Accounts Apprentice - AAT - Southampton

Accounts Apprentice - AAT

Department: Audit and Accounts
Office: Southampton - 12-14 Carlton Place

Applications to: Nicky Brookes

Main purpose of Role:

To learn and develop within the company, working in the audit and accounts department supporting them as appropriate.

Promote the HJS Solutions brand.

Major Responsibilities & Duties:

  • To attend college relating to AAT programme on block or day release as appropriate.
  • Assisting in the preparation of accounts.
  • Dealing with monthly and quarterly book keeping on behalf of clients.
  • Processing accounting records
  • Preparing VAT returns for review
  • Preparing account reconciliations for review
  • Producing end of year accounts on a bespoke software package
  • Preparing corporation tax returns and computations for review
  • Preparing personal tax returns for review
  • Begin to develop an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles reporting rules, where applicable and financial statement presentation.
  • To ensure personal timesheets are accurate and timely so that budgets and forecasts are met.
  • To effectively operate all office systems.
  • Use computerised accounting software.
  • Work closely with the supervisor to obtain and maintain up to date technical knowledge.
  • To handle queries from client as appropriate
  • To maintain interface with clients in order to resolve any technical issues as appropriate.
  • Achieve agreed client objectives.
  • To provide support and training to team members as required.
  • Any other duties as requested at a level appropriate to this role.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Personal chargeable time budget to be achieved as agreed at the beginning of each financial year
  • Customers satisfied with service provided.
  • Production of client work to agreed timescales.
  • Production of client work to agreed budgets
  • Work accurate
  • Responding to client’s emails/ telephone calls within 24 hours.
  • Statutory timescales met.
  • Achieving satisfactory study progression
  • To assist achieving team billing targets

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade A - C, including Maths and English
  • At least 2 A Levels grade A – C (or equivalent)
  • Computer literate
  • Good IT skills, particularly in the use of spreadsheets

Requires Attributes & Skills:

  • Prepared to commit to a college based learning programme.
  • An interest in business and finance
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A thorough, methodical and logical approach
  • Being friendly and tactful
  • Be able to recognise when consultation is required.
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment.
  • Ability to get on with colleagues and clients alike
  • Highly motivated self-starter with ability to multitask and complete assignments within time constraints and deadlines.
  • Discretion and honesty when handling confidential information.

Working conditions:

Normal office conditions.


In 3 years following completion of your AAT qualification we would expect to see indications that you are taking ownership of all assignments allocated to you and working towards a semi-senior role within the team.


Please email a copy of your CV and covering letter to Nicky Brookes

Southampton Office

12-14 Carlton Place
SO15 2EA

Tel: 02380 234 222

Winchester Office

6 Charlecote Mews
Staple Gardens
SO23 8SR

Tel: 01962 842000

Reading Office

3 Richfield Place
Richfield Avenue
Reading, Berkshire

Tel: 0118 9511 115

London Office

90 Long Acre
Covent Garden

Tel: 0203 470 0777