Grant Thornton International is an umbrella organisation of independently owned and managed accounting and consulting firms, employing 29,000+ across more than 100 countries. The UK branch of Grant Thornton, generates the second highest profits after its US counterpart and is the fifth largest accounting firm in the UK.
Exciting, dynamic and caring!
- Expect a lot of responsibility and challenging work from the start
- Efficient, open and collaborative culture
- Training is very good with lots of courses and feedback
- The firm talks the talk and walks the walk on green policies and initiatives
- Informal, friendly interview process
- Some managers expect too much from trainees
- Getting hired in London is harder than at regional offices
As a Grant Thornton trainee you’ll have the opportunity to join one of five business areas: audit, tax, actuarial, technology risk services and recovery and reorganisation. You'll also have the opportunity for internal secondment to develop your skills across our business areas.
Our trainees tell us that there's never a dull day when working in audit. The variety and challenge is what keeps it exciting and being part of something that's fundamentally right at the heart of business gets them out of bed each morning. As a trainee, you 'll be working with and advising dynamic organisations of all different sizes and from a wide range of sectors, delivering effective and innovative solutions to help unlock their potential for growth. You'll be central to their growth journey; as a trusted adviser you'll be helping them achieve their ambitions and taking them from where they are to where they want to be. Alongside this, you will be studying for your professional qualification. Find out more.
Public sector audit:
Grant Thornton has become the number one supplier of public sector audit services to local governments and the NHS, something we're really proud of. The work we do here impacts absolutely everyone across the whole of the UK. The public sector audit team focuses on the public bodies, government departments and national services that are constantly in the news, as they reorganise their financial operations according to the changing government legislation. The scope for making a difference is huge and the business advisers who work within this area talk about the sense of value they bring on a daily basis. You 'll spend most of your time onsite with clients, such as local government and NHS bodies, helping them to continue delivering services in the most cost-effective way. Find out more.
Our clients look to us not only to save money, but also to ensure they are operating within the law. Working in the tax team, it's about interpreting complex legislation and delivering solutions in a way that the client understands. Tax is a cost to their business and we, at Grant Thornton, are here to operate efficiently, to manage that. We hire trainees into several different areas of tax: Corporate Tax, Tax Investigations, Entrepreneurial & Private Client Services, VAT, Financial Services, Financial Planning, Employer Solutions, Property and Transfer Pricing. Find out More.
As a trusted business adviser in the actuarial team, you'll need to be a confident communicator, as you advise your clients of the best way to mitigate risk, and promote growth within their organisation. You'll work closely with your clients on project-related services, guiding them through planning, budget management, and risk resolution. No two assignments are the same, and one day you could be helping a pensions company understand its future liabilities, and the next, advising an insurance company on how much capital it requires. You'll constantly be challenged as you explore different businesses to identify and analyse areas vulnerable to risk. Here more than anywhere you'll need to balance a thorough technical understanding with a passion for business and the wider market which helps unlock potential for growth for the dynamic organisations we work with. Find out More.
Technology risk services:
Technology risk services deals directly with all risks involved with using business technology. Here, you'll be able to balance your interest in consulting with your love of technology. It's one of the most exciting teams, giving you exposure to up-to-date technologies used by dynamic organisations across the UK and further afield. As part of the technology risk services team, you will be working with private and public sector clients, and you'll need to have the ability to think strategically and see the big picture as well as focus on the technical elements and drill down to the relevant detail for the client you're working on. You will deliver solutions that will enable clients to strengthen internal controls, implement sound organisational strategies, increase technological capabilities and improve their operational efficiency. You'll need to balance a passion for business with a passion for technology to help our clients unlock their potential for growth. Find out More
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As a leading financial and business adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP has offices in 30 locations across the UK, more than 25,000 individual and 15,000 corporate and institutional clients, and now regularly posts revenues in excess of the $1 billion barrier. Grant Thornton International is an umbrella organisation that encompasses 100 independently owned and managed accounting and consulting firms worldwide, including Grant Thornton UK. This accounting network employs more than 2,400 partners in over 100 countries and over 29,000 people globally. The UK branch, Grant Thornton UK, generates the second highest profits after its US counterpart and it is the fifth largest accounting firm in the UK – a position it seems content to maintain, rather than attempt to break into the Big Four.
In 1924, 26-year-old Alexander Richardson Grant – then a Chicago based senior-accountant with Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young) – left the relative comfort of an established company to pursue his plan for public accounting. He subsequently founded Alexander Grant & Co – a firm committed to providing services to mid-sized companies; this stance is still held by the firm today.
The 1950s and early 1960s were times of explosive growth and centralisation for the firm. During the mid-1960s the firm’s leadership decided it was the ideal time to expand internationally. In 1969, Alexander Grant & Co joined with firms from Australia, Canada, and the UK to establish the organisation of Alexander Grant Tansley Witt.
By 1980, Alexander Grant & Co had joined with 49 other accounting firms – most notably Thornton Baker in the UK, a firm with similar qualities, clients and values. These alliances culminated in the founding of Grant Thornton International, in 1986, when US firm Alexander Grant merged with UK firm Thornton Baker. Then in 2007, Grant Thornton UK merged with Robson Rhodes – the biggest merger in the UK since PricewaterhouseCoopers’ inception in 1998 – to become the fifth largest accounting firm in the UK.
The UK’s outpost has three main departments: audit, tax and advisory. It does however offer additional services, including corporate finance, business risk services, forensic investigation services, financial advisory, recovery and reorganisation, renewable energy and environment services, fraud insolvency and technology services. The firm provides these services to more than 40,000 individuals, privately-held businesses and public interest entities. And the vast majority of AIM-listed companies automatically look to Grant Thornton for their services – a situation reflected by a client list 40% greater than its closest rival.
Grant Thornton’s audit services are particularly commendable. The independent Takeover Panel that supervises and regulates takeovers and mergers recently named Grant Thornton UK as their new external auditor – a role previously bestowed to PricewaterhouseCoopers. This makes Grant Thornton the external auditor for three important regulatory bodies, as it also audits the Financial Services Authority and Institute of Chartered Accountants, in England and Wales. Additionally, Grant Thornton produces an annual review of corporate governance in the FTSE 350, which has become a standard reference document on the market.Read all 262 employee quotes
Grant Thornton takes on graduates in a number of departments, including audit, tax, recovery and reorganisation, actuarial and business risk services. It then offers successful applicants the chance to specialise within these areas. Applications are made through an online form; however, the requirements are tough. To secure a place on the graduate programme, you'll need at least a 2:1 in a relevant discipline, 300 UCAS points and a B or above in GCSE Maths and English.
If your application is successful then you’ll have to sit two online 20 minute aptitude tests – one verbal reasoning, one numerical. However, their website does offer applicants help and advice on preparing for both of these. If successful, you will be invited to a competency interview (or phone interview) with a member of the HR team. The questions asked will explore your academic and vocational decisions, including what attracts you to a career at Grant Thornton in particular and why you want to join the service line to which you applied.
Tick the interviewers boxes, and you’ll be invited back for an assessment. The assessment day at Grant Thornton is generally considered to be more laid back and relaxed than at other firms. It will last approximately three hours and consists of a 30 minute partner case study and, in some cases, a 45 minute interview with a manager. This will be followed by a lunch with the other candidates, before concluding with a company presentation from the HR team. You'll be please to hear that Grant Thornton don't mess around – candidates are normally notified of the outcome of the final interview within 5 working days.
Grant Thornton Graduate Recruitment Info
Application Deadline: 29 September 2013
No. of UK employees: 4,000+
No. of UK partners: 240+
Graduate intake: Approx. 250
No. of UK offices: 28
£20,000 -- Audit, Entry level, Cardiff
£20,000 -- Audit, Entry level, Bristol
£20,000 -- Audit, Entry level, Bristol
£20,000 -- Audit, Entry level, Bristol
£20,000 -- Audit, Entry level, Bristol
£20,500 -- Audit, Entry level, Cardiff
£23,000 -- Tax, Entry level, Milton Keynes
£25,500 -- Tax, Entry level, London
£25,750 -- Tax, Entry level, London
£26,500 -- Tax, Entry level, London
Actuarial and Risk
Audit & Assurance
Business Risk Services
Buying & Selling
Corporate & International Tax
Forensic and Investigation Services
Fraud Insolvency Division
Large Corporate Tax
Not for Profit
Operations & Post Deal Services
Outsourced Accounting and Payroll
Public Sector Assurance
Public Sector Audit
Public Sector Consultancy
Public Sector Risk Management
R & D Tax Relief
Recovery & Reorganisation
Renewable Energy & Environment Services
Tax Investigations Services
Wealth Management & Financial Planning
Contracted hours are 8:45 to 17:15 but we are often required to work longer than these hours. I would say a normal week I would work each day from 8:30 to 18:00. In terms of flexibility we have to work around the hours which our clients work which is the nature of the job.Graduate, GlasgowHelpful?
We recycle paper and have a container in the kitchen where you can donate old clothes and mobile phones to charity. We are about to move over from paper filing to electronic filing to further reduce waste.Graduate, OxfordHelpful?
It depends on the department, generally once you are qualified you will get your first promotion, after that it depends on how well you perform in your job.Graduate, LondonHelpful?
I wanted to learn about business and companies, but I was keen to do it as someone who knew what they were talking about... unlike a management consultant!Graduate, BristolHelpful?
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No. of UK locations: 28
UK locations recruiting graduates:
Bury St Edmunds