Graduate Trainee Programme

£20,100 - £28,000 per annum
06 Sep 2017
13 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Graduate, Permanent
Full Time


  • To assist in the delivery of financial statements audit and value for money work at audited bodies in compliance with audit delivery manuals.
  • The job involves working as part of a team to complete, or assist in the completion of audit tasks in line with agreed procedures.
  • As a trainee team member, typical activities include the audit of financial systems and financial statements, research, data collection and analysis of data.
  • Support in studying towards a CCAB accountancy qualification.
  • Developing an understanding of public sector audit, value for money and accounting issues.
  • A good understanding of the challenges facing the public sector in Wales and the role of the public sector auditor in holding to account and promoting improvement.
  • An understanding of audit and accounting standards and their application to the public sector, including emerging and technical issues.
  • Effective time management skills particularly the ability to work across a number of audits at any one time.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Good analytical skills and the ability to demonstrate sound professional judgement.
  • Ability to form and develop effective working relationships with audited bodies officers and WAO colleagues alike.
  • Present a confident and professional image with colleagues and audited bodies.
  • Convey information clearly, concisely and accurately, both orally and in writing.
  • Prepare good quality audit working papers for review.
  • Demonstrate good written skills, including use of plain English, for the production of clear, accessible and succinct reports (or contribution to other’s reports).
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy for proof reading correspondence and formatting reports containing high risk, complex or confidential information
  • Delivering audit tasks within agreed timescales, budgets and in accordance with the Audit Delivery Manuals.
  • Take a planned approach to work and contribute effectively to more than one team.
  • Learning to evaluate systems, identify weaknesses and suggest improvements
  • Conduct fieldwork across a range of account areas.
  • Learning to identify findings and develop meaningful recommendations which are based on audit evidence.
  • Submit well organised and well written documentation for review.
  • Able to act on own initiative but knowing when to seek supervision and guidance from colleagues.
  • Generate ideas, advise and influence the shape of national studies, audits and corporate work.
  • Works according to agreed WAO processes.

About You

  • Has an understanding of the role and function of the public sector in Wales, the challenges it currently faces and the related political environment
  • Is proficient in the use of MS Office software applications, in particular Word and Excel
  • Evidence of working in a team environment
  • Communicates professionally, succinctly and with clarity, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work flexibly and manage own time effectively to ensure work is completed to appropriate standards and timescales as set out by others
  • Works effectively, enthusiastically and engaged as a member of a team
  • Understands the importance of working to prescribed standards and processes
  • Analyses information and identifies areas for improvement
  • Displays self-awareness and willingness to learn from experience and continually acquire and apply new and relevant knowledge and skills
  • Sound questioning and listening skills to understand views of others
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive and professional working relationships
  • Ability to drive or be able to drive within the probation period
  • Strong academic achievement at both A Level and degree Level
  • Minimum of five GCSEs (Grade A*-C), including maths and English language
  • Commitment to self-development and learning

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