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Audit Assistant – Oxford

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 accountancy practice who provide expert solutions for entrepreneurial businesses and private individuals in Central and Southern England. Shaw Gibbs invest in their teams of high-quality specialists who work with the best-in-breed technology to create value for our clients which exceeds expectations. 

Our culture is very important to us and is based on our company values of expert, respectful, innovative and collaborative. We develop high performing teams diverse in experiences, backgrounds and ideas. As a growing company, there are plenty of opportunities for development and quick progression. Our practice is known for having a friendly and supportive team culture where everyone receives training and development to increase their technical knowledge and their commercial and management skills. We put our people first and are constantly looking for ways to improve our people experience.

We are recruiting for an Audit Assistant to start in September. This permanent full time position will be based in our Oxford office and comes with a comprehensive induction and study package to pursue professional qualifications.  

This is a great opportunity for someone who has at least 1 year’s audit practice experience.  You will specialise in audit within your first year of training, but you will likely have a mix of accounts preparation work and audit during your full training period.

What we can offer you

  • Full funding and support to study AAT/ACCA qualification, including study leave and time off for exams 
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including pension, life assurance, health cash plan, a retail discount scheme, electric vehicles salary sacrifice and cycle to work
  • Generous holiday allowance + ability to buy/sell holiday to fit your lifestyle
  • Hybrid and flexible working
  • 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. We also offer all employees a Wellbeing Day each year - a day dedicated to boosting your wellbeing
  • Regular company and team social events throughout the year

The Role

This is a training position and full training and support will be given to develop your skills and abilities for a long-term career within our practice.  Your key responsibilities will include:

  • 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.
  • Preparing audit working papers for the areas that you are involved, including but not limited to bank, fixed assets, wages and salaries, debtors and creditors.
  • Attending clients stocktakes and reporting findings. 
  • Assisting more senior members of staff in other areas of the audit file.  
  • Preparing notes to summarise your findings and recommendations for the senior’s, manager’s and partner’s attention. 
  • Posting the audit clients’ trial balances into statutory accounts format and updating disclosures as necessary.
  • Using accounting software to provide accurate reporting for Managers, Partners and clients.
  • Preparing basic corporation tax computations for audit clients.  

About You

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

  •  At least 1 year’s UK audit practice experience
  • Educated to A ‘Level (or equivalent standard) or higher e.g. degree.  You must have a minimum of 3 A Levels at grades B, B, C 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 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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Please note: Only candidates with the relevant skills and experience will be contacted regarding this position. If you do not hear back from us within 3 working days of the closing date you have unfortunately been unsuccessful in your application for this position, however we may contact you in the future to discuss other opportunities. Please note that no terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person's gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job.

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