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Applications for school leaver and graduates are now closed.

Why work for us?

Our culture focuses on developing great staff who can deliver an exceptional service to clients. We are invested in our team, which is why we continue to offer training and new opportunities to our staff – as well as one of the most flexible work approaches within our profession.

Our diverse and inclusive practice continues to grow quickly, backed by our passionate professionals.

Grunberg & Co were accredited as one of top 10 best employers at the British Accountancy Awards in 2019.

How we support our staff

Full study support to Apprenticeship programme for new trainees or those part way through their studies

Monthly in-house accounts and tax training

Quarterly in-house Accounts and Tax CPD training

ACA training firm. ACCA platinum training provider. AAT training provider

Buddy system for all new joiners

Staff feedback forum

Structured in-house professional development training to help you reach your potential

Partner mentors chosen by you

Employee Assistance Programme Mental Health First Aiders

Technical and personal development training

Mentor system for trainees


Paid staff volunteering day each year

Agile working

26 days holiday increasing to 28 on 5th year service 30 on 10th year service

Quarterly social events

Income protection

Private medical cover

Staff brainstorming and team building days

Staff rewards/bonus scheme

Commission paid for referred clients

Team lunches/dinners

Fresh fruit for staff

Commission paid for successfully referred candidates

Massive opportunities for progression to those who deliver



Two trained Mental Health First Aiders

Employee Assistance Programme


Private Health Insurance

Private GP

Digicare+ app

providing GP appointments, Health Checks, Nutrition Consultations, Mental Health and Bereavement Consultations

Thrive Wellbeing App

Mental Health Training

Stress Awareness Training

Anxiety Awareness Training

Remote Working Training

Resilience Training

Corporate social responsibility

We support a charity of the year and raise funds throughout the year via sports activities, challenges, paid volunteer days and
in-house events to raise awareness and funds.

As a firm we strive to be environmentally conscious and these are some of the things we have done so far:

Office recycling – no individual staff waste bins so maximum amount of waste is recycled

No plastic or paper cups

Filter water straight from the tap so no bottled water required

LED lighting to save energy

Hot water tap to save energy and water consumption

Paperless office

We’re proud to have two mental health first aiders in our team, who have received the MHFA accreditation; supporting our team with their mental health and wellbeing.

Company financials

Turnover in excess of
% increase
on previous year’s figures

Facts and figures

of our Partners were promoted internally

managers were promoted internally

of staff have the opportunity for flexible working

of our staff are female

of our staff are male

of our staff work part-time

is the average age of our staff

is the average age of our Partners

staff and we are expanding

Career progression

Your future is important to us and whether you join us as a trainee or as an experienced professional we are by your side to guide and support you in your career aspirations. We help you put together a development plan which is constantly revisited in regular 1-2-1 meetings to make sure your career is on track and heading in the right direction.

Our partners are there alongside you too to provide support and career guidance during dedicated partner mentor meetings. Your partner mentor is chosen by you so that you are in control of who you feel can help you most.

Charlotte Lishman

  • 2012 Joined as AAT Trainee (School Leaver Scheme)
  • 2014 Promoted to Audit & Account Semi-Senior
    Began ACA qualification
  • 2016 Promoted to Audit & Accounts Senior
  • 2017 Qualified Accountant
  • 2018 Promoted to Assistant Manager
  • 2019 Promoted to Audit & Account Manager
  • 2021 maternity leave
  • 2022 Promoted to Associate Director

Archibald Corlett

  • 2015 Audit & Accounts Trainee
  • 2017 Audit & Accounts Semi-senior
  • 2019 Audit & Accounts Senio
  • 2021 Audit & Accounts Assistant Manger
  • 2023 Audit & Accounts Manager

Jyoti Onthriar

  • 2007 Joined as Tax Senior
  • 2010 Promoted to Tax Manager
  • 2014 maternity leave
  • 2015 Retuned as Tax Manager (part-time)
  • 2017 maternity leave
  • 2018 Returned as Tax Manager Compliance (part-time)
  • 2022 Promoted to Associate Director

Gedalia Waldman

  • 2010 Joined as a newly qualified Audit Senior
  • 2012 Promoted to Audit Assistant Manager
  • 2013 Promoted to Audit Manager
  • 2014 Promoted to Audit Partner

Ellie Bullen

  • 2015 Joined School Leaver Programme began AAT
  • 2018 Promoted to Audit & Accounts Semi-Senior Began ACA Qualification Shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year at the IRIS Accountancy Awards
  • 2019 Part-Qualified Chartered Accountant
  • 2019 Qualified Chartered Accountant
  • 2020 Promoted to Audit & Accounts Senior
  • 2021 Promoted to Audit & Accounts Assistant Manager
  • 2023 Promoted to Audit & Accounts Manager

Stefan Carter

Stefan Carter
  • 2013 Joined Graduate Trainee Scheme began ACA Qualification
  • 2016 Part-Qualified Chartered Accountant
  • 2016 Promoted to Audit & Accounts Semi-Senior
  • 2018 Qualified Chartered Accountant
  • 2018 Promoted to Audit & Accounts Senior
  • 2020 Promoted to Audit & Accounts Assistant Manager
  • 2021 Promoted to Audit & Account Manager

Current vacancies

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We are now taking applications for our school leaver training programme.

Speculative Applications

We are continually looking for excellent, high calibre staff for both ourselves and our clients. If you would like to forward us your CV, we will keep your details on file and you may be considered should a vacancy arise.

Are you a recruiter?
We don’t accept unsolicited CVs from recruitment agencies and we accept no responsibility for fees claimed for unsolicited CVs being submitted.
If we need a little extra help filling our roles, we’ll contact you!

Frequently asked questions

Do you offer apprenticeships?

Yes. Most of our school leavers and graduates join us as apprentices. School leavers would follow the AAT or ATT apprenticeship program and graduates would follow the ACA, CIMA or ATT/CTA apprenticeship program.

When should I apply for your school leaver and graduate programs?

We have only one intake of trainees each year and applications open around January or February. To stay updated on when applications become available, please keep an eye on our school leaver and graduate page here.

What is the entry level requirements for School Leaver vacancies?

  1. Minimum 120 UCAS points (300 UCAS points or more for those who passed exams prior to 2017).
  2. GCSE grades A* to C (including a high B or above in Maths and English Language, or a 6 for those who passed exams from 2017 onwards).
  3. or the equivalent qualifications / alternative higher qualifications.

What is the entry level requirements for Graduates?

  1. Achieved a 2:1 degree in any discipline.
  2. Minimum 120 UCAS points (300 UCAS points or more for those who passed exams prior to 2017).
  3. GCSE grades A* to C (including a high B or above in Maths and English Language, or a 6 for those who passed exams from 2017 onwards).
  4. or the equivalent qualifications / alternative higher qualifications.

Do you offer study support?

Most of our trainees join as apprentices. Those that do not qualify but are eligible to join as trainees would be provided with either full study support or paid study days and exam days depending on the qualification they are following.

I am looking for non-finance role – do you have vacancies?

Any non-finance roles, are normally within our admin department. These will be advertised on our recruitment page when they become available.

Do you offer internships?

We do offer internships and one year university placements. We generally take on interns during our summer months from June through to September in our bookkeeping, audit & accounts and tax departments. Please apply in writing to with a covering letter and copy of your CV. You will be asked to come in for an interview before a place is offered.

Do you offer work experience?

We do offer work experience to year school students in year 10 to sixth form but this will usually be for one week’s experience. Please apply in writing to with a covering letter and copy of your CV.

I am a qualified accountant but haven’t worked in Practice, what roles can I apply for?

We are often recruiting at the qualified level but most roles do need applicants to have worked in Practice – please see the individual vacancies for details.

What personal traits do you value in applicants?

Strong ethics, trustworthiness, attention to detail, precision and great organisational skills are all a must for skilled professionals but these are not only the things that are important.

  • Can you also build relationships with clients? Accountancy isn’t just about number crunching but about building relationships and imparting advice.
  • Can you demonstrate fantastic communication skills and are you a good collaborator working with teams and imparting this skill when advising clients on their business?
  • Do you have amazing time management, business commerciality and creativity? Good professionals have creative minds and can think outside of the box for fresh solutions.
  • Can you sell – are you able to bring in clients and also sell within your existing customer portfolio?

At every level some or all of these skills are needed and are valued by us.

Why us and not another accountancy firm?

Hopefully through this page you are already convinced we are a great firm to work for but here are a few more reasons:

  • Fantastic modern offices located in Colindale.
  • Top 100 firm and growing with a clear vision for partners and staff.
  • Sole UK member of an international network giving us a global reach.
  • Our work is produced to our high standard which is reflected in the expertise of our staff.
  • Positive, open working environment.
  • We collaborate with our staff using focus groups, partner mentoring and an open door policy for staff to share their ideas

Where are your offices and do I need a car?

Our head office is based in Colindale, North West London which is a short walk from Colindale station on the northern line.

A car is not necessary but many of our staff do drive to the Colindale office and we have some onsite parking which is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Before joining Grunberg & Co I had worked at a small firm of accountants, where I had begun my training and gained lots of experience working on charity accounts. However I felt I needed broader exposure to different clients and once I joined Grunberg & Co. it soon became clear that they had much more to teach me. The firm was quick to bring me up to speed on limited company accounting and has pushed me throughout my career to work with more complex businesses, including large listed companies.

Looking back now, this gave me a fantastic chance to prove myself. While I had some technical knowledge and a degree in accounting, this exposure has widened my horizons and expertise considerably since I joined.

Although I am still studying for my final ACCA qualifications, the firm has been willing to focus on my skills and passion, rather than my accreditations, allowing me to continue to progress, something which other firms may not have done. I am always being offered the opportunity to try new challenges and work in new areas, which has helped widen my knowledge and has been integral to my rapid advancement.

My original career aspirations were to go into the property market but I left university in the middle of the 2008 financial crisis, where finding graduate positions was tough.

There was a family interest in accountancy and so I started looking for positions and applied for many jobs. Eventually, when a role came up within the family firm I decided to apply. Not wanting to be singled out, I made it clear that I wanted to be treated like any other candidate and went through a rigorous interview.

I was one of the firm’s first true trainees (at the time the practice only had three teams and 25 members of staff). I worked under each of the partners honing my skills and undertaking my studies.

Then one of the existing managers left and I took the opportunity to progress, becoming the firm’s first Assistant Manager so that I could build my expertise and experience whilst assisting the Partners with their growing portfolios.

I learned a lot during this period and was given lots of opportunities to challenge myself and try new things.

The firm has always been willing to let me have a go at different tasks and trusted me to develop my unique areas of expertise.

I joined Grunberg & Co straight from college, where I had studied for a BTEC and was the first AAT apprentice that the firm had taken on at the time.

I had always had an interest in accountancy and so I applied initially for a bookkeeping job but was offered this fantastic new opportunity.

I like how the firm was so much like a family, rather than a traditional firm of accountants.

The culture the practice has created meant that I have always been able to go to anyone for help, from my Manager up to the Partners.

I have always been up to a challenge and trying new things that test me and the firm has always been supportive and willing to let me take on new work – they have never stifled my progress or passion for the job.

I joined Grunberg & Co as a graduate after leaving London Metropolitan University with a degree in accounting and finance.
Everyone was really friendly and welcoming and there were people who had been through the same process here to help me every step of the way.

The support throughout my career has been really good. Whenever I have struggled or faced a new challenge there was always someone there to help me.

What stands out though, is the relationship that all staff have with the Partners. I know from speaking with friends training at other firms that there can sometimes be barriers to seeing and working with top-level Partners but this has never been the case at Grunberg & Co.