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