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Trainee Accountant + full study package – 3 vacancies - Oxford

Are you looking for your first job in a top 100 accountancy firm with outstanding training and development? Do you want interesting and 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 focusing on technical knowledge and wider commercial and soft skills such as communication and teamwork. Our culture is based on collaboration, respect, innovation and expertise.

We are growing rapidly and are currently recruiting for 3 Trainee Accountants – 2 in Accounts and Audit and 1 in our Outsourcing team. All of these 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.

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
  • An experienced Line Manager to support your development
  • A buddy to provide additional day to day guidance and help
  • Supportive and fun team environment
  • Flexible benefits package including the ability to buy/sell holiday to fit your lifestyle
  • 30 days holiday including bank holidays increasing with service
  • Online Employee Retail Discount Scheme
  • A contribution based pension scheme & life assurance
  • Regular company and team social events throughout the year
  • Corporate fundraising events – in 2019 Shaw Gibbs are supporting the mental health charity Mind as voted by our employees
  • A 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. Depending on which team you go into, your key responsibilities may include the below:

  • 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, Directors and clients
  • Helping to prepare monthly and quarterly management accounts for sole traders, limited companies and partnerships
  • 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 Line 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 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:

  • Are 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

Please submit your CV plus a covering note/letter explaining why you are interested in this vacancy to recruitment @

For more information on working at Shaw Gibbs please visit

Closing date for applications is 5pm Thursday 27th June. Please note only successful candidates will be contacted.

We will be running an Assessment Centre for shortlisted candidates in early July.

We are looking for 2 Trainees to start in September and 1 in February.

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