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

Current Vacancies

Audit Graduate Trainee 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 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

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

You can find out more here about the scheme and how to apply.

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

You can find out more here about the scheme and how to apply.

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.

To apply please email your CV to Claire Goddard along with a covering note on why you feel you are suitable for the role.

Corporate Tax Assisant 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

Background

  • 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)

 

To apply please email your CV to Claire Goddard along with a covering note on why you feel you are suitable for the role.

Comercial Services Senior x 1 (Stoke)

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

Role:

  • 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 sales

  • 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

 Experience:

  • 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.

To apply please email your CV to Claire Goddard along with a covering note on why you feel you are suitable for the role.

Commercial Services Apprentice (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

  • 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.

To apply please email your CV to Claire Goddard along with a covering note on why you feel you are suitable for the role.

 Private Client Tax Consultant (Birmingham/Lichfield)

 Role Overview

  • To take a proactive approach to own technical development e.g. attending courses and seminars, carrying out own technical research on client jobs etc.
  • To monitor WIP on your clients’ codes, discuss/suggest/draft fee proposals, and raise bills for approval by Senior Manager/Partner.
  • To take ownership of risk management, client engagement procedures, and administration as requested by Senior Manager.
  • To attend prospective client and client meetings with Partner/Senior Manager and contribute accordingly.
  • Support Partner/Manager in existing client relationships and play a key role in maintaining these relationships

Technical / IT Skills

  • Minimum qualification requirement will be ATT. Will support the right candidate through CTA provided probation period passed and sufficient ability and commitment shown.
  • Current working knowledge of the tax system, due dates for submission of returns, payment dates, and the penalty regime.
  • Efficient knowledge of tax software used to prepare returns.
  • Be aware of basic tax planning opportunities for clients and experience of implementing these for clients.
  • Competent in using Excel, Word and PowerPoint to prepare spreadsheets and client reports, including corporate structure diagrams.
  • 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

Other information

  • Experience in a professional firm of accountants and/or tax advisers delivering compliance work and some advisory projects is required.
  • You must have a driving license and access to a car

Objective:

To provide an effective, client focused, Front of House service at the Derby Office

  • To support the effective operation of the office with regards to office facilities and maintenance
  • To work with the Partners and Managers at Derby to provide effective administration and secretarial support

Key duties and responsibilities:

  1. Front of House Role:
  • Greeting callers to the office in a friendly and professional manner.
  • Assisting visitors and staff in any parking related issues, including maintaining the parking system in place at any given time.
  • Maintaining the appearance of Front-of-House / meeting rooms and facilitating meetings held at the office, including booking meeting rooms and providing refreshments etc.
  • Ensuring that sufficient supplies are held in stock in respect of the Dains staff kitchen and any supplies required to facilitate meetings.
  • Maintaining the petty cash, distributing petty cash as required and ensuring that an accurate record of all requests is maintained and that the petty cash is reconciled on a regular basis.
  • Supporting the Front of House Team at Lichfield through the provision of information.
  • Handling and re-directing of telephone callers and passing on timely messages to Dains personnel using appropriate communication including voicemail and email.
  • Use of Outlook for receiving and sending email messages and for arranging and communicating invitations, meeting appointments and updates to Dains personnel calendars.
  • Sorting and distributing incoming and outgoing mail.
  1. Provision of secretarial and administration support:
  • Typing of letters, spreadsheets and any other required documents using appropriate software audio typing).
  • Binding of documents as required.
  • To ensure the integrity of client data by undertaking agreed VPM activity, including, but not limited to, the creation of prospects and clients, updating information and reviewing assignments as a result of changes in personnel.
  • Contacting clients as required.
  • Ensuring invoices are correct, printed and recorded as printed
  • Photocopying.
  • Faxing

Personal Assistant (Birmingham)

Overview of role:

  • The role will be under the supervision of and reporting to the Business Support Team Manager.
  • To provide PA support to the relevant Service Line Partner(s) and / or Director(s).
  • To provide PA and administrative support to the relevant Service Line Team.
  • To co-ordinate with Business Support Team colleagues to ensure continuity of support across the office and sharing of best practice.
  • To work with Business Support Team colleagues to ensure the office presents a professional image at all times.

Key duties:

  • Booking of appointments for the Partner(s) and Manager(s) as appropriate, ensuring that all arrangements have been made and communicated.
  • Accurate production of letters, 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.
  • Collation and tracking of departmental management information as required.
  • Maintaining an efficient service line filing and archiving system which is compliant with Dains data protection guidelines.

Experience:

  • 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.
  • You may from time to time be required to attend courses to aid you in the capacity to fulfil your role.

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

Content Writer (Birmingham)

We are currently seeking a self-starting content writer to work on content projects across the business. Working within the Marketing Team you will need to be able to work on your own-initiative and be confident in liaising directly with our team of professionals at all levels.

The purpose of our content writer is to provide creative copywriting support within the marketing team. You will be responsible for producing quality content for online and offline sources ie: articles (ie how tos, Q&As, data driven, news based etc), case studies, creative content campaigns, press releases, event related marketing material, PPC adverts, social media messages, service selling web pages, content marketing, print adverts, brochures, newsletters, leaflets, e-mail marketing campaigns etc.

Responsibilities:

Key Areas

This job description describes the main responsibilities of the role, however it is expected that people will undertake any other duties as required commensurate with their skills and abilities

Key Responsibilities:

You will:

  • be able to craft persuasive and actionable copy across all channels
  • interpret technical information and rework it into a consumer friendly and digestible format for distribution through all digital and offline channels
  • you will also take an active role in the management of our social media accounts
  • communicate effectively and informatively by liaising with the firm's professionals in order to source ideas for articles as well as assisting them with content they are producing. Have the ability to persuade and show the benefits of quality content
  • be confident and creative in your thinking when producing social media messages and also have the aptitude and ability to liaise with potential clients over social media or online channels.
  • adhere to all copyright, data protection and associated regulatory bodies in relation to producing content
  • Research
    • Competitors content strategy & topics
    • Social listening to identify key or trending topics and key influencers
  • Planning
    • Input into overall content strategy
    • Identify key themes / topics /influencers for blog or website content
  • Management
    • Optimise content strategy to ensure maximum coverage is gained
    • Sign-off process
    • Social and outreach of content to maximise coverage and engagement
    • Update content as story evolves or changes
    • Image creation to support content
  • Reporting
    • Understand and report on what content people are engaging with to shape future content

Experience / Knowledge / Qualifications

Essential:

  • Excellent copywriting skills and high level of English
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other professionals
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to work using own initiative
  • Enthusiastic, creative and self-motivated
  • Ability to write content that inspires its readers to take action
  • High attention to detail
  • Passion for social media

Desirable:

  • Understanding of on-page Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) techniques

Ability to report on performance of content from an onsite and social perspective