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We have an exciting opportunity for audit trainees to join our Scotland team, working out of our Edinburgh office.

This position would suit a graduate who is looking to start their career within audit and gain a range of experience within different areas of this field. The position would involve working alongside our clients, providing support with accounts preparation for audit clients and going out to client sites on year-end audits.

What's the role?

A role in audit is varied, dynamic and fast-paced; you will be exposed to lots of different areas of the audit process such as planning and identifying risk, performing testing of client financial data, understanding the client, and financial reporting. You will build relationships with the audit team, partners and clients; developing your professional skills as we support you through your qualification.

We are looking for highly skilled entrepreneurial and ambitious individuals to join to the team to assist us in achieving our strategic goal of being the number one advisor to owner managed businesses.

  • Get to know our clients and build strong relationships, helping your understanding of how finance teams operate.
  • Preparing audit planning documentation for review and to carry out internal control, system and walkthrough tests.
  • Attend stock stakes.
  • Carrying out audit tests as part of a team on site at the client premises.
  • Preparing financial statements.
  • Undertaking training contract (ACA) with a view to becoming a chartered accountant within 3 years.

This role is open to graduates or individuals looking to start their career in accountancy, all we ask is that you have a Degree or an AAT qualification giving you the ability to start the ACA qualification.

Haines Watts is mindful of individuals who may have extenuating circumstances and did not meet the minimum academic requirements. We are open to discussing and exploring the pathway you have chosen and welcome you to apply for the role and send an email regarding your extenuating circumstances which affected your results.

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.

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 hours of 37.5 hours a week, with a strong emphasis on the importance of wellbeing and work-life balance.
  • Regular social events such as the annual Christmas party 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 including full study support package for ACA qualification whilst on an apprenticeship.
  • 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.

We do not pay agency fees where speculative and unsolicited CVs are submitted to Haines Watts by any means. For any CVs which are submitted without instruction from the Haines Watts Recruitment team, Haines Watts reserves the right to contact and work directly with these candidates without payment of any agency fee.

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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