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Trainee Accountant Graduate Opportunity - August 2023 start

PKF Francis Clark
South West
Closing date
23 Oct 2022

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Accounting - practice
Salary band
£20,000 - £30,000
Contract type
Graduate schemes, ICAEW Apprenticeships
Full Time
Where will they be working?
Hybrid - mostly office

Job Details

In a nutshell: You'll be stepping into a Trainee Accountant role with PKF Francis Clark where, over the next 3 years, you’ll be supported in becoming a brilliant Chartered Accountant. You will build your career within a collaborative culture where you feel you belong and can be yourself. 


The team and what you’ll be doing


As a trainee accountant you will work in either our Audit or Business Services teams or maybe a mix of both.


Our audit teams typically work in a team at a client’s premises, so every day is different. You’ll be providing assurance services and professional advice, generally working in small teams of two or three. Audits can last anything from a few days to a few weeks, and while the work can be challenging, it’s an invaluable grounding for a successful accountancy career.


Our business services teams help our clients prepare year-end accounts, management accounts, forecasts and projections. You’ll be able to get involved in areas such as company and business taxation, company secretarial matters and VAT returns. Therefore you’ll gain a breadth of commercial, audit and general accountancy experience in this role.


You’ll work across a variety of sectors, experience a wide range of high-quality clients, from start-ups, AIM-listed companies and inspirational not-for-profit organisations and one thing we can guarantee is that no two days will be the same; our diverse client base brings new challenges and opportunities daily.


You’ll also be part of our trainee rotation programme which will provide you with a well-rounded training experience whilst undertaking the ACA qualification with us.


PKF Francis Clark supports hybrid working, so you will split your time between working in the office, client sites, studying for your professional exams and working from home.


Each year that you are with us, you will build upon the knowledge and experiences that you have gained and be given more responsibility as you grow and develop.


Learning and development


All of our trainee opportunities follow apprenticeship standards, which we fully fund so in addition to learning on the job with support from experienced colleagues, you’ll spend time studying via a leading professional training provider, through a mix of online and classroom-based learning.


We recognise that personal development training is essential in helping you to become a trusted business adviser, so you will receive support and learning not only for your professional qualification but also towards the skills and behaviours that are required to be a successful accountant. You will be allocated a buddy straight away and when you join us you will have a student counsellor and a line manager to ensure that you are on track with both your professional qualification and career aspirations.




About you


You might be an under-graduate, a graduate, or someone who has an established career and wants to switch and start a new career in accountancy. Our trainees are an integral part of our strategy and the growth of the firm.


We are looking for individuals with: 


Good written and oral communication skills Team player with a commitment to the profession Able to demonstrate initiative in delivering an excellent service to clients and each other Analytical and methodical in approach to work A sense of fun and desire to succeed and reach your full potential.  


Academic requirements:


On track to achieve or have obtained a 2.2 or above in any degree discipline


Minimum of 112 UCAS points. This is based on the 2017 UCAS Tariff. You can calculate your UCAS points here.


Grade 4-9 or C or above in GCSE Maths and English.


We recruit on a rolling basis for our opportunities and consider applications as we receive them. We would therefore suggest applying straight away as we reserve the right to close adverts early if we have received high volumes of applications and have filled our opportunities.


If we’re not currently advertising an opportunity in your preferred office location, we would encourage you to sign up to job alerts to find out about new openings as soon as they become available.



PKF Francis Clark are the largest firm of independent chartered accountants and business advisors in South West England. We have eight offices in Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Poole, Salisbury, Taunton, Torquay and Truro.

The firm, which celebrated its centenary in 2019, has 54 partners and over 800 members of staff, with annual revenue of over £50 million. Our continuing growth offers you the opportunity to expand and develop your career in a direction that interests you.

Our size, scale and varied client list offer incredible opportunities to specialise or diversify. Our culture - friendly, open and collaborative - welcomes fresh opinions, values team work, and encourages everyone to be collaborative. Here you’ll have opportunities to work with and learn from all kinds of colleagues, including partners, accelerating and enhancing your learning. We offer a supportive and flexible culture, taking your career seriously to enable you to be the best you can be.

We’re a member of the PKF International family of legally independent firms, which together are ranked as the 11th largest provider of accountancy services in the UK by Accountancy Age.

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