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Think of the audit as an organisation’s health check. A legal obligation for many companies, an audit also gives vital assurance about the viability of the business.

As auditors, we look to see if the client’s statements about their financial position are true, fair and accurate. We work closely with their finance team and other key people to get to know their business well and understand the risks they face. Then we can identify any weaknesses in their financial statements, business systems or culture, and so advise them on suitable solutions.

Being a BDO auditor means variety. You get to work on a range of different organisations, with each day bringing new challenges. A lot of it takes place at the client’s premises, which is a great way to absorb the atmosphere of the business and get a sense of its culture, how the people like to work and what motivates them to perform – all of which are major factors in the health of a business.

As auditors we also like to build long-term relationships with our clients, getting to know them and their business really well. By doing this, you’ll find you can more readily spot potential problems, often before they arise.

You are part of our team from day one, playing active roles in assignments and contributing in many areas. As you learn new skills via first-hand experience, you can get support whenever you need it from your senior team mates.

And if you want even more variety, then in your third year we give you the option of an overseas secondment to one of the firms in our international network – popular destinations include Australia and the USA.

Learn as you earn

As an audit trainee you will study towards an appropriate qualification, usually either the ACA (from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) or the CA (from ICAS) in Scotland.

We help you to enhance this learning with our Initial Professional Development programme, through which you can develop the necessary personal, commercial and technical skills. Most of all, you will learn to exercise professional judgement in real situations.