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Trainee – Audit & Accounts – 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.

With respectful as one of our values, we are committing to creating an inclusive culture that respects, values and celebrates cultural and individual differences. We recognise that our people celebrate different holidays and key dates throughout the year which is why last year, we introduced Flexible Bank Holidays. Our people can take public holidays on the dates most meaningful to them. 
We are recruiting for an Audit & Accounts Trainee Accountant 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 for someone looking to start a career in accountancy.  During your training period, you will do a mixture of accounts preparation work and audit.

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
  • Charity fundraising events

The Role

This is a Trainee 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
  • 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
  • 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 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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