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Join our Tax Graduate Programme

A BDO client will generally have some short-term goals and a long-term vision – but standing in their way will often be a number of tax-related issues.

Location: Gatwick

What you will be doing

Our job is to act as guides through the complex, ever-changing landscape of tax legislation, to help our clients get where they want to be by the most effective route.

To do this, we must offer many different tax services. These include day-to-day compliance with the tax authorities, advice on employment taxation and international tax, transaction support for deals such as mergers and acquisitions, VAT services, expatriate tax advice and more. Such a diverse offering means we need similar variety in our team. We need specialists who can handle the most technically challenging and sector-specific issues, we need versatile and people-focused individuals who can field a wide range of questions from large owner-managed businesses, and we need brilliant innovators who can work on tailored solutions to address a client’s specific circumstances.

Our team of senior tax specialists guarantee a personal service delivering accurate, authoritative advice and guidance on all tax-related matters to help our clients solve tax issues quickly and efficiently whatever the size of your company. As the UK Member Firm of BDO International, we have a great rapport to advise their businesses wherever they do business.

BDO offer the Tax Pathway qualification on the Level 7 apprenticeship programme. In a dynamic, fast-moving industry, the demand for highly-qualified tax professionals has never been greater. The Tax Pathway provides a streamlined and efficient route to becoming a tax professional. The Tax Pathway enables you to achieve membership of both the ATT (Association of Taxation Technicians) and the CIOT (Chartered Institute of Taxation). The duration of this programme is 36 months.

You will work with other members of the Tax team in order to support clients in achieving their goals. This is realised through assisting with day-to-day tax compliance and through specific tax advice.

Tax compliance is an important service provided to clients to ensure that they are meeting their statutory obligations. In your role you will prepare tax returns, this will give you an insight into the client’s business and assist in developing your tax knowledge.

Further to tax compliance, you will be involved in advising clients in a wide variety of tax matters. It is important that you have a high level understand of the array of different taxes in order to flag potential risks or opportunities to clients. Therefore, you will be part of our rotation program during the first three years of your career. The rotation program allows you to work in various different parts of our tax team specialising in different taxes for a number of months a year. This will ensure you gain a wider understanding of tax as a whole and the services we can offer to our clients.

Business Area Overview

• Assist the Trainees, Tax Associates and Managers as part of a wider team to service their client, prepare client tax computations and returns supervised by the Senior Tax Associates and Manager

• Ensure clients’ files have all relevant documentation and are checked thoroughly on a regular basis

• Carry out ad hoc assignments which is required by the line manager

• Take responsibility for all client matters as directed by the Senior Tax Associate and Manager

• Active adherence to budget and time pressures, bringing matters to the attention of the Senior or Manager

• Preparation of engagement letters and client acceptance documentation

• Ensure professional standards is maintained

• Must demonstrate strong team playing skills in all client and internal management dealings

• Develop professional relationships with clients and within the firm

• Provide an efficient and proactive service to clients and their internal management to ensure that their needs are met

• Undertake any training or development co-ordinated by the Tax team

• Willing and open to take on tasks and challenges provided by their Manager

• 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.

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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