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Accounts Assistant - Modern Apprenticeship - 16484

6 December 2018




£7,500 per annum 


Haines Watts Chartered Accountants Edinburgh has been providing advice to businesses in Scotland for almost 20 years. We provide a comprehensive financial advisory service that is delivered in a personal, friendly manner. Being part of Haines Watts, with over 60 offices around the UK and local offices in Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy and Glasgow, we offer local expertise backed by the resources of a national firm. 

Work Environment: 

Working for this internationally acclaimed accountancy firm in Edinburgh, your job role will be varied. An apprentice within the team will need to be structured, organised and have a flair for work of a technical nature. The role requires someone who has the ability to concentrate and gather facts and information to perform a variety of assignments. 

We welcome and encourage apprenticeship applications from groups currently under-represented including individuals from an ethic minority, disability or care leaver background. PeoplePlus operate a fair and open competition on our selection process based on merit.

What might a day in this job look like?

Your duties will include: 

  • Working as part of a team, portraying a professional image at all times, and assisting with ad-hoc work in the office as requested. 
  • Understanding the objectives of the technical process, completing processes as designed, demonstrating competent use of relevant systems, succinctly summarising results and drawing appropriate conclusions. 
  • Gaining a good understanding of each client worked on. 
  • Agreeing assignment objectives and roles with line manager (or the person responsible for the job) before starting every job.  Proactively obtaining feedback, both verbal and written, taking on board constructive comments and acting upon them.  Demonstrating resilience and enthusiasm to learn. 
  • Achieving good passes with all professional and advanced examinations. 
  • Attending internal and external training courses as required, being participative and professional throughout, taking away and implementing new knowledge. 
  • Reviewing workload going forward, taking ownership of own work, making arrangements ahead of time, identifying periods of quiet time and highlighting to line manager. 
  • Communicating regularly with the senior or manager on the progress and findings during a job, working to a set time budget, meeting deadlines, asking appropriate questions to aid understanding. 
  • Establishing a good level of rapport with the team and clients quickly and easily. 
  • Liaising with colleagues confidently and constructively. 
  • Preparing accurate work using relevant systems, includes completion of disclosure checklists, being aware of the accounting and disclosure requirements contained in companies' legislation and regulatory requirements.  
  • Making efficient use of all relevant IT systems, searching out errors, rectifying omissions, actively researching technical requirements and consistently delivering to a high standard. 
  • Undertaking any other tasks as required.

What will I learn?

  • The AAT Accounting Qualification will provide you with practical accounting and financial knowledge and skills, while also developing a grasp of business. Achieving the qualification will give you a firm grounding in accounting. It is made up of three levels and each one is a qualification in its own right.
  • The Level 2 Certificate in Accounting is the first level of the qualification and is suitable for people new to finance or looking to brush up on their foundation knowledge and skills. It covers a range of basic accounting practices and techniques, from costing and double-entry bookkeeping to computerised accounting.
  • When you have successfully completed your apprenticeship, you may be given the opportunity to continue in your role or progress onto an alternative support role within the company where you will receive full training and support.
  • All of your training will be provided by PeoplePlus, the nation's largest provider of apprenticeships. We have helped lots of people like you develop their skills and gain experience in their chosen field. Every year we find work for and train over 23,000 apprentices.

What Qualifications / Qualities are required?

  • A minimum of 5 National 4s including Maths and English 
  • Be proactive and energetic in every task undertaken.
  • Seeks direction from others when appropriate, achieves objectives, cope well with pressure and shows genuine interest. 
  • Exceeds expectations and drives own career.
  • Remain confident when dealing with negative situations and difficult conversations. 
  • Is self-aware of development areas. 
  • Adopts calm and assured approach, makes time for people, shares knowledge. 
  • Able to make the right decision quickly, displaying confidence in their decisions with accurate/correct justification. 
  • Being able to juggle a number of jobs, whilst demonstrating excellent time management skills to ensure all deadlines and expectations are met. 
  • Consider problems as a challenge, remaining positive regardless of setbacks. 
  • Communicates effectively and efficiently 
  • Shares knowledge, shares praise and gives others credit, always remains positive regardless of setbacks, approaches every task with the same level of enthusiasm and care. 
  • Retains a professional manner, reflects on difficult situations and stands back from people and remains unemotional in order to resolve problems. 
  • Considers problems as a challenge. 
  • Adopts a calm approach and makes time for people. 
  • Takes ownership for managing own development, seeks extra responsibility, striving to always go the extra mile, preparing well ahead of appraisal meetings. 
  • Complete work in a timely and thorough manner. 
  • Has an eye for detail, being consistent in approach, incorporating checks to ensure accuracy, standing back from the detail. 

Please note this employer is based in the EH4 area; please ensure that you are able to reliably travel to this area before making an application.

Closing Date:

This opportunity will close when a suitable candidate is found.