Hi, I’m Benita, I joined Grant Thornton last year as an audit trainee in the Gatwick office. The office is home to around 75 employees spread across a number of departments including audit, government audit, corporate finance, tax and employer solutions. It is based over two floors, with tax, employer solutions and corporate finance located on the ground floor and audit on the first floor.
The office hires approximately six audit trainees (typically four graduate trainees and two school leavers) and two tax trainees a year. There are also summer internship opportunities available within audit for students in their penultimate year of University and one-year placement opportunities within Corporate Finance. Due to the recent addition of the public sector audit department in the office, there is also the opportunity to apply for graduate roles within public sector audit.
The Gatwick office is located off the M23 and is within easy reach of Gatwick airport and rail station. It is a short bus ride from Crawley town centre and there are also frequent trains from Gatwick into London which take approximately 30 minutes.
The majority of our clients are based in the south of England and London but we also service clients in other parts of the UK so there are many opportunities to travel, including the occasional trips overseas. Our clients vary across a number of industries including manufacturing, automotive, leisure and travel, and technology being the most common. We provide services to a number of small owner-managed businesses as well as larger AIM listed companies. Due to the varied size of our clients and the modest size of the office, audit teams are usually made up of approximately 3-10 individuals. This means you’ll be provided with an all-round experience and be able to gain responsibility early on in your career.
After qualification there are many opportunities to develop further within the Gatwick office. There are opportunities to work in different departments, relocate to other offices or even take a secondment abroad. Recently one of our auditors took a secondment overseas to Los Angeles having recently qualified.
The Gatwick office is part of a unit which includes the London Euston and London Finsbury Square offices. Due to this we are occasionally able to work on audits of London clients and also benefit from being able to attend two Christmas parties (the London Christmas party as well as our own annual Gatwick Christmas party). In addition to this, the office holds a number of social events throughout the year including quiz nights, football tournaments, cricket matches and golf tournaments. There are also a number of external events organised through the Crawley Young Professionals which allows young professionals from within the local area to meet on an informal basis and participate in various activities including quiz nights, raft building, rounders, bowling and many more!
I hope this has given you an insight into the Gatwick office and please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.