About Armstrong Watson LLP

Armstrong Watson is a leading independent accountancy firm with 17 offices across the North of England and Scotland and ranked in the top 30 firms of accountants and business advisors.

Our people and culture are at the heart of what we do. We recognise the unique impact our employees have on not only our clients, but also colleagues and the communities in which we operate. Our success depends on every one of us behaving consistently across four values; Passion, Trust, Honesty and Humanity.

We have plans for growth, that are not only ambitious but well within our reach. We’re going places and are looking for motivated individuals to join our growing team to help us get there!

The Role

We are currently looking for our next exciting year of Graduate / Trainee Chartered Accountants to start with us in September 2022, although typically we would look to bring in successful individuals over the summer months if available.

We have positions available across our Leeds, Skipton, Carlisle, Newcastle & Glasgow offices.

We’ve designed our three-year programme to take you on a journey to become a professionally qualified business adviser. You’ll help us provide market leading business advice and service to support our clients’ growth. It’s a busy 3 years with lots of exciting challenges and rewarding career development opportunities.

With full study support for the ICAEW ACA qualification, you will pack in lots of learning and new experiences alongside your formal study and revision for exams.

Sitting in our Audit and Assurance team throughout the training programme, you may be given the opportunity to gain experience across a variety of specialist service lines including Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Planning, Corporate Finance and Tax Consultancy depending on business needs and workload.

We aim for colleagues to have two service-line rotations throughout the three year learning period; for a period of 4-5 weeks each time however this subject to business demands.

We want candidates who demonstrate strong communication skills, who are driven to succeed with a can-do positive attitude and strong work ethic.

Candidates must possess: 2:1 degree or above (achieved or predicted) in any discipline or the full AAT qualification. Please note that we will consider candidates with a 2:2 degree in certain locations if the degree is in a subject relevant to the role.

You must also possess a full and valid UK Drivers Licence before September 2022.

Recruitment Process & How to Apply

If you think this is the right opportunity for you, please apply online with our simple application form where you will also be asked to upload a copy of your current CV.

We kindly ask you please only apply for ONE of our vacancies (as there are 5 different vacancies listed due to multiple office options). You will be given the option to state your first and second preferences with regards to office location, but applying for only one role will ensure you aren’t receiving duplicate emails throughout the recruitment process.

Closing date for applications is midnight on 2nd January 2022.

If we shortlist your application, you will be invited to complete some online tests which will help us measure your numeracy and problem solving skills. These tests will be sent to you on Friday 7 January 2022 with a deadline of 16 January 2022 to complete.

Following on from successful completion of the online testing, we will invite you to a one-on-one video interview (via Microsoft Teams) with a member of our Talent Acquisition Team. In this interview you will be given the chance to ask any questions you have about the firm and the role.

Should you then be successful following the video interview, you will then be invited to one of our Assessment Centres. This involves an online presentation, an online full competency based interview and a practical task performed remotely. There will also be an in person career discussion with the Managing Partner and the Head of Audit & Assurance. The invites for the Online Assessment Centre will be sent on 15 February 2022 and you will be required to return the presentation and briefing paper 7 days in advance of your Assessment Centre date.

Assessment Centres for these roles are expected to take place on Monday 28 February 2022 & Tuesday 1 March 2022 for our Leeds and Skipton intake, Wednesday 2 March 2022 for our Newcastle intake, Thursday 3 March 2022 for our Carlisle intake & Monday 7 March 2022 for our Glasgow intake.

Sponsorship Visas – Please note before submitting an application for the above role, we are not a registered employer and therefore are unable to offer sponsorship for this role.

We kindly ask for any candidates who apply but then secure another position elsewhere and / or wish to withdraw their application in respect of these positions to please email our Talent Acquisition Team via [email protected]

The Benefits of Working for AW

In return for your hard work helping us shape our future growth and development; we will provide a competitive salary and a positive benefits package which includes:

  • 3.1% Employer Contribution Pension Scheme including Life Cover and Income Protection
  • Enhanced Annual Leave which will increase throughout your length of service and option an Annual Leave Purchase Scheme allowing you to buy up to 5 additional days annual leave each year
  • Flexible & Smart Working – giving you the ability to balance home-working, office location etc.
  • Life Cover of 4x your salary
  • Health Shield Cash Plan (provides cash back on a range of Health benefits and discounts on fashion, entertainment, holidays etc)
  • Introductory Commission Scheme (financial reward if you refer a new client)
  • Employee Assistance Programme (confidential support for emotional wellbeing)
  • Employee Referral Scheme (financial reward if you refer new AW colleagues) of up to £2,500
  • Detailed and thorough on-the-job training
  • Reviews and appraisals with your management team to ensure regular communication and providing you with a platform to enhance your career

In addition to all the benefits you would expect from an award winning employer, you will be given the utmost encouragement and support to develop your career.

Salary details will be confirmed if successful in progressing to the online testing stage of our process.

Please contact our Talent Acquisition Team via [email protected] for more information.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Joanna Gray – Partner, Head of Audit & Assurance

Abigail Graham – Year 3 ACA Trainee / Audit & Assurance Senio​​​​​​​r

Ralph Johnson – Year 1 ACA Trainee / Audit & Assurance Assistant

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