Trainee Chartered Accountant

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  • Job type:

    Full Time

  • Salary:

    18000 - 20000

  • Contact:

    Katy Longstaff

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  • Published:

    10 months ago

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Haines Watts Scotland are looking for a Graduate Chartered Accountant to join our team in Summer 2020.

A trainee in our team will need to be structured, organised and have a flair for work of a technical nature. The role requires someone who has the ability to concentrate and gather facts and information to perform a variety of assignments. 
They should be enthusiastic, inquisitive, eager and quick to learn. They should relish constructive feedback and act upon it. Consistency and the ability to tie up loose ends and finish a job are important along with the ability to understand the wider client objective. 
  • Work as part of a team, portraying a professional image at all times.
  • Understand the objectives of the technical process, complete processes as designed, demonstrate competent use of relevant systems, succinctly summarise results and draw appropriate conclusions. 
  • Gain a good understanding of each client worked on. 
  • Agree assignment objectives and roles with line manager (or the person responsible for the job) before starting every job, be proactive in obtaining feedback, both verbal and written, take on board constructive comments and acts upon them, demonstrate resilience and enthusiasm to learn. 
  • Achieve good passes in all professional and advanced examinations. 
  • Attend internal and external training courses as required, being participative and professional throughout, take away and implement new knowledge. 
  • Review workload going forward, take ownership of own work, make arrangements ahead of time, identify periods of quiet time and highlight to line manager. 
  • Communicate regularly with the senior or manager on the progress and findings during a job, work to a set time budget, meet deadlines, ask appropriate questions to aid understanding. 
  • Establish a good level of rapport with the team and clients quickly and easily. 
  • Liaise with colleagues confidently and constructively. 
  • Prepare accurate work using relevant systems, includes completion of disclosure checklists, be aware of the accounting and disclosure requirements contained in companies legislation and regulatory requirements. 
  • Make efficient use of all relevant IT systems, search out errors, rectify omissions, actively researching technical requirements and consistently delivers to a high standard 
  • Undertake any other tasks as required 
  • Take time to understand the wider Haines Watts structure and services provided 
  • Is proactive and energetic in every task undertaken. 
  • Seeks direction from others when appropriate, achieves objectives, cope well with pressure and shows genuine interest. 
  • Exceeds expectations and drives own career. 
  • Remains confident when dealing with negative situations and difficult conversations. 
  • Is self aware of development areas. 
  • Adopts calm and assured approach, makes time for people, shares knowledge. 
  • Is able to make the right decision quickly, displaying confidence in their decisions with accurate/correct justification. 
  • Is able to juggle a number of jobs, whilst demonstrating excellent time management skills to ensure all deadlines and expectations are met. 
  • Considers problems as a challenge, remaining positive regardless of set-backs. 
  • Communicates effectively and efficiently 
  • Shares knowledge, shares praise and gives others credit, always remains positive regardless of set-backs, approaches every task with the same level of enthusiasm and care. 
  • Retains a professional manner, reflects on difficult situations and stands back from people and remains unemotional in order to resolve problems. 
  • Considers problems as a challenge. 
  • Adopts a calm approach and makes time for people. 
  • Takes ownership for managing own development, seeks extra responsibility, striving to always go the extra mile, preparing well ahead of appraisal meetings. 
  • Completes work in a timely and thorough manner. 
  • Has an eye for detail, being consistent in approach, incorporating checks to ensure accuracy, standing back from the detail ensures all tasks are completed to a high standard. 
  • Is prepared for meetings, communicates with manager regularly, listens and takes on board views of others, is proactive, ensures that tasks are followed through, loose ends are tied up and the job is completed. 

Haines Watts is a Top 15 firm of chartered accountants who specialise in advising and supporting business owners. We support over 35,000 companies and business owners around the UK, which gives our clients access to a huge amount of business expertise and knowledge. Our fresh thinking and practical business approach underpin our values.