An overview of the job
Your first year will be spent learning about the role of an external auditor and the fundamental part they play in the successful management of any organisation. You will have the opportunity to explore and understand the intricacies of how different organisations function effectively, across a wide range of industry sectors. You will be working with a variety of clients, from large multinationals to smaller owner-managed businesses.
As an External Audit trainee, you will be involved in providing independent, third party reviews of the financial records of clients, evaluating all accounting, payroll and purchasing records, as well as any documents related to investments, stocks or fixed assets for example. You will be required to provide an accurate, unbiased analysis of the company’s financial condition, making a fair and equitable approach essential. You will also have the opportunity to establish effective working relationships based on mutual trust and respect with key players within a company, including management, non-executive directors and other advisers.
Your day to day work will include assisting with all aspects of conducting a successful client audit, and your role will change naturally as you progress through the firm.
Your main responsibilities in due course will involve supporting various audit teams with conducting a comprehensive service to clients. You will assist with the delivery of certain aspects of the audit, the production of the financial statements, and the closedown of audit files, ensuring standards and procedures are maintained throughout. You will also be required to work to agreed timescales and completion deadlines.
As your training contract progresses you will become more familiar with the different nature of business across a range of sectors, understanding the key disparities that an external auditor must be aware of to perform their role effectively. You will also be able to demonstrate and apply technical, commercial, and industry knowledge, taking a pro-active approach to identify client issues and propose solutions.
A role with Mazars will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to help you achieve your full potential, providing a truly rewarding start to your career.’
How we will support you
We will fund you to study towards the ACA (Association Chartered Accountants) qualification.
We will fund you to study towards CA (Chartered Accountants) qualification (for Scotland only)
You will receive a full study package and time off to attend college but, with Mazars your professional qualification is only part of the story. We support all our trainees with a blended approach to training and development, classroom study, 1:1 coaching and support and, as you progress, technical and
skills training to enable you to progress to management and leadership positions.
You will spend time away from the office to attend classes for tuition and revision stages of each exam. The classroom taught approach means that you will have the support of your peers and valuable study time for your exams.
We also operate a number of in-house training courses which will give you technical insight to assist you to keep up with changes in legislation and case law, both in the UK and worldwide.
What we are looking for
We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.
We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.
- You will have achieved, or be on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 in your degree, although the subject of your degree is not important.
- You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 A Levels and excluding General Studies).
- We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.
If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.
Closing date for applications
We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.