The National Audit Office (NAO) is a public sector organisation, independent of government and the civil service. Our work involves the financial audit of all government departments and a range of other public sector organisations. We also produce a number of value for money studies for parliament on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which government departments and other bodies have used their resources in delivering particular projects.
We are recruiting for our September 2013 Graduate Accountancy Scheme. Trainees will begin their careers as Assistant Auditors and will study for the ACA Qualification, the completion of which will lead to a qualification as a chartered accountant through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Whilst at work they will have the opportunity to make a real and valued contribution to our work and will be fully supported throughout their time at college.
Trainees will be involved in our financial audit work and will also have opportunities to work on our high profile value for money studies. Our clients range from large government departments including the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence, through to smaller agencies like English Heritage and the Food Standards Agency. We also have a number of international clients such as the United Nations and provide support to audit institutions in developing countries. It’s hard to imagine a more varied, complex and high profile group of clients and the work we do has a genuine impact on the nation and public services. As well as their time in the office and at college, trainees will have the opportunity to travel around the UK working on local audits.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package alongside our professional training offering. A career at the NAO also offers an impressive variety of training and career development opportunities designed to improve both business awareness and personal effectiveness. We see our trainees as the future leaders of the organisation and once qualified, graduates can apply to join our ‘Future Leaders’ talent management programme which supports their development and prepares them for career progression.
Our academic requirements are a minimum 2:1 Undergraduate degree in any discipline and a minimum of 300 UCAS points or equivalent (excluding General Studies). Candidates aren’t required to have any previous relevant work experience but they should be able to demonstrate an interest in accountancy and achieving the ACA qualification. We’re looking for people who are excited about our work and who have the ‘get up and go’ to achieve results in a highly professional and challenging environment. We look for analytical skills combined with the ability to work well with others and to present and influence with impact and passion.
The work we do is big hitting, high quality, varied and worthwhile. Our value for money reports lead to positive changes in the way central government delivers public services and our financial audit work saves the tax payer millions of pounds each year. Given the current financial climate and the increased focus on ensuring good value for public funds, there has never been a more interesting time to join us and our work has never been of such value. We very much hope you’ll want to be part of making that difference.