Trainee Chartered Accountant (ACA) – Business Services

Job Title: Trainee Chartered Accountant (ACA) – Business Services
Contract Type: Graduate
Location: London
Salary: Competitive + Benefits
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Job Published: October 21, 2020 10:25

Job Description

Programme: Graduate Training Programme 2021

Division: Business Services
Location: London, Canary Wharf
Start Date: September and December 2021

Entry requirements:

  • 2:1 degree (attained or expected in any discipline)
  • 112 UCAS points (New Tariff) (excluding General Studies)

You've studied hard and got your degree. You want to join a firm that will get your career off to a great start, and keep challenging and rewarding you as you progress. How do you choose that firm?

PKF Littlejohn LLP is an independent firm of chartered accountants based in London’s Canary Wharf, we provide a full range of audit, accountancy, tax and advisory services to a broad range of clients. We are one of the largest single office practices in the UK and ranked among the top 6 accountancy firm advisers to the UK insurance sector and the UK’s top 15 auditors to the London Stock Exchange AIM market. The firm is a member of PKF International, a network of legally independent member firms located in around 125 countries throughout the world.

As a mid-tier firm, PKF Littlejohn not only offers you broad experience and early responsibility, but a friendly, supportive environment, with lots of partner and client contact from day one. You'll get a wealth of commercial experience with early responsibility and competitive rewards. You'll be encouraged to develop both personally and professionally, and supported as far as your ambition will take you.

Business Services Team  

‘Variety' best describes the work of this team.  You could be involved in the audit of any organisation from a listed company to working with owner-managed businesses. Sole traders and partnerships don't always have the accounting infrastructure of larger companies, so they rely on us for day-to-day financial advice. Our clients include natural resource companies, tech companies, professional practices and retailers.

Your work could range from conducting audits at clients' premises to preparing management or statutory accounts.

With every audit, you'll gain a deeper insight into each stage of the process, and a broader view of the businesses we work for. As your experience grows, so will your opportunities.

Purpose and Aim of the Job 

  • To begin to develop a knowledge of accounting and auditing techniques and show commitment to  passing the professional examinations 

Job Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Undertake the work allocated by the assignment leader 
  • Keep the assignment leader informed about progress at daily meetings 
  • Ensure attendance at briefing meetings and understand the audit plan 
  • Complete the work within budget for each area 
  • Adopt high professional standards with a business-like approach to work  
  • Develop a comprehensive working knowledge of double entry bookkeeping  
  • Be able to obtain and document effective audit evidence including that relating to Corporation and Indirect taxes, to include the following:  
    •  Fixed assets section 
    •  Bank section  
    •  Document accounting systems and complete systems testing  
    •  Profit and loss analysis – with attention to tax requirements
  • Develop a basic knowledge of current accounting standards  
  • Pass relevant professional examinations first time  
  • Be able to advise on basic accounting issues  
  • Be aware of Institute and internal ethical guidelines  
  • To accept responsibility for all work performed and to follow up to ensure completion
  • Willing to accept feedback/development points and action it