Your future with us 

At Larking Gowen, our people get the very best career opportunities in accountancy and business advice. Whether you're just starting out and you’re looking for an Apprenticeship or Graduate opportunity or you've been working in the business for some time, we'll make sure you get all the support you need to take you to the next step in your career and beyond.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly business that looks after our people and is active in the community. As soon as you join us, you'll be working hands-on, and starting to build your own professional relationships.

Larking Gowen has been around for more than 120 years. We have gone from strength to strength and have built our reputation for loyalty and reliability. We're also forward looking, keeping abreast of change in a fast-moving environment.

With just over 300 professionals working across our 8 offices, we don't just have opportunities for accountants and trusted business advisors, we also have a number of trainee opportunities such as our Apprenticeship programme. Our business is diverse and includes specialist tax, corporate transactions and business recovery teams. We also have some excellent opportunities in our support services. Whatever your career path, as a member of the Larking Gowen team, you'll be working in a satisfying and rewarding environment.

With Larking Gowen, relationships come first. When you join us, you become part of a team where you get the full back-up of managers and colleagues in a friendly and professional environment. We're a sociable company, with plenty of activities outside the workplace as well.

Once you find your feet, you'll start to build special relationships with your clients. You'll become a trusted advisor helping clients realise their potential and get the rewards of using a professional accountancy and business advice service.

Where you go from there is up to you. You'll have all the help you need throughout each stage of your career, in training, professional qualifications while gaining wide experience.

We're proud of the fact that many of our partners, senior management and fully qualified staff have been with us since they were trainees.

As a member of MHA, a national association of independent accountants, Larking Gowen is networked throughout the UK and beyond, providing potential opportunities for secondments. MHA is a member of Baker Tilly International, which has connections in 141 countries.

We understand how the talent, knowledge and experience of people drives the success of any organisation. We like to nurture talent on all levels which is why we encourage all our staff to take professional qualifications.

As a member of our team, you'll have a manager who works closely with you, and provides leadership to make sure you are continually growing within the company. With our coaching and mentoring approach, your personal development becomes our priority.

We are flexible about the study routes you choose and in some cases can provide financial support and time off for study.

In return, all we need from you is your commitment and the desire to be part of our winning team.

When you join us, you'll get training in core skills and the opportunity to move around the business gaining breadth of experience. We have clients across a range of sectors including agriculture, tourism, healthcare, food and drink, construction and not for profit.

We don't just turn out top quality accountants. We also provide training and professional development for, insolvency administrators and practitioners, corporate finance, business finance and tax specialists.

When you work for Larking Gowen you'll get a competitive salary and access to a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

  • Paid holiday and option to purchase additional holiday through salary exchange
  • 3 x salary Death In Service
  • Pension scheme (salary exchange)
  • Paid professional subscriptions
  • Wellbeing programme including health and fitness services, counselling and mental health support, legal and consumer advice
  • Voluntary benefits platform providing discounted gym membership, holidays, retail and lifestyle offers
  • Corporate membership providing discounts on theatre and arts
  • Suggestion scheme and Innovation Fund
  • Rewards for client referrals
  • Professional development and CPD programmes, online training courses and webinars, leadership and management development programmes
  • Social responsibility and charity support
  • Social and sports activities

Larking Gowen is committed to the health and wellbeing of the people we work with. Staying healthy at work is good for our people, our clients and for the business as a whole.

Our Total Wellbeing programme includes a range of activities and initiatives. These include flu vaccinations, holistic therapies, workshops and an online training portal to support your career development. We also have a flexible benefits platform to help with your financial wellbeing.


We are extremely proud to announce some fantastic news.  Larking Gowen LLP have been selected by the UK Chamber of Commerce as the regional winner of the UK Chambers Workplace Wellbeing Award.

The Chamber have said “A very big well done on being selected.  The number of applications for our region this year was overwhelming, with a very high quality too, which reflects the strength and diversity of our member’s businesses in our county.”

Jon Woolston says: “We are proud to be the regional winner of the Workplace Wellbeing Award for our wellbeing programme.  At Larking Gowen one of our core values is ‘Passion for our People’ and we’re committed to the health and wellbeing of all the people we work with. The award comes just as we’ve launched a new comprehensive benefits package, which will make our wellbeing programme even stronger.  We are a friendly business that looks after our people and it’s great to be recognised as such.”

 

Supporting Our Employees to Achieve Total Wellbeing…

 

 

 

 

Agile Working
Our core working hours are between 10am – 4pm allowing you to flex your working week to fit in your personal needs. Depending on your role you may work from home on occasion, just approve it with your line manager first.

Healthy Eating & Drinking
We encourage healthy eating and good hydration, with water machines in every office and regular fruit deliveries


 

Social Responsibility & Charity Activities
We have a strong presence in the community.  In our professional capacity in the local charity and education sectors we offer support to various trustee and volunteering roles and can also provide advice on how to get more personally involved. We also sponsor fundraising initiatives such as the Norwich Half Marathon and Pigs Gone Wild for St Elizabeth's hospice, and regularly have dress down days.

 

Lunch Breaks
We encourage you to eat anywhere but at your desk; in the kitchen space, break out areas, outside or with friends

Discounted Gym Membership

We have negotiated special rates for our employees which can be accessed via the benefits portal

Eye Tests

We provide eye test vouchers to cover the cost of having an eye test and towards the cost of frames and lenses for VDU use

Sports & Socials

From rounders to football, going out for a meal to a boat trip, we've dedicated social and sports funds to keep you active and get you out and about with your colleagues

 

Private Medical Insurance

Coming soon!  You will have the opportunity to buy PMI at preferential rates and pay monthly through salary

Life Assurance

We know that making sure loved ones are provided for is important, and we cover you free of charge for death in service benefit which pays 3 times your salary in the event of your death

Income Protection

If you're unable to work due to illness for six months or more you may be eligible to receive income protection of 75% of your salary for up to 5 years to enable you to focus on your recovery without money worries

Career Planning & Development

We offer a range of professional and business skills training, development programmes, coaching and performance reviews to help you achieve your career aspirations






Holiday

We offer the option to buy additional holiday and spread the cost over the holiday year

Career Breaks & Secondments

We have a career break scheme that enables you to take a break from work for personal growth and new experiences. As a member of the MHA we are part of a large association of practices that enables secondments across the world

Pension Scheme

Our pension scheme is open to all and through salary exchange is a tax and NI efficient way of saving for your future




 

Lifestyle & Shopping Discounts

Our benefits portal will help you save money on anything from your food shop, sports and leisure activities, holidays, going to the cinema and more








Health and Wellbeing Support

We offer health and wellbeing newsletters, webinars and activities

Theatre Ticket Discounts

We are Corporate members of Norwich Theatre Royal and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, who provide discounts on a range of performances and offers

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

We have membership passes which grant free access to all Norfolk Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves for a family group or four adults

 

Employee Assistance Programme

Whether it’s your health, finances, personal or work life, there are plenty of challenges that can affect you daily. EAP is a positive support programme. It includes information, advice, training and services to help you deal with events and issues in your everyday work and personal life

We take a great deal of pride in what we do, and we feel it's important to be able to give something back to the community.

 

People who work with us use their expertise and knowledge to help a wide variety of voluntary organisations, as well as being involved in fundraising for good causes across the region.

 

The help we give is invaluable, and for us it's about job satisfaction and making a difference.

We have eight offices across East Anglia, including Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester. As a trainee, you may have the opportunity to gain experience in any number of these locations.

View our office locations here

If you are looking to advance your career, Larking Gowen may have the opportunity for you. We're constantly looking to expand our teams, and offer full support in helping you with further qualifications and training.

The roles we have regularly available include:

  • Audit seniors
  • Tax managers
  • Trusts seniors
  • Trusts managers
  • Corporate finance managers

If you don't see the job you are looking for, please register with us and let us know the type of role you're looking for.

Every year we have an intake of graduates on ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) training contracts. Your initial period of study and work experience will give you a strong background in essential areas of accountancy. You'll get hands-on experience and be paid while you learn. In addition, we'll give you paid study leave and flexible working until you've completed your training.

Once you qualify you'll have the opportunity to take up exciting challenges as you grow your career within the business.

We’re looking for talented people who want to be a part of something bigger who share our vision and values. You must be a great relationship builder who can inspire people around you, who is confidential and approachable with strong communication skills and excellent numerical skills.

We have a flexible approach to academic entry requirements, depending on which area of the business you're interested in. We’ll consider your academic achievements, but your strengths, motivations and connection with us and our values are more important. We’re looking for people with a broad range of interests and experiences.

How to apply:

The first step is to complete an application, and give us information about your skills and experience. The next stage will be attendance to one of our assessment days, this will include a lunch with some of our Managers which will give you the chance to ask questions and enable you the opportunity to get to know us better.

Applications for our 2019 graduate programme are now open and will close 30 November 2018.

 

Every year we have an intake of A level students. Our future intake will be enrolled on a Level 4 Apprenticeship which will develop a wide range of business and personal skills, work-based learning and professional qualifications from AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians). Your initial period of study and work experience will give you a good knowledge of various aspects of accountancy including auditing, accounts preparation, bookkeeping, personal and corporate tax and business development. You'll be able to earn while you learn with hands-on experience of the business. In addition, we'll give you paid study leave and flexible working, with the opportunity to progress further in the business once you've qualified, and for onward study to become a fully qualified Chartered (ACA) or Certified (ACCA) accountant.

We’re looking for talented people who want to be a part of something bigger who share our vision and values. You must be a great relationship builder who can inspire people around you, who is confidential and approachable with strong communication skills and excellent numerical skills.

We have a flexible approach to academic entry requirements, depending on which area of the business you are interested in. We’ll consider your academic achievements, but your strengths, motivations and connection with us and our values are more important. We’re looking for people with a broad range of interests and experiences.

How to apply:

The first step is to complete an application, and give us information about your skills and experience. The next stage will be attendance to one of our assessment days, this will include a lunch with some of our Managers which will give you the chance to ask questions and enable you the opportunity to get to know us better.

Applications for our 2019 school leaver programme are now open and will close 30 November 2018.

We also offer a fast track qualification route for school leavers who have completed an AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) training course.

You can then apply to transfer to the Chartered (ACA) or Certified (ACCA) training programme.

This fast track training scheme allows you to become a fully qualified accountant in under six years from leaving school, gaining on-the-job experience and being paid while you do it.

If you want to learn more about a career in accountancy, Larking Gowen has opportunities throughout the year for 1-2 week's work experience placements at all of our regional offices. We'll make sure you spend your time valuably and come away with a good idea of what the business of accountancy involves. Some of our present staff started on work experience with us, so you never know what opportunities you might be opening up.

Ideally, you'll be on target to achieve grade Cs or above in your A levels. Graduate level entrants need to be expecting at least a 2:1. To apply to our programme you'll need to be in Year 12 or 13, or S5 or S6.

If you'd like to apply for work experience please complete and return an application form.

If you want to learn more about a career in accountancy we have intern opportunities during the summer at some of our offices. Spend between six and eight weeks with us and you'll get a real insight into life as a trainee accountant.

Interns work alongside our accounting, audit and other specialist teams to get valuable work experience. You'll have the opportunity to see everyday working life within the profession, and more specifically how we do things at Larking Gowen.

If you'd like to apply for internship please complete and return an application form.

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