Rare Job Opportunity: Trainee Accountant in Practice (SW London/N.Surrey)

deanshepherd Registered Posts: 1,809 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
£10,000 - £14,000 per annum + full study support

Likely to be suitable for a school leaver, college leaver, someone part-way through their AAT studies or anyone else who wants to start from the bottom and learn the industry inside out.

I run a small firm of accountants specialising in helping businesses operating in the creative sector. Our client base is largely made up of people in design, media and TV. One of the key members of our team is moving on to pastures new and I am looking for someone willing to start from the bottom and learn every aspect of accountancy and taxation for small businesses.

I am offering a full training and development package which will be a combination of support towards professional qualifications, technical training and other transferable business skills. You will learn all aspects of general practice accountancy such as:

Preparation of accounts - sole trader, partnership and small limited companies accounts using VT Final Accounts. Preparation of various working papers and maintenance of client files.
VAT - preparation of client quarterly VAT Returns using a variety of schemes (Flat Rate, Cash Accounting and Annual Accounting).
Payroll – Collating necessary data from clients and ensuring payroll is processed accurately and on time.
Personal Taxation - assistance with and completion of Tax Returns.
Corporation Taxation - assistance with and completion of CT Returns.
• General administration – scanning, shredding and maintaining our paperless office.
• Client correspondence - both written and oral.
• Telephone calls - taking and passing on clear messages.
• Marketing – assistance and involvement at various levels with marketing initiatives.

All candidates must have an excellent grasp of both written and spoken English. There will be client contact from the outset so it is important that candidates can communicate in a clear and confident manner. Attention to detail is crucial.

This is a trainee position so no prior experience of working in an accountancy practice is necessary. I am looking for the right person, not the right CV.

If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in this opportunity then please email your CV and covering letter to me, Dean Shepherd at ds@taxbydesign.com. (Please do not use the forum messaging system to respond)

I am looking to find the right person within a very short timescale so you must submit your CV to me by Friday 18th September 2013.

Please also note that we are a firm of Chartered Tax Advisers, not Chartered Accountants so this position cannot evolve into an ICAEW or ACCA training contract but we can support you through the AAT/ATT/CTA route.


  • deanshepherd
    deanshepherd Registered Posts: 1,809 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    Correction: Applications should be in by Friday 20th September 2013.
  • deanshepherd
    deanshepherd Registered Posts: 1,809 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    130 views and not a single application as yet..

    ..whoever applies between now and close of play Friday is going to be in with a very good chance!
  • SarahJS
    SarahJS Registered Posts: 273 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    I must admit I looked out of curiousity with no intention of applying but it does look like an excellent first step! If I was local and looking for a job I'd have applied right away!

    Good luck with finding the right person :)
  • Vlee
    Vlee Registered Posts: 136 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    I'm reasonably local but I'm not able to apply for a full time job until my children are in school. It sounds like a great first step and at this early stage a career in tax is something I'd be very interested in pursuing. If you are able to offer work experience doing this type of role for a week, or even a day shadowing, I would be very interested. I've passed three exams at L3 self studying and hope to finish in the new year and start L4 either self studying or at college in September.

    I've put off writing this message as I thought you'd be busy sifting through applications, but as you are not here it is!

    Happy to discuss further, I don't yet have an up to date CV but happy to send details of my qualifications, work experience and references if needed, or discuss by phone.

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