Graduate Trainee Accountant (ACA)

Rayner Essex has been established for over 40 years and is a dynamic, medium-sized firm with offices in St Albans and Central London. We have 8 partners and around 73 staff, ranging from apprentices to highly experienced managers. We provide the full range of professional services typically provided by an established and progressive accountancy firm, including audit and accounts, management consultancy, payroll and taxation. 

We aim to be the ‘go to’ firm for small and medium sized enterprises providing a truly excellent professional service that is tailored to meet clients’ needs and requirements. Our clients range from all fields of business, industry, the professions and arts, including large corporates operating nationally and internationally, privately owned businesses of every size, partnerships, sole traders, self-employed individuals and charities.

We are looking to recruit a number of graduates who aspire to become chartered accountants. We have high standards and are looking for candidates with excellent academic qualifications as well as drive, ambition and a thirst for success. 

In return, you will enjoy a competitive salary and an excellent study and benefits package, with salary increases based on exam and work performances. Add to this the opportunities and varied lifestyle that working in the South East has to offer and it all adds up to a very rewarding opportunity.

What can you expect from a career with Rayner Essex

The recruitment of high quality staff is crucial to the continued success of our firm. To achieve this we recruit people who share our values and are driven to make a positive impact. 

We also believe it is essential to continually develop people’s skills and knowledge, that’s why here at Rayner Essex talented people are supported and encouraged to fulfill their potential. We provide structured training to ensure you acquire the knowledge you need in areas such as audit and assurance, accounting and financial reporting. We also balance the theory with practical training, giving you plenty of hands on experience in the commercial world.

The benefits of training with a medium-size firm like Rayner Essex

A major benefit of training with a medium sized firm (compared with a much larger firm) is the depth and variety of work you will be involved with. You will have exposure to a wide range of assignments, working with clients of all sizes in various industry sectors, ensuring that you have a broad ranging experience.

In larger firms, trainees often spend much of their training confined to audit work because of the sheer scale of the audits they are involved in. Audit work is just one aspect of an assignment and in a medium size firm such as Rayner Essex, you will benefit from having exposure to many different areas of client work, from large scale high value audits of large corporate businesses to accounts preparation for a small privately owned business.

In addition, the size of our teams ensures that you have direct support and supervision from experienced managers and partners. The firm’s partners will take a direct interest in your development and support you through your training. 

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Rayner Essex Specialties: 

  • Owner managed businesses
  • Property
  • Recruitment
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Legal
  • Charities

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Please note, you are applying for a place on our graduate training programme at one of the firms for which we recruit. Your application will be considered in the context of all firms and we will take into account your preferences. Should your application be unsuccessful, you may only re-apply for the graduate programme after a minimum of 6 months from the submission date of your application (even if you state an interest in one of the other firms for which we recruit).