Be a Business Tax Trainee

Work alongside senior tax professionals and tailor your training to suit your skills. Qualify as a Taxation Adviser and the sky is the limit.

How and Why You Should Apply


Business Tax Trainee Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford and Southampton

  • Competitive salary

What you will be doing

The Graduate Programme is a structured training programme combining practical experience with technical studies, as well as providing numerous opportunities to increase your skill set.

During your three year training contract you will study for the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and Chartered Taxation Adviser (CTA) qualification or the joint ACA/CTA qualification.

  • You will assist with research assignments and compliance assurance.
  • You will draft technical documentation
  • You will assist other group members in professional work, providing support where required
  • You will acquire and build relationships with your own clients
  • You will begin to supervise new trainees after approximately one year.

What you will have

At Smith & Williamson we recruit high calibre people with the skills, knowledge and commitment to meet the demands of the business.

  • You are a high achiever, with a 2:1 degree or higher in any discipline
  • You are committed and motivated to studying towards the ATT and CTA qualifications
  • You are able to deliver first-class client service and work effectively as part of a team
  • You are a clear and confident communicator, both verbally and in writing.
Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Smith & Williamson

We are a leading, independently-owned Financial Services firm, combining an Accountancy practice, an Investment Management arm and a private bank.

Our Culture - What we do

We are an award-winning Financial Services firm and we achieve this by providing the best possible solutions and service to individuals, corporate bodies, professional practices and non-profit organisations.

We can offer you much more responsibility than you might expect. You’ll be working on real projects and liaising with our clients from the start – it’s our approach to clients that makes this a more fulfilling place to work.

Expect first–class training which will develop the skills you need to become a trusted business adviser.

You will also experience opportunities to study towards funded qualifications or even to take on a secondment overseas.

Right from your first year, you’ll be offered the chance of early responsibility.

Career Progression


Our Graduates - Who we are

Alex's Graduate Story


You’re actively encouraged to pursue social activities outside of the firm.

Your knowledge increases exponentially and you can gradually become more and more involved.

Sophie's Graduate Story


Our Future - Where we're going

Why Graduates Are Key to Our Future


David Nichols, Associate Director, Human Resources

Smith & Williamson has over 100 years of heritage, with rapid growth over the last ten years seeing our expansion to various locations across the UK.

Our Trainee Programmes can range from direct-entry graduates to higher apprenticeships and internships in any of our offices.

What makes us stand out is our breadth of service: on a day-to-day basis we might look after a client's private wealth and offer personal tax advice, but also offer them other corporate services such as audit, corporate tax or advisory services.

Graduates are an essential part of our future as a company. If you take a look at our current executive board, a number of them joined us as graduates.

Our client base will grow and diversify over time, and grads like you will be integral in growing our relationships with clients and developing our services.

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