You've worked hard to get where you are now and we understand the commitment it takes to join a new firm

Whether your experience lies in audit and accounts, tax, financial services, corporate finance or payroll you've worked hard to get where you are now. We appreciate the hard work and training that you've invested in your career so far and we understand the commitment that joining a new firm entails. At Cassons, we appreciate the individual. We deal with faces, not just numbers and we'd like to hear from you if you feel the same way.

 

meet Kay

Kay RaynerKay Rayner joined Cassons chartered accountants and business advisers from CLB Coopers in Bolton in autumn 2008. Kay joined us as an accounts and audit manager and is based at our Lancashire office.

Kay, who lives in Bury with her husband and two young children, said: “Work/life balance is one of the main reasons why I chose to come to Cassons. I obviously want to work hard but I also have family commitments, and I was impressed by just how much empathy the partners have for working parents. They clearly recognise the fact that being a working parent does not compromise your professionalism in any way.”

Kay is a past President of the Bolton Society of Chartered Accountants.  She is also a keen fundraiser and fitness fanatic and has taken part in an Aspire Swim Challenge – swimming the equivalent of the English Channel to raise money for a spinal charity.

FAQs

Experienced professionals at CassonsWhy should I join Cassons?
We’re a thriving, professional firm, constantly growing and developing the range of services we provide to our clients. We are business advisers in the true sense and work in partnership with our clients to help them to grow their businesses and their personal finances.  A firm of our size can offer a range and depth of new experiences. We believe that the more you know, the better the advice you’ll give. At Cassons we recognise the contributions that all staff can make to the business. It’s a good place to be and a good team to be part of. 

What sort of experience are you looking for?
An ideal candidate will have worked for a medium sized firm preferably in a practice environment rather than in industry. In terms of qualification and level of experience it will really depend on the position you’re applying for. As a rough guideline we would be looking for 3 years' post-qualification experience at audit senior level. We can provide a person specification for specific vacancies to give you a better idea of what we’re looking for. 

How will you help me to develop?
We’ll help you develop through a programme of formal training, using external courses and internal workshops to keep you up to date technically. We’ll also focus on your personal development and meet any ‘soft skills’ training needs you may have. 

Experienced professionals at CassonsWe will plan your work with your development in mind, trying to ensure a range of assignments to give you the broadest possible experience. We also believe in sharing information between departments and use the talents of our staff in internal workshop sessions. 

Will Cassons support further training?
Yes, we actively encourage all our staff to continue their training and will provide you with on the job training, tailored courses and,where appropriate, a study package to support your continued professional  FAQs  studies (in the shape of study leave and course funding).

We will also assign a mentor to help, guide and support you all the way. We are a recognised Investors in People employer and your personal and professional development are important to us. We help you broaden your technical knowledge and ensure you have the relevant IT skills to meet the current and future needs of the business. 

What are the opportunities for promotion?
Excellent.  Many of our partners started with Cassons as trainees. We believe in promotion from within wherever possible and advertise all vacancies internally. Cassons operates as a meritocracy and the opportunities are there for the taking. 

What sort of clients will I be working with?
Although we act for clients throughout the UK, our client base is concentrated in the North West. Our clients broadly fall into three categories: businesses with a turnover between £2m and £65m, wealthy individuals and professionals (barristers, dentists, solicitors etc). You can see profiles of some of our clients here. 

What level of contact will I have with partners?
You’ll be working closely with a number of partners depending upon your area of specialism and client responsibility. You will have regular contact with all the partners in workshops, socially and around the office on an informal basis. 

How will I know how I’m doing?
All new starters are given a review after 3 months in order to agree a training plan and objectives for the future. You will also have a performance and development review on an annual basis to review your work, plan for the future and devise a training strategy to get you there. We try to give informal feedback on a regular basis and your mentor will be available to give you all the guidance and support you need. 

Experienced professionals at CassonsWhat kind of social activities do you have?
When work is over, we have a range of social events: football, golf, quiz nights and tenpin bowling to name a few. We want you to enjoy working as part of our team and we host a variety of events throughout the year including a summer event and a Christmas party. 

Is Cassons a good company to work for?
We think so! Our salary structures are competitive and reviewed on a regular basis and our benefits package includes private health care and pension after a qualifying period. We also recognise the need for a healthy balance between work and family life and we operate a flexible working scheme. 

What about the facilities in the office?
You’ll find them second to none! Trainees spend most of their time at our Lancashire office which is a new, open plan building. We have a large and fully equipped kitchen together with a substantial recreation room with TV and table football. At the back of the Lancashire office we have a large decked area which is an ideal location for lunch in the summer. It overlooks a smallholding so hens and ducks are regular visitors! 

If you choose to cycle to work we have facilities for keeping your bike safe at both offices, and shower rooms and lockers so you can easily get ready for work. We also have car parking spaces for all staff at our Lancashire office. 

How do I apply?
If we have a suitable vacancy please send your cv by email or by post to Laura Braithwaite, our HR manager. Then, assuming that you meet our criteria, we will invite you to attend an initial interview. We may carry out tests depending upon the nature of the position you’re applying for and there will be a final interview with at least one of our partners.