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

Our Benefits Package

We offer a full benefits package to all employees and details can be found here.

Our Talent Database

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

How to Apply

To apply for any of the positions please email your CV to Angela Millward along with a covering note on why you feel you are suitable for the role.

Current Vacancies

Corporate Tax Trainee Apprenticeship x 1 (Birmingham)

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 individual 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.

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)
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

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.

Commercial Services/Tax Apprentice x 1 (Stoke)

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

  • Ability to use/learn software and systems operated by Commercial Services/Tax 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.

Audit Apprentice (Derby)

Job overview:

To actively participate in on the job training as a member of a team on various audit assignments and carries out audit and accounting functions under the close supervision of the assignment leader.

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.
  • Carry out client audit work under the direction of the Audit Senior or Semi Senior using the firm’s approach.
  • Ensure tasks delegated by the Audit Senior or Semi Senior are completed accurately, with appropriate audit conclusions drawn and within agreed time scales.
  • Investigate and resolve problems arising during the course of the audit under the supervision of the Audit Senior or Semi Senior.
  • Familiarisation with the client’s internal reporting and control procedures.
  • Ensure that work is recorded in a clear and concise manner and working papers are legible and well presented.
  • Bring to the attention of the Audit Senior or Semi Senior anything which is not understood or which is inconsistent with expectations.
  • To provide ad-hock support to other members of the audit department as required.

Skills:

  • To have sufficient academic qualifications to be able to enrol on the AAT Foundation course
  • Subject to performance, progression towards a further professional qualification following AAT (ACA, ACCA) is desired. CPD to the requirement of the professional qualification must be maintained.
  • On the job training will be provided
  • Ability to use/learn software and systems operated by the company as appropriate (eg Caseware, PerTax, MYOB AE Central)
  • To have a good understanding of relevant Microsoft Office software, e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel and any other packages relevant to the role
  • You may from time to time be required to attend courses (internal and external) to aid you in the capacity to fulfil your role

IT Administrator – (Lichfield)

Job Overview:

To provide administrative support to the IT operation within Dains, working with the IT Manager to ensure that effective systems and processes are maintained.

To work with the IT Manager to:

  • implement and maintain effective systems and processes in respect of Dains IT Assets;
  • to support the on-boarding and training of Dains personnel, including creating and maintaining appropriate user resources, and

to carry out general administrative tasks which contribute to the effective operation of Dains IT function.

Key duties and responsibilities:

At the direction of the IT Manager:

  • To update and maintain the firm’s asset register in respect of all Dains IT equipment and to facilitate secure disposal at the end of its useful life.
  • To liaise between Dains and Dains IT Solutions in terms of procurement, registration and replacement of agreed IT equipment including mobile devices.
  • To carry out research to support procurement activity.
  • To liaise with HR to ensure that new employees have the necessary IT equipment for their role on commencement and are set up correctly on all appropriate Dains systems.
  • To liaise with HR to ensure that equipment is returned when employees leave the firm.
  • To act as a point of contact between Dains, Dains IT Solutions and agreed other third-party hardware and software providers.
  • To support the effective use of Dains software through the maintenance and promotion of learning resources.
  • To carry out agreed administrative tasks, including but not limited to:
    • Maintaining a record of Dains IT contracts and licences
    • Maintaining the daily support log / record
    • Raising purchase orders and reconciling invoices.
    • Facilitating training sessions

Technical / IT Skills:

  • Strong organisational skills with an ability to implement and maintain systems and processes
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 365
  • Advantageous to have experience in Sage Payroll, Sage 50 Accounts and Windows Server access rights and permissions.
  • Looks to improve their knowledge of the specialist professional software in use within the firm.
  • Good numeric and grammar skills
  • Must technically keep up to date via relevant courses set by the HR/Training Department from time to time.
  • Be prepared to take ownership of the role
  • Must be able to take on ad-hoc assignments relevant to the role
  • Must have an eye for detail
  • High level of common sense must be demonstrated at all times

Team PA – Audit (Birmingham)

Job Overview

To deliver effective administrative and secretarial support to Partners, Directors, Managers and Staff, whilst contributing to the efficient operation of the office as a whole.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Accurate production of letters, bound documents, meeting notes, reports, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and any other required documents using appropriate software.
  • Tracking of appointments and correspondence to prompt action / follow-up where appropriate.
  • Support in respect of CCH activity, including but not limited to: maintaining data integrity, creation of prospects and clients, updating client data, billing, reporting, WIP management and maintaining document management templates.
  • To support client take-on activity, including the completion of money laundering checks in line with the policy of the firm.
  • Collation and tracking of departmental management information as required.
  • To work with relevant Partner(s), Directors and Manager(s) to identify non-chargeable activity that can be delegated.  Includes but is not limited to: diary management support, first line telephone response, mileage and expenses, filing of emails, document management support.
  • Booking of appointments for the Partner(s) and Manager(s) as appropriate, ensuring that all arrangements have been made and communicated.
  • Maintaining an efficient service line filing and archiving system which is compliant with Dains data protection guidelines.

Technical/IT skills

  • Ability to use/learn software and systems operated by the company as appropriate (e.g. CCH, Alphatax, Caseware).
  • To have an excellent understanding of Outlook and any other packages which are relevant to the role.
  • To have an excellent understanding of Microsoft Word and a good understanding and familiarity with other Microsoft software, including Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to understand and/or learn how to use the telecommunications system.
  • Accurate keyboard skills and ability to accurately proof read work undertaken.
  • NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration or Equivalent.

In return…

  • 25 days annual leave (plus 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

To apply for any of the positions please email your CV to Angela Millward along with a covering note on why you feel you are suitable for the role.