School/College Leaver - Accounts Trainee Role

Job Title: School/College Leaver - Accounts Trainee Role
Contract Type: School Leavers
Location: London
Salary: 14000 - 23000
Reference: SBU1607
Contact Name: Yagmur Colak
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 16, 2019 17:06

Job Description

School/College Leaver - Accounts Trainee Role 


Start Date: September 2019

Location: London

Closing Date 30th August 2019

We are recruiting for a school or college leaver to join as an Accounts trainee to work in the Small Business Team in our Central London office. This position would suit school and college leavers who are looking to start their career within the accountancy field.  You will work with small business clients across a wide variety of sectors and provide support with bookkeeping, management accounts and year-end accounting.

As the largest and fastest growing region of Haines Watts we are looking for skilled individuals to join to the team, who are enthusiastic about using the latest technology to work efficiently and to deliver excellent client service.

We are a top 15 accountancy firm specialising within the owner managed business area across the UK. A well-established firm since the 1930’s with an entrepreneurial and dynamic feel who are continuing to grow nationally as well as regionally.

The Small Business Team trainee role offers a competitive salary and benefits package  including study support of AAT alongside “on the job” training and college based tuition as part of the AAT Professional Accounting Technician apprenticeship.

After successful and satisfactory completion of the 24 month apprentice programme you would be offered the chance to apply for an AAT training contract in the Small Business Team or within another team within the office.


The Accounts Trainee duties will be:

Accounts preparation:

  • Reconcile purchase, sales and general ledger entries;
  • Prepare accounting schedules such as fixed asset registers;
  • Make postings using the firm’s accounting and working papers software;


  • Prepare income and expense analysis using the firm’s cloud bookkeeping software;
  • Use this data to prepare quarterly VAT returns;
  • Assist with the preparation of management accounts;
  • Liaise with clients to complete filings and to answer any queries


  • Prepare returns and other documents for filing with Companies House or HM Revenue and Customs as instructed;


  • Some work experience in an accounting or financial role is desirable 


  • Minimum of 112 UCAS Points (based on the new UCAS Tariff)
  • GSCE Maths and English Language both at grade B [level 6] or above

The successful candidate will have the following skills: 

  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Good attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage workload
  • Good IT skills including use of Excel

Personal Qualities

  • Team Player
  • Resilience
  • Approachability and availability
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Flexibility

If you are keen to secure a progressive Accounts Trainee role within a unique top 15 accountancy firm please apply today to find out more.


We do not pay agency fees where speculative and unsolicited CVs are submitted to Haines Watts by any means. For any CVs which are submitted without instruction from the Haines Watts Recruitment team, Haines Watts reserves the right to contact and work directly with these candidates without payment of any agency fee.