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We are recruiting for an Accounts & Audit Placement Student to work within our Leeds City Centre office.

This position would suit a student wanting to undertake a placement year, who is looking to gain a range of experience within different areas of the accountancy industry. The position would involve working alongside our clients, providing support with year-end accounts preparation and the opportunity to go out to client sites on year-end audits. You would also gain experience in personal and corporate tax, bookkeeping and management accounts.

The placement student would gain exposure to the whole range of services offered, as well as experience of working in a professional office environment as part of a young, dynamic team of trainees, graduates and qualified accountants.

What you will do


  • Produce financial statements from a trial balance and make postings using the firm's accounting software, enabling a thorough understanding of financial statements to be made.
  • Gain experience in preparing an accounts file.


  • Carry out audit tests as part of a team, taking ownership of sections assigned to you.
  • Attend stock takes.
  • Learn how to prepare audit documentation using paperless audit software in line with the current auditing standards


  • Prepare annual returns and other documents for filing with Companies House.
  • Identify tax adjustments arising from accounts production and audit work.
  • Prepare personal and corporation tax returns using the firm's taxation software.
  • Gain understanding of different businesses when working with a range of clients.
  • Build rapport and develop relationships with clients and members of the team.

What you will need to be

  • Be authentic in every situation and like to be connected to your team, clients and local communities.
  • Like to listen and understand, to show up every day with passion and to stand up for things that matter to you.
  • Be driven to succeed, take initiative and want results.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong professional work-ethic, including the ability to be self-motivated and manage workload.
  • IT skills including good use of Excel and Word.
  • Show approachability, availability and flexibility.

The Haines Watts Way

Our collective aspirations are simple

  • We strive to build and develop valued relationships as a trusted business advisor to our clients and connections.
  • We strive to show passion for our work in helping clients achieve their goals and using our initiative to help solve problems.
  • But above all, we strive to be authentic and inclusive as part of our DNA.

What you get back from us

  • Working in our modern city centre office, close to Leeds train station.
  • Birthdays are important, so each year take the day off to celebrate
  • Regular social events such as the annual Christmas party, summer gathering and team building days out.
  • Special recognition, we celebrate big birthdays, long service, retirement and great performance.
  • Employee introduction and client referral bonuses.
  • Personal development programmes to support career growth.
  • Access to an instant voucher and cash back app.
  • Strong emphasis on wellbeing, access to services such as 24/7 access to mental health helpline and legal/financial help.
  • 5% employer pension contribution, income protection and life assurance.
  • A flexible benefits programme to opt into further benefits which you can tailor to suit your lifestyle such as bike to work, gym membership, private medical insurance, dental insurance and restaurant card.

Upon a successful placement year, there is an opportunity to be offered a permanent role as an Accounts and Audit Graduate Trainee.

Who we are

It starts with you!

Some people think being an accountant is all about numbers. Here at Haines Watts we don’t! We believe it’s all about our people and the relationships they forge as well as the specialist insight that they might build over time. We’ve been around for 90 years, so we must know a thing or two.

Our clients come from all walks of life. They have different backgrounds, experiences, talents, skills and goals. Just like our people.

So, we have a question for you: are you looking for a job that’s just about the numbers? Or do you want a career which leans into who you are as a person. You will build a common foundation with your colleagues whilst progressing from Trainee to Manager, but from there, with our in-house programmes to help you, we actively encourage you to discover who you are as a person.

Is your preference to become a foremost authority in an accountancy specialism or someone who is energised by relationships with clients and teams? We value either career path equally, but we know that you will value one more than the other and we will support you on that journey of discovery.

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