Graduate Trainee

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Fixed term contract, Permanent, TemporaryContract, Trainee

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 2 days ago

Reference 1377900

 Job Description

Excellent opportunity for a Graduate Trainee based in Belfast City Centre

Status :Full-time, to commence in October 2020

The Training Contract will typically last for 3 ½ years which is reduced to 3 years if you have completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting. 

Location: Belfast City Centre

Grade:Graduate Trainee

Team:Audit & Business Assurance

Reporting Structure:Part of Audit & Business Assurance Department, reporting through to wider Team

Remuneration Package: Salary in line with applicable rate

Support for Professional Qualifications, including examinations and study leave

Generous annual leave entitlement

Salary sacrifice initiatives for private medical and travel insurance, childcare vouchers, etc

Role Purpose

  • As Audit Trainee, you will form part of the Audit team both onsite at clients, and in the office, ensuring that all aspects of audits are completed on time and within budget, as well as completing account preparation.
  • At BDO, we pride ourselves on enabling our Trainees to become the best Chartered Accountants they can be. Our Graduate Programme combines key elements that enable you to attain this high level:
  • Work experience that prepares you for your professional exams
  • The chance to work with a wide variety of clients and sectors
  • Client interaction at an early stage
  • Senior management accessibility
  • Workplace camaraderie

You will have opportunities to gain experience across a wide variety of sectors and clients, which will give you the breadth and depth of experience that you need to excel, both in your professional examinations and also in your long-term career.

Your Training Contract will typically last for 3 ½ years (this is reduced to 3 years if you have completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting) and will enable you to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant by the end of your training contract.

For the duration of your Training Contract, you will be supported, developed, and mentored by more experienced colleagues within the Audit team and wider Firm.

Due to the nature of the role, a flexible approach to work is required in order to facilitate the needs of our clients and your colleagues.

You will be expected to consistently demonstrate core BDO values and the required standard of competency for the level of this role, which includes adherence with compliance and confidentiality standards.


  • Assist within the wider team by obtaining audit evidence necessary to support opinions given.
  • 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 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.
  • Meet the six monthly development objectives set at each stage of the training contract as part of the CA diary review and appraisal process.
  • 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.

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The closing date is the Monday 7th January 2019 at 5pm.