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Bookkeeping and Accounts Trainee in Finchley at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 5/20/2019

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Job Description

Bookkeeping and Accounts Trainee

Start Date: September 2019

Location: Finchley

Closing Date 30th June 2019

We are recruiting for a bookkeeping and accounts trainee to work in the Small Business Team in our Finchley office. This position would suit school and college leavers who are looking to start their career within the accountancy field. You will work with small business clients across a wide variety of sectors and provide support with bookkeeping, management accounts and year-end accounting.

As the largest and fastest growing region of Haines Watts we are looking for skilled individuals to join to the team, who are enthusiastic about using the latest technology to work efficiently and to deliver excellent client service.

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 Small Business Team trainee role offers a competitive salary and benefits package including study support of AAT alongside "on the job" training and college based tuition as part of the AAT Professional Accounting Technician apprenticeship.

After successful and satisfactory completion of the 24 month apprentice programme you would be offered the chance to apply for an ACA training contract in the Small Business Team or within another team within the office.

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;
  • 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;


  • Some work experience in an accounting or financial role is desirable


  • Minimum of 112 UCAS Points (based on the new UCAS Tariff)
  • GSCE Maths and English Language both at grade B [level 6] or above

The successful candidate will have the following skills:

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

Personal Qualities

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

If you are keen to secure a progressive 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.