South Africa Audit Graduate Scheme – ACA Trainee Chartered Accountant, January 2025 Start

About the firm

haysmacintyre is an award-winning firm of chartered accountants and tax advisors, with almost 40 partners and over 500 staff, providing advice to entrepreneurs, fast-growing and owner-managed businesses, charities and not for profit organisations across the UK and internationally. From our trainees to our partners, our culture of support and progression means we grow together as one firm to best help our clients.

We are a top 30 UK accountancy firm, a leading member of MSI Global Alliance, and advisers to some of the UK’s most exciting businesses and charities. Our team of over 500 people all work together in our modern office located in London, and our new flagship South African office in Cape Town.

The role and responsibilities

You are our future; so we want to give you the best opportunity to help us grow together. These are the some of the things we’ll offer you.

From day one, working from our flagship Cape Town office, you will be working on challenging and exciting engagements in one of our five sector teams: Creative Media and Technology, Property, Hospitality, Financial Services and Not for Profit. You will be a part of a close-knit graduate cohort, based in our UK and South African offices, full of self-starters, problem-solvers and collaborators, who strive to continually enhance their skills and knowledge.

Over the course of your 3.5-year training contract, you will have access to personal development and high-quality training whilst working towards your internationally recognised ACA professional qualification, alongside mentoring and support from peers and leaders alike. You will be assigned a line manager and a buddy from day one to support your career and development, and help you transition into the world of work.

We host events to keep the right balance between work and play. From our Christmas party to events as part of our Connect initiative such as our regular office social- and team building events, we pride ourselves on making time for one another. We give you the opportunity to support local communities through our Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) programme. This is the heart of what we do, allowing us to work with our clients, employees, and other stakeholders to carry out this mission and reduce our impact on the environment.

We are looking for candidates who want to kickstart their career in Audit by being exposed to a wide range of UK and international clients. Our firm values are very important to us, and hopefully aligned with your own. You will be motivated by having hands on experience working with clients, as well as collaborating with Seniors, Managers, Directors and Partners across both the UK and South Africa offices. In return, we offer a supportive environment whereby working together with you, we can propel your personal and professional development for a successful career in Audit at haysmacintyre.

The Candidate 

Person Specification

  • Flexible work attitude, pro-active team player;
  • Great communication skills;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and adhere to tight deadlines;
  • Able to learn, adapt and pick things up fast;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Good telephone manner;
  • Strong written proficiency;
  • Excellent integrity and ethical standards;
  • Currently residing in, or planning to relocate to, the greater Cape Town metropolitan area.

Academic Requirements

  • Recent University graduate (or expecting to graduate by December 2024) in BComm Accounting, BComm Financial Accounting or BComm Management Accounting;
  • Recent University graduate (or expecting to graduate by December 2024) in BComm Accounting Honours, BComm Accounting Honours, or similar programme. (Welcome, but not a prerequisite).


Everyone is welcome to apply for our roles, and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, age, marital status, background, pregnancy, or caring responsibilities.

 We also recognise the importance of diversity of thought within our teams and are fully committed to embracing the talents of people with autism, dyslexia, ADHD, and other forms of neurocognitive variation.

 We will always seek to make appropriate adjustments to recruitment, workplaces, and work processes to be fully inclusive to people with different needs and working styles.

If you need us to make any reasonable adjustments for you from application onwards, please email

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    Awards and Accreditations

    Accounting Excellence Large Firm of the Year 2023
    eprivateclient top accountancy firm 2023

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