Audit and Accounts Trainee - Esher in Esher at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 9/22/2022

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Audit and Accounts Trainee

It's not all about the numbers!

Haines Watts strive to be more than a traditional accountancy that's all about numbers and commercial considerations. We really strive to build lasting, valued relationships and to make a tangible and meaningful impact. It is our clients' success that drives us and we are proactively committed to helping our clients and colleagues achieve their business and life goals in a passionate and authentic way, as these are the key traits that underpin everything we do.

At the heart of our firm is our colleagues, which is why team engagement has become more important than ever before. We have achieved 1-Star recognition from Best Companies for this and we are also one of the Top 10 best accountancy firms to work for in the UK, investing heavily in colleague wellbeing and mindfulness. As the face of the workplace has shifted since the pandemic, we have adapted and challenged what the working environment looks like for our teams, creating an environment fit for the future.

We're committed to improving diversity and inclusion, not just in terms of background but also in terms of diversity of thought and skills. We are curious about how we can help shape the future of accountancy and advisory for the next generation which is why we decided to become a National Sponsor of the Reach Next Generation Summit, aligning our values with action.

What is the role?

As a recent graduate working as an Audit and Accounts Trainee role in our Esher office, you will be assisting the partners and associate partners in the management and delivery of statutory audit (80%) and accounts preparation services (20%) for our Owner Managed Business Client portfolio with the below key tasks being carried out.

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

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

As well as the above you will be a graduate with a 2.1 or above in any degree attained as well as GCSE Grade Level 5 or above in English Language and Maths.

If you are a school/college leaver, you will need to have at least 112 UCAS points from 3 A Levels (excluding General Studies) as well as GCSE Grade Level 5 or above in English Language and Maths.

Haines Watts is mindful of school/college leavers and graduates who may have extenuating circumstances and did not meet the minimum academic requirements. We would be 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.

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;

  • Competitive salary
  • ACA Study support package
  • Internal mentor and buddy system to support your career journey
  • Excellent personal development programmes to support career growth opportunities
  • Structured development as well as on the job practical training
  • Flexible benefits reward package
  • Access to our agile working policy
  • Working and learning directly from our Associate Partners and Partners
  • Ability to progress all the way to the top!

If you are an authentic, passionate Audit and Accounts Trainees who values relationships and wants to secure a role within a unique top 20 accountancy firm who offer great career prospects; we want to hear from you - find out more about Haines Watts at

do not pay agency fees where speculative and unsolicited CV's are submitted to Haines Watts by any means. For any CV's that are submitted without instruction from Haines Watts reserves the right to contact and work directly with these candidates without payment of agency fees.

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