Graduate Trainee Accountant (ACA)

Job Title: Graduate Trainee Accountant (ACA)
Contract Type: Graduate
Location: London
Salary: Competitive
Reference: EDELMAN 11/20
Job Published: November 18, 2020 16:38

Job Description

Graduate opportunities with Gerald Edelman

Gerald Edelman is an established and respected firm of 14 partners and approximately 110 staff operating from three offices in Central London, North London and Braintree in Essex.

We are looking to recruit a number of talented graduates, who want to join an ambitious firm where you can build your skills whilst training to become a qualified Chartered Accountant.  We are looking for candidates with excellent academic qualifications as well as drive, ambition and a hunger for success.

In return, you’ll enjoy a competitive salary with increases based on exam success and an excellent study and benefits package. You will enter employment under a three year training contract and during this time you will gain a wide range of practical experience whilst studying towards your professional examinations, leading to the ICAEW (ACA) Chartered Accountant qualification.

At Gerald Edelman, we aspire to deliver genuinely exceptional relationships, experiences and advice.  Although we are a medium-sized professional services firm, we have a relaxed and open environment and encourage you to bring the real you to work.  Our partners want the best for our teams and so invest their time to develop the technical and practical skills of our people and to create a nurturing environment in which driven individuals will flourish.

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 Group) 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.

Why you should work for us

A major benefit of training with Gerald Edelman is in relation to the depth and variety of assignments you will be involved with. You will have exposure to a wide range of assignments with clients of all sizes in various industry sectors.

Our partners and staff are highly experienced and specialise in the following dedicated departments:

  • Audit
  • Business Services
  • Taxation
  • Payroll
  • Statutory Compliance (including company secretarial)
  • Trusts
  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Recovery services.

Our clients are generally located within Greater London, although we have clients in the South East as well as nationally. Our clients operate in numerous sectors, including property, financial services, marketing, IT, legal services (solicitors), Not For Profit and charity, wholesale, retail, manufacturing and many others.

Our philosophy is to encourage our people to take on full responsibility for their client work under the guidance of the partners and managers, and to develop and to progress their career with us.

At Gerald Edelman we have an active social committee, which arranges numerous firm-wide events throughout the year. In addition we have a buddy and mentoring system to ensure that trainees always have someone that they can turn to, to ask a simple question or seek advice; as well as a feedback and appraisal system to ensure trainees receive the support they need in their new roles.

Gerald Edelman Specialties:

  • Property
  • Financial services
  • Marketing
  • IT
  • Legal services (solicitors)
  • Not For Profit and Charity
  • Wholesale
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • & many others!

Minimum entry requirements

We are looking for mature, numerate and intelligent students who are willing to work hard, study hard and play hard. Above all, you will need to have the flexibility to adapt to a variety of challenging situations and the communication skills to express ideas and deal with clients at all levels.

You will need:

  • 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 don’t need any previous accounting experience, as full training is provided.

Don’t forget that your academic qualifications are not enough on their own. We’re looking for articulate, confident, intelligent graduates with a range of transferable skills. Accountancy is a people-focused profession. Numeracy is expected, but you must also be able to communicate confidently with colleagues and clients, as well as being able to organise yourself and your workload; balance the competing demands on your time; and take personal responsibility for the development of your career.

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

How to apply

All applications are administered through our recruitment partner – Mercia Group. For full details and to apply online, please visit and state you are interested in applying for a graduate programme at Gerald Edelman.