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Graduate ACA  Trainee - St Albans and London

Location: St Albans and London

Job Type: Permanent - full time

Salary: Competitive

Rayner Essex is looking for Graduate ACA Trainees to join our Audit Team, in both our London and St Albans offices, with opportunities available in both September 2022 and January 2023.

Study package: Comprehensive structured 3-year training programme including sponsored study towards the ICAEW Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA qualification)

Varied practical experience: Completing both audit and accounting work, you will have the opportunity to experience a varied and interesting workload across a range of clients and sectors. Our diverse portfolio provides the ideal training environment to develop breadth and depth of skills and knowledge.

Supportive team: Working with our experienced and knowledgeable team, you will quickly develop your skills to become an integral part of Rayner Essex. Our track record of graduates choosing to stay at the firm after qualification to progress to the next stage of their career speaks for itself.


  • Assisting in the preparation of working papers for audit files
  • Assisting with the preparation and review of a set of accounts
  • Assisting with corporation tax computations


As a graduate, you will join a three-year sponsored training programme to study towards the ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification, ACA.  We work with an established training provider to maximise your ability to successfully pass your exams.

In addition you will receive professional skills courses as we believe this training is vital to your professional development and will ensure that on qualification you have not only the technical knowledge needed but also the client and management skills required to be successful in your role.

We will give you a balance of practical experience and structured theoretical training to allow you to quickly develop your skills and be a meaningful part of our team.


We are looking for graduates who are highly motivated and have a desire to learn, along with excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.  We welcome applications from graduates of any degree discipline.  In order to apply your should have the following:

  • A minimum of 2.2 expected or obtained degree (any discipline welcome)
  • 120 UCAS points or above
  • GCSE Maths (or equivalent) grade 6 or above (grade B or above prior to 2017)
  • GCSE English Language (or equivalent) grade 5 or above (grade C or above prior to 2017)
How to apply for this role

The closing date for applications is Friday 29th July 2022.

For further detail of the duties and responsibilities please click here for a job description.

To apply please click here for an application form.

Please return your completed form to

Please note that CV only applications will not be considered and an application form must be completed. Applications will be reviewed on receipt and the position maybe closed early should a suitable candidate be identified. If you have any questions about the application process please contact

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What can we offer you?

Our success depends on our people and the recruitment and retention of high quality staff is crucial to the continued success of our firm.

We are a friendly firm and it is important to us that everyone enjoys coming to work and feels challenged and supported in their role. We are committed to offering you a varied and interesting workload and the support to ensure that you have the skills to perform at your best.

In addition to offering a competitive reward package, we provide the opportunity to continue to develop your skills through on the job training as well as structured learning and development. Where possible, we look to promote from within and want to reward staff through recognition and promotion when opportunities arise.

The firm attained the Investors in People accreditation in 2010 and was reaccredited in 2016, reflecting the firm’s sustained and continuing commitment to invest in its staff.


We keep our benefits package under review to ensure that we remain competitive and as an employee of Rayner Essex you will enjoy:

  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days holiday (with the ability to buy and sell holiday each year)
  • Pension provision
  • Health cash plan
  • Occupational sick pay scheme
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Season ticket loan for travel
  • An active social committee with frequent and varied events throughout the year

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