Audit and Accounts Trainee [Farnborough - September 2021] in Farnborough at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 5/6/2021

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Audit and Accounts Trainee - Farnborough Office

Application Closing Date: 25th June 2021
Start Date: September 2021

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 leavers and graduates to join our firm and kick start their career with us in areas of Audit 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, study leave, college based tuition and a mentor who will support the trainees throughout in successfully complete their professional qualification. 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 Trainee role within a unique top 15 accountancy firm, please visit our website to find out more

The Audit and Accounts Trainee duties will be:

Accounts preparation:

  • Prepare analyses and make postings using the firm's accounting software;
  • Produce straightforward draft financial statements in statutory format using the firm's accounting software;

Complete disclosure checklists for companies preparing accounts under UK GAAP


  • Prepare audit planning documentation for review by the supervisor;
  • Carry out internal control, system and walkthrough tests;
  • Attend simple stock stakes;
  • Carry out basic audit tests as part of a team in relation to other statutory or non-statutory audits and due diligence work;


  • Prepare annual returns and other documents for filing with Companies House;
  • Complete company statutory books;
  • Identify basic tax adjustments arising from accounts production and audit work;
  • Prepare simple corporation tax returns using the firm's taxation software;

Academic Requirements

  • 1 or above in any degree discipline (attained or expected)
  • Minimum of 112 UCAS Points (based on the new UCAS Tariff)
  • GCSE Grade B [Level 6] or above in English Language and Maths

The Audit 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 an Audit 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.