues and problems, ensure work is completed to a level agreed with the manager and record clearly and concisely work done
- Become familiar with our audit and accounting software
- Resolve queries whether of an audit or accountancy nature
- Prioritising tasks whilst monitoring time against budget

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.

Benefits

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

Ashlea

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."

Natasha

Assurance & Business Services

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

Rhys

Private Client Tax Services

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

Nicola

Investment Manager (London)

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

Helen

Private Client Tax Services (London)

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

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