Employers

Mazars

Type: Private

Founded: 1940

Employees: 13,500

We make a difference!

Mazars is an international, integrated and independent firm with over 13,500 people in over 70 countries delivering client service across market sectors and across the world, a career with Mazars means always having new things to learn as you work to achieve your highest ambitions.

Mazars specialise in Audit, Tax, Financial Advisory, Consulting and Outsourcing Services across a range of markets and sectors.

We not only make a difference for our clients, we can also make a difference for our staff.  We work across a broad range of sectors, including owner-managed ventures (some of the UK’s fastest growing entrepreneurial businesses), banking and insurance, public sector and charity, and we work throughout the UK and on international assignments too. Mazars acts for close to 500 charities and works with over 140 Social Housing. This means we offer a fantastic range of opportunities and experiences for all our staff to experience!  As a fully integrated international firm, we can give you the opportunity to work in one of our offices overseas, if you’d like to gain international business experience. We offer a diverse range of client services, so there are plenty of routes your career can take. Whichever path you decide is right for you – we’ll be on your side.

You’ll make a difference.

If you do decide to join the firm, you can be certain there is a plenty of scope for you to make a difference too! We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.  As future leaders of the firm...

 …….together we’ll make a difference!

For more information visit our graduate/school leaver careers website www.graduates.mazars.co.uk

Did you know?

In the UK Mazars has 120 partners and over 1,200 employees working at our 18 offices. In 2012, our UK fee income was £114.4m with a global fee income of our global fee income of €1.013m.

In Europe Mazars is the 5th largest firm in six countries (including France), the 6th largest in five countries (including The Netherlands) and the 7th largest in three countries (including Ireland).
Globally

  • Mazars is a single integrated international partnership in 69 countries.
  • The turnover from our integrated partnership is now €956.7m with a total headcount of 13,000
  • We also have correspondents and joint ventures in 15 additional countries.

Our clients

  • Mazars acts for 17% of the FTSEurofirst 100, including seven audit appointments
  • Mazars audits more FT Global 500 companies than any non-Big Four firm
  • In the UK Mazars has 18 FTSE 350 clients
  • We act for over 65 UK listed businesses
  • We act for the UK subsidiaries of 70 overseas listed companies
  • Mazars audits over 200 listed clients across Europe

School Leaver Training Schemes

Have you considered the alternative?

Go from Trainee, to Qualified Accountant, to the Top of Your Game!

Have you considered the alternative?

If you are due to finish school or have already done so, you will be considering your options for the future and might be weighing up the pros and cons of further education.  Have you considered the alternative to University?

Mazars can offer you an exciting head start by joining one of our trainee schemes for school or college leavers.

Mazars School Leaver Training Schemes

At Mazars you will train to become an Audit, Tax or Outsourcing professional.  To find out more about what it means to be an Audit, Tax or Outsourcing professional visit http://www.graduates.mazars.co.uk/school-leavers

You will receive a full study package and time off to attend college but, with Mazars your professional qualification is only part of the story. We support all our trainees with a blended approach to training and development, so classroom study, 1:1 coaching and support and, as you progress, technical and skills training to enable you to progress to management and leadership positions.

Regardless of which training scheme you join, our clients are key and we pride ourselves in providing the best possible client service at all times. It’s hard work, but it’s also challenging and rewarding.

Our training schemes offer you the opportunity to gain a professional qualification (AAT or ATT) whilst earning a competitive salary and gaining invaluable experience.

External Audit School Leaver – AAT

The school leavers we recruit into Audit each year train to become Accounting Technicans (AAT). We’ll support you through your exams, this usually takes two years. You’ll work primarily in audit, but will be exposed to other areas such as tax, assurance and advisory services. After completing your AAT exams there may the opportunity to study to become a Chartered Accountant.

What is an External Auditor?

An external auditor performs independent, third party reviews of the financial records of a company. The Auditor evaluates accounting, payroll and purchasing records as well as any documents related to investments, stocks or loans. The job of an auditor is to provide an accurate, unbiased analysis of the company's financial condition.

The objectivity of an external auditor is imperative to be successful. No connection to the company is permitted, as it may be construed as biasing the auditor's report. This detachment generally means the external auditor cannot be a friend or relative of an owner, manager or employee. The external auditor must not hold shares in the company or have any monetary stake in any of their subsidiaries or holdings.

To be fair and equitable, an external auditor should familiarise themselves with the nature of the business they are auditing prior to starting the assignment. For example, service industries and consumer goods companies have markedly different expenses as well as disparate methods of calculating profits and losses. Being aware of these differences is important for the external auditors conclusions to be accurate and constructive.

Businesses often depend on an external auditor to be their financial judge and jury. The external auditor’s findings strongly influence the company's reputation in both the private and public sectors.

What sort of person makes a good Auditor?

  • Having principles and working by them;
  • Being independent of mind because the job is to make sure that accounts are truthful;
  • Having an eye for detail: Understanding accounting practices is important – but audit is about how they are applied too; and
  • Thorough and diligent, because audit is Regulated.

Who are our Clients?

Our clients range in size from large multinationals to small owner-managed businesses across a number of sectors including banking and insurance, construction and real estate, energy, charities, media and technology. We also work with public sector bodies and private individuals.

Training scheme

AAT stands for the Association of Accounting Technicians. The AAT qualification gives you a great grounding in practical accounting knowledge and skills.

Successful completion of your AAT will also enable you to ‘fast track’ on to a Chartered Accountancy qualification. This makes the AAT route a very competitive alternative for talented A level students who are considering whether or not to go to university. You could be fully ACA qualified in as little as 4 years.

To find out more about the AAT qualification, go to www.aat.org.uk.

You will spend time away from the office to attend classes for tuition and revision stages of each exam. The classroom taught approach means that you will have the support of your peers and valuable study time for your exams.

What we look for

We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.

Academic requirements

  • We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.
  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).
  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.
  • If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

Closing dates for applications

We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.

Search vacancies

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Tax School Leaver - ATT

You’ll train to become a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians. There is potential to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation after this. You will be fully supported through your exams and will gain experience supporting our corporate and personal tax clients.

What is a Tax Trainee?

Your first year will be spent gaining an understanding of tax in general whilst completing the first stage of your professional qualification. Your technical knowledge will develop through the exam training and can be put into practice by working along side your colleagues both in tax and the wider Mazars teams.

Your day to day work will include the preparation of company and personal tax returns, the preparation of tax disclosures for the financial statements, and drafting notes on areas of technical research.

You will also have client management responsibilities such as providing advice on key filing and payment dates, liaising with HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) and administrative responsibilities such as producing analyses of time spent on client projects and drafting invoices.

As your training contract progresses your commercial understanding and technical knowledge will broaden, and you will build your own client portfolio, and begin to manage these clients.

Tax is not just about numbers….listen to Dia Tuncer explaining her view on what it's like working in Tax here.

What sort of person makes a good Tax professional?

  • Attention to detail and understanding how the detail fits into the wider picture;
  • A multi-tasker working within a number of teams and across a variety of tax disciplines;
  • A creative and lateral thinker with the ability to convey complex technical concepts in simple terms; and
  • A problem solver who can see the problems and come up with working solutions to deliver client service excellence.

Who are our Clients?

  • Corporate Clients
  • Public and Private listed companies from the defence sector to high street retailers

In tax, we work on a number of projects at any one time. We could be working with a bank or an insurance company in the morning and with a large retailer or a global publishing house in the afternoon. Alternatively, those who work with High Net-worth Individuals have clients such as entertainers, designers, investment bankers and executives of large listed companies

Training scheme

Tax is a dynamic, ever changing sector at the forefront of economic policy. Mazars operates a number of in-house courses which will give you technical insight to assist you to keep up with changes in legislation and case law, both in the UK and worldwide.

ATT stands for the Association of Tax Technicians. The ATT qualification will give you excellent introductory Tax technical knowledge and practical skills. You will study whilst gaining experience in a team of Tax professionals. Following successful completion of your ATT you could go on to study to become a Chartered Tax Advisor, through studying with the Chartered Tax Institute of Taxation.

To find out more about the ATT qualification, go to http://www.att.org.uk/home

You will spend time away from the office to attend classes for tuition and revision stages of each exam. The classroom taught approach means that you will have the support of your peers and valuable study time for your exams.

What we look for

We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.

Academic requirements

  • We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.
  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).
  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

Closing dates for applications

We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.

Search vacancies

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Outsourcing School Leavers - AAT

What is Outsourcing?

Our Outsourcing team provides a wide range of services from processing financial data to its analysis, which assists businesses in decision making and control.

Our school leavers work towards becoming Accounting Technicians (AAT) and you will gain vast experience of financial and management accounting, across a range of industries, as well as reporting on VAT and FSA compliance. After completing your AAT exams there may the opportunity to study to become a Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA).

What sort of person makes a good ATT Outsourcing professional?

  • Client service excellence, with great interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Having an eye for detail and being thorough and diligent;
  • International outlook to match our client aspirations;
  • Ability to roll up sleeves and get involved at all levels.

Who are our Clients?

At Mazars, you will be exposed to a variety of different clients:-

  • Private Clients
  • Owner Managed Businesses
  • Multi-national enterprises
  • Charities

Training scheme

AAT stands for the Association of Accounting Technicians. The AAT qualification gives you a great grounding in practical accounting knowledge and skills.

Successful completion of your AAT may enable you to further study to become a Certified Chartered Accountant. This makes the AAT route a very competitive alternative for talented A level students who are considering whether or not to go to university. .

To find out more about the AAT qualification, go to www.aat.org.uk.

You will spend time away from the office to attend classes for tuition and revision stages of each exam. The classroom taught approach means that you will have the support of your peers and valuable study time for your exams.

What we look for

We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.

Academic requirements

We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.

  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).
  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

Closing dates for applications

We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.

Search vacancies

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Undergraduate Schemes

Industrial Placements and Internships

Mazars is proud to run a specific programe for university students who are required to complete a year in industry as part of their four year degree course or students who are looking to complete an internship in their penultimate year.

A one year placement / internship provides undergraduates with an excellent opportunity to gain a range of professional experience within a leading Business Advisory firm. The successful candidate will develop knowledge through on-the-job experience.

The work you will be doing will be important. As such we expect a lot from our students. Equally you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from a highly successful team of professionals, develop your commercial awareness, client interaction and teamwork skills.

We also look to develop long term relationships with our placement/ internship students and if the placement goes well you may be offered a role to re-join Mazars on our Graduate Training scheme after you have completed your degree.

What we look for and academic requirements

We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.

Academic requirements

We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.

  • You will be on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 in your degree, although the subject of your degree is not important.

  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).

  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

Closing dates for applications and applying

We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.

Search vacancies

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Graduate Training Schemes

Have you considered the alternative?

There’s more out there than you think when it comes to professional services firms.  At Mazars you get the best of what you need as a graduate — an excellent graduate scheme full of challenges, with a personal touch. We have a variety of recognised training schemes to fulfill your career. You will have the support of a wide graduate network nationally. You'll quickly become part of the team and get the attention and feedback that you need.

We make a difference

From the first day you arrive at Mazars, you will be welcomed with rewarding work, a good client list and supportive colleagues – all the crucial ingredients you need to inspire and educate you as you study for your qualification.

You'll make a difference

If you do decide to join the firm, you can be certain there is plenty of scope for you to make a difference too!

...Together we'll make a difference

At Mazars we are proud to be able to offer our clients a wide range of services, and this is mirrored in the variety of training schemes we can offer: Audit Chartered Accountancy, Tax, Financial Planning and Internal Audit - Governance Risk and Internal Control Services.

Regardless of which training scheme you join, our clients are key and we pride ourselves in providing the best possible client service at all times. It’s hard work, but it’s also challenging and rewarding.

Your career progression is limitless

All our training schemes offer leading qualifications and supported exam training so which ever training scheme you choose to join, you’ll have a first-class business qualification behind you to differentiate you from the crowd.

Skills for business (SFB)

The SFB programme is a core part of the internal training you will receive during your training contract. It blends technical training with non-technical training to provide you with skill set to best service your clients. The technical training we provide will give you an insight into the practical application of the theoretical content of your respective qualification.

View an article from a new graduate attending the Skills for business here

External Audit - ACA (ICAEW/ICAS)

The graduates we recruit into Audit each year train to become chartered accountants. We’ll support you through your exams, this usually takes three years.

What is an External Auditor?

An external auditor performs independent, third party reviews of the financial records of a company. The Auditor evaluates accounting, payroll and purchasing records as well as any documents related to investments, stocks or loans. The job of an auditor is to provide an accurate, unbiased analysis of the company's financial condition.

The objectivity of an external auditor is imperative to be successful. No connection to the company is permitted, as it may be construed as biasing the auditor's report. This detachment generally means the external auditor cannot be a friend or relative of an owner, manager or employee. The external auditor must not hold shares in the company or have any monetary stake in any of their subsidiaries or holdings.

To be fair and equitable, an external auditor should familiarise themselves with the nature of the business they are auditing prior to starting the assignment. For example, service industries and consumer goods companies have markedly different expenses as well as disparate methods of calculating profits and losses. Being aware of these differences is important for the external auditors conclusions to be accurate and constructive.

Businesses often depend on an external auditor to be their financial judge and jury. The external auditor’s findings strongly influence the company's reputation in both the private and public sectors.

What sort of person makes a good Auditor?

  • Having principles and working by them;

  • Being independent of mind because the job is to make sure that accounts are truthful;

  • Having an eye for detail: Understanding accounting practices is important – but audit is about how they are applied too; and

  • Thorough and diligent, because audit is Regulated.

Who are our Clients?

Our clients range in size from large multinationals to small owner-managed businesses across a number of sectors including banking and insurance, construction and real estate, energy, charities, media and technology.  We also work with public sector bodies and private individuals.  

Training scheme

The ICAEW and ICAS* qualifications are two of the leading business and finance qualifications. They are internationally recognised and valued across the globe both in the private and public sector. The career of a chartered accountant is a varied and interesting one, and either qualification will provide you with the skills to be a successful business professional anywhere in the world.

*If you work in one of our Scottish offices you will study towards the ICAS qualification.

You will spend time away from the office to attend classes for tuition and revision stages of each exam. The classroom taught approach means that you will have the support of your peers and valuable study time for your exams.

What we look for and academic requirements

We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.

Academic requirements

We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.

  • You will have achieved, or be on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 in your degree, although the subject of your degree is not important.

  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).

  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

Closing dates for applications and applying

We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.

Please click here to search our current vacancies and to apply online.

Internal Audit - IIA

What is an Internal Auditor?

An Internal Auditor focuses on the adequacy and effectiveness of the processes and controls that are performed in a business. This is different from an external (Financial) auditor who will look to establish that the accounts are materially correct through a variety of tests.

An internal audit review can be performed on a variety of different areas of the business; from the finance department to the mailing department; ensuring it is sufficiently controlled. 

More often than not an internal auditor goes into so much detail that they gain a very in-depth picture of the operations of companies from the inside thus giving them a very transferable and marketable breadth of knowledge of how a company is run.

What sort of person makes a good Internal Auditor?

  • Being objective and providing a constructive viewpoint;

  • The ability to look at the wider issues and understand how an organisation may be impacted by internal and external factors;

  • Having an inquisitive mind, and using this to generate value added solutions; and

  • The ability to demonstrate individual flair with innovative solutions, whilst still maintaining a value of independence.

Who are our Clients?

  • Large Listed Companies

  • Governmental Organisations

  • Large General Insurance Companies

  • Lloyd’s Syndicates and Managing Agencies

  • Insurance Brokers

  • Mutuals 

  • Higher education establishments

  • Charities

Training scheme

Advanced Diploma in Insurance (The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

The CII provides market-led qualifications and study programmes which serve all sectors of the insurance industry and cater for all levels of knowledge and experience.  As the premier professional body for the financial services profession, a qualification from the CII will provide you with the technical competence and level of integrity required of your role.  The Advanced Diploma in Insurance is a professional qualification offered to our Internal Audit graduates working within the Insurance sector; providing an enhanced understanding of Insurance practice, both in terms of technical subject matter and overall application skills.  Studying for the Advanced Diploma will involve a three year training contract with Mazars, and successful completion will allow you the use of the designation “ACII”.  The Advanced Diploma is modular in structure and entirely exam based, therefore allowing you and your Training Manager to select the units of study most relevant to the type of work you are involved in.   

Diploma in Internal Audit Practice (Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)

The IIA is the only professional body focused exclusively on internal auditing.  The Diploma in Internal Audit Practice is the primary professional qualification for practicing internal auditors, and is the first of two stages to becoming a Chartered Internal Auditor.  We offer this qualification as an alternative to the CII option, for those working outside of the Insurance industry and wishing to gain a broader spectrum of knowledge in their professional qualification.  Studying for the Diploma will involve a three year training contract with Mazars, and successful completion will allow you to use the designation “PIIA”.  The Diploma is modular in structure and entirely exam based.  A fast track route is also available for those candidates who already hold a postgraduate qualification.

What we look for and academic requirements

We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.

Academic requirements

We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.

  • You will have achieved, or be on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 in your degree, although the subject of your degree is not important.

  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).

  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

Closing dates for applications and applying

Closing dates for applications

We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.

Search vacancies

Please click here to search our current vacancies and to apply online.

Tax - ACA

You’ll train to become a member of the ICAEW. There is potential to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation after this. You will be fully supported through your exams and will gain experience supporting our corporate and personal tax clients.

What is a Tax Trainee?

Your first year will be spent gaining an understanding of tax in general whilst completing the first stage of your professional qualification. Your technical knowledge will develop through the exam training and can be put into practice by working along side your colleagues both in tax and the wider Mazars teams.

Your day to day work will include the preparation of company and personal tax returns, the preparation of tax disclosures for the financial statements, and drafting notes on areas of technical research.

You will also have client management responsibilities such as providing advice on key filing and payment dates, liaising with HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) and administrative responsibilities such as producing analyses of time spent on client projects and drafting invoices.

As your training contract progresses your commercial understanding and technical knowledge will broaden, and you will build your own client portfolio, and begin to manage these clients.

Tax is not just about numbers….listen to  Dia Tuncer explaining her view on what it's like working in Tax: http://tinyurl.com/cgojv4f

What sort of person makes a good Tax professional?

  • Attention to detail and understanding how the detail fits into the wider picture; 

  • A multi-tasker working within a number of teams and across a variety of tax disciplines;

  • A creative and lateral thinker with the ability to convey complex technical concepts in simple terms; and

  • A problem solver who can see the problems and come up with working solutions to deliver client service excellence.

Who are our Clients?

  • Corporate Clients

  • Public and Private listed companies from the defence sector to high street retailers

In tax, we work on a number of projects at any one time. We could be working with a bank or an insurance company in the morning and with a large retailer or a global publishing house in the afternoon. Alternatively, those who work with High Net-worth Individuals have clients such as entertainers, designers, investment bankers and executives of large listed companies

Training scheme

Tax is a dynamic, ever changing sector at the forefront of economic policy. Mazars operates a number of in-house courses which will give you technical insight to assist you to keep up with changes in legislation and case law, both in the UK and worldwide.

Furthermore, as part of the three year Mazars training scheme you will study to become a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). There is later potential to specialise and become a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). 

You will spend time away from the office to attend classes for tuition and revision stages of each exam. The classroom taught approach means that you will have the support of your peers and valuable study time for your exams.

What we look for and academic requirements

We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.

Academic requirements

We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.

  • You will have achieved, or be on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 in your degree, although the subject of your degree is not important.

  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).

  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

Closing dates for applications and applying

We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.

Search vacancies

Please click here to search our current vacancies and to apply online.

Mazars Financial Planning - CII

What is a Financial Planner?

A Financial Planner is a regulated and qualified expert in advising clients on the optimum management of their financial affairs. This will involve understanding a clients current circumstances, future aspirations and options available, and then constructing a financial strategy that will meet their objectives in the most efficient and effective manner. This involves detailed financial modelling and client counselling, as well as the research and recommendation of appropriate investments and financial products. The role requires a high level of investment, legal and tax knowledge, as well as an ability to conduct both quantitative and qualitative research.

Our graduate trainees are fast-tracked to becoming either Financial Planners or specialists in other areas, such as investment management, research or compliance, depending on aptitude and preference.

Unlike the majority of financial services firms, we are purely fee-based and do not retain commission generated by any products that we might recommend as part of our advice. This enables us to demonstrate our objectivity and impartiality, as our income is not contingent on ‘selling’ a product.

What sort of person makes a good Financial Planning professional?

  • An effective communicator - able to convey technical concepts in accessible terms

  • Excellent attention to detail - able to identify and highlight important information to clients

  • Acts ethically and with integrity - we work in a regulated Industry, this is also vitally important in building relationships with clients

  • Looks to the long term - we look to support the long term success of our clients and offer them advice accordingly

Who are our Clients?

At Mazars, you will be exposed to a variety of different clients:-

  • Private Clients

  • Owner Managed Businesses

  • Multi-national employers

  • Trustees of private, Family, Charitable and Pensions trusts

Training scheme

In the first two years, you will study for the Chartered Insurance Institute's Certificate in Financial Planning, progressing to the Advanced Diploma and, ultimately to both Certified and Chartered Financial Planner status. Achievement of all these exams is likely to take at least  5 years, although you may become regulated to provide advice in your own right after a minimum of 3 years. Alongside this you will have the support of a designated manager an a graduate network so you are never on your own.

You will spend time away from the office to attend classes for tuition and revision stages of each exam. The classroom taught approach means that you will have the support of your peers and valuable study time for your exams.

What we look for and academic requirements

What we look for

We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.

Academic requirements

We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.

  • You will have achieved, or be on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 in your degree, although the subject of your degree is not important.

  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).

  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

Closing dates for applications and applying

Closing dates for applications

We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.

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Mazars Employee Benefits - CII/PMI

What is Mazars Employee Benefits?

We are a specialist team within Mazars LLP that work with employers on their benefit strategy, Employers provide benefits to employees to help attract and retain key employees as well as meeting legislative requirements. For employers who have no benefits we can design and implement benefits to meet an agreed budget. For employers with benefits we can review them to reduce costs, set up new benefits to meet employee needs and help communicate benefits either face to face or using technology. For most employers the pension scheme is the most important benefit and we specialise in advising employers on all aspects of their pension schemes. For larger employers we are also able to help set up and administer a flexible benefits plan where employees are able to choose the level and range of benefits to suit their particular needs.

What sort of person makes a good Employee Benefits professional?

We have a number of different roles within our team and therefore a flexible approach is essential. The ability to work within a professional services team requires a strong work ethic as well as good organisational skills. We would expect a successful graduate to develop into a client facing manager with responsibility for a portfolio of clients and income generation. As our clients are employers a good understanding of business needs and requirements is a essential skill.

Who are our clients?

Our clients range from large global organisations to small medium size employers. As well as providing services to Mazars audit clients we also have a number of self generated clients that have either been introduced to us via professional firms or we have developed from our marketing activity. Our number of clients has increased considerably over the last few years as we continue to grow as a team.

Training scheme

This is a new scheme for our team and the programme will develop with successful candidates. In the first year we would expect the focus to be on financial services generally to provide a solid foundation to the industry. This will involve internal training as well as exams towards a professional qualification such as the CII (Chartered Insurance Institute) or PMI (Pensions Management Institute). Future development will focus on more specialist areas including pensions, group risk and flexible benefits.

What we look for and academic requirements

We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.

Academic requirements

We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.

  • You will have achieved, or be on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 in your degree, although the subject of your degree is not important.
  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).
  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

Closing dates for applications and applying

We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.

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Outsourcing Services - ACCA

What is Outsourcing?

Our Outsourcing team provides a wide range of services from processing financial data to its analysis, which assists businesses in decision making and control.

Our graduate trainees work towards becoming Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and you will gain vast experience of financial and management accounting, across a range of industries, as well as reporting on VAT and FSA compliance.

What sort of person makes a good ACCA Outsourcing professional?

  • Client service excellence, with great interpersonal and communication skills
  • Having an eye for detail and being thorough and diligent
  • International outlook to match our client aspirations
  • Ability to roll up sleeves and get involved at all levels.

Who are our Clients?

At Mazars, you will be exposed to a variety of different clients:-

  • Private Clients
  • Owner Managed Businesses
  • Multi-national enterprises
  • Charities

Training scheme Mazars’

Outsourcing offers a flexible graduate scheme. The programme lasts for three years, during which you will study towards the ACCA qualification, gaining practical experience along the way.

The training scheme will guide you to develop the necessary skills to handle your own portfolio of clients and you will be provided with opportunities to manage client relationships.

You will be given significant responsibility from the offset, but you will have the support of a line manager, a mentor, and a graduate network, so you are never on your own.

You will spend time away from the office to attend classes for tuition and revision stages of each exam. The classroom taught approach means that you will have the support of your peers and valuable study time for your exams.

What we look for and academic requirements

What we look for

We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.

Academic requirements

We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.

  • You will have achieved, or be on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 in your degree, although the subject of your degree is not important.

  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).

  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

 

Closing dates for applications and applying

Closing dates for applications

We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.

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Restructuring Services - ACCA

What is Restructuring Services?

Mazars Restructuring Services team provides investigation, restructuring, turnaround and insolvency advice and services to underperforming and financially distressed businesses, their lenders, stakeholders and advisors.

So what sort of person makes a good Restructuring Services professional?

  • Having principles and working by them
  • Having an eye for detail
  • Able to display empathy
  • Able to juggle the requirements of a portfolio of cases

Who are our Clients?

We advise a wide range of clients across the UK - from large corporations, owner managed businesses, partnerships and sole trader businesses, to major banks, law firms and government agencies. And because we’re a global firm, we work across international borders too.

We work with each client to find the best possible solution for all stakeholders, whether it’s putting a recovery plan in place for a long-term future or winding operations down”

Training scheme

The ACCA is the global body for professional accountants. ACCA qualification will provide you with skills and knowledge relevant to any business.

This training scheme will lasts for three years, and whilst gaining practical experience you will also study towards the ACCA qualification.

The training scheme will guide you to develop the necessary skills to handle your own portfolio of clients and you will be provided with opportunities to manage client relationships.

You will spend time away from the office to attend classes for tuition and revision stages of each exam. The classroom taught approach means that you will have the support of your peers and valuable study time for your exams.

 

 

What we look for and academic requirements

What we look for

We want driven professional individuals who excel at working with others, who have the ability to communicate at a high level and who share the same values as Mazars. Alongside this you must be able to demonstrate analytical skills, commitment, drive, commercial awareness, flexibility and creativity.

Academic requirements

We look for candidates who can demonstrate a strong academic track record.

  • You will have achieved, or be on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 in your degree, although the subject of your degree is not important.
  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).
  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account. 

Closing dates for applications and applying

We do not have a closing date for our vacancies, so you can apply all year round. However, competition is high so we would advise that you apply as early as you can.

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Entry Requirements

School Leaver

  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies)
  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

If there were extenuating circumstances that affected your result(s), please tell us in your application form so we can consider whether we take them into account.

Undergradautes

  • If you are a graduate - you will have achieved, or be on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 in your degree, although the subject of your degree is not important
  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).
  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

Graduates

  • If you are a graduate - you will have achieved, or be on course to achieve, at least a 2.1 in your degree, although the subject of your degree is not important.
  • You’ll need at least 280 UCAS points (to have achieved in the same academic year, from your best 3 ALevels and excluding General Studies).
  • We also look for Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.

The Application Process

  1. Application - Decide which training scheme you wish to apply for and complete our online application form.
  2. Review on-line application - We’ll go through your online application in detail. If you’re successful, we’ll ask you to complete a online numerical and verbal reasoning tests so we’re sure you meet the high standards we set.
  3. First interview - If your application is successful, the next stage is for you to come and meet us. You’ll have a one hour interview with a manager or member of the Graduate Recruitment Team. The first part of this interview will involve an analytical exercise, the remainder will involve questions to assess whether you can demonstrate the capabilities required for the role. Our aim is to find out more about you and see if you are right for us. You should also make sure you ask questions so you can assess if we are the right firm for you. We’ll endeavour to let you know how you got on within one week.
  4. Assessment Centre - If your first interview went well, we’ll invite you to come back and meet the team at your chosen office. You’ll have another capability interview, normally with a Partner or Director, and will also undertake some team and written exercises. You will also have the chance to find out much more about Mazars and meet members of the team including Partners.
  5. Our decision - If we decide to offer you a place at Mazars we’ll give you a call within a week to tell you the good news.

Getting through some graduate schemes can be a harrowing affair, but it doesn't have to be. At Mazars we don’t want to put you off before you start. However, the competition is tough and our selection process is thorough.

Hints and Tips

The Application Form

Graduate websites, careers centres, even friends already working in accountancy can all give you good advice on how to tackle job applications.
When filling out your application form remember to:

  • Plan your answers - When applying online, write your answers in a Word document first. Your answers will be easier to check in this format and you can copy and paste them when you are ready.
  • Get to the point - Instant impact is best. Decide what information is most relevant for the job you are applying for and put it at the top of your application.
  • Don’t make it up - Interviews could be based on the answers you’ve given to competency questions. Don’t exaggerate; you don’t have to have saved the world to impress.
  • Give examples - You just need to show examples, however small, of where you’ve had a positive impact on a situation.
  • Check your form - Get someone you trust to proof read it carefully. Most jobs require written and communication skills. An application form riddled with grammatical and spelling errors won’t impress, whatever the content.
  • Give yourself time - At Mazars we read every application form the whole way through, so it really does matter what you write. Try and leave it overnight before reading it through and hitting send.

The Interview

  • Be yourself - Interviewers are looking for certain skills for a particular job. But personality is important. We are looking for people who we can enjoy working with, five days a week.

  • Wear a suit - Unless specifically told otherwise. It’s much better to be overdressed than underdressed and it shows you’re serious about the job.

  • Any questions? - You’ll be asked this at the end of any interview. Make sure you know about the company and have at least one decent question.

Competency Based Interview

What is a competency based interview?

Competency based interviews are based on the premise that past behaviour predicts future behaviour.  Candidates are asked questions about how they have actually behaved in past, related situations.

During the interview all candidates are asked the same opening questions to ensure consistency across interviews.  The interviewer will then ask probing questions to follow-up candidates’ responses.  Notes are taken during the interview in order to assess the candidate’s performance once the interview has finished.  Candidates’ responses are marked against a pre-defined rating scale to ensure consistency across interviews.

Before the interview - preparation is key

  • List all the skills and behaviours required for the role.  This will highlight the job’s duties and responsibilities. Use this to identify the skills and behaviours that are required for the role and are therefore likely to be assessed. 

  • For each competency, skill and behaviour think of specific examples of situations in which you have demonstrated these attributes. Have these examples in your mind during the interview, so that you are able to refer to these when relevant. 

  • However, avoid preparing ‘model’ answers as this may cause you to provide responses that do not completely answer the specific question being asked. 

During the interview - top tips when responding

  • Do not feel that you have to immediately jump in to responding to a question.  For example, you can say to the interviewer ‘Please can I take a moment to gather my thoughts’.  Take a moment to think of a specific example that would best demonstrate your capabilities.

  • Ensure that you listen carefully and fully understand the question and what is required before responding. 

  • The interviewer is interested in you and your suitability for the role. When providing an example it is therefore important to demonstrate what you personally did in that situation.  For example, if describing an example of working as part of a team, the interviewer is less interested in what the team as a whole did, and more interested in the actions you personally took as part of that team.

  • Use genuine examples and be prepared to have your examples explored in more depth.

  • Be specific in your responses. Provide examples of specific situations to demonstrate the behaviours required.  In addition, when responding to the probing questions, ensure you are specific in your response.  This will help to ensure the authenticity of your responses.

  • Avoid responding in general terms.  The assessor is not as interested in what you tend to do or what you might do, but more interested in what you actually did.

  • Provide clear, concise and informative responses. Provide enough detail so the interviewer understands the example and so that you are able to demonstrate your ability in that area, but not too much that your key messages are lost.

A useful model to use for interviews

Using the STAR model may help you when preparing for your interview. It is also useful to keep in mind when responding to questions, as it provides a logical structure to your answer. The STAR model describes the following:

Situation: the context of your example.

Task:  what you had to do.

Action: what you did, how you did it and why. 

Result: the outcome

When responding to a question using the STAR model, the action step is particularly important. This is where you will need to demonstrate your skills and capabilities.  It is therefore important to focus the majority of your response on this part. However, it is also important that you make the outcome clear, so that the assessors can see the impact and effectiveness of your actions.

The Assessment Day

The assessment day will take place in the office/region of your choice. The day will consist of a number of exercises as well as some informal sessions. You will have the opportunity to meet staff at different levels, all of whom have added to the continued growth and success of our company. We will have sessions covering both the wide range of practical work you can expect with us and the training we offer to our graduates/school leavers, as well as a presentation about Mazars.

  • Don't forget this is a two way process so ask as many questions as you want.
  • Remember to be yourself - your personality is important to us.
  • An overview of what to expect at the Assessment Day

Interview - the interview will be a competency based interview with a Partner. Different competencies will be accessed at this interview. However please refer to the interview hints and tips page on how prepare for a competency interview.

Group Exercise - one of the key skills we access is being able to work as part of a team. It is essential that you listen to the instructions at the beginning of the exercise as this will provide you with information on what is required of you.

Presentation - you will be required to present a short individual formal presentation. The presentation topic will be given to you on the day, so there is nothing to prepare for in advance.

Intray Exercise - this is a time pressured written exercise where we access your information assimilation, solution finding and analytical skills.

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