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Graduate Trainee Accountant

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Train to be an ACCA accountant with the biggest broadcasting organisation in the world!

Who are you?

  • You love detail, working with numbers and problem solving
  • You’ve done your degree, but want to continue learning and gain a further qualification
  • You want a globally recognised qualification with a globally recognised employer
  • You want a chance to explore different accounting areas, before deciding where to specialise

Role Responsibility

What we’re offering

  • A varied experience, where you will undertake a number of placements so that you can learn about different parts of financial processes at the BBC
  • A chance to really get into the detail of all the things that make the BBC
  • Fully funded training and development for you to qualify your ACCA, including time off to study
  • A salary of £22,500.  There will be 2 salary increases - subject to meeting defined objectives and exam success (after 18 months and 3 years) with a final salary of circa £29k once you have qualified.
  • The role will start in September 2019 and is based in Cardiff. You’ll be part of the move to our brand new building in Cardiff’s Central Square.

Within the BBC Finance Centre of Excellence in Cardiff, you will undertake a number of placements to expose you to the different parts of the financial processes at the BBC:

  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • Capital accounting
  • Financial Planning & Analysis
  • VAT and Corporation Tax
  • Payroll and many more

This will ensure that you’ll be equipped with valuable technical skills, a broad commercial understanding and in-depth knowledge of many aspects of the BBC.

Alongside the work, you’ll be training towards becoming a qualified accountant (ACCA). This promises to be an equally rewarding and challenging career which can open up a whole host of opportunities for you.

Role Responsibilities:

During your placements within the BBC Finance Centre of Excellence, the tasks you will be expected to carry out will vary as you move between different placements. Some of your responsibilities are likely to include:

  • Assisting with the preparation of monthly management accounts and KPI's, including balance sheet reconciliations, journals, accruals and prepayments
  • Assist in the preparation of the year end statutory accounts
  • Assist in the annual budget and forecasting processes
  •  Analysing and reconciliation of a wide range of financial data
  •  Maintain accounting documents and records, ensuring all files are up to date.
  • Assisting in the production of monthly VAT and annual Corporation Tax returns
  • Ad-hoc duties and project work

Are you the right candidate?

  • You must be a team player who can demonstrate initiative
  • You are a strong analytical thinker and you take pride in solving problems
  • You are determined, resilient and committed to complete an intensive 3-year training programme
  • You have the energy and ability to work accurately and deliver high standards of work to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as you need to be able to work well with colleagues across the business
  • You are able to work on their own initiative and have effective time management skills
  • You must be working towards or have achieved a minimum 2.2 degree. If you haven’t studied accounting don’t worry! You can still make an application. We’ll want to see evidence of great problem solving and numerical ability throughout the application process.
  • We’d like you to have a minimum of 3Bs at A’level. If you were close to achieving this but not quite then we will still consider you. The ACCA qualification is a big commitment and you need to be determined and resilient to pass the exams and coursework so we would like to read about these skills on your application form.

You must hold documentation that gives you the right to work in the UK on a permanent basis from September 2019 to be eligible for this role.

Package Description

For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

Welsh language skills are not necessary  /  Nid yw sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg yn angenrheidiol

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, and an application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.  /   Mae modd cyflwyno ceisiadau yn Gymraeg, ac ni fydd cais a gyflwynir yn Gymraeg yn cael ei drin yn llai ffafriol na chais a gyflwynir yn Saesneg.

We will offer a competitive salary which will increase periodically, subject to exam performance and other objectives being met. A wide range of additional benefits are also available.

BBC staff get 25 days holiday a year and you can buy or sell days to suit you. As well as national bank holidays, you’ll also get an extra day-off between Christmas and New Year.

Application process:

  • Deadline for applications. 12th April 2019. All applications will be reviewed after this date. The application form consists of a main question for you to tell us why you are the right person for this scheme, as well as an area for you to tell us your qualifications so far and what you are working towards. We'll also ask you to attach your CV.
  • Assessment Centre - Cardiff. If you are successful following the initial application process, you will be invited to an assessment centre. The dates of these assessment centres are to be confirmed but are likely to take place in late April or early May. You will hear from us at least one week before the assessment day whether you have been successful.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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