DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER AT LUBBOCK FINE AS A GRADUATE TRAINEE

From that first moment at interview stage, you’ll find we’re different.

The foundations

Many firms may pay lip service to ‘different’ but we actually mean it.

Lubbock Fine is located in EC4, in the heart of central London, right next to St Paul’s Cathedral. All work and no play makes a Jack a dull boy and our brilliant location provides a great backdrop for leisure and recreation.

What we’re doing on this page is giving you a flavour of our outlook, potential and approach to work. 

Applications for our 2020 intake are now OPEN, the deadline for all applications will be 29th February 2020.

I was attracted to medium sized firms as I believe that the training offered would be high quality with a more tailored approach. I was lucky enough to get a place on the summer scheme at the end of my second year of university and although it was only two weeks long, I really felt at home in the firm and thought it would be the perfect place for me to start my career. I did consider other firms however, in the end, I felt that Lubbock Fine were exactly what I was looking for; a welcoming mid-sized firm, where you feel that you’re making a difference.

I completed a summer placement application through the Lubbock Fine website, I had to complete some questions regarding my prior experience and why I thought I would be right for the role. The internship itself serves as a working interview on both sides, as I was tasked with helping complete areas of audit files, whilst supporting a senior member of the team. I also experienced the social aspect of LF life, taking part in the inaugural sports day whilst on my placement. Lubbock Fine could see how I applied myself and simultaneously I got a feel for the working environment at Lubbock Fine. Following the placement, I was invited for an assessment day during which my numerical, verbal and communication skills were tested. Following this, an interview day was organised, allowing me to meet with the partners, managers and other graduates.

During my time at Lubbock Fine, I have learnt a lot about accountancy. In less than a year I have gained a huge range of experiences by completing accounts for a variety of clients, from charities to property firms and using different accounting frameworks. The firm works across a variety of sectors which means exposure to many different areas of work. Along with working on audits, I have also had the opportunity to work on accounts preparation, which has enhanced my understanding of the nuts and bolts of accountancy, whilst also giving me the responsibility to work independently, which I very much enjoy. The audit teams are relatively small and are constantly rotated, this allows me to expand my audit experience as well as network with all the staff, from graduates up to senior level, which is a great feature of a mid-sized firm.

Zak Fraser, Graduate Trainee

Building blocks

By the time you apply to us, you’ll already have researched the basics of what being a chartered accountant means. The benefits of building towards a professional qualification will not have escaped you, the prospect of a structured career course will appeal to you and the earning potential will excite you. As a next move, why would you choose to apply to Lubbock Fine?

Nuts and bolts

Quite simply, we offer a really broad perspective. We take on a carefully selected, small number of trainees each year so it stands to reason that they’re absolutely pivotal to our work and our own business structure.

I joined Lubbock Fine because it’s large enough to offer a wide variety of experience and work whilst still being small enough to be personal. Everybody works together and supports each other meaning that I’ve always felt I’m an integral part of the firm rather than just a small cog in a big machine.

From day one I was given a variety of work and, over time, I have experienced almost every key aspect of audit and accounting. I’ve worked with a range of clients from small property companies to large television production companies and even larger international investment funds. Lubbock Fine has allowed me to develop and progress whilst always knowing I will have the support and encouragement that’s crucial from the start.

Matthew Green, Audit Director

Underpinning

  • Our selection process means that we identify the best at the outset. We recruit a small number of fantastic trainees each year and we’re very choosy. We never employ more people than we actually need with the aim of “weeding out” at the end of year one.
  • We offer first class on-the-job training and in-house supplementary courses and workshops. All of that, together with external training over and above the ACA study programme, gives you the best chance to develop a wide range of practical and personal skills.
  • Trainees are encouraged to take a positive role in a stimulating and very friendly environment. You will have client facing responsibility from day one within the safe, supportive network of an experienced team.
  • Each trainee is assigned a senior level mentor to guide them through all aspects of technical and practical training and familiarisation with working in a commercial environment. A problem shared is a problem halved and your mentor will always be on hand to help with any issues or challenges.
  • You will never find yourself lost in a vast conglomerate as part of a team of twenty-five pen pushers. All of our people have a crucial role to play – we can’t afford to carry dead wood.
  • Partners and managers will monitor your development and be on hand to help with any problems. Formal reviews of progress and salary package are conducted twice a year and promotion is strictly on merit – it’s yours once you can demonstrate that you have what it takes to succeed.

All in all, it’s a great combination designed to give you a thorough understanding of how accountancy works in practice.

During my time at Lubbock Fine, I have worked on a range of jobs which has proved invaluable whilst I studied for the ACA exams. I don’t believe I would have had this experience in a larger firm.

At the assessment day, I knew that Lubbock Fine was the type of place I wanted to work. Everyone was welcoming and immediately made me feel at ease. The firm revolves around those who work here which is why there’s a great emphasis on getting to know you throughout the application process. During the interview I felt comfortable and was able to be myself. They’re looking for people who can both do the job and will integrate well into the team. That’s how I knew I had made the right choice to join this firm.

Rebecca Bryant, Manager

So what do you think of it so far?

To complete...

So what do you think of it so far? If you like what you see and believe that you may be made of the stuff that our demanding work and standards call for, why not apply?

As a basic requirement, we ask that you have at least 280 UCAS points and be on course for, or have achieved, a 2:1 in any discipline. But, above all, we value integrity and it is essential that you be guided by this principle.

Applications for our 2020 intake are now OPEN, the deadline for all applications will be 29th February 2020.

I was attracted by the size of the firm: large enough for a real mixture of jobs, small enough that personal contribution is recognised.

This has proven true. The role is hugely diverse both in terms of industry sectors and in scope. My work ranges from property companies to solicitors’ firms, and operating as part of a team to having individual responsibility for jobs.

Reporting directly to friendly and approachable managers and partners, the nature of the firm means that from early on I felt my work counted. With more experience comes increasing responsibility, so it’s never dull.

Sam Snelson, Senior Manager