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Outsourcing Trainee/ Finance Assistant – Northampton

Shaw Gibbs is a growing top 50 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 expectation.

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. With respectful as one of our values, we are committed to creating an inclusive culture that respects, values and celebrates cultural and individual differences.

We have several offices in Central and Southern England and have ambitious plans to expand our business. To support the organisation’s growth, we have created a new opportunity for an Outsourcing Trainee / Finance Assistant to join our Northampton Outsourcing team. This position also includes a comprehensive induction and full funding to pursue professional qualifications.

The Role

This is a trainee position which includes full training and support in order 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
  • Using accounting software to provide accurate reporting for Managers, Partners and clients
  • Producing simple sets of reconciled management information for clients inclusive of profit and loss account and balance sheet
  • Preparing basic tax computations and returns e.g. corporation tax
  • Preparing monthly and quarterly VAT returns for sole traders, limited companies and partnerships
  • Preparing working papers including bank reconciliations, VAT reconciliations and other control account reconciliations
  • Helping to prepare statutory accounts and finalise accounts under the overall supervision of your Manager
  • Process starters and leavers, calculating statutory payments, RTI submissions, Pension Deductions etc.

What we can offer you

  • Full funding and support to study AAT/ACCA qualification, including study leave and time off for exams
  • Hybrid and flexible working
  • A varied role in a talented and experienced team
  • Joining a company with an exciting growth plan ahead
  • Plenty of opportunities to increase your technical knowledge and skills
  • 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
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including pension, life assurance, health cash plan, retail discount scheme, electric vehicles salary sacrifice, cycle to work, hybrid and flexible working
  • Generous core holiday allowance plus holiday trading, flexible bank holidays, and additional holiday with service
  • Wellbeing programme with regular events and activities focused on your physical and mental wellbeing. We also offer all employees a Wellbeing Day each year – a day dedicated to boosting your wellbeing

About You

There are two routes to enter our training programme. You may apply after A-Levels (A,B,B) or equivalent qualifications. Alternatively, we welcome applications from university students who have achieved or are predicted to achieve a 2:1 or above. We also look for the following:

  •  You must have GCSEs in Maths and English at grade 5 or above
  •  Proven communication skills, both written and verbal
  •  Strong IT skills, specifically Excel and able to pick up new IT packages very  quickly
  •  Exceptional attention to detail
  •  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 would be great but not essential

How to apply 

To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV to

For more information on working at Shaw Gibbs, please visit

Additional Information

Shaw Gibbs is an inclusive employer and we are committed to providing equal opportunities to all candidates by ensuring a comfortable and accessible interview experience. We understand that some individuals may have specific needs or require accommodation/adjustments during the recruitment process. If you require any adjustments to ensure your recruitment experience with Shaw Gibbs is as inclusive and accessible as possible, please let us know at your earliest convenience via email.

We believe that diversity makes Shaw Gibbs a stronger firm and we 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, gender, 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 UK. For this role, 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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