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Firm Introduction

At Kreston Reeves, our purpose is to guide our clients, our colleagues, and our communities to a brighter future. Our purpose is rooted in our values, and our values define who we are, what we stand for, and how we behave.

We help dynamic businesses, charity and not-for-profit organisations, private individuals, and families with much more than just accountancy and financial advice. We get to know and understand your needs, and our people’s dedication to providing a personal service sets us apart from the competition.

We’re now looking for an Accounts & Outsourcing Graduate to join our team.

Firm Culture and Benefits

It’s often said that it’s the people you work with that make a job special. At Kreston Reeves, we really believe that’s true. With 200 years of history behind us, we’re long-standing employers in the Kent, Sussex, and London communities. Our reputation is upheld by our people, who make it stronger every day. We live our values, creating a culture so our people can thrive.

We’re proud to support our people; from hybrid working, offering a better work/life balance, to engaging in conversations around mental health and wellbeing – we want all our people to feel valued and appreciated.

But we don’t stop there – we take an active role in giving back to our communities, with our Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, Kreston Reeves Foundation charity and paid volunteer days, so our people can support the charitable causes closest to their hearts.

We offer a huge range of benefits – you can find out more here. Our people are our greatest asset, so if you think we’re the right fit for you, read on to find out more about the role.

Firm Culture and Benefits

Having started out over 100 years ago, we are long-standing employers across our office communities in Kent, Sussex, London – and beyond. We’re really proud of the reputation we’ve built and we’re grateful to our people for making it stronger every day. Our strong commitment to living our firm’s values means we listen carefully to our teams and enjoy helping each other succeed – creating a culture in which our employees can thrive and provide the highest service to our clients.

We want all our employees to be rewarded for their hard work and enjoy a balanced lifestyle, which is why we offer benefits such as agile working, and an engagement programme centred around mental health and wellbeing.

We are also proud of our active Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. Our own Kreston Reeves Charity Foundation enables us to consistently ‘give back’ to our local communities wherever we can, as well as provide opportunities for our employees to get more involved in charitable work and in choosing the causes which benefit from the Foundation. We give all of our employees the option to take one day paid each year for volunteering so they can support the charitable causes closest to them.

Other benefits we offer our employees include up to 5% contribution on our pension scheme and a grade specific flexible benefit pot to use throughout the year on a range of benefits (including mandatory Private health plan, Death in service and Income protection) from gym membership and restaurant discount cards, to travel insurance and additional health insurance – and much more.

We are proud of the positive culture and flexible working environment our employees enjoy.

Role Description

Each year we recruit graduates and school leavers to undertake a three or four-year training contract in order to become a qualified Accountant.  Training is undertaken with a leading provider. You will be given periods of block release to attend courses with exams being spread over the three or four year period.  Our student training programme ensures that trainees are kept up to date with current processes and technical knowledge.  We support them with regular reviews and feedback to help assist them in achieving their maximum potential.

The objectives of the role

To become a qualified accountant, to be involved in a wide range of different tasks, from assisting clients with management accounting, producing financial statements and associated tax.


Typical tasks during the period of training, will include:

  • Posting clients transaction on to the accounts production software, from either the client’s software or manual records.
  • Review and analyse the transactions to ensure correct postings, and post necessary journals for accounting adjustments and provisions.
  • Reconciliation of balance sheet items, obtaining supporting evidence where necessary, and engage in client conversations to aid in our understanding of more complex transactions.
  • Advise the client of any adjustments made by way of year end journal adjustments, and in some cases post these transactions for the client. Giving consideration as to how these adjustments impact direct and indirect taxes.
  • Ensure the statutory accounts produced contain the relevant accounting polices and notes, and the transactions have been classified correctly.
  • Consider events since the balance sheet date and their potential implication on the accounts in terms of adjustment and disclosure.
  • Attend client meetings with managers/partners to present the accounts, and on ad hoc occasions throughout the year.
  • Provide on the job training to subsequent student intake
  • Feedback to juniors on work undertaken to assist in their progression
  • Accountable for setting budgets on jobs, updating budgets
  • Involvement in the billing of clients, proposing bills, raising them, and cash collection.
  • Plan work effectively so that relevant filing deadlines with Companies House and HM revenue and customs are met.
  • Discuss with clients and make suggestions to their bookkeeping software used, and any add on’s that might be appropriate, and ensure its compliant for legislative change such as Making Tax Digital.
  • Keep up to date with the software’s available to clients in an ever-changing environment.
  • Assisting clients on running reports and posting entries on to their software system.
  • Production/Review of monthly/quarterly management accounts
  • Production/review/submission of quarterly VAT returns
  • Prepare tax computations based on accounts produced, and review of tax sensitive items.
  • Prepare self assessment tax returns, partnership tax returns and Corporation tax returns.
  • Submission of self-assessment tax returns to HMRC.
  • Advising clients as to how tax liabilities arise, payment dates, and tax planning opportunities for future years.
  • Liaising with HMRC over VAT/PAYE/coding notice/payment plans/enquiries.
  • Preparation of P11ds
  • General business advice to clients in the course of our work

Personal requirements

  • Be prepared to study in your own time to make sure you get the most from your studies and achieve exam success
  • Attend tuition and revision courses with a leading training provider, as well as attend internal student courses
  • Enthusiasm and an interest in business and accountancy
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Effective time management
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability and desire to learn and develop, and adapt to change
  • Knowledge of the firm


School leavers

  • GCSE’s Maths and English Grade C or above
  • ‘Good’ A levels, OR

Please advise us why we should consider your application.


  • GCSE’s Maths and English Grade C or above
  • 2:1, OR
  • 2:2 with ‘good’ A levels, OR

Please advise us why we should consider your application.

  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Area of Specialism: Audit and Assurance, Business Advisory
  • Location: Horsham (West Sussex)
  • Salary: Competitive
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