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Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprentice (Finance Operations) (4297)

We're a full-service law firm, which means whatever advice is needed we can help. Giving the best possible advice is about more than knowledge and expertise. We seek to understand the people and business we work with as deeply as possible and take time to listen to what matters most to them.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

Your Role

We are looking to recruit a finance apprentice to join our friendly finance risk and procurement team based in Sheffield.  The team deals with a wide range of finance and accounting work for the organisation. 

Given the nature of the role, we will be working with Damar, the training provider who will provide full study support for this Level 3 Accounts Assistant apprenticeship. This is an apprenticeship opportunity and following completion, you will obtain the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting as well as the Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship badge of honour.   You can find more information on the apprenticeship via this link Accounting Apprenticeships - Damar Training.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is keen to progress their career specifically within the finance and accounting arena. 

As part of the finance, risk and procurement Team, the successful candidates will gain unique exposure to a high volume, fast paced, central support function. The apprenticeship will include rotation through various Finance teams to provide experience and training in different disciplines, all supporting the service to the business, including data entry, reporting, sales ledger processing, purchase ledger processing, financial controls, bank reconciliations and regulatory reporting.

 This will include, but not limited to:

Under the supervision of Team Leaders

  • Working as part of the team in the identification of electronic receipts into the IM Group bank accounts and processing accurately and within client SLA’s and regulatory rules onto the accounting system
  • Working as part of the team checking and processing outgoing bank transfers from all IM Group bank accounts and processing accurately and within client SLA’s and regulatory rules onto the accounting system
  • Working as part of the team responsible for all group bank reconciliation and treasury functions
  • Assisting Management Accounts with month end reporting as required.
  • Working in the team responsible for the processing to the accounting system of all the Groups Sales ledger items (invoices to clients) working under pressure to meet tight month end deadlines.
  • Working in the team responsible for checking and processing to the accounting system all the groups Purchase ledger items (invoices to be paid) including checking bacs payment runs.

What you’ll be doing

  • Gathering, checking and data entry of information onto the Finance and Accounting systems
  • Extensive use of MS Excel and multiple spreadsheets for analysis
  • Dealing with phone calls to and from clients
  • Dealing with and replying to emails and phone calls from internal customers and stakeholders at all levels of the business.
  • Using judgement to escalate any issues appropriately to the Team Leader
  • Production and analysis of data from the accounting system
  • Attending and contributing to Team meetings taking notes and actions
  • Developing an understanding of the regulatory framework and regulatory reporting, including International Finance Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Solicitors Regulatory Authority Accounts Rules (SAR’s) surrounding the holding of client funds.
  • Developing an understanding of the financial transactions supporting the provision of a legal service to clients


Our Apprenticeship

Who is it for?

This is a 24-month apprenticeship perfect for anyone who wants to gain hands-on experience at the UK’s largest full-service law firm.

This apprenticeship is a good alternative to university, as it gives you the chance to earn while you learn. It also helps you to work towards the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, helping to develop your career from day one.

What will I study?

The training and development part of the apprenticeship is delivered by our apprenticeship training provider Damar Learning via distance learning and through interaction with a dedicated coach assigned to you throughout the programme. The modules you study will link to the client service area in which you undertake your apprenticeship.

View more information on what you’ll study and the work you’ll do as part of your apprenticeship on the Damar Learning website.

What are the entry requirements?

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grade A* to C or 9 to 4 (or equivalent), including Maths and English. You’ll also need at least 3 A Levels (or equivalent) at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies) in order to meet the minimum academic requirements needed to complete this apprenticeship.

If you have a law degree, you are unable to apply for this apprenticeship however you could apply for a Training Contract with us. Visit our Early Careers Recruitment website for more information. 

What happens after the apprenticeship?

When you finish your apprenticeship, you will obtain the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting as well as the Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship badge of honour. There will be an opportunity to be considered for permanency or to apply for alternative roles within Irwin Mitchell. 

What We Can Offer You

Our apprentices receive a full benefits package including:

  • 25 days holiday with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • 2 volunteering days a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • We pay our apprentices a starting salary of £19,838
  • Access to a variety of training and development resources

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture.

Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

The background checks made will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.  The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.


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Riverside East, 2 Millsands, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, S3 8DT

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  • Sub-Department:
    Group Financial Operations
  • Sub-Division:
    Finance, Risk & Procurement
  • Company:
    IM LLP
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