Trainee Chartered Accountant (Charities)

Location
Bristol
Salary
Competitive
Posted
08 May 2017
Closes
08 Jun 2017
Industry
Accountancy, Finance
Job Function
Audit & Assurance
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE VIA APPLICATION FORM ONLY. PLEASE DOWNLOAD A RECRUITMENT PACK FROM WWW.GODFREYWILSON.CO.UK OR BY EMAILING ALISON@GODFREYWILSON.CO.UK.

The Firm

Godfrey Wilson provides audit, accountancy, tax and consultancy services to small and medium sized organisations. We specialise in charities and social enterprise. We are motivated by a passion to make charities more efficient and effective, and to help them to make a difference. 

The firm was set up in 2002 after identifying a need for specialised yet affordable professional services for charities. We have developed a reputation for our fresh, down-to-earth approach and our ability to make the principles of good financial management easy to understand and implement. 

Staff

We are a small but growing firm. The firm has two partners – Alison Godfrey and Rob Wilson - and seven professional staff. Our staff are our greatest asset - they represent the firm and its values at the point of service delivery. We only employ staff who are passionate about charities and driven to provide the highest level of customer service.

Clients

We serve approximately 250 clients, with around 75% coming from the not-for-profit sector.  Our clients are interesting and inspiring. Most of our clients are located in Bristol and the South West, however we work with clients from across the UK. Our clients vary in size with turnovers ranging from £10,000 to £15m.

Vision

It is our vision to expand the business over the coming years, take on a larger team of staff, and further develop our reputation as a leading independent firm providing charity-specialist accountancy services.

Further information about the firm can be found on our website: www.godfreywilson.co.uk.

The Role

The role is an audit-focussed role but with exposure to a variety of work assignments, including audit and assurance, accounts preparation, bookkeeping, tax and payroll.

Audit clients will primarily be small charities typically with a turnover of up to £2m. Non-audit clients will primarily be small limited companies, partnerships and sole traders.

Responsibilities will include: assisting with audit assignments (including audit planning, audit testing, drafting and checking accounts, preparation and completion of audit files for partner review), assisting with accounts preparation (including drafting accounts from client records, using Sage, QuickBooks, Xero or Excel) and assisting across all areas of the firm (tax, bookkeeping, payroll and administration) as required.

Staff undertake work at a level appropriate to their skills and experience under supervision of more experienced staff. As staff progress and gain experience, they take on more responsibility for each assignment. Eventually, they will be supervising and training staff themselves and will also be providing other services to clients, such as advice on all aspects of accountancy and tax.

As the firm is small, trainees will experience a steep learning curve and will be expected to take on significant responsibility early on in their career. We do not have separate departments for tax, audit and accountancy so staff quickly develop a broad skillset across all accountancy disciplines. In return, staff are rewarded with rapid career progression and the opportunity to manage their own client portfolio early in their career.

Person Specification

We are looking to recruit a person with a genuine interest in a career working as an accountant. We are looking for someone who is interested in working for a small firm, not a large corporation. We are looking for someone who shares our firm’s ethos and wants to play an integral part in the firm’s success.

The successful candidate will be hard-working, highly numerate, computer literate (with intermediate-advanced Excel skills), have good written and verbal communication skills and good social skills.

You must have a clean driving licence and access to a vehicle which you are prepared to use to travel to clients’ premises as and when required.

Other important attributes are:

  • A good work ethic;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Desire to learn and progress;
  • Clear, logical thinking;
  • Excellent organisation skills;
  • Good timekeeping and ability to work to tight deadlines under pressure;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Willingness to take on responsibilities;
  • Ability to work flexibly, including local/national travel and over-time (at peak times);
  • An interest in, or experience of, the charity sector.

You must have achieved a British University Degree class 2:1 or above and three A levels grade A*- C.

An application form can be downloaded from the home page of our website:

http://www.godfreywilson.co.uk/pdfs/Trainee-Accountant-Recruitment-Pack-2017.docx