Applying for a training contract can be daunting, which is why we want to provide as much help and support as possible. Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions.
School leavers

What are the entry requirements?

Typically, you will need at least 120 UCAS points, or equivalent, gained at one sitting, plus excellent GSCE/National results with a minimum grade B/6 in English and Maths. However, please refer directly to the job specification.

If I want to become an accountant, what route is best for me?

As a school leaver, we will support you through completing the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB), which you can complete in one year. Thereafter, we would give full consideration to supporting you through your ACA qualification.

We have a number of school leavers who have taken an alternative route, studying towards the AAT qualification and then embarking on ACA.

We are very flexible and will work with you to establish the best option for you.

If I want to work solely in tax, what route is best for me?

We would support you through the ATT qualification, which would take you approximately two years to complete. Thereafter, other options will be considered to progress you within your career, including the option of the CTA qualification.

When is the closing date for applications?

Recruitment at Saffery Champness is an on-going process; we will continue to recruit until we have filled all of our roles. In general, our roles go live in September for positions beginning in September the following year. We therefore recommend you apply as early as possible once these roles go live, to give you the best possible chance of securing a training contract.

How do I apply?

You can apply online through our careers page, where you will find a list of our current vacancies. Clicking on the relevant vacancy will take you to an online application form, where you will be required to follow the instructions to complete your application.

What happens after I have submitted my application?

Once you have submitted your application, our HR team will make a decision as to whether your application is successful. If you are successful, then you will move through the following stages:

  • Numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning tests
  • Telephone interview
  • Virtual HR interview or assessment day

You will need to be successful at each of these stages before moving onto the next.

What is involved in the assessment day?

The assessment day is a great way for us to get to know you, your skills and what you are looking for. However, it is also a day for you to find out more about us. By coming in to meet with us you can really get a feel for the type of firm Saffery Champness is.

The assessment day is split into two sessions. In the morning you will have an initial interview with the HR team and a group exercise. We will also provide you with a presentation on the firm, as well as the opportunity to meet our current trainees and ask them questions over lunch.

If you are successful in the first part of the day, then you will stay for the afternoon session where you will meet with our partners. This session will be made up of a partner interview and a case study/presentation exercise.

How can I prepare for the assessment day?

In order to be successful at an assessment day, it is important that you know what’s involved in the role you are applying for and who it is you are applying to. We would therefore recommend that you read up on the firm itself and the qualification you would like to study for.

Understanding the training process will not only help you to decide whether this is the right role for you, it will also give you confidence when you come in and meet with us. For further advice on the interview process, please visit our hints and tips page.

Graduates

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have a 2:1 degree (expected or obtained) in any discipline and at least 120 UCAS points, or equivalent, gained at one sitting. Candidates must also have excellent GSCE/National results with a minimum grade B/6 in English and Maths.

Extenuating circumstances will be considered in exceptional situations but you may wish to discuss this with a member of our HR team before you apply.

Do I need to have studied a relevant degree in Accountancy/Maths/Business Studies?

Our trainees study the same materials during their training contract, ensuring that you receive all the information you need to be successful in a career in accountancy. For this reason we are happy to accept applications from students from any discipline. If accountancy or tax is your choice of career and you have met the minimum requirements, then don’t be afraid to apply just because you haven’t studied it before.

I graduated a few years ago, am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, we are happy to accept applications from those who are not recent graduates.

I have already started a qualification but I have changed my mind. Would I have exemptions from some of the ACA modules if I were to choose to do this as an alternative study route?

All graduates studying towards the ACA qualification will be expected to complete all the modules, no exceptions will be given.

What is the difference between ACA and ACCA?

Please visit the ICAEW website and the ACCA website for full details on these qualifications.

Do you offer sponsorship visas for international students?

Unfortunately the firm does not hold a sponsorship license. Therefore we are only able to accept applications from students who have the right to work in the UK.

What is involved in the application process?

Our recruitment process is split in to several stages:

  • Application form
  • Numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning test
  • Telephone interview
  • Assessment day

You will need to be successful at each of these stages before moving onto the next.

What is involved in the assessment day?

The assessment day is a great way for us to get to know you and for you to get to know more about the firm. It is a perfect opportunity to find out more about the type of clients we work with, the study route that is on offer and the environment that you can expect to work in should you be successful.

The assessment day is split into two sessions. The morning session will comprise of some basic numerical and verbal reasoning tests, along with an interview with HR and a group exercise, where you get to show off your presentation skills. You will also have the opportunity to get to know more about the firm during a formal presentation, followed by lunch with some of the firm’s trainees. This provides you with a real insight into what it might be like to work for Saffery Champness.

What sets us apart from the other graduate assessment days is that after the morning session you will know whether or not you have been successful. If you have been successful then you will be invited to the afternoon session. So there are no delays in getting feedback, this all happens on the day.

In the afternoon you will give a 10 minute presentation following your review of a case study, followed by a partner interview.

How can I prepare for the assessment day?

In order to be successful at an assessment day it is important that you know what’s involved in the role you are applying for and who it is you are applying to. We would therefore recommend that you read up on the firm itself and the qualification you will be studying towards. Understanding the training process will not only help you to decide whether this is the right role for you but will also give you confidence when you come in and meet with us.

For further help on the interview itself please visit our hints and tips page.

When will I know if I have been successful at the assessment day?

The day is split into two sessions. If you are not successful following the morning assessment, you will be notified and provided with feedback. However, if you continue through to the afternoon session, the firm will endeavour to inform you as quickly as possible.

How many trainees do you recruit each year?

On average, we recruit 60 trainees across our UK offices.

When is the closing date for applications?

Trainee recruitment at Saffery Champness is an on-going process; we will continue to recruit until we have filled all of our roles. In general, our roles go live in September for positions beginning in September the following year. We therefore recommend you apply as early as possible once these roles go live, to give you the best possible chance of securing a training contract.

How do I apply?

You can apply online through our careers page where you will find a list of our current vacancies. Clicking on the relevant vacancy will take you to an online application form.

Summer internships

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have a 2:1 degree (expected or obtained) in any discipline and at least 120 UCAS points, or equivalent, gained at one sitting. Candidates must also have excellent GSCE results with a minimum grade B/6 in English and Maths.

What is the difference between ACA and ACCA?

Please visit the ICAEW website and the ACCA website for details on both of these qualifications.

When is the closing date for applications?

Internship recruitment at Saffery Champness is an ongoing process; we will continue to recruit until we have filled all of our roles. In general, our roles go live in August for internships taking place in the summer of the following year. We therefore recommend you apply as early as possible once these roles go live, to give you the best possible chance of joining us for a summer internship.

How many interns do you recruit each year?

On average, we recruit 12 interns across our UK offices.

What is involved in the summer internship?

Our internship scheme runs for four to six weeks every summer. As an intern you will be partnered with a dedicated mentor whose job it is to ensure your placement is enjoyable and challenging. You will benefit from a basic bookkeeping course, as well as exposure to different departments within the firm. Your mentor will chart your progress and provide regular feedback during informal appraisals.

How do I apply?

You can apply online through our careers page where you will find a list of our current vacancies. Clicking on the relevant vacancy will take you to an online application form.

What is involved in the application process?

Our recruitment process is split into several stages:

  • Application form
  • Numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning test
  • Telephone interview
  • Virtual HR interview or assessment day.

You will need to be successful at each of these stages before moving onto the next.

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