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18th June 2024

The Barnes Group Limited is a successful family business based in Ipswich.  We are recruiting for a full-time Trainee Accountant to join our Finance Department in the business support division. 

The following job description sets out the main duties and tasks associated with the position; other duties of a similar level and nature undertaken within the business are not excluded simply because they may not be individually mentioned.

Position: Trainee Accountant

Location: Ipswich Head Office

Contract Type: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: Within the range of £18,000 – £24,000 depending on age and experience

Reporting to: Financial Controller, Divisional Director – Finance

Immediate Colleagues: All staff in the Finance Department

Interfaces with other Departments: All staff in the Company

Hours of work: 39 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

General Description of Role

Training in all aspects of the tasks within the Finance Department, putting that learning in to practice by assisting the team.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Raising sales ledger invoices
  • Inputting invoices on the purchase ledger
  • Paying invoices through the purchase ledger/bank
  • Holiday relief for the sub-contract ledger payments
  • Opening and maintaining sales and purchase ledger accounts
  • Paying staff expenses
  • Credit Applications
  • As experience increases additional duties such as preparing management accounts and payroll will be taken on by the postholder
  • Carrying out any other duties as requested by the Financial Controller and Divisional Director – Finance

Skills required

You will have the ability to undertake and pass a chartered qualification in accountancy with a professionally recognised body.

  • You are required to be fully computer literate, and familiar with programmes such as Excel and Outlook.
  • You must be honest and trustworthy in all your dealings.
  • In time you should be able to use your initiative, be able to multi-task and deal with changing priorities to meet necessary deadlines.
  • You will need to have good common sense and a flexible approach to working as part of a team.
  • You will pay attention to detail and produce accurate work.
  • You will have the ability to observe complete confidentiality in all areas of work.
  • You will be a good communicator and maintain a polite and helpful attitude and the ability to get on with staff at all levels.

Knowledge and experience of working in a Finance Department is not essential and we welcome applicants with transferrable experience/skills. 

Good GCSE passes (grade 4 or above), have or expect to obtain A level passes or equivalent and keen to work towards AAT is desirable. 

Benefits include hybrid working after successful completion of probationary period, annual leave, life assurance, staff social events, free parking, Employee Assistance Programme to name a few. 

The duties of the position will vary from time to time as a result of, new initiatives, new or amended employment legislation, changes in technology, policy changes or re-structuring, in these cases appropriate training may be given to enable the post holder to undertake any new/varied work.

The post holder may also be requested to attend training courses and/or briefing sessions that may fall outside of the normal working week.

Closing date: 12 noon on 26th June 2024

Interview date: arranged between 3rd and 5th July 2024

For full details and instructions on how to apply, use the Apply Now button below to view the advert on our website.

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 26/06/2024


Range of £18,000 – £24,000


This job is located in Ipswich, Suffolk

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Founded in 1978 by David Barnes, we are an organisation with a strong family culture. Our vision and values have remained consistent, building on those instilled by David at our inception: we care deeply about our employees and communities, always operating in...

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