Careers

Careers

As a dynamic and constantly developing practice, we are always keen to hear from individuals interested in pursuing their career with us.

Training opportunities at our Manchester office:

  • Graduates start in September each year to study for the ACA qualification. Please note all our graduate vacancies for September 2017 have now been filled.
  • School leavers start in January each year to study for the ICAEW's Higher Apprenticeship or the AAT qualification.
  • Our tax department recruits a school leaver each September to study for the ATT exams.

Training opportunities at our Blackburn and London offices:

  • Graduates and school leavers recruited as demand dictates.

Client Base
The Firm has a broad base of clients, the majority of whom are owner-managed businesses operating as limited companies, with turnovers ranging from half a million to twenty million pounds. In addition, the Firm specialises in providing audit and management services to Housing Associations and ranks in the top five suppliers of such services (based on recurring audit fee income) in the country.

Services Provided
Statutory audit, accounts preparation and tax work forms the bulk of the services provided to clients together with the provision of internal audit services to Housing Associations and larger corporate clients. The provision of management services and financial advice forms a cornerstone of our professional relationship with clients and involves:

  • The production of regular management accounts (usually quarterly but often monthly).
  • The monitoring of results during the year to provide proactive advice and highlight any areas of remedial action required if necessary.
  • The production of budget and cashflow forecasts to monitor performance and identify future working capital requirements of clients.
  • The production of business plans and forecasts for newly formed and ongoing businesses.
  • Regular contact with directors and shareholders.
  • Specific ad-hoc investigations undertaken on behalf of the Housing Corporation, Banks, Building Societies or Financial Institutions.
  • Tax compliance and pro-active advice is provided for companies and individuals.

Training Policy
Our overall objective is to recruit staff with excellent academic qualifications combined with good interpersonal skills. Our belief is that the latter is of paramount importance if the provision of high quality client service and care is to be maintained.

The Firm has invested heavily in training over recent years. We believe that our staff are our greatest asset and we have designed training programmes to ensure that trainees are given every opportunity to realise their full potential. We believe that building business skills at all levels is a major investment for our future.

Joining Beever and Struthers on a training contract, trainees are provided with the high standard of training required to pass their professional exams at the first attempt.

External Training
All trainees attend courses provided by leading firms of professional tutors to study for their professional exams. Regular monitoring of results and meetings with tutors ensure that trainees are best placed to succeed and this policy has enabled good results to be achieved.

The Firm’s policy is to create a success-oriented environment to enable trainees to be confident of passing their exams. Obstacles to this objective, such as the necessity to work overtime, are kept to a minimum hence allowing trainees to concentrate on their studies outside working hours.

Internal Training
The Firm provides in-house courses relevant to its own specialist areas of activity and to the computer applications it utilises. The variety of assignments to which trainees will be exposed allows a wide range of on the job training to be provided, enabling trainees to develop a broad range of skills over the period of their training contract.

Monitoring Performance
Twice a year each trainee attends a one-to-one counselling session which covers exam progress and a review of practical experience obtained, these being carried out by the training partner, manager and HR director.

These sessions are held to monitor progress and formulate objectives for the forthcoming six months. The reviews are based on job reports prepared on an ongoing basis by seniors and managers at the end of each major assignment. The job reports are designed to assess performance against pre-agreed objectives which are clearly defined and are commensurate with the level of experience acquired to date. At the end of each job, strengths and areas of weakness are identified.

Practical Experience
Progression throughout the Firm is based as much on merit as on exam success. Practical experience on assignments allows trainees to develop business skills and commercial awareness. How quickly these skills develop depends on the trainees’ ability. We recognise that no two trainees will be the same and hence we seek to identify particular strengths at an early stage. This is achieved by feedback via the job reports and from the continuous assessment at the counselling sessions.

What Beever and Struthers is looking for
Whilst professional qualifications are founded on academic excellence together with numerical skills, we believe the possession of a range of other skills is of equal importance, such as:

  • Have you gained any work experience?
  • Did you take an active part in university life both academically and socially?
  • Are you able to take the initiative and think for yourself?
  • Are you a good communicator – do you work well with other people?
  • What IT skills do you have?

We invest significantly in CPD for both training staff and qualified staff – 22% of staff are currently training for an accountancy-related professional qualification. Partners see the development of their teams as critical to the future success of the Firm and have a robust internal framework to recruit, motivate and retain high-quality staff.

If you are interested in being considered for a place on the graduate intake for any of our offices please complete the online application form. Identifying on the application which office you are applying for.

To study for the ICAEW's Higher Apprenticeship or the AAT qualification the Manchester and Blackburn offices currently recruit school leavers to start in January or September of each year. If you are interested in joining either of these offices please complete the online application form.

If you would like to apply for an ATT Trainee position please complete the online application form.

 
Our offices

Manchester
St George's House
215-219 Chester Road
Manchester M15 4JE

T: 00 44 161 832 4901
E: manchester@beeverstruthers.co.uk

 

London
15 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8LP


T: 00 44 203 478 8400
E: london@beeverstruthers.co.uk

 
 

Blackburn
Central Buildings
Richmond Terrace
Blackburn BB1 7AP

T: 00 44 1254 686 600
E: blackburn@beeverstruthers.co.uk

 

We are registered to carry on audit work in the UK and Ireland and regulated for a range of investment activities by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Charles MacMillan is licensed to act as an Insolvency Practitioner in the UK by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Details about our audit registration can be viewed at auditregister.org.uk for the UK and at cro.ie/auditors for Ireland (reference number 5386251). Our statutory audit work is subject to the Audit Regulations and Guidance issued by ICAEW, International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and the Auditing Practices Board’s Ethical Standards promulgated by the Financial Reporting Council of Aldwych House, 71-91 Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN.

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