Audit & Accounts Trainee in Esher at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 2/26/2018

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Job Description

We are recruiting for an Accounts and Audit trainee to work within our Esher office.

This position would suite school, college and university leavers who are looking to start their careers within the accountancy field. The position will be to work with our clients and provide support with year-end accounts and audit.

As the largest and fastest growing region of Haines Watts we are looking for highly skilled entrepreneurial individuals to join to the team to assist us in achieving our strategic goal of being the number one advisor to owner managed businesses.

We are a top 15 accountancy firm specialising within the owner managed business area across the UK. A well-established firm since the 1930's with an entrepreneurial and dynamic feel who are continuing to grow nationally as well as regionally.

The Accounts and Audit trainee role is offering a competitive salary, progression within the team and study support within ACA or ACCA.

The Accounts and Audit Trainee duties will be:

Accounts preparation:

  • Prepare analyses and make postings using the firm's accounting software;
  • Produce straightforward draft financial statements in statutory format using the firm's accounting software;
  • Complete disclosure checklists for companies preparing accounts under UK GAAP;
  • Audit:
  • Prepare audit planning documentation for review by the supervisor;
  • Carry out internal control, system and walkthrough tests;
  • Attend simple stock stakes;
  • Carry out basic audit tests as part of a team in relation to other statutory or non-statutory audits and due diligence work;
  • Other:
  • Prepare annual returns and other documents for filing with Companies House;
  • Complete company statutory books;
  • Identify basic tax adjustments arising from accounts production and audit work;
  • Prepare simple corporation tax returns using the firm's taxation software;


  • Skills in Microsoft Excel and Word necessary


  • 3 A levels at grade C or equivalent and above

The Accounts and Audit Trainee will have the below skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage workload
  • Excellent IT skills including good use of Excel

Personal Qualities

  • Team Player
  • Resilience
  • Approachability and availability
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Flexibility

If you are keen to secure a progressive Accounts and Audit Trainee role within a unique top 15 accountancy firm please apply today to find out more with your preference of office location.

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 any agency fee.