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Trainee - Audit + Full Study Package

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 independent accountancy, financial planning and insolvency practice with offices in Oxford and London W1. We have ambitious growth plans which are being achieved through our client-centric approach. 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 expert, respect, innovation and collaboration

We are recruiting for an Audit Traineeto start in September. These position 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. 

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/ACA qualification, including study leave and time off for exams 
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including flexible working, pension, life assurance and a fantastic retail discount scheme 
  • Generous holiday allowance + ability to buy/sell holiday to fit your lifestyle 
  • Flexible working, which means you can work from home 1 day a week and flexible hours where you can work your hours around our core hours of 10:00 – 16:00.
  • 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 
  • 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. You 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. 
  • 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: 

  • 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 (6,6,5/4) 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 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

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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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