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Graduate Audit Assistant - 2018 intake

Location: Nottingham/Derby/Birmingham offices

Role: Full time

Start date: September 2018

We are currently recruiting for our 2018 intake of graduate trainee accountants to join the expanding city centre offices of Smith Cooper Limited in Nottingham, Derby and Birmingham.

Smith Cooper Limited is a progressive professional services firm based in the Midlands. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who desires a career in audit and accountancy, to join a flourishing and supportive team that has carved an impressive niche in the local market.

Full study support will be provided to work towards the ACA or ACCA qualification.

Purpose of the role:

  • You will work as part of a team, carrying out audit testing and gaining an understanding of the fundamental principles of the audit process.
  • You will be enthusiastic and possess excellent interpersonal and time management skills
  • Working across a broad range of clients, predominantly based in the city centre and the surrounding area
  • Working for a growing audit department
  • To represent Smith Cooper in a professional and efficient manner, dealing directly with client staff and management

Key Responsibilities

  • Study towards the ACA qualification
  • Developing an understanding of the principles of double entry bookkeeping.
  • Working in a team and with our clients to obtain audit evidence and ensure that information is received in sufficient time to prepare accounts and complete the audit
  • Understand the objectives of the work set and how it fits into the overall audit approach
  • Seek guidance, coaching and feedback and apply constructive feedback received to future work
  • Manage time effectively in order to study effectively for professional exams alongside work and other commitments.
  • Attend stock takes
  • Assist the more senior members of the audit team including managers and Partners/Directors
  • Prioritising effectively to meet set deadlines and budgets
  • Able to carry out ad hoc assignments with assistance
  • Create a positive impression with clients and deal in a professional manner at all times
  • Use knowledge from previous assignments to recognise and understand recurring issues and themes
  • Have an awareness of Smith Cooper policies, procedures and ethical requirements
  • Understand the sensitivity of client information and the importance of confidentiality

Skills, Knowledge, Experience

  • Strong interest in business
  • Team player with a strong work ethic
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Confident in a client facing role and working with people of all levels
  • Motivated to provide the highest quality service to clients
  • Strong IT skills –ability to use Word and Excel essential
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills
  • Requires full clean driving licence and own transport to travel to clients sites

If you have a strong academic record including a 2:1 degree classification (or predicted if yet to graduate), accomplished communication and financial reasoning skills, a genuine interest in audit and an ability to think commercially; considering the wider organisations behind the numbers, we’d like to hear from you.

Want to apply?

All we need is:

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Please note, applications made without submitting all of the requested documents will not be accepted. 


Key dates

Closing date:  31 December 2017

Anticipated first interview:  January/February 2018

Anticipated second interview: February 2018




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Closing date: 31 December 2017