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Corporate and Business Tax Trainee - ACA/CTA Graduate Programme (September 2024)

Moore Kingston Smith LLP
London (City), London (West End), St Albans, Redhill, Romford, Heathrow
£30,000 starting salary, with regular increases
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Accounting - practice
Salary band
£30,000 - £40,000
Contract type
Graduate roles, ICAEW Apprenticeships
Full Time
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly office

Job Details

When you work for Moore Kingston Smith, you will become part of a team that strongly encourages individual thinking and an entrepreneurial attitude. The environment is friendly, stimulating and progressive. You are treated as a person, not a number. With over 700 people across six offices, we are large enough to provide you with exposure to a huge variety of opportunities and responsibilities, but small enough to know who everyone is.


Our ACA CTA graduate programme gets your career off to a great start as you study while gaining valuable experience on the job. Our ACA CTA programme is a great opportunity for those leaving university or those looking to change career to get started in a career in Corporate and Business Taxation. As well as learning on the job, you’ll complete a comprehensive apprenticeship training programme that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to excel in the role as well as giving you the opportunity to become fully qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor, both of which will give you the skills and knowledge required to deliver the service our clients expect from us. We are committed to giving our employees first class training in a personal and friendly working environment, with support from a Buddy, Training Manager, Training Partner and dedicated Early Talent Team.

Joining Moore Kingston Smith on our ACA CTA apprenticeship training scheme means you will receive fantastic training that allows you to experience working in a growing corporate taxation team acting for businesses across a wide range of sectors including technology, charity, healthcare and renewable energy. You will predominantly sit within the Corporate and Business Tax team which provide a range of services to both clients of the wider firm and also tax only clients.

Right from the start of your training contract you will be working with clients, getting to know their business and understanding their challenges. You will be encouraged to take responsibility early on in your training contract and you will be exposed to all aspects of a job.

Your experience will be varied; sometimes you will be working on projects lasting a few days, other times a few weeks. Tasks will range from working on the annual tax compliance cycle for our clients (including a growing portfolio of large, complex international clients) to working on bespoke tax advisory projects to meet the needs of the clients and their businesses. Whatever you are doing, you will always be making a direct impact on your client’s business.


Route of Study

Year 1

  • ACA Modules: Law, Professional Ethics

  • ACA Certificate Level

  • CTA Awareness paper

Year 2

  • CTA Advisory Paper 1

  • ACA Professional Level

  • ACA Advanced Level

Year 3

  • CTA Advisory Paper 2

  • CTA Application & Interaction

  • ICAEQ Case Study

  • Project Report


Who are we looking for?

The ACA/CTA training programme is open to graduates from any degree discipline, whether straight out of university or someone looking for a career change or return to work. Our people possess an enthusiasm for working in collaboration with their colleagues, supported closely by partners and managers. Our key focus is to provide excellent client service, meaning a ‘can do’ attitude is vital. We’re looking for people who are adaptable, enjoy building relationships and are passionate about developing themselves. For full details of the skills we look for please see:

In order to be eligible for the programme, you will also need to have:

  • 112 UCAS points from three A-Levels (or equivalent)

  • 2:2 or above from a degree in any discipline

  • Availability to work from September 2024

  • Permission to work in the UK for at least 3 years, from September 2024


Recruitment process

For more information about the recruitment process, please see:

The Early Talent team are here to support you throughout the recruitment process and on the training contract. In confidence, we can discuss the individual support and adjustments you may need. A few examples of the support we can provide include, but are not limited to: providing the application form in a different format, providing presentation slides in advance, scheduling regular comfort breaks, or printing copies of presentation slides. If successful in securing a place on our training contract, we will organise a confidential call to discuss how we can work with you on the training contract to enable you to perform at your best. To have a confidential conversation with the Early Talent team before applying, please contact



Moore Kingston Smith are proud to be an award-winning top 20 firm of accountants and business advisers. With 62 partners and more than 550 staff across multiple sectors in the UK and internationally, we advise more than 7,000 owner-managed businesses, not for profit organisations and private individuals. Our work is complex, but our approach is simple: our clients are at the heart of everything we do. Moore Kingston Smith’s origins go back 95 years and many of our client relationships span decades.

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