Accounts Trainee in Stirling at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 11/28/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Overview of the Role

A junior or trainee role in our team will need to be structured, organised and have a flair for work of a technical nature. The role requires someone who has the ability to concentrate and gather facts and information to perform a variety of assignments.

They should be enthusiastic, inquisitive, eager and quick to learn. They should relish constructive feedback and act upon it. Consistency and the ability to tie up loose ends and finish a job are important along with the ability to understand the wider client objective.


  • Work as part of a team team, portraying a professional image at all times,
  • Assists with ad-hoc work in the office as requested.
  • Understands the objectives of the technical process, completes processes as designed, demonstrates competent use of relevant systems, succinctly summarises results and draws appropriate conclusions.
  • Gains a good understanding of each client worked on.
  • Agrees assignment objectives and roles with line manager (or the person responsible for the job) before starting every job, is proactive in obtaining feedback, both verbal and written, takes on board constructive comments and acts upon them, demonstrates resilience and enthusiasm to learn.
  • Achieves good passes with all professional and advanced examinations.
  • Attends internal and external training courses as required, being participative and professional throughout, takes away and implements new knowledge.
  • Reviews workload going forward, takes ownership of own work, makes arrangements ahead of time, identifying periods of quiet time and highlights to line manager.
  • Communicates regularly with the senior or manager on the progress and findings during a job, works to a set time budget, meets deadlines, asks appropriate questions to aid understanding.
  • Establishes a good level of rapport with the team and clients quickly and easily.
  • Liaises with colleagues confidently and constructively.
  • Prepares accurate work using relevant systems, includes completion of disclosure checklists, is aware of the accounting and disclosure requirements contained in companies legislation and regulatory requirements.
  • Make efficient use of all relevant IT systems, search out errors, rectify omissions, actively researching technical requirements and consistently delivers to a high standard
  • Undertakes any other tasks as required
  • Takes time to understand the wider Haines Watts structure and services provided


  • Is proactive and energetic in every task undertaken.
  • Seeks direction from others when appropriate, achieves objectives, cope well with pressure and shows genuine interest.
  • Exceeds expectations and drives own career.
  • Remain confident when dealing with negative situations and difficult conversations.
  • Is self aware of development areas.
  • Adopts calm and assured approach, makes time for people, shares knowledge.
  • Able to make the right decision quickly, displaying confidence in their decisions with accurate/correct justification.
  • Being able to juggle a number of jobs, whilst demonstrating excellent time management skills to ensure all deadlines and expectations are met.
  • Consider problems as a challenge, remaining positive regardless of set-backs.
  • Communicates effectively and efficiently
  • Shares knowledge, shares praise and gives others credit, always remains positive regardless of set-backs, approaches every task with the same level of enthusiasm and care.
  • Retains a professional manner, reflects on difficult situations and stands back from people and remains unemotional in order to resolve problems.
  • Considers problems as a challenge.
  • Adopts a calm approach and makes time for people.
  • Takes ownership for managing own development, seeks extra responsibility, striving to always go the extra mile, preparing well ahead of appraisal meetings.
  • Complete work in a timely and thorough manner.
  • Has an eye for detail, being consistent in approach, incorporating checks to ensure accuracy, standing back from the detail ensures all tasks are completed to a high standard.
  • Be prepared for meetings, communicates with manager regularly, listens and takes on board views of others, is proactive, ensures that tasks are followed through, loose ends are tied up and the job is completed.

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Accounts Trainee for Haines Watts Stirling