Graduate Trainee Accountant (ACA)

Citroen Wells is a 15 partner firm of Chartered Accountants, based in the West End of London.

We are looking to recruit a number of graduates who aspire to become Chartered Accountants.  We have high standards and are looking for candidates with excellent academic qualifications as well as drive, ambition and a hunger for success.   

In return, you’ll enjoy a competitive salary and an excellent package (with salary increases based on exam success and work performances). There is also huge potential to progress within the firm and it's our belief that each trainee has a chance of becoming a partner in our firm, and we'll give you every opportunity to achieve your full potential. And it does happen - five of our current partners joined the firm as trainees, and many others have progressed from trainee to hold senior positions within the firm.

At Citroen Wells You're More Than Just An Employee...

The partners and staff at Citroen Wells work closely together as a team. We demand a mutual respect and understanding for each other which has allowed us to function and expand as a team within a solid framework. Success at Citroen Wells is generated by a combination of individual effort and effective team work. We ensure our trainees learn and understand how commercial decisions are made.

As a result of COVID-19 we have quickly adapted to home working and transformed any challenges into opportunities to improve the way we work for the long term. We have fully embraced flexible working and our trainees are as supported as ever, even if we now check in with a video call rather than a face to face discussion. Our quarterly social events have moved online and trainees continue to be recognised for their hard work with the chance to win a cash reward for 'Trainee of the Year'.

The benefits of training with a medium-size firm like Citroen Wells

A major benefit of training with a small/medium-sized firm (compared with a much larger firm) is the depth and variety of assignments you will be involved with. You will have exposure to a wide range of assignments with clients of all sizes in various industry sectors. You may be working on an audit one week, where you will be involved in the preparation of financial statements and corporation tax returns to complement your audit knowledge. The following week you may be working with the personal tax or trust teams.

No two weeks are the same and this gives you the opportunity to work with many different audit teams, managers and partners, learning new and interesting things.

You will also benefit from direct involvement with our partners, who will take an active interest in your development and support you through your training.

Generally you will spend part of your working time outside the office working at clients' premises (COVID-19 guidelines permitting). Most clients are based within the Greater London area, but you can also expect to  spend some time outside Greater London.

A typical assignment might last a couple of weeks, some more, some less. You start as a junior member of a team of two to four people.

As you gain experience and seniority, you will be given the opportunity to start leading audit teams and take on additional responsibilities. By the time you reach the end of your final year of training with us you will have a well-rounded set of practical and personal skills and a clear idea of how you want your career to develop beyond your training contract.

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Citroen Wells Specialties:

  • Academies
  • Authors and Publishers
  • Barristers and Chambers
  • Charities
  • Creative and Software
  • FCA Registered Businesses
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Medical, Chemical and Pharmaceutical
  • Property Development, Property Management and Construction
  • Retail and Fashion
  • Restaurants, Food and Drink distribution
  • Solicitors and Legal Professionals
  • UK and Offshore Trusts

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Please note, you are applying for a place on our graduate training programme at one of the firms for which we recruit. Your application will be considered in the context of all firms and we will take into account your preferences. Should your application be unsuccessful, you may only re-apply for the graduate programme after a minimum of 6 months from the submission date of your application (even if you state an interest in one of the other firms for which we recruit).