Be a Trainee Chartered Accountant

Develop your expertise through practical experience and first-class training, with funded study-leave to gain accredited Accountancy qualifications.

How and Why You Should Apply


Trainee Chartered Accountant Guildford, Bristol and Southampton

  • Competitive salary

What you will be doing

Our three-year graduate programme combines practical experience with technical studies, as well as providing numerous opportunities to increase your skill set.

Alongside your work, you'll receive first-class professional training as you study for the Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification.

  • You will work directly with managing and financial directors
  • You will undertake a variety of audit and accountancy tasks for our diverse client base
  • You will develop an understanding of our clients and their businesses
  • You will complete audit programmes and form conclusions on each individual test and section completed
  • You will become familiar with our audit and accounting software
  • You will resolve queries of an audit or accountancy nature
  • You will prioritise tasks whilst monitoring time against budget
  • You will build valuable client experience, developing the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective auditor and trusted business adviser.

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 ACA qualification
  • 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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