Audit and Accounts Trainee in Esher at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 10/19/2021

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Job Description

Who are we?

At Haines Watts our accountants work directly with business owners. We offer our clients strategic solutions, key insights and support them building their businesses. Being business advisors we think like owner managers, using our expertise to make a real impact and make a difference to the organisations we support.

We have recently been awarded as the 7th best accounting firm within the UK in 2021 by Best Companies for putting our people first and supporting them with their career development across all levels.

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

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 and 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 B [Level 6] or above in English Language and Maths.

Are you us; Are we you?

Our DNA at Haines Watts is what makes us who we are and it runs through everything we do, our values reveal who we are, what we stand for and how we act;

We VALUE RELATIONSHIPS - showing curiosity and empathy with both our colleagues and clients

We show PASSION - taking initiative and being driven to constantly improve our service

We are AUTHENTIC - our people are self-aware, genuine and inclusive

Our values are you, we are one team and together we can achieve great things!

What you get back from us;

  • Competitive salary
  • Study support package if applicable
  • 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 Trainee who values relationships and wants to secure a role within a unique top 15 accountancy firm who offer great career prospects; we want to hear from you - find out more about Haines Watts at

We 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.