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Graduate Trainee

Posted 13 June by Robert Half
Salary icon £23,000 per annum, OTE
Location icon Bath , Somerset

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Robert Half Finance & Accounting are proud to be partnering with Oakensen due to a new opening for a Graduate Trainee Accountant in their office based in Trowbridge. Oakensen are an Accountancy firm that hold an excellent reputation for the services they provide to a wide variety of clients and are offering an extremely competitive package for the right individual.

The Opportunity

This is a fantastic opportunity for a determined and ambitious graduate to join the office of an established and growing accountancy practice. You will work within a team that want to share their knowledge and are passionate about your personal success. From day one you will gain excellent experience across a wide variety of accounting areas, with exposure that aligns with your ACA studies.

As well as having support from your team, you will be regularly challenged and encouraged to take on more responsibility. You will finish your training contract with a wide ranging skill-set and a lot of doors open to you.

The Practice - Oakensen

"We want to be the best. By combining vast industry experience with our fresh, dynamic and diverse team we believe we can become one of the leading independent firms in the South-West.

Like any business we rely heavily on our people. You will be working alongside a supportive leadership team who are passionate about continuously improving and who are greatly invested in the development of our staff and business.

Our Trowbridge branch has recently moved to a new office with excellent transport links and the continued growth of the practice provides exciting opportunities for anyone who joins."

The Training

Oakensen are committed to helping you develop your skills, both technical and interpersonal, to provide the opportunity for you to further your career as quickly as possible. We care deeply about ensuring you become a highly competent and fully qualified Chartered Accountant.

At work you will have the opportunity to regularly face new challenges and solve complex problems that may be out of your comfort zone. It is important that you are able learn quickly and adapt to a variety a new tasks. To make this easier we have a structured training plan and place a lot of focus on developing you as an individual, helping you build your confidence and achieve your potential.

You will receive a full study support package to help you gain your ACA qualification as part of a level 7 apprenticeship. You will have peer support in the workplace as well as a tailored development plan and regular reviews.

It is important that you are committed, and able to focus on both your work and your studies concurrently. The ACA exams are academically challenging, especially when coupled with a full-time job. We estimate that you will spend an average of 10-20 hours studying each week on top of your work responsibilities. It is not easy, and it is important you understand this.


Accountancy in today's world is less about numeracy and listing invoices, and more about analysing data and solving problems. You will be dealing with clients on a day-to-day basis, interpreting data, communicating information, and providing solutions.

You will be working on a mix of Accounting and Financial Reporting, Tax, and Audit assignments. Developing a broad skill-set that can take your career in a variety of directions.

You will need to apply technical skills to a wide variety of clients. You will learn to prepare financial statements for a variety of entities, to prepare tax returns for individuals and companies, and how to audit accounts for fraud or error.

You will learn to use a variety of different software packages, help clients implement digital solutions, and communicate complex technical information to business owners and directors.

As you progress you will be given mentorship and management responsibilities to help you develop leadership skills.

Person specification

  • University Degree or predicted degree in any discipline (minimum 2:1)
  • The ability to problem solve at a high level and work well under pressure
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Interested in developing a career in accounting and finance
  • Resilient, and committed to pursuing success in both your exams and your career

The Package

  • Full study support package to complete your ACA qualification
  • Paid days off before exams
  • Ongoing mentorship and workplace training
  • Tuition provided by Kaplan Financial
  • 31 Days annual leave (Including bank holidays)
  • Hybrid Working
  • Quarterly team building events
  • £23,000 base salary + quarterly bonus. OTE £27,600

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