Tilney Smith & Williamson
apprenticeship
Expires18 days

Graduate Tax Trainee

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

If you’re looking to join an organisation that will give you the right opportunities and experience to develop your career, join Tilney Smith and Williamson.

Tilney Smith & Williamson is the UK’s leading integrated wealth management and professional services group, looking after the financial affairs of individuals, families, and businesses for more than a century. We offer a wide range of end-to-end services to meet client needs throughout their life, and at every stage of their business lifecycle.

Our trainee schemes are structured training programmes combining practical experience with technical studies, as well as providing numerous opportunities to increase your skill set with internal courses ranging from personal impact and negotiation skills to time management and delivering presentations.

What will you be doing?

Successful graduates will be placed within our Business Tax or Private Client Tax Services teams.

Our Private Client Tax Services team helps individuals from all walks of life with their tax issues. With over 6,000 private tax clients and 1,500 trusts, our team’s client base is incredibly diverse, including high-net-worth families and individuals, as well as entrepreneurs, business owners and family businesses.

You’ll be joining a team that supports clients to meet their tax compliance obligations and liaises with HMRC on their behalf. This can include preparing their tax returns, repayment claims, computations, accounts and dealing with any correspondence from HMRC.

As part of our Private Client Tax Team, you will combine hands on practical experience which could be advising on tax efficient strategies or helping clients with financial planning whilst studying.

Our business tax team provides tax and consulting services to a wide range of companies, from large multinational groups to owner-managed businesses. Our tax advice is designed to meet our client’s agreed commercial objectives considering all relevant taxes, including corporation tax, VAT, and employment taxes. We provide practical advice, regularly negotiating with HM Revenue & Customs, with members of our team sitting on a number of leading professional and industry committees.

Working closely with our senior tax professionals, you’ll feel yourself improving day by day as they teach you the intricacies of their trade. One moment you could be helping a small business ensure they are tax compliant; the next, you could be learning the complex, but fascinating cross-border considerations of international tax.

We believe that hands-on experience is key to creating well-rounded trusted business advisers this means you'll be doing real work from the start.

As our Trainee your responsibilities will include

  • preparation of basic tax returns or repayment claim forms, and corporation tax computations and returns including drafting client communication
  • advising clients of their forthcoming tax liabilities and tax matters affecting them
  • assisting in the preparation of tax advice for clients including technical tax research, strategic planning and drafting of reports for clients
  • assisting with research assignments and drafting technical documentation
  • dealing with correspondence from clients, HMRC and other third parties. This can be via letter, email, or telephone.

To be successful in this role, you should meet the following requirements

  • Committed and motivated to studying towards Associate Chartered Accountant ACA qualification, and the ATT and CTA qualification on a Level 7 apprenticeship
  • Must have or be on course for at least a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline
  • 112 UCAS points (or equivalent) in your top three A-levels (excluding general studies)
  • GCSE English Language and Maths (or equivalent) at a minimum of grade 5

What training and development will I receive in my first few years?

In the first year, you can expect to learn the basic corporation tax principles and to be supporting with tax compliance requirements of our clients, as well as advisory aspects where possible. Trainees are also encouraged to support managers with the on-going running of the client account for several core clients, thus enabling them to develop a greater understanding of their clients’ businesses and to develop core client management skills from an early stage in their career.

Progression within our teams is fast, with responsibility from an early stage. By the second year you'll be taking on a more senior role with smaller clients and helping to supervise the new intake of trainees and as your experience grows, you may have opportunities to experience other assignments such as control reviews and due diligence projects.

During your training contract you will study towards the joint Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualifications, and Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification. Additionally, you will achieve the Level 7 Apprenticeship qualification, developing essential skills sought out in the professional services sector.

Here’s what our trainees have to say about our Private Client Tax trainee programme

“Days are rarely the same within Private Client Tax, but most days include reviewing a tax return and accompanying letter, calls with a partner to discuss details of clients and a team call to discuss any tax developments or changes to internal procedures.”

Here’s what our trainees have to say about our tax trainee programme

“In my intake I was one of three which meant that I gained responsibility quickly and this has allowed me to learn and develop at a faster rate than I feel I would have done in a larger firm.”

The Tilney Smith & Williamson Group recognises the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all colleagues with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief. At Tilney Smith & Williamson we are committed to equal opportunities in all aspects of our work.

Training

ATT/CTA/ACA Level 7

Additional job details

Location
Birmingham
Bristol
Dun Laoghaire
Guildford
Jersey
London
Salisbury
Southampton
Salary
Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term

Full-time

How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 11 November 2021

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Closing date:  11 November 2021

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