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Accounting Jobs

Job title Location Salary
Underwriting Assistant, London, £22,000 London £22,000 + benefits
Accounts Assistant, Media Agency, London London £20,000 + benefits
Collection Specialist - Intel Swindon Competitive
Payment Executive, London, £25,000 London £25,000 + benefits
Compliance Executive, Daily Deals Site, London, £20,000 London £20,000 + benefits
Financial Trader, Betting Company, £28,000 London £28,000 + benefits + Bonus
KPMG Audit Opportunities for Graduates Nationwide Competitive + benefits
Revenue Management Analyst - British Airways London Competitive + benefits
Recruitment Consultant – New York, London and Singapore Germany, London, United States £20,000 + commission and incentives + benefits + OTE + Bonus
Moore Stephens - ACA Graduate Trainee London, Birmingham, Reading Competitive + benefits
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How to get a job in Accountancy

Accountancy is a varied field that can allow for graduates to come from a range of degree disciplines. The profession itself can lead candidates down many different avenues, including Tax, Audit and Assurance or Bookkeeping. While Accountancy degrees can set a candidate up nicely, some of the larger employers offer graduates the opportunity to pursue a career in Accountancy without this prerequisite. Like many of these traditional graduate vocations, there is a traditional route into the profession, however many different ways have emerged for prospective candidates to purse with a range of Training Contracts from different firms.

The four largest Accountancy firms, Ernst and Young, PwC, Deloitte and KPMG, take on thousands of graduates with Accountancy Training Contracts, however the scope for graduates looking to go into the field is wide and there are many options. These schemes have fierce competition, so candidates should be aware of the competitive nature for the esteemed schemes.

Being an Accountant

There are two different types of Accountancy that candidates can look to explore: Management Accountancy and Chartered Accountancy. While the two are quite similar, candidates would be advised to have certain specialities if they were aiming to be accredited by CIMA, CIPFA, ACCA or ICAEW.

The first way for candidates to stand out and get that job in Accountancy is excellent academic qualifications. Candidates can apply for traineeships, graduate schemes or Accountancy related jobs without having studied a relevant degree. A degree in Accountancy would help their application, however it is not closed off to other degree disciplines. Accountancy employers look for their candidates to be intelligent, with bags of enthusiasm to apply for this career. They usually look for a minimum of a 2:1, although some might take a lower classification, and good GCSEs in English and Maths.

For a candidate who really wanted to stand out, they would be advised to demonstrate excellent Maths skills. A GCSE in the subject is the minimum requirement for any Accountancy position. Numbers and figures will be their bread and butter so a competency will be vital. It would be advised that candidates had evidence of dealing with numbers outside of their education too. This could be from cashing up when they worked in a shop or working out prices behind a bar. Although these skills are not directly linked, employers will find their awareness encouraging.

One main way to help getting any job, including in Accountancy, is work experience or internships. If a candidate has managed to either get on a vacation scheme run by one of the bigger Accountancy firms, or even a few weeks work experience at a local firm, employers are likely to look favourably on their application. Employers will be impressed about the enthusiasm and drive shown by the candidate as well as knowing that they understand how Accountancy offices function. Candidates will look extremely desirable if they can list some Accountancy tasks they've already undertaken too.

Depending on where a candidate wanted to specialise, different areas of Accountancy requires different specific skills. If a candidate wanted to go into Auditing, fantastic analytic skills would be a great place to start. Auditing requires Accountants to measure how sound a business is and the needs of that business also. Being able to analyse large amounts of data and present insight and findings from this would be excellent for a career in this field. Candidates could demonstrate their skills of noticing patterns, trends and issues by highlighting their different degree backgrounds, History or Economics, for example.

With analytic skills, prospective Accountants need to be methodical in their approach. Accountancy work often involves important and sometimes critical aspects of a business's safety. With this in mind, a candidate would need to be meticulous in their approach and be able to demonstrate a stringent work ethic, where nothing is missed. This can apply to Forensic Accountancy, where accountants can be required to search data for illegal activity.

Another way for candidates to aim to get that graduate job in Accountancy would be to show how they are able to work in teams. A lot of Accountancy work requires communication between different members of staff, so if a candidate can demonstrate not only excellent written and oral communication skills but the ability to work as part of a team and support different areas, Accountancy employers are much more like to look favourably on a candidate.

Another important factor for hopeful Accountants is to demonstrate their ability to build and maintain relationships. Many Accountants are asked to work with clients on or off site and be able to contract and undertake work from outside the firm. This requires the candidate being able to have a good working relationship with those outside the firm, being able to work harmoniously and maintain the reputable name of the firm. It would be advised for candidates to provide examples of representing university societies to the Student Union or representing students as a Department Coordinator.

Management Accountants are extremely similar to Chartered Accountants, however need to have a business drive about them. If a candidate is considering a career in Management Accountancy, a firm understanding of business is required. Chartered Accountants are also required to understand business functions and processes; however Management Accountants are required to be able to make a business grow. Evidence of not only solid skills mentioned before, but also a good grasp of business nous is important. This could be skills and experiences in Development, Marketing and Sales.

Accounting Interview Questions

Public Sector Internal Audit at Mazars

 4.1 / 5 added 06 July 2015

Firstly there is an online application form to pass. Then there are two stages to the Public Sector Internal Audit (PSIA) recruitment process which is different to the other schemes the…

This was a one on one interview with a very nice member of their graduate recruitment team and she was very good at putting me at ease. Even though I'd filled…

My initial contact was via email after I had submitted my application which asked me a number of questions around my degree, availability and salary expectations. The next stage was an…

Audit Graduate at Baker Tilly

 4.4 / 5 added 19 June 2015

Started with an online application, fairly straight forward stuff. Then onto tests at the head office in blackfriars, just numerical and verbal ones, fairly easy. Then got called back for an…

After getting thru the online stages (application form, numerical reasoning followed by critical thinking, a harder version of verbal reasoning which replaced the e-tray for the 2014-15 intake), my first interview…

Public Sector Auditor at Grant Thornton

 3.6 / 5 added 05 January 2015

The competency question was fine, they just asked general questions which I have already mentioned during the phone interview. There was a group exercise/presentation and they expect you to talk. I…

KPMG - Audit Opportunities for Graduates at KPMG

 4 / 5 added 01 October 2014

The telephone interview was the 2nd step in the recruitment process, after the application and online tests. It lasted around 45 minutes, as I was told. I was asked a set…

Audit Programme - KPMG at KPMG

 4 / 5 added 16 July 2014

Tasks: An initial verbal reasoning test to assess there was no wrongdoing during the online test. This was then followed with the unique KPMG immersive assessment centre (based on an imaginary…

Audit at Grant Thornton

 4.3 / 5 added 17 June 2014

The phone interview was super relaxed, it was the best one I've had - it felt like I was having a chat with a friend I haven't spoken to in ages…

Audit Programme - KPMG at KPMG

 3.4 / 5 added 17 June 2014

The first stage of the application was the personal information and then there was a situational, numerical and verbal reasoning test. After this was a phone interview which lasted about 45…

My first interview was on the phone. I was mainly asked competency questions here based on their common competency's outlined on the recruitment website. This interview was the hardest. For example,…

Accounting Employers

  • Babcock

    Babcock is the UK's largest and most dynamic engineering support services business, employing c27,000 people. A FTSE 100 company with revenue of circa £3.5bn in 2014, we’re the UK’s leading engineering support services organisation. Operating in sectors as diverse as transport, energy, defence, telecommunications and education, Babcock provides a depth and breadth of expertise to its customers that is simply unrivalled.

  • Barclays

    Barclays is a major financial services provider that operates in over 50 countries and employs over 140,000 people. Our global business has a history that spans 300 years and touches every area of finance and investment including retail banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management.

  • BP

    We recruit ambitious graduates like you at every stage of the energy life cycle - from geoscientists sending shock waves through the earth to find new oil and gas reserves and engineers building platforms in the ocean to extract them, to traders anticipating and reacting to changes in the markets around them.

  • Deloitte

    We are one of the world’s leading providers of professional services. Here in the UK, we have more than 12,000 people offering advice and services across audit, tax, consulting, corporate finance and technology. We work with an amazing breadth of clients – everyone from small businesses and high net worth individuals to government departments and major multinational corporations.

  • Deutsche Bank

    Graduate careers for adventurous minds

    If you’re someone who thinks beyond the obvious, a fulfilling, fast-paced career could be yours at Deutsche Bank. We look for more than excellent academic achievement. We want original, collaborative, passionate people ready to challenge and adapt. People who are open to new ideas, eager to learn and keen to grow their long-term careers.

  • E.ON

    We are E.ON - the world's leading investor-owned private sector utilities company.

  • Fidelity Worldwide Investment

    At Fidelity Worldwide Investment, we apply intelligent insight to everything that we do. So whether we’re picking stocks for a fund or selecting our next cohort of graduates and interns, we set out to make long term investments. In business, this means looking beyond financial results and talking to customers, suppliers and management. In graduates and interns, this means looking beyond exam results to discover ambition, integrity and entrepreneurial potential.

  • KPMG

    As an integrated business, KPMG LLP (UK) is in a strong position to respond to client needs, bringing together the right teams at the right time, across disciplines and across borders. The key to our success as a firm lies in our ability to match our insights and skills to the strategic goals of clients, day in and day out. KPMG in the UK has 22 offices and is part of a global network of member firms offering Audit, Tax and Advisory services.

  • Moore Stephens LLP

    Moore Stephens was founded in London in 1907. Today, the UK network has over 1,500 partners and staff and is the 10th largest accountancy firm by fee income. Our philosophy has been to develop to cater for our clients' needs whenever required, but not to grow for the sake of size alone. Our growth has been organic and we have never been involved in a major merger. We are small enough to provide a personal service but large enough to have available specialist expertise in all areas.

  • Raytheon Systems Limited

    Raytheon is a prime contractor and major supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence and has developed strong capabilities in mission systems integration in defense, national security and commercial markets. Raytheon UK also designs, develops and manufactures a range of high-technology electronic systems and software at its facilities in Harlow, Glenrothes, Uxbridge, Waddington and Broughton.

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