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Bookkeeping and Accounts Trainee

Haines Watts London LLP
Launceston, Cornwall
Competitive salary + benefits
Closing date
13 Apr 2023

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Accounting - practice
Salary band
£10,000 - £20,000
Contract type
School leaver roles
Full Time
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly office

Bookkeeping and Accounts Trainee - AAT Pathway

It starts with you!

Some people think being an accountant is all about numbers. Here at Haines Watts we don't! We believe it's all about our people and the relationships they forge with one another as well as with our clients. We've been around for 90 years, so we must know a thing or two.

Our clients come from all walks of life. They have different backgrounds, experiences, talents, skills and goals. Just like our people.

So, we have a question for you: are you looking for a job that's just about the numbers? Or do you want a career where your potential, your ambition and your curiosity are encouraged, nurtured and rewarded?

At Haines Watts, there's no limit to what you can achieve. We'll give you support, opportunity and exposure to a wide variety of work and clients across different industries. It's up to you what you make of it!

You can find out more about us and our story -

What's the role?

As a Bookkeeping and Accounts Trainee looking to start your career working in our Launceston office, you will be on an AAT Apprenticeship Study Programme and will assist the team in the management and delivery of bookkeeping and accounts preparation services for our clients. To get a flavour of our clients, watch their videos or listen to their stories on our podcast -

Your key tasks and responsibilities:

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

This role is open to individuals to have a minimum of GCSE's Grade Level 5 or above including English Language and Maths and who may or may not have completed their A Levels or an equivalent qualification

Haines Watts is mindful of trainees who may have extenuating circumstances and did not meet the minimum academic requirements. We would be open to discussing and exploring the pathway you have chosen and welcome you to apply for the role and send an email regarding your extenuating circumstances which affected your results.

Just like you, we have our own unique DNA

We're an ambitious business that isn't afraid of success. We know we're not perfect but we're striving to address the big issues our people, communities, clients and business face, and we encourage all our people to have a voice in that journey.

Our DNA is built on valuing relationships, being passionate about what we do and how we do it, and being authentic in how we show up for ourselves, our colleagues and our clients.

What you get from us:

  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Full study support package for AAT qualification and apprenticeship
  • Access to Haines Watts flexible rewards system
  • Working in an environment that creates the best learning and development opportunities for you
  • Internal mentor and buddy system to support you through your career journey
  • Personal development programmes to support career growth opportunities
  • Structured development and on the job practical training
  • Regular opportunities to work with our Associate Partners and Partners
  • Opportunities to forge the career you want!

You're unique. We're a little different too! If you're curious about what your future could be with us, we'd love to start a conversation. Yes, there will be some paper work - there always is, but don't let that put you finding out more!

If you want to hear from some of our people, in their own words, you can visit -

Or take a stroll through the channels below to get a better sense of who we are, who our clients are and what we do.

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Spotify -

We do not pay agency fees where speculative and unsolicited CV's are submitted to Haines Watts by any means. For any CV's that are submitted without instruction from Haines Watts we reserve the right to contact and work directly with these candidates without payment of agency fees.

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