Graduate Trainee Accountant (ACA)

Job Title: Graduate Trainee Accountant (ACA)
Contract Type: Graduate
Location: London
Salary: Competitive
Reference: Rayner Essex 05/20
Job Published: July 06, 2020 10:04

Job Description

Graduate opportunities with Rayner Essex - Apply now for 2021 intake

Rayner Essex has been established for over 50 years and is a dynamic, medium-sized firm with offices in St Albans and Central London. We have 8 partners and around 75 staff, ranging from apprentices to highly experienced managers. We provide the full range of professional services typically provided by an established and progressive accountancy firm, including audit and accounts, management consultancy, payroll and taxation. 

We aim to be the ‘go to’ firm for small and medium sized enterprises providing a truly excellent professional service that is tailored to meet clients’ needs and requirements. Our clients range from all fields of business, industry, the professions and arts, including large corporates operating nationally and internationally, privately owned businesses of every size, partnerships, sole traders, self-employed individuals and charities.

We are looking to recruit a number of graduates who aspire to become chartered accountants. We have high standards and are looking for candidates with excellent academic qualifications, but don’t forget that your academic qualifications are not enough on their own. Accountancy is a people-focussed profession and we are looking for articulate and confident graduates with drive, ambition and a thirst for success. 

In return, you will enjoy a competitive salary and an excellent study and benefits package, with salary increases based on exam and work performances. Add to this the opportunities and varied lifestyle that working in the South East has to offer and it all adds up to a very rewarding opportunity.

What can you expect from a career with Rayner Essex

We are a friendly firm and it is important to us that everyone enjoys coming to work and feels challenged and supported in their role. We also believe it is essential to continually develop people’s skills and knowledge, that’s why here at Rayner Essex talented people are supported and encouraged to fulfill their potential. We provide structured training to ensure you acquire the knowledge you need in areas such as audit and assurance, accounting and financial reporting. We also balance the theory with practical training, giving you plenty of hands on experience in the commercial world.

In addition, the size of our teams ensures that you have direct support and supervision from experienced managers and partners. The firm’s partners will take a direct interest in your development and support you through your training. 

Rayner Essex Specialties: 

We have developed a deep understanding of several sectors because of many years of experience and our close working relationships with clients. Not all the sectors we are active in are listed, but our specialities include:

  • Owner managed businesses
  • Professional Services
  • Property & Construction
  • Recruitment
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Solicitors
  • Charities

Your route to the ICAEW (ACA) qualification

You will enter employment under a 3 year training contract, during which you will receive a wide range of practical experience while studying for your professional examinations; all of which leads to the ICAEW (ACA) Chartered Accountant qualification.

Practical training to equip you for your work with us is provided by our training partner (Mercia incorporating SWAT) and more technical training focusing on the exams is provided by professional tutors from Kaplan. Both are leading training organisations in the profession, and this is supplemented by in-house workshops and training sessions. You will be given paid study leave and we also cover the costs of all courses and examinations for first attempts.

Minimum entry requirements

  • 2:2 degree or above in ANY subject.
  • A minimum of 300 UCAS points (old UCAS tariff) or 120 UCAS points (new UCAS tariff) or equivalents, from your top three grades (first attempts only). AS levels and General Studies are not accepted.
  • GCSE English Language, grade C or above.
  • GCSE Maths, grade B or above.


You do not need any previous accounting experience, as full training is provided.

If you have all this and are looking for a challenging and rewarding career, please apply today. 

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for our 2021 intake.

All applications are administered through our recruitment partner – Mercia incorporating SWAT. For full details and to apply online, please visit and state you are interested in applying for a graduate programme at “Rayner Essex”