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Trainee – Accounts + Full Study Package

Would you like to work for a top UK 100 accountancy firm with a great study package? Do you want interesting, varied client work and to be part of a team bursting with talented staff? 

Shaw Gibbs is a Top 100 independent accountancy, financial planning and insolvency practice with offices in Oxford and London W1. We have ambitious growth plans which are being achieved through our client-centric approach. We provide a rewarding and enjoyable place to work where all staff receive appropriate training and development, not just around increasing your technical knowledge but also focusing on wider commercial and soft skills such as communication and teamwork. Our culture is based on expert, respect, innovation and collaboration. 

We are recruiting for an Accounts Trainee to start in September. This position will be based in our Oxford office and comes with a comprehensive induction and full funding to pursue professional qualifications. This is a great opportunity to join one of Oxfordshire’s leading accountancy and business advisory practices.

This role will enable you to learn how to prepare a set of statutory financial accounts and corporation tax computations for limited companies.

What we can offer you 

  • Full funding and support to study AAT/ACCA/ACA qualification, including study leave and time off for exams
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including flexible working, pension, life assurance and a fantastic retail discount scheme 
  • Generous holiday allowance + ability to buy/sell holiday to fit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working, which means you can work from home  initially 1 day a week and flexible hours where you can work your hours around our core hours of 10:00 – 16:00.
  • Exposure to a wide range of clients across many industry sectors 
  • An experienced manager to support your development and provide day to day guidance
  • A comprehensive induction and buddy to help you get up to speed in your first few months 
  • A wellbeing programme focusing on your physical and mental wellbeing
  • Regular company and team social events throughout the year 
  • Charity fundraising events 

The Role 

These are Trainee positions and full training and support will be given to develop your skills and abilities for a long-term career within our practice. You will have the below key responsibilities: 

  • Building productive working relationships within Shaw Gibbs and with clients as required
  • Developing and applying your technical knowledge through on the job training and formal qualifications
  •  Using accounting software to provide accurate reporting for Managers, Partners and clients
  • Producing profit and loss accounts and balance sheets
  • Preparing basic tax computations and returns e.g. corporation tax
  • Preparing working papers including bank reconciliations, other reconciliations and manual control accounts
  • Helping to prepare statutory accounts and finalise accounts under the overall supervision of your Manager 

About You 

We would like to hear from you if you are a quick learner and can tick all of the below:

  •  Educated to A ‘Level (or equivalent standard) or higher e.g. degree
  • If you are a school leaver – you must have a minimum of 3 A Levels at grades B, B, C (6,6,5/4) or higher
  • Strong aptitude for IT, specifically Excel
  • Exceptional attention to detail 
  • Proven communication skills, verbal and written
  • A positive, confident and proactive attitude
  • Enjoy working as part of a team and self-motivated
  • Willingness to undertake and succeed in a range of professional studies
  • Relevant work experience and/or experience of working within a practice environment would be great but not essential

How to Apply 

To apply for this vacancy please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in this vacancy to

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We believe that diversity makes Shaw Gibbs a stronger firm and look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to Shaw Gibbs’ goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status. 

* Please note you must already have the unconditional right to live and work in the EU/UK region* We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.
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