Smith & Williamson

Profile

Smith & Williamson is a leading independently owned financial services firm combining an accountancy practice, investment management arm and a private bank.

It’s our breadth of services that makes us unique in the industry as we provide award-winning services to a broad range of clients such as start-ups, high-net-worth individuals, corporates, professional practices and non-profit organisations.

We have 12 offices around the UK, Ireland and Jersey, and we’re a member of Nexia International, a top 10 global network of independent accounting and consulting firms. This means we’re well-connected to thousands of colleagues around the world, exchanging knowledge and professional expertise daily.

We can offer you much more responsibility than you might expect. You’ll be working on real projects and liaising with our clients from the start — it’s our approach to clients that makes this a more fulfilling place to work.

A career here means having more you-time than you might get in other firms. We believe in getting that work/life balance just right because it’s not just good for you, it’s good for us too.

If you’re looking to get more out of your future, we think you’ll love life with Smith & Williamson.

Apprenticeships

At Smith & Williamson we recruit high calibre people with the skills, knowledge and commitment to meet the demands of the business. We offer a number of entry routes to start your professional training.

You’ll never know how satisfying it is to be a young professional until you walk through the doors at Smith & Williamson. If you’re the kind of person who likes to follow your own path and you’re looking for something more from your future career, we think you’ll fit right in with us.

Our structured graduate training programmes cover a broad range of areas to produce the future’s brightest accountants and tax advisors. Each one is driven towards you becoming ACA, ATT, CTA or CISI qualified.

Our apprenticeship programme will allow you to earn a full-time salary, whilst being supported towards a professional qualification and gaining hands-on experience in a job. If you’re looking for an opportunity where you will be doing real work, for real clients with real responsibility from an early stage, look no further. We take apprentices into the following business areas:

 - Assurance & Business Services

 - Business Tax

 - Private Client Tax Services

Many of our very best people have worked their way up from where you are now, and they’ll be there to offer advice and support throughout.

 

Smith & Williamson Guildford, London and Salisbury
24 Jan, 2018
School Leaver Programmes
Deadline: Smith & Williamson recruit on a rolling basis, however roles may close when vacancies are filled so you are encouraged to apply early Salary: Competitive Location: Guildford, London and Salisbury The Apprenticeship Programme is designed for those who are looking for an alternative to university.  For those interested in this role, who are already at university, please apply to the Graduate Programme instead. At Smith & Williamson we recruit high calibre people with the skills, knowledge and commitment to meet the demands of the business. The Apprenticeship Programme is a structured training programme combining practical experience with technical studies, as well as providing numerous opportunities to increase your skill set with internal courses ranging from personal impact and negotiation skills to time management to delivering presentations. Our Private Client Tax Services team help individuals from all walks of life with their tax issues.  With over 6,000 private tax clients and 1,500 trusts, our client base is incredibly diverse. Today, we provide services to high-net-worth individuals, non-domiciled individuals, landed estates, trusts and professional practices. What will I be doing? Our Private Client Tax Services team can deal with compliance obligations and reporting requirements while also advising on domestic and international issues through our Nexia International network.  The team also work closely with other practices within Smith & Williamson such as the investment managers, financial planners and pension specialists which complement and enhance the advice we can offer. Duties of the Tax Apprentice role are as follows: The preparation of Repayment Claim Forms and basic Tax Returns for individuals/ trusts and partnerships Dealing with correspondence from clients/HMRC and other third parties Advising clients of their forthcoming tax liabilities including writing to clients and 3rd parties where necessary Billing clients in a timely manner for the work we have carried out on their behalf Setting up new clients and dealing with the disengagement of departing clients Organisation of workload to ensure an efficient and timely service Other ad hoc administrative tasks To be successful in this role you will: Be committed and motivated to studying towards the ATT and CTA qualifications Be able to deliver first class client service and work effectively as part of a team Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing Be well organised and have the ability to prioritise your own workload What training and development will I receive in my first few years? During your apprenticeship you will study for the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and the Chartered Taxation Adviser (CTA) qualifications.
Smith & Williamson Southampton, Bristol, Guildford and London
24 Jan, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
Deadline: Smith & Williamson recruit on a rolling basis, however roles may close when vacancies are filled so you are encouraged to apply early Salary: Competitive Location: Southampton, Bristol, Guildford and London At Smith & Williamson we recruit high calibre people with the skills, knowledge and commitment to meet the demands of the business. What will I be doing? Many businesses need to reassure investors and other stakeholders on their financial performance, even where a full audit isn’t necessary, appropriate, or required by law. We provide wide-reaching financial advisory services to international clients across a number of industries and a diverse client base, ranging from small businesses and family enterprise start-ups to non-profit organisations. As part of our Assurance & Business Services team you will be working with our clients, checking that numbers stack up with fact. This means providing advice and solutions that really make a difference. Duties of the Accounts Assistant role are as follows: Accurate processing of clients’ financial data and the preparation of annual financial accounts and associated outputs therefrom within the timeframe agreed with the client or required by statute. Liaising with the audit team to ensure that financial statements are prepared to a high standard and on a timely basis to allow audit procedures to be completed and key deadlines met. As part of the team, other business outsourced services will be offered to clients including ixbrl tagging, company secretarial and working with cloud based accounting packages. Prepare annual financial statements including statutory accounts, predominately under FRS102. This includes consolidated financial statements for our group clients. Interactions with clients to undertake accounting work as required – both over telephone/e-mail and potentially occasional on-site client visits. Work closely with the audit and business tax teams to provide a seamless service to clients and ensure deadlines are met. Be prepared to share ideas about how best to operate the accounts preparation process in order to improve efficiencies for the firm and to get involved with other Business Outsourced Services, such as ixbrl tagging, company secretarial tasks and working with cloud based accounting packages. After two years within the accounts preparation team, the individual would then transfer to the audit department to continue, and complete, their training contract. To be successful in this role you will: Be able to deliver first class client service and work effectively as part of a team Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing Have a high level of general commercial awareness Use of IT – be able to work on bookkeeping packages, accounts production software and Excel. Flexible – to assist with other ad hoc services that arise from time to time. Innovative - using technology to create efficiencies in processes. Have a understanding/awareness of FRS102 and FRS 102 1A Academic requirements: 280 UCAS points (or equivalent) in your top three A-levels (excluding General Studies) GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) at a minimum of grade B