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Trainee Accountant Graduate Opportunity - August 2024 start

PKF Francis Clark
South West
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Accounting - practice
Salary band
Contract type
Full Time
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly office

Job Details

Graduate Trainee Accountant (ACA) 

In a nutshell 

You'll join our three-year training programme to become a Chartered Accountant (ACA).  You’ll earn while you learn, working whilst studying. We pay for all your training and qualifications and support you every step of the way. We are ranked number 28 on the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list 2023, making this a brilliant place to embark on your accountancy career.


What you'll be doing  

One thing we can guarantee is that no two days will be the same. Every client is different, so you’ll be challenged with new opportunities daily. You’ll work across a variety of sectors, experiencing a wide range of high-quality clients, from start-ups, AIM-listed companies, and inspirational not-for-profit organisations.  As a trainee accountant you will work in either our audit & assurance, business advisory or professional practices teams. 

Our audit & assurance teams typically work in a team at a client’s premises, so every day is different. You’ll be providing assurance services and professional advice, generally working in small teams of two or three. Audits can last anything from a few days to a few weeks, and while the work can be challenging, it’s an invaluable grounding for a successful accountancy career. 

Our business advisory teams help our clients prepare year-end accounts, management accounts, forecasts, and projections. You’ll be able to get involved in areas such as company and business taxation, company secretarial matters and VAT returns. Therefore, you’ll gain a breadth of commercial, tax and general accountancy experience in this role. 

Our professional practices teams are leading specialists, supporting law firms, doctors, and a range of other professionals with all the financial information and advice they need to successfully manage their business. You’ll gain a great range of experience, including accounting, tax (partnership, company and personal), audit and preparing analysis, forecasts, and projections. 


Our hybrid working enables you to split your time between the office, home, and client sites. As a trainee you’ll attend the office frequently for formal training and on-the-job learning – and with our caring and open culture you’ll very quickly feel like a valued member of the team. 


About you 

You’ll enjoy this job if you like…. 

  • Being analytical and methodical in your approach to work 
  • Working with numbers
  • Solving problems  
  • Talking to people 
  • Becoming an expert 
  • Being a team player, surrounded by a fun and caring team 


Studying alongside working is demanding. As an ACA trainee accountant, you’ll need to do regular independent study outside of working hours and to revise for your professional exams. 


Your development 

We recognise that personal development training is essential in helping you to become a trusted business adviser, so you will receive support and learning not only for your professional qualification but also towards the skills and behaviours that are required to be a successful accountant. You will be allocated a buddy before you start with us. When you join us you will have a line manager and a student counsellor who will help ensure that you are on track with your professional qualification and career aspirations.


What we’re looking for 

You might be an undergraduate, a recent graduate, or a graduate who has already established a career and wants to switch and start a new career in accountancy. You’ll be expected to demonstrate the following: 

  • On track to achieve or have obtained a 2.2 or above in any degree discipline 
  • Minimum of 112 UCAS points (obtained from three A Levels or equivalent excluding general studies) 
  • Grade 4-9 or C or above in GCSE Maths and English. 


We recruit on a rolling basis for our opportunities and consider applications as we receive them. We recommend applying ASAP as we close roles early if we receive enough applications to fill all our opportunities. 





We’re the largest firm of independent chartered accountants and business advisors in South West England. We have nine offices in Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Poole, Salisbury, Southampton, Taunton, Torquay and Truro.

The firm, which celebrated its centenary in 2019, has annual revenue of over £65 million and a 900-strong team based across our offices. Our continuing growth offers you the opportunity to expand and develop your career in a direction that interests you.

We offer a supportive and flexible culture, taking your career seriously to enable you to be the best you can be. Since September 2022, PKF Francis Clark has been certified as a Great Place to Work.

We work hard to ensure that ours is a culture where you can be yourself, develop and be part of a forward-thinking team that makes brilliant things happen. We ranked as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces in 2023, and again in 2024 when we rose nine places to 24th in the list of the UK’s Best Workplaces (Large Organisations).

We’ve also been ranked 46th out of 89 in the UK’s Best Workplaces for Women 2023 (Large Organisations) and 40th out of 79 in the UK’s Best Workplaces for Wellbeing 2023 (Large Organisations). PKF Francis Clark has been highlighted as a top achiever among the UK’s Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services by workplace culture experts Great Place to Work.

And in recognition of our outstanding training programmes for graduates, school leavers and career changers, we’re ranked 28th among England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers by the Department of Education and High Fliers Research.

Whilst we’re proudly independent, PKF Francis Clark is a member of the PKF Global family of  firms, which together are ranked as the 12th largest provider of accountancy services in the UK by Accountancy Age. As part of a global community of business advisors in 150 countries, the opportunities to expand your horizons by connecting with PKF colleagues around the world are endless.

Company info
01392 667000
Centenary House
Rydon Lane
United Kingdom

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