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Are you looking for that perfect blend of Technology and Finance? Then starting your career with our Tax programme might be for you!

Is a career in Accountancy and Tax for you? Would you like to get a head start with some relevant on the job experience while you study for your recognised qualifications? Then starting your career with our graduate scheme is a good option.  

On top of that are you interested in getting a head start with some relevant 'on the job' experience while you study for your recognised qualification? You would like to join a supportive and social community of incredible people who are invested in your success. Our mentors will guide you on a rewarding journey!

Remember, accountancy is a broad sector, made up of many service lines. All are dynamic, stimulating and client led. Keep an open mind and ask questions at the assessment centre! Our tax people are creative thinkers, who help businesses make the most of their money, throughout their business lifecycle. Tax is an ever-changing landscape, so you’ll be challenged, developed and importantly, supported all the way. 

So, you're graduating or looking for something new, what next?

How about

  • Competitive graduate salary and benefit package.  
  • Work-life as well as work-study balance.  
  • Agile working policy with working from home opportunities and flexible hours.  
  • Full study support package to gain a globally recognised qualification with the Chartered Institute of Taxation.  
  • Linked learning approach with Kaplan or First Intuition, who are award winning training providers.  
  • On the job training and practical experience.  
  • Face to face contact with clients early on.  
  • A career within a national organisation, with access to a in a global network of 30,000 people across 147 countries.  
  • Working with a wide range of entrepreneurs, owner managed businesses and subsidiaries of large international groups.  
  • Increases throughout your training contract and more! 

Who are we?   

Discover a world of endless opportunities at MHA, where we'll empower you to explore your passions and grow professionally from day one!

 At MHA we're a dedicated team of like-minded accountancy professionals, with big ambitions and a prestigious client base.  

We are ranked among the UK’s top 15 accountancy firms, combining high levels of technical expertise with the kind of personal service often only found in smaller firms.  

In 2020, we won the Best Advisory Services category of the new Business Resilience Awards, organised by Accountancy Age. Previously, we won National Firm of the Year, Tax Team of the Year and Graduate and Non-Graduate programme of the Year at the British Accountancy Awards, we internationally re-branded, and we grew substantially with a few high-profile mergers. It's an exciting time to join the firm!  

You'll have client contact from the very start, working on that’s why your ability to build great business relationships is just as important as your ability with numbers.  

What will I do? 

As a R&D Tax Associates, you’ll experience the power of collaboration as you work with diverse teams on real projects, building lasting connections with colleagues and start off by learning the fundamentals, including carrying out:

  • Participating in the Team’s internal technical training programme with the objective of having a strong understanding of R&D Tax legislation and its interpretation on completion.
  • Conducting preliminary research in preparation for client workshops and attending these sessions to support technical interviews and financial data gathering.
  • Assessing and interpreting technical information gathered during workshops to draft the technical reports to support the R&D activity.
  • Gaining sector knowledge by proactively working with a wide variety of clients – this will allow you to gain an understanding of a wide variety of innovative technologies across the fields of science and technology.
  • Understanding the R&D criteria and applying these concepts across a wide range of sectors.
  • Studying towards Professional Qualification (ATT Level 5 & CTA level 7 or ACA & CTA both Level 7),

Progression In your first year will look like

  • Completing the technical training to have the ability to draft informative and accurate technical reports with the support of your team.
  • Becoming comfortable preparing client-related research documents and identifying R&D and the technology used in R&D ahead of workshops and discussions.
  • Participating in the development of team and firms processes and taking on financial aspects of the role to progress your overall knowledge of the claim process.

Skills & qualities you will have to succeed

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and logical, problem-solving mindset
  • Strong numerical ability and great attention to detail
  • A genuine interest and curiosity in Software, Science, Technology & Innovation.
  • The ability to actively listen to others and ensure that they are understood.

As your technical knowledge, commercial acumen and confidence grow, you'll have the opportunity to begin advising clients on their tax affairs and deliver outstanding levels of client care. That's why your ability to build great business relationships is just as important as your ability with numbers.  

We'll make sure you have the right experience, personal development, and training to make your career stimulating and rewarding. We'll carefully balance your practical experience to reinforce your professional training. Combined, these two crucial elements will help you achieve your qualification.  

Along with your peers, you will be assigned mentors who will support and guide you as well as dedicated tutors who will ensure your progress and development is on track.  

Our Tax Associates come from a variety of different academic and cultural backgrounds.  

Please note that our tax training programmes are available to career changers and graduates.     

Entry requirements 

We do not require Tax Associates to have a business or financial background. However, we do ask that applicants for our Tax trainee programme have achieved or are predicted to achieve at least 112 UCAS points (based on the new 2017 UCAS Tariff) from 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, all achieved during the same exam year. This excludes General Studies. We also ask that graduate applicants have either achieved or are working to achieve at least a 2:1 at university.  

Thank you for choosing to apply for one of our 2024 Graduate Scheme’s at MHA. We are looking forward to hearing more about you!  

Application process

Our advice is for you to work your way through the application process with care and attention, as the questions you answer as part of your application will allow for our assessors to conclude whether they should progress you through to the next stages, which will include online testing and an assessment centre - dependent on the role you are applying for. This is your time to shine!  

Give us as much detail as possible, spell check your answers and don't forget to re-read the application before you submit it at the end!  

We are looking forward to reading more about your academic background, motivations of starting a career within accountancy and why you have applied to MHA! 

Our application form takes just a few minutes to complete and includes some diversity questions. MHA is a committed member of Access Accountancy and as such, we track our diversity stats and actively work to improve on these, year on year, looking at new ways to promote our roles to the widest audience. Any data collected is fully anonymised before sharing with any external parties, as per our Data Protection Policy and is not visible to hiring managers, or used in any way during the selection process.