Audit Trainee - September 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 6/16/2022

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Audit Trainee

Application closing date - June 2022
Start Date - September 2022

It's not all about the numbers!

Traditionally accountancy has been all about numbers and commercial considerations; but not here at Haines Watts. 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?

We have an exciting opportunity for an Audit Trainee to join our Newcastle office. You will be assisting the team in the delivery of statutory audit services for our Owner Managed Business, and Not-for-Profit Client portfolio.

Key elements of the role:

  • Get to know our clients and build strong relationships, helping your understanding of how finance teams operate preparing audit planning documentation for review and to carry out internal control, system and walkthrough tests; attend simple stock stakes;
  • Carrying out audit tests as part of a team on site at the client premises
  • Reviewing financial statements for accuracy
  • Undertaking training contract (ACA/ACCA) with a view to becoming a chartered accountant within 3 years.

A role in audit is very varied, you will be exposed to lots of different areas of the audit process such as planning and identifying risk, understanding the client, and financial reporting. You will build relationships with the audit team, Partners and clients; developing your professional skills as we support you through your qualification.

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

Minimum academic requirements:

As well as the above you will be a graduate with a 2.1 or above in any degree attained, 112 UCAS points from 3 A Levels (excluding General Studies) as well as GCSE 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;

  • Flexible working hours 35 hours a week, with a strong emphasis on the importance of wellbeing and work-life balance
  • Competitive salary
  • Study support package
  • Internal mentor and buddy system to support your career journey
  • Excellent personal development programmes to support career growth
  • Structured development as well as on the job practical training
  • An excellent rewards scheme, including salary sacrifice benefits
  • 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 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.