At Mazars we have a wide range of opportunities for you to gain experience in a firm that truly cares about your aspirations. Our business is an engine for rapid and consistent career progression, and we are known for giving ambitious people early responsibility and exposure.
Are you a school leaver with strong interpersonal skills with a keen interest in building a career in advisory and consulting? Are you a credible and effective communicator? This is a great opportunity to join a specialised team providing expert advice relating to all matters surrounding corporate bankruptcy.
About the role
As a school leaver apprentice trainee in Mazars National Bankruptcy Centre, you will learn to provide high-quality investigations, prepare expert reports, models, and testimony on financial and accountancy matters. You will develop the capability to deal with crisis scenarios around individual’s financial affairs and enhance your strategic thinking, stakeholder management and commercial mindset decision making. Your involvement will potentially include preparation of pitches and proposals and client reporting. You will have the opportunity to help individuals by administering their bankruptcy estates and outcomes for creditors and clients. These are just some examples of the interesting and varied work we will engage you in during your training with our team.
During your first and second year you will:
- Undertake in-depth financial analysis and document reviews, working closely with managers and partners to support the preparation of reports.
- Gain experience in assisting with asset recovery, strategy implementation, stakeholder engagement and distributions to creditors.
- Prepare targeted data for report drafting and correspondence
- Assist managers and partners by preparing tables, charts, exhibits and appendices for inclusion in reports.
- Develop an understanding of a variety of financial and accounting disputes in numerous sectors.
- Produce high quality research / presentation packs for meetings with existing and prospective clients including market and deal research, valuation multiples and potential buyers / acquisition targets.
- Assist on building financial models and undertaking financial analysis.
- Take ownership of administration tasks across all aspects of a Personal Insolvency situation
- Communicate with third party agents and intermediaries such as solicitors, property agents, insurers and employment specialists.
- Be able to obtain relevant information from targets whilst also building rapport with clients.
- Assist experienced colleagues with the management of their portfolio of cases, including matters of asset realisation, learning to apply statutory forms and meticulously comply with statutory procedures.
During your third year you will:
- Take ownership of drafting sections of a report allocated to you.
- Self-review own work, ensuring it is client ready and consistent with the expected house styles and quality.
- Aid less experienced team members.
- Attend meetings with stakeholders contributing on specific aspects of deals, such as buyers list and marketing document sections.
- Support project management by ensuring the set timetable is followed by all parties involved (including other financial/legal advisors).
- Gain experience in financial portfolio managements of cases, cashiering and risk management.
- Be a point of contact for clients and third parties throughout projects.
- Gain experience in complex negotiations and strategy implementation
- Understand reasons for financial failure and options assessments
- Prepare documents and research for business development meetings with key intermediaries.
- Support the team in its business development and marketing activities.
- Effectively balance multiple projects and responsibilities.
In your final year you will take on more responsibility in the form of your own portfolio of cases reporting directly to experienced individuals within the team. You will be expected to take responsibility for larger sections of expert reports, or for the entirety of a smaller project, ensuring completion delivery within stated deadlines. This will include actively participating in both team and client meetings and taking responsibility for the budget of the project and active participation in some marketing and business development activities.
About the team
Overview of the Advisory & Consulting service line
The Advisory & Consulting Service Line is a rapidly growing, award winning, global group of successful teams working together to present a go-to-market differentiator whilst delivering the highest quality of work for our clients. If you are successful in securing a role on our training programme you will join a team of 600+ innovative specialists across a variety of sectors including Financial Services, Industry & Services, and Public Services with consultative expertise in Risk & Management Consulting, Internal Audit, Actuarial and all aspects of the Tech & Digital space. Our Advisory teams are at the forefront of large international infrastructure projects, global M&A transactions, high-profile forensic investigations, business valuations, corporate restructuring and creditor advisory services; all with the aim of adding value to clients by finding solutions to a range of financial issues as one collaborative team.
An introduction to our National Bankruptcy Centre rotation programme
As part of our unique National Bankruptcy Centre training programme, you will be offered the opportunity to rotate through various parts of the market leading personal insolvency business.
- Formal Insolvency
- Complex Bankruptcy & Investigations
- Dividend and Closure team
- Client Services
As you rotate you will have the opportunity to work across a range of industries from large corporations to owner managed business to private clients. We also operate asset recovery in many different sectors both in the UK and around the world.
We are looking for exceptional candidates to join our team who demonstrate the following:
- Interpersonal skills: the ability to build client relationships with a foundation of trust and responsibility.
- Ability to communicate professionally both internally and externally orally and in writing.
- Analytical skills: the ability to think critically, research and solve problems.
- Attention to detail and strong time-management skills.
- Commitment to self-development & learning.
- Robust sense of ethical duties and dealing with difficult and sometimes emotional situations
- Ability to work effectively in a team with a strong affinity with our values; in particular, respect for individuals, inclusion and diversity, and integrity.
- Ability to work under pressure whilst recognising the deadline or urgency to be dealt with.
- Ability to make confident and clear presentations.
Strong academic performance is important; however, we understand that things don’t always go to plan. Our recruitment process looks at your whole self – academic achievements as well as other experiences in which you have grown and developed. We balance your academic results alongside the aptitude assessment within our recruitment process to ensure that you will be successful in your role with us.
Mazars & me: who are we?
Mazars is a leading international professional services firm delivering exceptional quality in audit, tax, financial advisory, outsourcing and consulting. It’s also a fun, fast-paced, positive place to work and make friends.
At Mazars, we celebrate individuality and thrive on teamwork. We give people the freedom to make a personal contribution to our shared purpose. We support one another to deliver quality, create change and make an impact. So that everyone can reach their full potential.
Every story is different at Mazars. Our people have amazing, personal experiences so the best way to learn about life here is to hear it first hand from them.
Learning and development
We offer a diverse range of experiences, with prestigious clients and dynamic projects across a range of sectors and geographies. We offer an excellent technical grounding and real responsibility from the start, with early exposure to clients and partners. We have a culture of coaching, feedback, mentorship and one-to-one support, so you will learn from working closely with accessible colleagues and leaders who have so much to share. Most importantly, we give our people the tools and support they need to define their own career path and realise their full potential. As part of your training, we offer the opportunity to gain a professional qualification whilst earning a competitive salary and gaining invaluable experience.
This includes funding, time off to study, attend college and complete online courses. Your professional qualification is only part of the story at Mazars; we support all our trainees with a blended approach to training and development including classroom sudy, 1:1 coaching, and soft skills training. We will fund your study towards the CFAB, CPI and JIEB qualifications.
You will be supported by a mentor and an appraising manager to keep your career and aspirations on track. And you will be allocated a buddy who will support you to settle into the team and navigate your first year at Mazars.
Inclusion and diversity
Being inclusive is core to our culture at Mazars; we want to ensure everyone, whether in the recruitment process or beyond, is fully supported to be their unique self and provided with a level playing field. To read more about our approach click here.
At Mazars, we are one diverse, multicultural, multi-generational team with a huge sense of connection and belonging. If you are looking to join a firm where you can take ownership of your career, get involved, believe in yourself and put your ideas into action, then we think you will be a great addition to our team.
Roles will be closed as soon as we find the right people, so to avoid disappointment we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.
International applications – Please note that the deadline to apply for international candidates who require visa sponsorship is 15 March 2024. Applications received after this date will not be progressed.