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Join our BDO Graduate Programme

Have the opportunity to witness the Financial Services boom right at the world’s financial hub London. You will have the front row seat in seeing how a variety of financial services businesses work across different locations, sizes, sectors and operational scales.

Location: Nationwide

What you will be doing

Our dedicated financial services group provides services to clients varying from large international financial institutions to AIM listed companies, new entrants and innovative challenger brands across the full spectrum of the financial services industry including:

• Banking and alternative finance

• Capital Markets

• Insurance

• Investment Management and Funds

You will have exposure to our international clientele and work with BDO offices across the world to learn about regulations and reporting standards across the world as well as working with a high number of AIM listed companies.

From the start of your trainee journey you will be at the heart of what we do – even as trainees, you will be expected to interact with the clients face-to-face and actively help to build relationship with key stakeholders.

Working in the Financial Services team involves travelling across different locations (whether for training or clients site) nationally and internationally.

In addition to attending college and working towards your professional qualifications, you will attend a number of technical training sessions internally and externally to ensure you have the necessary knowledge and skills, keeping up to date with ever changing regulations. Buddying up with more experienced colleagues will provide you with an extensive network of peers who will support you throughout college and day-to-day work.

In your second year, you will also have the opportunity to pass on your experience and knowledge to the new joiners and help to build and strengthen your personal and professional relationships.

The Financial Services team actively engages with CSR activities, BDO sports teams, and a number of internal networks such the U-Crew (Unifying Culture team), Black, Asian and Minority ethnic groups Society, LGBT Network BLEND and many more.

BDO offer the globally recognised Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA) qualification as a Level 7 apprenticeship programme, enabling individuals to become qualified chartered accountants and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The ACA qualification and apprenticeship provides a broad range of accounting, finance and business skills. It opens a wealth of opportunities. The duration of this programme is 48 months.

• Prepare analysis of accounting data from clients’ books and records

• Ensure audit files have all relevant documentation on the appropriate section; check appropriate and sufficient documentation obtained to support the opinion and documenting all conclusions

• Active engagement with client staff in the gathering of appropriate audit evidence

• Active adherence to budget and timetable, bringing matters to the attention of the senior or manager, particularly when actual time is in excess of budget

• Involvement in the planning, execution and finalisation of the audit assignment supporting the Audit Senior or Manager

• Ensure compliance with internal (audit methodology and risk management) and external (regulatory) requirements

• Identify and understand client needs, including sometimes providing initial solutions to client challenges, then communicating these needs and solutions to the Audit Senior or Manager

• Build strong relationships with new and established clients

• Carry out ad hoc assignments as may be reasonably required by your group

• Undertake any training or development co-ordinated by your group

• Coaching and assisting more junior trainees on the team, both at client premises and in the office

• Participate in group, stream and firm wide activities

• Successfully study towards your professional qualification and, where relevant, corresponding apprenticeship

What you will have

Candidates must have, or be on course for the following grades (or international equivalent):

•A minimum 2.2 degree in any discipline

•3 A Levels at grades A*- C, excluding General Studies and Extended Projects

•Grade 9-4 in English Language & Maths GCSE

We are looking for candidates who possess strengths that are aligned to: Business Thinking, Collaborating, Innovation and Change, Communicating, Developing Self and others, Decision Making, Reasoned judgement, and Analytical skills.

Applications are screened on an on-going basis, so we advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Company benefits: • A counselling manager or buddy to provide support whenever you need it • Networking groups, socials, sport events and volunteering opportunities

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are BDO

When the most ambitious, entrepreneurial and high-growth businesses need advice on accountancy and business, they turn to BDO.

What we do: Advisory 

Advisory services at BDO help clients to tackle all the challenges they face on their journeys of growth. Our advisers come from all kinds of backgrounds. Our range of expertise means that we can deliver insightful, innovative solutions to even the most complex challenge - from buying a new business and accessing finance for growth, to stabilising and restructuring at times of financial difficulty. On our Graduate Programme, you will develop specialist skills and work on fascinating projects while studying for specialised qualifications, depending on the career path you choose.

Audit

We work closely with clients' finance teams and other key stakeholders to really get to know their business and identify any weaknesses - from their financial statements, to their business systems or working culture. We then provide tailored advice on suitable solutions. On our trainee programmes, you will develop specialist skills and work on fascinating projects while studying for specialised qualifications. You may also have opportunities to gain other qualifications during your programme.

Integrity is at the heart of everything we do.

We are a major global player in our industry and take pride in always keeping sight of our clients’ unique needs.

Business Services and Outsourcing

Sometimes our clients need a level of accounting and business expertise that just isn’t practical for them to keep in-house. We provide a full spectrum of accounting, advisory and compliance services to support companies all around the globe that are growing or tackling change. Relishing a new challenge every day, you’ll develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. You will develop specialist skills and work on fascinating projects while studying for specialised qualifications.

Tax

Guiding our clients through the complex, constantly-changing landscape of tax legislation, we help them to follow the law and achieve both their short-term goals and long-term vision. Tax is a rewarding area for diverse personalities, whether you enjoy untangling complex technical details, relish connecting with and helping brilliant people, or love solving problems in new and unique ways. On our trainee programmes, you will develop specialist skills and work on fascinating projects while studying for specialised qualifications.

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