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Trainee - Outsourcing + 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

Our agile outsourced offering means that our clients are able to scale-up or down the services that they outsource to us, providing our clients with value for money and greater control over their back-office functions. With a strong focus on innovation and technology, we help our clients make informed decisions on how to grow their business. Our clients range from private clients to owner-managed businesses and large international subsidiaries. 

We are currently looking for an Outsourcing Trainee to join our growing Outsourcing division in our Oxford office. This role will be an equal between Payroll and Outsourcing. This is a full-time permanent position. 

What we can offer you 

  • Full funding and support to complete the AAT qualification, including study leave & 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. Your key responsibilities would 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 
  • Processing sales and purchase invoices and reconciling the bank account 
  • Preparing monthly and quarterly VAT returns 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 
  • Helping to prepare statutory accounts and finalize accounts under the overall supervision of your Line Manager 
  • Process payrolls on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly basis (or as directed) for a range of clients of various sizes and from a diverse range of businesses 
  • Process starters and leavers, calculating statutory payments, RTI submissions, Pension Deductions etc. 
  • Liaise directly with clients to ensure accuracy of payroll data and answer phone queries, resolve problems and provide payroll support 

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 (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 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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