An exciting opportunity for Graduates
We are searching for graduates to join our team in September 2019 to study to become Chartered Accountants.
The successful candidates will gain work experience with us whilst studying for the ACA qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) under a level 7 Accounting Professional Apprenticeship. There may also be an opportunity to study for the joint ACA and Chartered Tax Advisor qualification.
Who are we
RG is a leading North East based accountancy and business advisory firm, founded in 1901 and dedicated to delivering exceptional financial and strategic advice to our clients.
What we offer
- Competitive salary
- Paid tuition for professional exams with a national training provider
- Sensible balance between work and study commitments, which from experience has a positive impact on exam results
- Promotion opportunities following qualification
- Excellent social opportunities
The job role
We have dedicated rooms where graduates are based, together with a training supervisor who will ensure that they are provided with comprehensive on the job training.
We act for a wide range of clients from small local businesses to large national and international corporates, delivering accounting and tax advice, carrying out audits, advising on acquisition and disposal mandates, as well as providing strategic growth & development advice.
Graduate work experience
From day one our graduates are given the opportunity to prepare clients’ accounts from start to finish, to prepare tax computations and to assist in audits of organisations based both in the North East and nationally. They will also have the opportunity to prepare VAT returns and management accounts for clients using the latest cloud software products.
Most of our graduates stay with us for the longer term due to our track record of providing opportunities to progress to more senior positions. Following qualification, there is the opportunity to specialise in one or more of RG’s 6 service lines.
- 2:1 graduate in any discipline
- Minimum BBB at A level (or equivalent)
- Minimum B grade in both English and Maths GCSE
- Excellent communication skills
- Excellent social skills
- Able to work within a team
- Able to work well under pressure and manage deadlines
To find out what it is like to be a graduate with RG read these testimonials from our former and current graduates.
After graduating from Newcastle University in July 2007, I joined RG as a graduate trainee, and started working towards my ICEAW Chartered Accountant qualification in September that year.
Having a relevant degree (Accounting and Finance) I received some exemptions, although at the risk of making myself sound old, many fewer than are now available. My training contract ended in September 2010.
After qualification I was offered the option of moving to work in a different service line, having been primarily engaged on accounts and audit work up to that point.
I chose to spend time working in personal tax and business tax as I had always found tax interesting and I wanted to gain a broader understanding of the area. In our industry it’s at the qualified stage when chartered accountants tend to get itchy feet, but I can honestly say the thought never crossed my mind. I knew I could achieve whatever I wanted here, and I had thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone at RG over the previous three years.
I looked after a portfolio of personal and corporation tax clients whilst studying for the CTA exams and after being promoted to manager in April 2012 moved back into the audit and assurance department but retained a portfolio of personal tax and corporation tax returns.
I completed my CTA exams in November 2013 and became CTA qualified in January 2014.
Since then I have continued to manage a portfolio of audit clients whilst also becoming more involved in the business tax side of the business, including taking responsibility for a sizeable portfolio of corporation tax cases.
I was promoted to senior manager in July 2015, and after almost 11 years at the firm, Director in May 2018. This year has seen further changes in my role, with more emphasis on the business tax side.
Looking back over the past decade or so, I couldn’t ask for more in terms of the career progression opportunities I have had, and the people I have worked with.
I joined RG as a Chartered trainee in September 2016 after completing a Business Management with Finance degree at Nottingham Trent University.
During my time at university I’d analysed many sets of accounts but didn’t know about the process of producing accounts. What I liked about RG is that you were given a chance to do this within the first few weeks and every week I gained confidence in my ability to produce accounts with the training I received. The support from your training supervisor and fellow trainees is invaluable.
I have worked on clients from a wide range of sectors during my time at RG, including agriculture, professional services and manufacturing. The experience of a trainee is varied; I have done everything from bookkeeping, preparing VAT returns and management accounts, preparing year end accounts to attending large audits.
My first two years have been very enjoyable, and the work environment that we have here at RG has contributed to that. My colleagues have all been very approachable and supportive, especially when exam season comes around.
After work the social life at RG is very active. I play for the RG football team and attend various social events.
I joined RG as a Chartered trainee in September 2017 after completing an Accounting degree at Northumbria University.
Even though I completed an Accounting degree, I didn’t really know about the end to end process of creating a set of accounts and RG gave me that insight within the first two weeks! Sitting in a training room with other graduates and a dedicated training supervisor has really helped me develop more quickly in my role, as someone is always on hand to explain any queries I may have.
The past year has seen me develop both as an individual and as a professional, gaining experience in preparing accounts and tax computations for a wide range of businesses including charities and limited companies. I have also been part of a team on several audits during the period, including that of a multi-national manufacturer.
As a trainee, we receive study leave to go to college and complete our professional exams which is not easy alongside work commitments. However, the firm have been enormously supportive throughout this process and I have even had qualified colleagues helping me revise.
There is a vibrant social life at RG. As well as regular nights out organised by the staff there is a Sports and Social committee which organises events that are subsidised by the firm.
RG is the perfect environment in which to train as it feels more like a family than a firm!
Send your CV to Sara Farrey at email@example.com
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day at our offices on 12 November 2018, where they will have a series of interviews and assessments.
The deadline for applications is 28 October 2018.