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AAT Apprentice Accountant

  • Stephenson Group Ltd
  • Horsforth, Leeds
  • £23000 per annum

Are you looking to build a long-term career in Accountancy? Then look no further! Start your career today with a level 3 with Stephenson Group Ltd and Kaplan. You will be dealing with bookkeeping, accounts preparation, tax return and payroll whilst working towards the AAT level 3 qualification.

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  • GMFJ Reference
  • Wages
    £23,000 p/a
  • Hours
    35.00 per week
  • Date Posted
  • Start Date
  • Approx. Duration
    18 months

  • Location
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
  • Opportunity Type
    Advanced Level 3
  • Apprenticeship Standard
    Assistant accountant (ST0002)
  • Employer
    Stephenson Group Ltd


You will be the “face” of the Stephenson Finance team to our suppliers and partners worldwide. There will be a focus on payment management, integral to the cashflow of the business, and building relationships with suppliers and key external partners.

You will form an integral part of a dynamic Finance Team with a focus on supporting continuous improvements within the wider business. You will be responsible for all aspects of purchase ledger whilst supporting month end processes. The knowledge gained in these areas will enable you to make a real impact on the company KPIs.

Main Role Responsibilities –

  • An Overview To be successful in your role you will be required to competently complete a variety of core duties which will include the below to achieve your ultimate goal – achieve the budget! These will be supplemented by other tasks deemed appropriate by your line manager:
  • Purchase Ledger – All aspects of purchase ledger, from processing invoices, reconciling statements and query resolution (60%)
  • Month End Reporting – Including but not limited to; Journal Processing, Accruals, Prepayments, Reconciliations (20%)
  • General Reporting – Supporting the wider business teams with data and analysis. This includes creating and sending weekly performance reports plus being involved in business process improvement projects. (20%)

Customer, Safety and Quality Focus.

  • Deliver excellent customer service, resolving issues, and offering solutions in a timely manner to meet internal stakeholder expectations, needs and demands to achieve our customer obsessed business strategy.
  • Build successful long-term relationships with suppliers.
  • Support business improvement throughout multiple channels to ultimately provide a better level of service.
  • Understand and demonstrate through actions the importance of Behavioral Safety.
  • Understand and enforce relevant Site Safety Policies & Rules.

Making Things Happen

  • Closely partner with suppliers and your supply chain/purchasing colleagues to ensure the accuracy of purchase ledger transactions.
  • Demonstrate pace and accuracy around Month End Reporting.
  • A can-do attitude and prompt approach to query resolution.
  • Focus effort on continuous improvement, work simplification, and the elimination of non-value-added activities by supporting and contributing to Yellow Belt projects as requested.

Building Teams and Talent

  • Work effectively and collaboratively with the purchasing team to build relationships with suppliers.
  • Be a key team member, supporting others where needed, all working towards shared goals.
  • Demonstrate focus when exploring solutions to a wide range of scenarios whilst delivering an excellent customer experience.
  • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders including purchasing and the supply chain teams.
  • Have a high attention to detail along with excellent organisation and problem-solving skills.


  • Ownership, Accountability and Responsibility
  • Process Purchase Ledger Invoices in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Process Expenses in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Maintain and update accurate supplier records on Sage X3.
  • Live by, promote and challenge others to display Stephenson’s Values.
  • Be responsible for maintaining professional standards of housekeeping within your own area whether this is a machine, work area or office area.

Clarity of Purpose.

  • Be familiar with and understand business strategy and targets and how that links with the day-to-day responsibilities in your role.
  • Play your part to drive the team’s strategic deliverables to align with Stephenson’s overall strategic goal.

For more information about this vacancy please contact Kaplan Financial on kaplan.recruitment@kaplan.co.uk (Ref ID: 251414)

Company website : www.stephensonpersonalcare.com

  • A basic understanding of Excel.
  • Strong mathematical skills.
  • An eye for detail.

  • A Levels grade A-C.
  • GCSE's grades 9/A* - 4/C including Maths and English.

Advanced Diploma - AAT Level 3

Advanced builds on the knowledge gained in the Foundation level. If you work in accounts or have studied accountancy before, you may be able to start at this level. You’ll learn complex accounting techniques, and master a number of accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.

This level will encourage you to master more complex accounting principles in both Bookkeeping and Management Accounting. You’ll develop the technical skills to start, or progress, your career in accountancy and this will allow you to continue with your studies onto Level 4.

To pass this level you’ll need to study five units (also known as subjects), which are all mandatory. Four of the units are examined individually and there is also a synoptic assessment that you’ll take towards the end of the level, which incorporates the final two units as well as drawing on all of the other units you’ve studied at this level.

The area you will cover include:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping.

  • Final Accounts Preparation.

  • Management Accounting: Costing.

  • Indirect Tax.

  • Advanced Synoptic Assessment.

The Apprenticeship standard details the essential Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that somebody would need to demonstrate to be a successful Assistant Accountant, this includes, Business Awareness, Ethics, Communication, Embracing Change and Problem Solving. Apprentices will need to show they are competent in all the areas detailed in the standard when they take End Point Assessment.

The Knowledge areas of the standard will typically be covered through completion of the AAT qualification. Skills and Behaviours are developed through workshops, e-learning, workplace training and practical experience provided ‘on-the-job’.

  • Keen to learn.
  • Not afraid to make mistakes.
  • Organised.
  • Open to being challenged.
  • Strong work ethic.

At Stephenson we value our employees and look to support their growth and learning.

Benefits include:

  • 32 Days Holiday (Including 8 Bank Holidays).
  • Pension Auto Enrolment - Employer Contributions of 5% Buy & Sell Holidays (limited to 4 days).
  • Employee Health Cash Plan.
  • Full Perkbox Membership.
  • Free sight tests.
  • Bike2Work scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Programme - 24/7 confidential helpline to talk to an advisor about personal issues.
  • 24/7 Probate & Bereavement Helpline 4 x Salary Death in Service.

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