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Smith & Williamson

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Accounting, Finance

Date posted:
1 May 2014

Trainee Chartered Accountant - Smith & Williamson

At Smith & Williamson we recruit high calibre people with the skills, knowledge and commitment to meet the demands of the business. The successful individual will join a three year structured training programme combining practical experience with technical studies for the ACA qualification.

If you are a graduate looking for first class training in Assurance & Business Services and meet our requirements, we would like to hear from you.

The Trainee Chartered Accountant role equips you to provide a range of assurance and business services to a diverse client base ranging from small businesses and start ups to substantial international groups.

This means you will quickly gain broad experience in the following:

Technical – on-the-job training and studying towards your professional qualification will enable you to gain a full understanding of the technical aspects of audit and accountancy and additional financial advisory services. You will:

• Develop an understanding of our client’s and their businesses
• Complete audit programmes and form conclusions on each individual test and section completed
• Highlight issues and problems for the attention of senior management
• Become familiar with our audit software

Client liaison – from day one you will engage with our clients at their offices and:

• Discuss queries with client staff, obtaining relevant information and explanations as well as
• Resolve queries whether of an audit or accountancy nature

Professional qualification and internal training

• During your three year contract, you will study towards the ACA qualification with the ICAEW to become a chartered accountant
• You will obtain an understanding of related services such as Corporate Tax and Private Client Tax Services through our structured trainee placement programme
• Attend a range of internal training sessions including industry experience and soft skills

Professional communication and (self) management – your ability to work as part of a team is essential to your role at every level

• Work as part of a team to undertake a variety of audit and accountancy tasks for our diverse client base
• 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
• Prioritising tasks whilst monitoring time against budget
• Support department events and procedures and build relationships within Smith & Williamson

To be successful in this role you will:

• Be committed and motivated to studying towards the ACA qualification
• Be able to deliver first class client service and work effectively as part of a team
• Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing
• Have a high level of general commercial awareness

Skills Required:

To apply you must have a minimum B grade in GCSE Maths and English Language, 300 UCAS points in your top three A-levels (excluding General Studies) and must have or be on course for at least a strong second class honours degree in any discipline.


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