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Marketing Contract Compliance Specialist

Financial Progression Ltd
Thames Valley
Competitive annual salary and benefits as part of a 3-year ICAEW ACA training contract.
Closing date
22 Nov 2023


A fantastic opportunity for a recent university graduate to train as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and become a specialist in the advertising and media industry, working with some of the world’s best-known brands and their agencies.

About Financial Progression

Financial Progression is a rapidly growing boutique consultancy specialising in helping household name brands understand the extent to which their marketing services agencies (media, creative, PR, events etc.) are operating in accordance with their contracts and financial best practice. Belying our size, we are one of the most highly respected firms in our field in the world and were the first such specialist to operate as an ICAEW member firm (since 2009).

About You

You are a recent graduate and possess an enquiring yet logical mind, the ability to adapt to changing requirements, and a strong academic record (including minimum 2:1 University Degree and a grade 6 in Maths and English at GCSE). You hold honesty and integrity as core values, and possess excellent interpersonal and listening skills. In addition, you have a strong desire to learn and be part of the advertising and media industry and are confident in taking on responsibility.

About the Role

As our first graduate trainee, this is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual who prefers to take the road less travelled. The successful candidate will secure a 3-year ICAEW training contract (ACA qualification) and become part of team that operates more like one in industry than in a Big 4 / traditional accountancy practice.

Reporting into an Audit Manager, our class-leading training programme will enable you to understand how agencies work from a commercial, contractual and financial perspective, equipping you to assess what is good practice and what is not, both commercially and ethically.

In addition to your professional exam training, you will be involved in contract compliance audits for clients and accounting activities in our own business, with the potential to undertake a 3-month secondment to the finance team of one of our clients in your third year. On completion of your training programme, you will progress to the role of Assistant Audit Manager. While we would prefer that you continue your career with us, you will also be in demand from agencies and the marketing finance teams of large advertisers.

The size and nature of our business can ensure that throughout your training contract you will be given every possible opportunity to succeed. You can expect challenging and exciting project work, in addition to the audits that you undertake, as you help to develop and shape our growing business. Your thoughts and ideas will listened to, and your business related responsibilities will increase as your training progresses

When you work with Financial Progression, you are never a number! We value everyone's individual personality and will encourage this to shine through within our close-knit team. We value each other and our individual strengths and areas of expertise.


  • Strive to pass professional exams first time
  • Liaise with clients and their agencies to gather data
  • Perform data cleansing and transformation to enable audit analysis
  • Analyse the data and present findings to the lead auditor
  • Conduct detailed audit tests remotely or on the agency’s premises
  • Document your work in accordance with our quality assurance standards
  • Conduct book-keeping / accounting work for the firm’s own statutory accounts
  • Support Audit Managers and Directors in client presentations and deliverables

Remuneration and Benefits

Competitive annual salary and benefits as part of a 3-year ICAEW ACA training contract.

Provided with full IT and office environment infrastructure for your home workspace.

We are a warm welcoming firm who believe in working hard, but also having a work/life balance.

An opportunity to work closely with the Director of the business, your voice will be heard!

Other Requirements

British, EU, EEA or Swiss passport holder

Already hold the right to work indefinitely in the UK (we are not in a position to provide sponsorship for visas)

Resident in the Thames Valley

Attend weekly meetings in Reading and Marlow for training purposes

Attend monthly team meetings, rotating between Reading, Birmingham and London

Provide evidence of academic qualifications

Live within easy access to a train station

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