Who are we?
We're a dedicated team of like-minded accountancy professionals. Our clients range from top fashion retailers, leisure & hospitality businesses to renewable energy enterprises and we get involved in issues that affect gaming developers and motorsports engineers.
We are ranked among the UK's top 15 accountancy firms, combining high levels of technical expertise with the kind of personal service often only found in smaller firms.
In 2019 alone, we won National Firm of the Year, Tax Team of the Year and Graduate and Non-Graduate programme of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards, we internationally re-branded, and we grew substantially with a few high-profile mergers. It's an exciting time to join the firm!
As part of a multi award winning medium sized firm, you will have the opportunity to work with our wide and eclectic client base across the accounting and financial spectrum. That means really getting to grips with the inner workings of a company and finding ways to help them - whether that's working on taxing technicalities or devising strategies to help them fulfil their commercial potential.
Once you complete your AAT studies, you may have the opportunity to study for the ACA qualification (dependent on performance).
You'll have client contact from the very start, that's why your ability to build great business relationships is just as important as your ability with numbers.
What will I do?
You'll be part of a team working on audit and accounts preparation assignments with a wide range of clients, so it goes without saying that you need to be someone that can be relied upon to help the team deliver outstanding levels of client care.
Some of your responsibilities may include working closely with your mentor on audit planning memorandum, analytical reviews, drafting client letters, preparing accounts and producing sets of financial statements.
We'll make sure you have the right experience, personal development and training to make your career stimulating and rewarding. We'll carefully balance your practical experience to reinforce your professional training. Combined, these two crucial elements will help you achieve your qualification.
We can offer a structured career path for those with ambition and the determination to develop a career in the profession.
After you have completed AAT full study support to gain a globally recognised qualification with the ICAEW.
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
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- Familiarity with Microsoft Office packages e.g. Word, Excel and Outlook are essential
- Good numeracy skills
- Great verbal and nonverbal communication skills
- Able to build strong relationships
- Attention to detail
- Takes pride in work and delivering outstanding service
- An ability and passion to solve complex problems
We do not require AAT Apprentices to have a business or financial background. However, we do ask that all applicants have achieved, or are predicted to achieve at least 112 UCAS points (based on the new 2017 UCAS Tariff) from 3 A Levels or equivalent, all achieved during the same exam year. This excludes General Studies.
Level 3 Assistant Accountant apprenticeship standard, which includes:
- Level 3 AAT - Advanced Diploma with Bookkeeping bolt on’s
- Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
- End-Point Assessment (EPA)
Advanced builds on the knowledge gained in the Foundation level. If you work in accounts or have studied accountancy before, you may be able to start at this level. You’ll learn complex accounting techniques and master a number of accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.
This level will encourage you to master more complex accounting principles in both Bookkeeping and Management Accounting. You’ll develop the technical skills to start, or progress, your career in accountancy and this will allow you to continue with your studies onto Level 4.
To pass this level you’ll need to study five units (also known as subjects), which are all mandatory. Four of the units are examined individually and there is also a synoptic assessment that you’ll take towards the end of the level, which incorporates the final two units as well as drawing on all of the other units you’ve studied at this level.
The area you will cover include:
- Bookkeeping transactions - bolt on units
- Bookkeeping controls - bolt on units
- Advanced Bookkeeping
- Final Accounts Preparation
- Management Accounting: Costing
- Indirect Tax
- Advanced Synoptic Assessment
The Apprenticeship standard details the essential Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that somebody would need to demonstrate to be a successful Assistant Accountant, this includes, Business Awareness, Ethics, Communication, Embracing Change and Problem Solving. Apprentices will need to show they are competent in all the areas detailed in the standard when they take End Point Assessment.
The Knowledge areas of the standard will typically be covered through completion of the AAT qualification. Skills and Behaviours are developed through workshops, e-learning, workplace training and practical experience provided ‘on-the-job’.