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Waverley Court 4 East Market Street, EH8 8BG
£24,890 - £28,854 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
36 hours per week
Work From Home:

Job Description


Trainee Accountant - fixed term until 28/02/2027
Waverley Court 

Salary: £24,890 - £28,854
Hours: 36 per week

Purpose of Job

Graduate Trainee Accountants will undertake a range of placements across a number of teams within the Finance function. The work may include:

  • Management accounting
  • Budget preparation
  • Financial accounting
  • Financial control
  • Financial information systems
  • Project work
  • Internal Auditing

 The What - Major Tasks/Job activities

  • In the early stages of employment Graduate Trainee Accountants will be closely supervised, however, as they gain more experience, they will be expected to carry out duties on their own or as lead officer on occasion and to be able to prioritise their workload appropriately.
  • You will follow a well-established structured training programme which has achieved Best Practice Employer accreditation. The trainee programme takes approximately three years.

During the placements, Graduate Trainee Accountants will undertake a range of tasks, and will be required:

  • To follow a recommended course of study over three years, which involves day release training courses, delivered through web-based tuition classes.
  • To successfully complete all the professional accountancy examinations required for the CIPFA qualification within three and a half years. A mentor will provide support and guidance to you throughout your studies.
  • To demonstrate satisfactory achievement in terms of academic results and level of commitment to studying.
  • To undertake, with appropriate guidance and supervision, allocated financial and non-financial tasks accurately, within the agreed timescales.
  • To acquire and be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the role of local government, the Council's structures and its decision-making mechanisms.
  • To acquire and be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the processes and operations of the team /section you are placed in.
  • To work in a planned and organised manner, following instructions/procedures.
  • To acquire sufficient practical experience, knowledge and skills to be able to provide reassurance to more Senior staff, that all relevant issues in respect of a matter or project, have been/are being dealt with competently.
  • To clearly communicate issues, options and provide advice, responding positively to feedback and takes appropriate action.
  • To work as part of a team to provide efficient and effective services to internal and external customers.
  • To undertake any other duties as required

This post is subject to a basic disclosure check. 

We're committed to creating a workplace culture where all our people feel valued, included and able to be their best at work, and we recognise the benefits that a diverse workforce with different values, beliefs, experience, and backgrounds brings to us as an organisation.

Our salary range typically reflects the initial starting salary and annually increases until it reaches the top of the range. 

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