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Updated: March, 2019

About BDO

BDO LLP is one of the UK’s largest accountancy and business advisory firms providing services to ambitious businesses within the UK and worldwide.

We’re big enough to be a major global player, but not so big that we lose sight of the individual needs of our clients. Our work is simple: we help businesses achieve their goals. To do this, we provide a range of services that include auditing, tax advice, risk management, forensic accounting, business restructuring, corporate finance and more. Our clients range from growing entrepreneurial enterprises to listed multinational groups. This means that when you work with BDO, you’ll also be working with clients from a range of industries, enabling you to feed your curiosity.

Trainees are a fundamental part of our business and our plans for growth. That’s where you come in. We’re looking for people who are hungry to learn and inspired to reach career heights. We want people to join us who question how things work and who want to fulfil their long-term aspirations. In return, we’ll coach and empower you to fulfil your potential.


Audit is about much more than simply analysing numbers. It’s about ensuring that the things our clients say about their finances are fair, true and accurate. We get to know our clients, building close relationships with them in order to help them and their investors better understand their financial performance, systems, culture and the risks they face. We then provide important advice to them in these areas. With what we learn, we can help them to improve their financial statements, the systems they use and the way they work.

Audit is about making sure the things our clients say about their finances are true, fair and accurate. We work closely with them and really get to know their business. With what we learn, we can help them to improve their financial statements, the systems they use and the way they work. As an Auditor at BDO, you’ll work with all kinds of organisations. There are lots of different areas you could specialise in, from real estate to technology and media, not-for-profit, and many more.

Advisory services at BDO help clients to tackle all the challenges they face as their businesses grow. We have the expertise to help with all kinds of complex events - from buying a new business and accessing finance for growth, to making changes at times of financial difficulty, fighting fraud, and much more. Our advisers come from all kinds of backgrounds. Together we can solve even the most complicated challenge. Here, you can become a specialist in giving particular kinds of advice.

Tax law is very complicated and always changing, so our job is to guide our clients through the ever-changing landscape of tax legislation. We help our clients to understand how to do the right thing. We advise them on all kinds of questions, including how to produce their accounts, how to pay the right taxes overseas, or how to approach buying another company. This variety means that you can specialise in an area that interests you. We need individuals who have an interest in problem-solving and those who are versatile and people-focused.

Business services and outsourcing
When a client tackles the challenges of growth or change, they might need the next level of support. That could mean bringing us in for a special project, or getting us to provide the services of a whole department for them, instead of creating their own. We’re ready to answer any call.

Taking our accounting and business expertise out on client site, you’ll develop a wide range of skills, work with all kinds of different clients, and explore new ways to improve what we can do.

School leaver audience

Apprenticeship programme
We know that university isn’t for everyone and we also know that a rewarding and successful career can be achieved outside of the traditional routes.

Our Apprenticeship programme provides you with a job alongside training. This means that you’ll be earning a salary while you study for an industry-recognised professional qualification. The best part is that we’ll provide you with paid study leave and all the support and mentoring you’ll need to succeed.

With real responsibilities from day-one, you’ll gain the valuable, real world work experience that you might not get at university. You’ll be able to count an extensive network of support including mentors, partners and your individual counselling manager. The counselling manager will monitor your progress, act as an information source and make sure you’ve been set appropriate work and clear objectives. They’ll help you settle in, find the best ways to meet the challenges you face and realise your full potential. You’ll also be assigned a buddy (a more experienced colleague) to support you through your professional exams.

Summer School programme
Summer School is a work shadowing opportunity that provides you with an insight into what a role at BDO would entail. It’s a chance for you to look ahead at your career options as you shadow and observe our teams to see first-hand what we do, and ultimately the kind of work that you could do as a BDO apprentice. Our Summer School has helped many high calibre A Level students’ progress to our Apprenticeship programme.

Summer School begins in July 2019.

Graduate programme
On our three year Graduate Programme, you’ll find yourself working side by side with managers, directors and partners, developing your technical skills and knowledge. You’ll have paid study leave to work towards recognised industry qualifications and enjoy support including coaching and mentoring.

Our Internship programme is an opportunity to experience life and work at BDO. It offers an insight into our business and culture and will help you decide whether to apply for our graduate programme. Get a taste of life at BDO, and work on unique and interesting projects alongside other trainees and experienced professionals.

Our internship programme lasts six weeks.

See all our vacancies here.

Work sectors

accountancy, banking and finance


East Midlands, London, North East England, North West England, Scotland, South East England, South West England, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber

Contact details

0207 334 9191
55 Baker St

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