Dains is committed to recruiting high calibre professionals and has a continual expansion programme for our growing compliance and specialist service departments.

We are always keen to hear from professionals looking for new opportunities so please feel free to send in your CV along with a covering note outlining your area of specialism to: careers@dains.com


Graduate programme 2018 


We are looking for people that can not only produce numbers but also build lasting relationships with clients and advise on all aspects of their business.


At Dains we recognise that our success is dependent on our most important asset - our people. That is why we have developed an award-winning training programme to ensure that our trainees are given every opportunity to be the business leaders of tomorrow.


Our approach:


For the graduate who is looking for a firm in which they can enjoy a rewarding career, look no further, as our firm offers one of the widest ranges of professional services available to businesses throughout the Midlands.


Within the accountancy practice our core business areas are as follows:


  • Accountancy & Business Services
  • Audit
  • Business Recovery & Insolvency
  • Corporate Finance
  • Taxation - Corporate, Employment, Private and Indirect
  • Forensics


Dains is a dynamic and modern thinking Professional Services firm with a people-focused culture. Our strengths and opportunities lie in our independence and our reputation for quality and knowledge.


Our management team is comprised of highly skilled individuals who will help you to forge your career and develop all your potential.


Dains operates as one business and our collaborative approach means that we can offer a wider range of business solutions than is associated with a traditional accountancy practice.


Current opportunities:


For 2018 we are currently offering AAT, ACA, ACCA and ACA/CTA trainee contracts in the following core business areas:


  • Audit - Birmingham
  • Audit - Stoke on Trent
  • Taxation - Birmingham (Apprenticeship)


Our next graduate assessment days will take place:


  • 6 + 7 th February in Birmingham 2018
  • 13 + 14th February in Stoke on Trent 2018


Our minimum Requirements:


  • Minimum Grade B in Maths and English at GCSE level or equivalent
  • A minimum of 112 UCAS points or equivalent (Excluding General Studies)
  • 2:1 honours degree predicated
  • Eligibility to work in the UK


In return…


  • A fully funded ACA or ACCA block release study package;
  • 33 days annual leave (including normal statutory bank holidays);
  • Buying and selling annual leave
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Payment of professional subscriptions;
  • Regular reviews and training
  • Staff rewards scheme
  • Smart working hours
  • Flexible working hours
  • Group staff pension scheme
  • Death in service of 4 times salary
  • Volunteer days
  • Refer a friend / client
  • Wellbeing refreshments


How to Apply


Please forward your CV and covering letter to: careers@dains.com


Audit Senior (Birmingham x 1, Stoke x 1)


Dains is looking to recruit an Audit Senior.  The role will require you to plan, delegate, review and complete audit and accountancy work for Manager review and supervise junior members of the team.  This position will be based out of the Birmingham office.


These will include, but are not limited to:


  • Provide liaison between client and Manager during the audit.
  • Supervise the audit team, providing leadership, control and guidance as required.
  • Ensure that high standards of quality, reporting and advice are maintained throughout the audit.
  • Plan the assignment and supervise the team in order to complete work on time and within budget and identify alternative or innovative methods of completing the assignment.
  • Review the work of allocated staff, answering all but the most difficult fieldwork queries and ensure that files are prepared in accordance with the audit manual for managerial review.
  • Co-ordinate the documentation and file work, including the management letter and other reports, to complete an assignment for review by the Manager.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and understanding of current technical matters.
  • Become and remain familiar with the market in which the client operates.
  • Liaise with the Tax Department in respect of tax related activity.
  • Prepare and discuss assignment appraisal reports.
  • Assist in the development of other, more junior, professional staff.
  • Participate in discussions at clients or other meetings.
  • Perform detailed technical work as required; contribute to technical or other discussions with the client showing commercial awareness, skill and initiative in handling complex technical matters.
  • To be aware of the latest technical developments through reading and attendance of courses (internal and external).
  • Carry out duties in accordance with office procedures manual.
  • To provide ad-hoc support to other members of the audit department as required.


A professional qualification (ACA, ACCA) is preferred, however, suitable equivalents will be considered subject to sufficient experience.  CPD to the requirement of the professional qualification must be maintained.


How to Apply


Please forward your CV and covering letter to: careers@dains.com


Corporate Tax Assistant Manager (Birmingham)

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an ACA/ACCA qualified (or part qualified) Tax Consultant to join Dains Accountancy within our Corporate Tax department based at our Birmingham Office.

We are looking to recruit a Tax Consultant who is experienced in dealing with Corporate Tax compliance together with the provision of taxation consultancy services.

You will be responsible for building and continuing to build a sound professional relationship with clients at a senior level and delivering the highest standard of service at all times.

Duties Include


  • Assisting with the management of a portfolio of clients to ensure that all Tax computations and Corporate Tax Returns are prepared and submitted to HM Revenue and Customs
  • Calculation of the client’s tax liabilities together with a reconciliation of the tax due
  • Preparation and attendance at meetings with clients and potential clients
  • Undertaking routine tax advisory assignments under the guidance of the Tax Partner and other Tax Managers




  • Qualified to ACA/ACCA (or similar) or part qualified
  • Ability to apply technical skills to provide solutions to clients via an understanding of the tax system
  • To be pro active in identifying changes in legislation and how this impacts on own client base
  • Uses IT software efficiently to carry out work
  • Manages own time effectively
  • You will be required to travel to clients and attend courses (therefore a driving licence and access to a car is highly desirable)


How to Apply


Please forward your CV and covering letter to: careers@dains.com 


Commercial Services Senior x 1 (Stoke)


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Accountant within Dains Commercial Services.




  • To efficiently prepare the following to a good standard ready for Manager/Partner review:
  • Statutory accounts including group structures and the associated Corporation Tax computations
  • Unincorporated accounts and the associated self assessment tax
  • Management accounts with appropriate narrative, ratio analysis and any bespoke client requirements
  • Ad-hoc accounts assignments such as completion accounts for business sale
  • To provide a competent bookkeeping service to clients including assistance with day to day queries, any significant issues, software matters etc
  • To work confidently at clients’ premises on a variety of matters
  • To deal with client requests relating to HMRC, PAYE and VAT matters with minimal input from Manager
  • To efficiently plan jobs for preparation for self as well as others including Technicians and trainee staff
  • To proactively provide appropriate training and supervision to trainee staff such as Apprentices
  • To advise clients on basic accounting and tax matters
  • To manage a small portfolio of clients with minimal input from Manager/Partner including managing work flow, preparation, review, meeting the client, invoicing the work and meeting statutory deadlines
  • To monitor WIP and raise bills for approval by the appropriate Manager
  • To proactively identify added value items for the client and highlight to Partner/Manager as appropriate
  • To attend prospective client meetings with Partner/Manager and contribute accordingly
  • Support Partner/Manager in existing client relationships and play a key role in maintaining these relationships
  • To take the lead relationship with the Partner in new client relationships
  • To deal with client day to day queries in an efficient manner with minimal input from Manager/Partner




  • Minimum qualification requirement will be ACA/ACCA (nearly qualified will be considered).  CPE appropriate to the qualification should be maintained
  • Good knowledge of corporation tax, self assessment tax and VAT and the impact on accounts and clients’ overall affairs
  • iXBRL tagging, reviewing and submitting to HMRC of relevant documentation
  • Good knowledge of the statutory and technical aspects concerning a set of limited company accounts
  • Ability to use and learn software and systems used by Commercial Services used for preparation of accounts/tax as well as the ability to train and instruct staff on relevant systems and software including Microsoft Office software
  • Excellent knowledge of Sage in order to assist and advise clients accordingly
  • You may from time to time be required to attend courses (internal and external) outside the usual update courses in order to aid you in the capacity to fulfil your role and assignments worked.
  • Ability to prioritise own work.


 How to Apply


Please forward your CV and covering letter to: careers@dains.com


Employment Taxes Manager




Providing advice and support to clients in relation to all forms of pay, expenses and benefits.  Technical review and support available from the Employment Services Partner and Senior Manager with on-going training and development encouraged.


 Key duties and responsibilities:


  • Working closely with the Employment Services Partner and Business Development Director to define, implement and promote an Expat Services proposition
  • Utilising existing business contacts and identifying opportunities to develop new relationships to generate sales opportunities for the Expat Services proposition and the wider Employment Services
  • Scoping work, providing fee estimates, delivering risk managed advice and raising fees in relation to all forms of pay, benefits and expenses
  • Identifying where personal knowledge of the wider Employment Taxes sphere needs to be enhanced and developing a personal training plan to be agreed by the Employment Services Partner
  • Establishing good communications and working relationships across the Dains workforce and client base to increase the market for the Expat and Employment Services offerings
  • Taking responsibility for deadlines associated with work delivered
  • Assisting in marketing, business development and prospect ‘Stay in Touch’ routines as required
  • Operating within practice guidelines in relation to risk management procedures including the appropriate engagement and review of all advice
  • Presenting suggestions and ideas where opportunities for enhancements to the firm’s services are identified
  • Formulating and delivering objectives as agreed with line manager from time to time 


 Key skills and attributes:


  • Sound knowledge of employment taxes and relevant practical implications; especially in relation to expat taxes
  • Commercial and empathetic in relation to client requirements (a problem solver)
  • Motivated by the opportunity to continually enhance skills and knowledge
  • Adaptable to change and a fast-paced environment
  • Professional, warm and friendly in dealings with colleagues and clients
  • Accurate and tenacious in relation to tax technical matters
  • Proficient, in the context of the role, in the use of Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to supervise and train more junior team members


How to Apply


Please forward your CV and covering letter to: careers@dains.com


Commercial Services Apprentice


Role overview


To actively participate in on the job training to develop accountancy and IT skills and to apply these skills as directed by the Supervisor or Manager.


Key duties and responsibilities


  • To enrol on the AAT course at Foundation level.
  • To have a basic knowledge of the accountancy profession. This knowledge should have been obtained from research carried out prior to interview.
  • To demonstrate a basic knowledge of the workings of a bank account.
  • To actively participate in on the job training to develop accountancy and IT skills.


Qualifications / Technical Skills


  • 280 UCAS points or equivalent.
  • Ability to use/learn software and systems operated by Commercial Services as appropriate.
  • Attend courses (internal and external) to aid you on the capacity to fulfil your role.
  • To have sufficient academic qualifications to be able to enrol on the AAT Foundation course.
  • On the job training will be provided.


Personal Attributes


  • To be professional and approachable with clients and staff alike and to exercise diplomacy.
  • Demonstrate a high commitment to excellent client service and takes ownership of role.
  • Not afraid to take on new challenges.
  • Able to respect authority.
  • Able to take on board feedback given by more senior staff and to use this for personal and professional development.
  • Good oral, numeric and written skills.


 How to Apply


Please forward your CV and covering letter to: careers@dains.com