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Trainee Chartered Accountant

Scendea Limited
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Up to £34,000 per annum based on experience level + bonus and benefits
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

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The Company

Scendea is an international product development and regulatory consulting group delivering market-leading scientific expertise & regulatory solutions, to advance healthcare innovation worldwide. We are passionate about delivering strategic and operational support to clients, with a strong commitment to problem-solving and redefining customer service. Our aim is to streamline the product development process, reduce time-to-market, and minimise overall development costs.

With a current team of over 50 staff based in the UK, Netherlands, Australia, and the US, Scendea is undergoing a period of significant growth. The addition of new office locations and service lines is facilitating the delivery of expert global regulatory consulting services to our rapidly growing client base.

The Role

Scendea is seeking a highly motivated and ambitious individual to join our team in a full-time position as a Trainee Chartered Accountant. The role will be office-based at our UK office in Bishop’s Stortford.

This position offers the successful candidate a comprehensive training agreement to pursue the ACA qualification, backed by hands-on experience in a dynamic and supportive environment where the development pathway is tangible. As a Trainee Chartered Accountant, you will play a key role in the Scendea finance team, assisting with a variety of tasks while progressing through your studies and professional development towards becoming a fully qualified ACA Chartered Accountant.

Key Objectives

  • Actively participating in ACA training modules and exams, demonstrating a commitment to professional growth and adherence to ethical standards.
  • Ensuring all financial transactions are accurately reflected in company accounts through regular bank reconciliations.
  • Closing of the monthly accounts and all supporting analyses and reconciliations.
  • Working with the Finance team in compiling Monthly Management Accounts and monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to support decision-making processes.
  • Generating invoices and resolving any related queries promptly to maintain positive client relationships.
  • Overseeing the Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable process to ensure timely payments and minimise outstanding debts.
  • Managing the fixed asset register, calculating, and recording depreciation journals accurately.
  • Assisting budget holders in monitoring and tracking the performance of budgets and deliverables.
  • Identification and implementation of improvements in Xero, Zoho, Project Works and Fathom reporting.
  • Implement and maintain best in class financial controls throughout the departments.
  • Preparation of statutory accounts with the Finance Manager, CFO and external advisor support.
  • Identification, implementation and documentation of SOPs for all financial processes.
  • Managing and organising project documentation within company systems for easy access and reference.
  • Entering and maintaining project information in our ERP and CRM systems, ensuring data integrity for operational efficiency.

Location & Reporting Structure

  • The position is office-based at our UK office in Bishop’s Stortford.
  • Candidates must be based in and be eligible to work in the UK.
  • The selected candidate will report directly to the Finance Manager.

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum qualification includes a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field with a strong numerical foundation i.e. Physics.
  • A minimum of 1 years’ experience in an accounting practice or financial department within industry is preferred but not essential.
  • Enrollment in the ACA program or willingness to start at the earliest opportunity.
  • High proficiency in MS Excel, including formulas, pivot tables & macros.
  • Experience in Power Query or VBA is preferred but not essential.
  • Basic scenario modelling skills via Excel or other tools.
  • Strong analytical, numerical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • High level of integrity, professionalism, and ethical judgment.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.

Company Growth Plan

Scendea has grown two-fold in the last three years, with plans to expand the team by a further 20+ team members in 2024-25. Our expansion plans include hires in the UK, Netherlands, Australia and beyond. The leadership team continue to be dedicated to developing a great company culture through initiatives such as the Scendea Academy, Values Engagement, and Internal Community Knowledge Creation of which the successful candidate will play a key role.


  • A competitive salary which is commensurate with experience plus study support.
  • Generous incentive program, which rewards success.
  • 26 days’ holiday plus discretionary additional days for birthday, work anniversary and public holidays.
  • Enrolment to private Healthcare insurance.
  • 5% pension contribution.
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Employee Ownership Trust Scheme.
  • A challenging and stimulating position for a dynamic and competent individual, passionate about contributing to a growing business and a rapidly expanding team.
  • Support and mentoring of your professional development within a highly professional, internationally recognised, dynamic team.
  • A unique working environment driven by strong company values and a very high level of employee engagement across the international organisation.

As a Scendea Employee

Part of what makes Scendea successful is the highly motivated people who work for us and their enthusiasm for what we do and stand for. We recruit individuals whose passion, drive, integrity, and customer orientation shines through. You are a motivated individual who can instil trust and confidence in our customer relationships whilst having a natural aptitude for getting the best out of people internally. You will inspire others through your commitment, motivation, expertise, professional manner and always placing the customer at the centre of everything you do.


Company info
+44 (0)1279 656 305
20 The Causeway
Bishop's Stortford
United Kingdom

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