Bookkeeping and Accounts Trainee in Reading at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 5/6/2022

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Bookkeeping and Accounts Trainee

Haines Watts is looking for passionate and highly skilled individuals to join our business this September and assist us in achieving our strategic goal of being the number one Trusted 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 1930s specialising within the owner managed business area across the UK and continuing to grow nationally as well as regionally. We offer over 100 specialist service areas to our 35,000 clients across our 60 offices in the UK.

We welcome school and college leavers to join our firm and kick start their career with us in areas of Bookkeeping and Accounts and practical experience. You will be given the responsibility of having client exposure from day one within varied sectors, working with other members in the team.

Haines Watts is committed to supporting their trainees to successfully achieve their end goal of becoming an authentic qualified accountant and will provide extensive training offering a full study package including qualification funding for the AAT, study leave, college based tuition and a mentor who will support the trainees throughout in successfully completing their qualification. After successful and satisfactory completions of the 24 month apprentice programme, you would be offered the opportunity to study additional professional qualifications. To be authentic, show passion and value relationships is our primary focus at Haines Watts and we are committed to developing our trainees within their roles and progress in their careers.

We know that in addition to a competitive salary, our team members want benefits that are flexible enough to meet their needs and to change with them as their priorities change. We offer a wide range of benefits which include- holidays, life assurance, company pension's scheme and employee assistance programme along with a range of flexible benefits for you to choose. These include local gym membership, cycle to work scheme, critical illness insurance and a fantastic range of cash back and discounts with selected retailers on our rewards website.

If you are keen to secure a progressive Bookkeeping and Accounts Trainee role within a unique top 15 accountancy firm, please visit our website to find out more.

The Bookkeeping and Accounts Trainee duties will be:


  • Prepare income and expense analysis using the firm's cloud bookkeeping software;
  • Use this data to prepare quarterly VAT returns;
  • Assist with the preparation of management accounts;
  • Liaise with clients to complete filings and to answer any queries;

Accounts preparation:

  • Reconcile purchase, sales and general ledger entries;
  • Bank analysis and reconciliation
  • Prepare accounting schedules such as fixed asset registers;
  • Make postings using the firm's accounting and working papers software;


  • Prepare returns and other documents for filing with Companies House or HM Revenue and Customs as instructed;

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum of 112 UCAS Points (based on the new UCAS Tariff)
  • GCSE Grade B [Level 5] or above in English Language and Maths

The Bookkeeping and Accounts 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
  • Skills in Microsoft Excel and Word necessary

Personal Qualities

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

If you are keen to secure a progressive role as a Bookkeeping and Accounts Trainee role within a unique top 15 accountancy firm, please apply today to find out more.

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 of any agency fee.