Corporate Services Assistant – ACCA / ICAEW student

This position is for a Grade 1 Assistant in our Corporate Services Team – joining us as either a university graduate, or AAT qualified, or with life and or transferrable relevant work experience.

Dafferns is a leading audit and accounting firm dedicated to providing excellent service to our clients across a wide range of service, industrial and not for profit sectors. We provide audit, assurance, accounts, tax, and advisory services, with proactive advice and ethical tax planning – we work with ambitious small, medium, and large UK and international businesses, charities, business owners and private individuals. 

We have a grading system covering all roles within the firm, as follows; 1 Assistant, 2 Semi Senior, 3 Senior, 4 Assistant Manager, 5 Manager, 6 Senior Manager, 7 Director, 8 Partner. 

Job description

A Corporate Services Assistant works as part of a team, assisting our semi-seniors and seniors on audit, assurance and accounts compilation assignments, for small and medium sized UK companies and charities, reporting under UK GAAP.

Key responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with team members to achieve tasks efficiently and effectively
  • Support colleagues and contribute to a positive and inclusive team environment
  • Build relationships with peers internally and externally
  • Ensure compliance with relevant standards, regulatory requirements, and internal policies and procedures
  • Stay aware of changes in auditing standards, regulations, and industry trends
  • Actively participate in training sessions and professional development opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills
  • Maintain client confidentiality outside the office including on client premises

Qualifications and skills

  • A relevant or even a good non relevant degree from a recognised University, preferably  2.1 or 1st
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to organise and manage time efficiently and effectively
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and independently when necessary
  • Take responsibility for work tasks and quality, managing own workload and deadlines under supervision
  • Show enthusiasm and commitment to undertaking tasks as required and in seeing tasks through to completion
  • Maintain high professional standards of conduct and practice
  • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) 
  • Prior work experience in audit or accounting is advantageous but not required


  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Opportunities for career growth 
  • Supportive work environment with a focus on professional development
  • Exposure to diverse clients and industries
  • A full time position, 37.5 hours per week
  • Ongoing training package, which includes:
    • ICAEW/ACCA fully funded study package
    • Block-release for study, or home study through a recognised training provider (such as Kaplan or BPP);
  • Creation of your personal development plan
  • Online external training and CPD courses
  • Structured internal training sessions, soft skills training, on assignment training and internal mentoring within the team
  • Annual holiday starting from 22 days per annum, plus bank holidays;
  • Company Pension – 4% employee / 4% employer contributions after qualifying period of 3 months
  • Death in Service Life cover (with up to six times salary)
  • Income Protection Insurance

How to apply 

Please submit your CV and cover letter by email to [email protected] by 31 July 2024.