Graduate/Trainee Chartered Accountant

Job Title: Graduate/Trainee Chartered Accountant
Contract Type: Graduate
Location: Unknown
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: TCA2021A
Contact Name: Aimie Elston
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 10, 2020 11:32

Job Description

About Armstrong Watson LLP

Armstrong Watson is a leading independent accountancy firm with 17 offices across the North of England and Scotland and ranked in the top 30 firms of accountants and business advisors.

Our people and culture are at the heart of what we do. We recognise the unique impact our employees have on not only our clients, but also colleagues and the communities in which we operate. Our success depends on every one of us behaving consistently across all four values; Passion, Trust, Honesty and Humanity.

We have plans for growth, that are not only ambitious but well within our reach. We're going places and are looking for motivated individuals to join our growing team to help us get there!

The Role

We are currently looking for our next exciting year of Graduate / Trainee Chartered Accountants to start with us on 1st September 2021, although typically we would look to bring in successful individuals over the summer months if available.

We have positions available across our Leeds, Skipton, Carlisle, Northallerton, Newcastle & Glasgow offices.

We’ve designed our three-year programme to take you on a journey to become a professionally qualified business adviser. You’ll help us provide market leading business advice and service to support our clients’ growth. It’s a busy 3 years with lots of exciting challenges and rewarding career development opportunities.

With full study support for the ICAEW ACA qualification, you will pack in lots of learning and new experiences alongside your formal study and revision for exams. Sitting primarily in our Audit and Assurance team throughout the training programme, you may be given the opportunity to gain experience across a variety of specialist service lines including Recovery, Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Planning, Corporate Finance and Tax Consultancy depending on business needs and workload. We aim for colleagues to have two service-line rotations throughout the three year learning period; for a period of 4 weeks each time.  

We want candidates who demonstrate strong communication skills, who are driven to succeed with a can-do positive attitude and strong work ethic.

Candidates must possess: 2:1 degree or above (achieved or predicted) in any discipline or the full AAT or CFAB qualification. Please note that we will consider candidates with a 2:2 degree in certain locations if the degree is in a subject relevant to the role.  Candidates must also hold 7 GCSE’s at C or above (including Maths, English and at least one Science) along with a minimum of 104 UCAS Points (obtained at A or AS Level).

Recruitment Process & How to Apply

If you think this is the right opportunity for you, please apply online with our simple application form where you will also be asked to upload a copy of your current CV.

Closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 3rd January 2021.

If we shortlist your application, you will be invited to complete some online tests which will help us identify the level of your numeracy and literacy skills. These tests will be sent to you on Thursday 7th January 2021 with a deadline of Sunday 17th January 2021 to complete.

If you are successful following completion of the online testing, we will invite you to a one-on-one interview via video call with a member of our Talent Acquisition Team, where you will be given the chance to ask any questions you have about the firm and the role.

Should you then be successful following the video interview, you will then be asked to attend one of our Regional Assessment Centre's which take place at venues close to our recruiting offices. This involves a presentation, full competency based interview, paper-based task and group exercise.

Regional Assessment Centre's for these roles are expected to take place on Monday 1st March 2021 & Tuesday 2nd March 2021 in Leeds (for our Leeds and Skipton intake), Wednesday 5th March 2021 in Newcastle (for our Newcastle / Northallerton intake), Thursday 4th March 2021 in Carlisle & Friday 5th March 2021 in Glasgow.

Sponsorship Visas - Please note before submitting an application for the above role, we are not a registered employer and therefore are unable to offer sponsorship for this role.

We kindly ask for any candidates who apply but then secure another position elsewhere and / or wish to withdraw their application in respect of these positions to please email our Recruitment Team via

The Benefits of Working for AW

In return for your hard work helping us shape our future growth and development; we will provide a competitive salary and a positive benefits package which includes:

  • 3.1% Employer Contribution Pension Scheme including Life Cover and Income Protection
  • Enhanced Annual Leave which will increase throughout your length of service and option an Annual Leave Purchase Scheme allowing you to buy up to 5 additional days annual leave each year
  • Flexible & Smart Working – giving you the ability to balance home-working, office location etc.
  • Life Cover of 4x your salary
  • Health Shield Cash Plan (provides cash back on a range of Health benefits and discounts on fashion, entertainment, holidays etc)
  • Introductory Commission Scheme (financial reward if you refer a new client)
  • Employee Assistance Programme (confidential support for emotional wellbeing)
  • Employee Referral Scheme (financial reward if you refer new AW colleagues) of up to £2,000
  • Detailed and thorough on-the-job training
  • Reviews and appraisals with your management team to ensure regular communication and providing you with a platform to enhance your career

In addition to all the benefits you would expect from an award winning employer, you will be given the utmost encouragement and support to develop your career.

Salary details will be confirmed if successful in progressing to the online testing stage of our process.

Please contact our Recruitment Team via for more information.