What you’re looking for, we offer.

Training and development

Getting the training right in any role is fundamental. No matter what programme you join us on, our training culture, deeply embedded into the firm, means you will be supported throughout the duration of your career. The proof is in the quality of our people: over recent years we can boast national and international prize winners in their ACA exams, and we have current partners who joined us as school leavers. At the end of your training you will have acquired a broad platform from which to progress to the next stage of your career.

Clients

PKF Francis Clark has a huge variety of clients, some of which are household names which you probably come into contact in your everyday life. You’ll get the chance to work with them from the outset, and the work you’ll do will be valuable and rewarding at all times. We’ll give you responsibility, and you’ll become a valuable advisor and trusted part of our firm.

Location

With offices across the South and South West of the UK, we’re based in some of the most beautiful parts of the country. Whether it’s cities or green fields, the coast or attractive market towns, we can offer you a full and rewarding career in locations where you can immerse yourself fully in both work and play.

The other things we do

PKF Francis Clark also prides itself on giving back to the community. Each office has a dedicated charity – voted on yearly by our staff – which they raise money for. Funds are raised by people carrying out a wide range of things such as cake sales, dress-down days, sporting events and other sponsored activities. Each office runs numerous extra-curricular sports clubs and social activities, while there are annual Christmas and summer social events that are looked forward to by all.

Our programmes

School leavers

Most school leavers join us on a programme which combines the technical and professional knowledge and skills to lay the foundation for becoming a trusted advisor to our clients. Over approximately 30 months, you will study for and obtain the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) professional qualification via an apprenticeship standard. You will be exposed to a wide range of practical experience and coaching so that both your technical competence and your skills in areas such as building relationships, teamwork and effective communication can be independently assessed. For those who want to progress further, success at the AAT qualification is the gateway to the more advanced ACA qualification and earn the prestigious title of Chartered Accountant.

You’ll be required to balance client work with study and revision for professional examinations. It’s a tough couple of years, and you’ll need to be dedicated and focused on passing exams, delivering quality work and providing a high level of client service.

You’ll gain exposure to all elements of business across many different sectors, which vary depending on the office you’re based in. You’ll have access to all staff including partners and directors, so you’ll be able to learn from some of the best people we have. You’ll be assigned a mentor/counsellor from the start of your time with us, so you’ll always have someone to answer your questions and with whom to talk to confidentially to support you in your career.

Training for AAT

Training for AAT will involve studying for the Level 3 and 4 qualifications. You will get a solid grounding in the fundamentals of bookkeeping and costing, and also tackle the more advanced areas of managing budgets and evaluating financial performance. You will also have the option to study the more specialist areas of tax and auditing.

However, technical expertise alone doesn’t make you stand out in the crowd. That’s why your AAT technical learning is enhanced by interpersonal development that is delivered by our training providers. You will develop the necessary personal and interpersonal skills and ethical mindset to become a well- rounded and effective trusted business advisor.

Which team could you work in?

Business Services

Our Business Services teams help our clients prepare year-end accounts, management accounts, and also assist with the preparation of forecasts and projections. They generally support clients with other areas of compliance as well, including company and business taxation, company secretarial matters and VAT returns. The teams work closely with specialists in other departments to help clients resolve more technical queries and problems.

You’ll work towards a professional qualification while getting varied and challenging on-the-ground experience. You’ll study for your AAT apprenticeship via day-release at a leading local training provider.

Taxation

Our Taxation teams provide tailored taxation planning services to clients, including large corporate groups, family businesses and individuals. The teams deal with a variety of work, from complex planning and advisory work to recurring compliance work. The tax departments (business, private client and VAT) work alongside partners and managers in the firm’s other departments. They provide the specialist in-depth advice required for the ever-increasing complexity of tax law dealing with HMRC administration and enquiries.

As a tax adviser you’ll be working with these organisations or individuals, interpreting complex legislation and delivering solutions in a way that the client understands.

You’ll work towards a professional qualification while getting varied and challenging on-the-ground experience. You’ll study for either your AAT or ATT apprenticeship via day-release at a leading local training provider (for AAT) or block learning (for ATT a leading tax training provider). This is enhanced by interpersonal development that is delivered by our training providers, through which you’ll develop the necessary personal and interpersonal skills to enhance your technical learning.

Once you’ve completed your AAT/ ATT….

Once you’ve completed your training there are many opportunities for you within the firm. You might choose to stay in the job you’re doing, or you might decide you want to study further or work in a different department. If you do decide to train further, there could be opportunities to study for your ACCA or ACA qualifications. Alternatively, you might want to specialise in tax, in which case you could study for your CTA or VAT diploma. There are lots of options open to you. Whichever option you choose, you’ll be supported throughout so that you’ll become the best you can possibly be.

Our application process

We have designed a four step process to get you to an offer, no matter which role you are applying for. We know what it takes to be successful at PKF Francis Clark so will be looking for you to demonstrate various skills and behaviours at each stage.

Step 1 – Application form

You will need to complete our online application form and tell us a bit about you.

Step 2 – Online tests

If you pass our application form screening, you will be required to complete some online tests. These are verbal and numerical reasoning, and don’t worry, you’ll be given the opportunity to have a practice before the real test starts!

Step 3 – Phone interview

If you do well in your online tests, we will invite you to have a phone interview with one of our dedicated recruiters. We will want to get to know you a bit better as well as asking you some more formal questions.

Step 4 – Assessment centre

If you have demonstrated excellence throughout all of our previous steps, we will invite you to attend one of our regional assessment centres which are usually held in February/ March, if you are successful at this point we will look to make you an offer!

 

Our minimum requirements

We’re looking for confident people, passionate about our industry, who have lots of initiative and an organised approach. You’ll also need:

  • Minimum of 3 A level (or equivalent)  grade A*-C,  excluding general studies (obtained or predicted in the same year)
  • GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English, grade C or 9-4 or above
  • A passion for accountancy, tax and business services
  • A sense of fun and a desire to succeed

Reward and benefits

At PKF Francis Clark we’ll support you to become the best practitioner you can be, by providing you with:

  • A competitive salary with an annual review
  • A permanent employment contract whichever programme you join us on (excluding summer placements and work experience)
  • Full study support, including paid study leave
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays, rising to 25 days upon qualification
  • Pension
  • Life assurance

In addition, you’ll get other benefits such as:

  • Lifestyle benefits such as child care vouchers and cycle to work scheme
  • Employee assistance programme – A free 24/7 confidential service that offers all our people support with well being and mental health issues or financial difficulties, as well as any other life challenges that you might need support with
  • Perks at work – A discounted shopping portal which gives you access to a wide array of discounts which could save you lots of £ throughout the year!
  • Access to the Francis Clark Charitable Trust – An independent charity for current and past employees who might need support whilst experiencing financial hardship
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme, a free 24/7 confidential service that offers all our people support with wellbeing, mental health and financial issues, as well as any other life challenges that you might need support with

We also offer a client and candidate referral scheme, whereby you’re rewarded for introducing clients or future staff to the firm.

Graduate training contract

Graduates join us on a three-year apprenticeship programme to become professionally qualified chartered accountants. You will study for 15 exams, complete 450 days technical work experience, and attend our accredited 10 STEP course which also has structured training in ethics embedded into it.

You’ll be required to balance client work with study and revision for professional examinations. It’s a tough couple of years, and you’ll need to be dedicated and focused on passing exams, delivering quality work and providing a high level of client service.

You’ll gain exposure to all elements of business across many different sectors, which vary depending on the office you’re based in. You’ll have access to all staff including partners and directors, so you’ll be able to learn from some of the best people we have. You’ll be assigned a mentor/counsellor from the start of your time with us, so you’ll always have someone to answer your questions and with whom to talk to confidentially to support you in your career.

Our graduates will choose to work in our Audit, Business Services or Taxation teams, and will study towards becoming ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) qualified (from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). Some will choose to specialise in tax from the beginning, and if this is your chosen path then you’ll study towards either AAT/CTA (Association of Accounting Technicians/Chartered Tax Advisor) or the joint ACA/CTA qualification, depending on which of our offices you join.

For more details on the content of the courses, please see the ICAEW/ATT/CTA websites. Please be aware that qualifications and courses can be updated and are subject to change.

Training for ACA

Training for the ACA apprenticeship takes place primarily at Reed Business School. Situated in the Cotswolds, Reed Business School is one of the country’s foremost centres of excellence for professional qualification tuition, and offers small class sizes, expert tutors and pass rates well above the national average. Training takes place on a residential basis, which avoids the distractions of day-to-day work and travel. With the relaxed atmosphere at Reed and the beautiful surroundings, you’re able to focus single-mindedly on preparing for and passing exams.

To enhance your technical learning you’ll also take part in our acclaimed STEPS programme. This is our in-house ICAEW-accredited skills programme, through which you’ll develop the necessary personal and interpersonal skills and ethical mind-set to become a well-rounded and effective trusted advisor and business professional.

Which team could I work in?

Audit

Audit teams provide assurance services and professional advice to a broad range of clients. ‘Variety’ best describes the work, with no two jobs the same. Typically working in teams at client premises, you’ll quickly gain commercial, audit and accounting knowledge. We develop our people not only from technical and STEPS training, but from structured on-the-job coaching and mentoring.

You’ll spend most of your time on-site with clients, across a variety of sectors, getting a real insight into how our clients work. Audits will range from a few days to a few weeks.

Studying and carrying out hands-on audit/client work can be challenging, but it provides the grounding to become a great accountant and business advisor.

You’ll work towards a professional qualification while getting varied and challenging on-the-ground experience. As an audit trainee you’ll study towards becoming ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) qualified (from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). This is enhanced by our acclaimed STEPS programme, through which you’ll develop the necessary personal and soft skills to enhance your technical learning.

Business Services

Our Business Services teams help our clients prepare year-end accounts, management accounts, and also assist with the preparation of forecasts and projections. They generally assist clients with other areas of compliance as well, including company and business taxation, company secretarial matters and VAT returns. The teams work closely with specialists in other departments to help clients resolve more technical queries and problems.

You’ll work towards a professional qualification while getting varied and challenging on-the-ground experience. As a trainee you’ll study towards becoming ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) qualified (from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). This is enhanced by our acclaimed STEPS programme, through which you’ll develop the necessary personal and interpersonal skills to enhance your technical learning.

Tax

Our Tax teams provide tailored taxation planning services to clients, including large corporate groups, family businesses and individuals. The teams deal with a variety of work, from complex planning and advisory to recurring compliance work. The tax departments (business, private client and VAT) work alongside partners and managers in the firm’s other departments. They provide the specialist in-depth advice required for the ever-increasing complexity of tax law dealing with HMRC administration and enquiries.

As a tax adviser you’ll be working with these organisations or individuals, interpreting complex legislation and delivering solutions in a way that the client understands.

As a graduate you can join the areas of Corporate Tax, Private Client or VAT.

You’ll work towards a professional qualification while getting varied and challenging on-the-ground experience. As a tax trainee you’ll study towards an appropriate qualification, usually either AAT/CTA (Association of Accounting Technicians/Chartered Tax Advisor) or the joint ACA/CTA qualification, depending on which of our offices you join. This is enhanced by our accredited STEPS programme, through which you’ll develop the necessary personal and interpersonal skills to enhance your technical learning.

What happens once you have qualified?

Once you’ve completed your training and are fully qualified, we want you to continue to develop. You could continue in the role you’ve qualified for, or you could look at working in another team such as corporate finance or insolvency, a different office, or even another country!

Our application process

We have designed a four step process to get you to an offer, no matter which role you are applying for. We know what it takes to be successful at PKF Francis Clark so will be looking for you to demonstrate various skills and behaviours at each stage.

Step 1 – Application form

You will need to complete our online application form and tell us a bit about you.

Step 2 – Online tests

If you pass our application form screening, you will be required to complete some online tests. These are verbal and numerical reasoning, and don’t worry, you’ll be given the opportunity to have a practice before the real test starts!

Step 3 – Phone interview

If you do well in your online tests, we will invite you to have a phone interview with one of our dedicated recruiters. We will want to get to know you a bit better as well as asking you some more formal questions.

Step 4 – Assessment centre

If you have demonstrated excellence throughout all of our previous steps, we will invite you to attend one of our regional assessment centres which are usually held at the end of November/ early December and if you are successful at this point we will look to make you an offer!

Applying for a role

We open our graduate applications in mid-September each year, and our application process running throughout October, November and December. We hope to have all our roles offered before Christmas each year. Successful applicants will look to join the firm the following August.

We don’t have a closing date, but would advise you to get your application into us as quickly as possible.

Our minimum requirements

We’re looking for confident people, passionate about our industry, who have lots of initiative and an organised approach. You’ll also need:

  • A 2:1 degree (or above) in any discipline (obtained or predicted)
  • 280 UCAS points, excluding general studies (obtained or predicted in the same year)
  • GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English, grade B or above
  • A passion for accountancy, tax and business services
  • A sense of fun and a desire to succeed

Reward and benefits

At PKF Francis Clark we’ll support you to become the best practitioner you can be, by providing you with:

  • A competitive salary with an annual review
  • A permanent employment contract whichever programme you join us on (excluding summer placements and work experience)
  • Full study support, including paid study leave
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays, rising to 25 days upon qualification
  • Pension
  • Life assurance

In addition, you’ll get other benefits such as:

  • Discounted gym membership
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme, a free 24/7 confidential service that offers all our people support with wellbeing, mental health and financial issues, as well as any other life challenges that you might need support with
  • Cycle to work scheme

We also offer a client and candidate referral scheme, whereby you’re rewarded for introducing clients or future staff to the firm.

Come and meet us

Each autumn we attend a number of university careers fairs, usually at the following universities: Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Penryn Campus (Exeter university), Southampton and University of the West of England (UWE). So, if you’re a student at any of these universities, please come along and say hello, we’d love to see you! We will post more detail about the events we are attending nearer the time. You can also register for job alerts for graduate roles, we will be able to keep you updated with any events that we will be holding or attending.

Each year, most of our offices offer 6-week summer placements, for one or two people per office. The idea is to give you an insight into what it’s like to work at PKF Francis Clark. You’ll get to work in a variety of different departments, which will expose you to the types of work we carry out, and most importantly, give you valuable experience of what it’s like to be a chartered accountant.

Summer placement programmes are aimed at undergraduates who have just completed their second year at university.

We open our summer placement applications in December each year, with interviews generally held in February. Successful applicants will then  join the firm for a period of 6 weeks during the following July and August.

Requirements

  • A 2:1 degree (or above) in any discipline (obtained or predicted).
  • 280 UCAS points, excluding General Studies (obtained or predicted in the same year).
  • GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English, grade B or above.
  • A passion for accountancy, tax and business services.
  • A sense of fun and a desire to succeed.

Come and meet us

Each autumn we attend a number of university careers fairs, usually at the following universities: Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Penryn Campus (Exeter university), Southampton and University of the West of England (UWE). So, if you’re a student at any of these universities, please come along and say hello, we’d love to see you! We will post more detail about the events we are attending nearer the time. You can also register for job alerts for graduate roles, we will be able to keep you updated with any events that we will be holding or attending.

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Telling it like it is

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