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Graduate Scheme/Trainee Chartered Accountant

  • School Close, Leeds (LS1)
  • From £16,750 to £18,500 per annum

Armstrong Watson is a leading independent accountancy firm with 16 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 all 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 2019 Trainee Chartered Accountants to start with us in Summer 2019! We have positions available across our Leeds, Skipton, Carlisle, Glasgow and Northallerton offices.

We’ve designed our three-year programme to take you on a journey to a professionally qualified business adviser. 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. Siting in our Audit and Assurance team you will have the the opportunity to gain experience across a variety of specialist service lines including Recovery, Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Planning, Corporate Finance and Tax Consultancy. 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.

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 (achieved or predicted) in any discipline or the full AAT qualification.

How to Apply

If you think this is the right role for you, please apply online with our simple application form, uploading a copy of your current CV.

If we shortlist your application, you'll be invited to complete some online tests which will help us identify the level of your numeracy and literacy skills. If you are successful at these we will invite you to one of our Assessment Centre's which take place at venues close to our recruiting offices. This involves a presentation, interview and group exercise to get to know you better along with lunch or coffee with some of our current and past trainees to help you get to know us better.

Interview dates: Assessment Centre's for these roles are expected to take place on Thursday 4th April 2019 in Leeds, Tuesday 9th April 2019 in Glasgow and Thursday 11th April 2019 in Carlisle.

Sponsorship visas - please note, we are not a registered employer and therefore are unable to offer sponsorship for this role. 

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2019


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

  • Employer Contribution Pension Scheme, including Life Cover and Income Protection;
  • Enhanced Annual Leave, which increases with service;
  • Smart Working options;
  • Annual Leave Purchase Scheme;
  • Healthshield cash plan;
  • Introductory Commission Scheme;
  • Employee Assistance Programme;
  • Employee Referral Scheme

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.

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