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Grant Thornton Returner Programme 2019

Locations: Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Sheffield

Start date: May 2019

Programme: 6-month paid returnship

Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. They are driven by independent thinkers that provide high quality business and financial advice to a wide range of clients in countries all over the world.

Grant Thornton believes they’re best positioned to make a meaningful impact on the economy. Every day, they provide a diverse range of organisations with the kind of business and financial advice it takes to do this. Their ideas and insight empower their clients to make big decisions about the future and unlock sustainable growth. Through fresh thinking and agile working, they help businesses, communities and their people to flourish.

About the programme

Grant Thornton is excited to partner with Women Returners to launch their Returner Programme, supporting experienced and talented professionals to successfully return to the workplace after an extended career break of 18 months or more.

You’ll work in the office and on client site, getting to the heart of how their clients work and the challenges they face. Making the most of your experience and client management skills, you’ll help their clients mitigate risks and work more effectively.

Read Gillian’s success story

Gillian joined Grant Thornton via the Financial Service, Legal and FinTech Scotland cross-company programme.  You can read her story here

Who are they looking for?

Bring your technical skills and grounding to their teams across the UK.

London, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Milton Keynes and Cambridge

There are roles in the Public, Commercial and Financial Services Audit sectors, from Executive to Senior Manager. You’ll have some experience of working on audits at any level, and you’ll be professionally qualified (ACA, CA, ACCA, CIPFA).

London, Milton Keynes, Cambridge

There are roles across Tax from Executive up to Senior Manager. They have Corporate, Personal and International Tax based service lines, candidates typically with ACA, ATT or CTA qualifications.


Grant Thornton is specifically looking for people to work in their Birmingham Employment Tax team, ideally at Associate and Executive levels. It would be great to see a level of employment tax knowledge/experience. The roles may be appropriate for someone with previous payroll or general tax experience providing they have an interest in employment tax.

Do you care about the same things they do?

Grant Thornton has six values they work by. When you meet them, it will be great for you to show them how they’re important to you, too.

Collaboration: Clients always comment on how friendly they are. They work together, share ideas and always make time to help each other out.

Leadership: Everyone has the chance to lead their own projects. Grant Thornton is committed to the success of their clients, their people, their profession, and their stakeholders at large, demonstrating leadership at all levels.

Excellence: They love what they do, and it shows. They sweat the details. They see things through, no matter how tricky. And they always look for new ways to do things better

Agility: The world moves quickly. To keep up, they stay flexible – changing approaches, changing projects, working offline, online, together and alone to get things done.

Respect: A given, of course: they value each other and their clients. They listen, understand, and they care.

Responsibility: They recognise their wider impact on their clients, people and society. The decisions they make and advice they give affects people’s lives and livelihoods. They act with integrity, openness and accountability to stay true to their purpose and behave in a way that is consistent with their values.

Committed to inclusivity

Now you’ve seen their values, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that they’re committed to creating an inclusive and agile working environment where people can flourish, where differences are understood and respected, and everyone is valued. Or that they’re one of the top employers in the UK’s Social Mobility Index. They treat everyone equally, they’ll value what you have to say, and do everything they can to help you bring your whole self to work.

There’s more to life than work

Children, family and beyond.… the things you do and the people you’re with outside work matter.  They can inspire, motivate and energise you. Inside the office and out. So if you’d like to work flexibly, let them know. Grant Thornton will do its best to keep your work and life in balance.

Does this sound like you?

Click here to upload your CV and cover letter via the application process, confirming the location/s you are applying to.

The closing date for applications has been extended to 24 March, with interviews ideally happening w/c 25 March.

If you require any support or have question about this programme, or require any reasonable adjustments during the application process, please contact Grant Thornton’s Resourcing team on