Smith & Williamson

Smith & Williamson is a leading independently owned financial services firm combining an accountancy practice, investment management arm and a private bank.

We provide award-winning services to individuals, corporates, professional practices and non-profit organisations. The breadth of services we offer as a firm is unparalleled and makes us unique in the industry. However, our hallmark is the integrity and the commitment we give to our client relationships.

These are the values that have been at the core of Smith & Williamson since it was founded over 100 years ago. These values allow us to continue to provide the kinds of bespoke solutions to our clients that really make a difference.

To provide the service our clients expect we know our trusted business advisers need an empowering and supportive work environment. With 13 UK offices and global reach through membership of Nexia International, we're big enough to be competitive. Yet our size means you'll be part of a friendly, enthusiastic team.

Your career is our future. That's why we are committed to developing trusted business advisers who can really fulfil our clients' potential.


At Smith & Williamson we recruit high calibre people with the skills, knowledge and commitment to meet the demands of the business. We offer a number of entry routes to start your professional training.

Graduate Programmes - Graduate Trainees joining departments across assurance & business services, business tax and private client tax services pursue one or more of the following qualifications: Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA), Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). Our investment management trainees work towards the Investment Advice Diploma (IAD) and the Masters in Wealth Management (CISI).

Whichever area you choose, you’ll get first–class training and will develop the skills needed to become a trusted business adviser. In addition, placements in other departments mean greater insight into our business and the chance to expand your networks across the firm.

Summer Internships - You won't be left making the tea on an internship at Smith & Williamson. We want to show you how we work, and find out more about you. And, most importantly, your ability to make the kind of difference we're looking for in our future business advisers. That means getting involved with the type of work that our graduates carry out on a day-to-day basis. Hands-on experience in our tax and business services division can include everything from attending meetings with partners to client visits.

Higher Apprenticeships - If you’re looking for an opportunity where you will be doing real work, for real clients with real responsibility from an early stage, look no further. You’ll also work towards obtaining a recognised level five professional qualification; either the Certificate of Finance and Business (CFAB) or Associate Tax Technician (ATT). Smith & Williamson will provide full support throughout your studies, including ongoing in-house training, appraisals, and mentoring. Upon successful completion of the CFAB or ATT qualification and positive performance appraisals, you will have the opportunity to qualify as either a Chartered Accountant (ACA) or Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). Both the ACA and CTA qualification are renowned as one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. Many of our very best people have worked their way up from where you are now, and they’ll be there to offer advice and support throughout.

What we look for

Graduate trainee roles in Investment Management require a minimum B grade in GCSE Maths and English Language, 320 UCAS points in your top three A-levels (excluding General Studies) and a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree.

Graduate trainee roles and summer internships in Assurance & Business Services, Business Tax and Private Client Tax Services require a minimum B grade in GCSE Maths and English Language, 300 UCAS points in your top three A-levels (excluding General Studies) and a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree.

Higher Apprentice roles in Assurance & Business Services, Business Tax and Private Client Tax Services require a minimum B grade in GCSE Maths and English Language and 280 UCAS points in your top three A-levels (excluding General Studies).

However, joining us is not just about the academic qualifications. We know you’re bright, but we’re looking for something extra: the difference that you can make to our team.

We’re looking for people who are able to work both independently as well as being strong team players with the ability to work effectively with others, both from their own and other departments within the firm. This means that you can get to the heart of our clients’ needs and provide tailored and effective solutions.

You’ll have a genuine interest in business and be committed to and enjoy meeting challenges, both those of our client business and your own career development.

In return, we’ll provide all the support and experience you need to help you grow into a trusted business adviser. For us that means exemplary client service, so you’ll be keen and able to learn from experts in their fields, and develop your own skills across a diverse client base.

How to apply

Applications open on the 1st September 2016 – we advise you apply as early as possible. All applications should be submitted through our trainee website.

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