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Accounts Apprenticeship- Birmingham

Pinsent Masons
Pinsent Masons
  • Salary: £16,500 per annum
  • Deadline: CLOSED
  • Length of Programme: 2 Years
  • Entry Requirements: A levels of equivalent, -
  • Qualification Gained: Professional Qualification
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Pinsent Masons has an exciting opportunity for an Accounts Apprentice to join our Firm and work towards an industry recognised AAT qualification. Our apprenticeship programme offers an attractive route into a commercial, professional services environment for driven and ambitious candidates.

We are looking for a dynamic individual to work within a busy accounts environment supporting management with the collation, administration and processing of accounts. The apprentice could spend time in the Accounts Payable, Travel & Expenses and Revenue Control teams.

Upon successful completion of the Level 3 AAT apprenticeship, there may be opportunities to progress on to other industry recognised qualifications.
Please see below a summary of the sorts of tasks you could be expected to carry out in each team as an apprentice:

Accounts Payable

• Processing invoices, ensuring they are promptly logged and authorised
• Arranging cheques or BACS to suppliers for invoices due for payment
• Supporting the team with pending VAT, ensuring compliance with VAT regulations
• Maintaining supplier addresses and payment terms
• Posting disbursement costs onto the sales ledger
• Assisting with reconciliation of supplier statements and monthly reconciliations

Travel & Expenses

• Dealing with Travel Accounts, checking supplier invoices, uploading these to the purchase ledger system and arranging payment
• Checking online expense claims and ensuring they are approved in the line with the firm's Travel & Expenses policy
• Supporting the team with VAT compliance and PSA regulations
• Processing of payment schedules weekly and arranging BACS to suppliers or staff for invoices and expenses which are due for payment
• Reconciliation of vendor records and monthly reconciliations
• Filing and archiving of all vendor records and invoices

Revenue Control


•Assist with bill processing at the month end
•Ensure that all bills are sent out as soon as possible after they have been processed
• Write off disbursements and WIP (Work in Progress)
• Have an awareness of client terms particularly in relation to Billing, Reporting, Value Accounts
• Ensuring that when a Lawyer leaves the Firm, their client (in respect of a Partner) and matter roles are re-allocated in a timely manner and in accordance with the Firm's protocols

Credit Control

• Producing copy invoices
• Completing vendor forms
• Updating contact details in Aderant Collections
• Chasing small value accounts
• Sending reminder letters/statements
• Setting up a client extended payment terms document
• Ad hoc administrative duties

Desired skills

• Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
• Exceptional numerical ability
• Strong analytical skills
• Excellent time management and organisational skills
• Proficient in IT

Personal qualities

• Highly motivated individual with a willingness to develop and learn new skills
• Able to work as an effective team member
• Self-motivated and able to work under own initiative
• Committed to learn and develop
• Ability to work well under pressure
•Able to achieve high standards of performance at all times

Desired qualifications

• A minimum of 5 GCSE's at grade C or above (or equivalent) including Mathematics and English
• A-Levels or equivalent are essential for this role - x3 Bs
• Although we do have minimum academic requirements we are willing to accept applications from candidates who have mitigating circumstances or feel like they can demonstrate the required qualities and behaviours and an interest in Procurement

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