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Trainee Accountant + full study package (3 vacancies)

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 leading and innovative Top 100 accountancy, financial services and insolvency practice with offices in Oxford and London’s West End. We pride ourselves on providing expert advice to our clients by hiring the best people. 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 expertise, respect, innovation and collaboration.

We are recruiting for 3 Trainee Accountants to start in September. One vacancy is for an Audit Trainee and the other two vacancies are mixed Audit and Accounts Trainees. All 3 positions will be based in our Oxford office and come 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.

All three roles will enable you to learn how to prepare a set of statutory financial accounts and corporation tax computations for limited companies. The Audit Trainee will specialise in audit within the first year of training; all three trainees will be able to do some audit work during their training period. The two mixed accounts and audit trainee roles are likely to have more of mix of accounts preparation work and audit during the training period.

What we can offer you

  • Full funding and support to study AAT/ACCA/ACA qualification, including study leave and time off for exams
  • Exposure to a wide range of clients across many industry sectors 
  • A buddy to provide additional day to day guidance and help
  •  Supportive and fun team environment 
  • Wellbeing Programme to support positive mental and physical health
  • Flexible working 
  • Flexible benefits package including the ability to buy/sell holiday to fit your lifestyle 
  • Holiday allowance which increases with service 
  • Online Employee Retail Discount Scheme 
  • Contribution-based pension scheme & life assurance
  • Regular company and team social events throughout the year 
  • Charity fundraising events 
  • Light and airy, recently refurbished modern office in central Oxford

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. All 3 Trainees 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, VAT
  • 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 
  • Assisting more senior members of staff on audit to include, for example, checking bank reconciliations, attending at stock takes, preparing profit and loss schedules and assisting with the audit of debtors and creditors.   

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 or better
  • 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

For more information on working at Shaw Gibbs please visit

Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 18th June. 

We will be running final stage Assessment Centres for successful shortlisted candidates in June. 

 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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