BDO Early Careers

Advisory Graduate - Business Restructuring

Highly competitive starting salary
20 Apr 2021
04 May 2021
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Entry level, Graduate scheme

We’re BDO. An accountancy and business advisory firm, providing the advice and solutions businesses need to navigate today’s changing world.

We’ll broaden your horizons

Our Advisory team provide a wide variety of services that deliver value-led advice and outcomes. Whether it’s buying a new business, expanding internationally or struggling with financial difficulties, our team provide support and solutions that help businesses overcome challenges. The team work across strategy, operations and improvement as well as at a transactional and defined project level. From technology to risk advisory, you’ll be exposed to some of the world's most exciting financial operations and business deals, building your experience and expertise alongside the brightest minds in the industry.

We’ll help you succeed

The three-year Advisory Graduate Programme is your opportunity to learn our sector inside out, get real experience on real projects and achieve a recognised professional qualification. We’ll cover your exam fees and give you the study leave and extra training you’ll need to pass them while you balance your own workload. That training isn’t just about passing the exams, you’ll learn a range of personal, management and client-related skills that will help you become a full rounded BDO advisor and achieve your full potential.

Programme & Qualification

BDO offer the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification. Globally recognised, the qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to become strategic leaders of the future. The duration of this programme is 36 months.

The purpose of this role is to take responsibility for your own cases as well as assist senior staff in performing larger and more complex cases. This role is responsible to a designated senior group member on specific cases and ultimately to a dedicated counselling manager.

You will gain a detailed understanding of:

  • Pre-packaged administrations
  • Accelerated Mergers & Acquisition (AMA) processes
  • Insolvency Rules and managing company administrations and liquidations
  • Trading administrations
  • Independent Business Review (IBR)
  • Investigations
  • Contentious insolvency and litigation
  • Contingency planning
  • Options reviews


  • Assume day to day responsibility for cases
  • Support the managers of the team to deliver on assignment
  • Prepare statutory and technical compliance documents
  • Deal with correspondence effectively and efficiently
  • Liaise with relevant agents / solicitors to obtain appropriate advice
  • Undertake basic investigations into debtor's / directors' / company's affairs
  • Basic office admin, including filing, copying, casting and reviewing documents
  • Assisting at meetings with debtor / company directors
  • Review and compile documents received by directors of a company
  • Research and analyse company information using a variety of tools, such as, company searches and Land Registry searches
  • Behave in a professional manner when attending client sites
  • This is a client facing role and so confidence and communication are key
  • Highlight potential problems to senior staff quickly (with supporting information)
  • Be involved in the marketing of the firm's services to potential clients and work providers
  • Prepare statutory reports which comply with regulations and ensure relevant data is captured
  • Ensure compliance and reporting deadlines are adhered to
  • Assist in the preparation of simple reports, including VAT & Tax returns (liaising as necessary with the tax department), and clean returns to DTI in respect of directors' conduct
  • Familiarise and gain working knowledge of all regulatory and statutory requirements, including SIP and best practice, Risk Management and Money Laundering
  • Assist managers by preparing conflict searches and certain sections of the client acceptance documentation, such as anti-money laundering, as appropriate
  • Accurately prepare schedules and receipts and payments accounts, for review by senior staff
  • Undertake all bank reconciliations on own caseload and on colleagues’ caseloads as required
  • Assist in the sale of the business and the Companies assets
  • Perform other relevant duties and responsibilities as delegated
  • Successfully study towards your professional qualification and, where relevant, corresponding apprenticeship

When you join us

When you join us, we’ll make your growth our priority. If you’re right for us, you’ll thrive in an environment built to help you succeed. We’re looking for someone with:

  • A 2:2 degree in any discipline (obtained or predicted)
  • Three A-levels or equivalent at A* to C excluding General Studies and Extended Projects (obtained or predicted)
  • A* to C in Maths and English at GCSE/Scottish Standards or equivalent (non-UK qualifications also considered)

We’re in it together

At BDO, we believe that when our people feel valued and rewarded, their potential is unlimited. We offer highly competitive starting salaries and review remuneration packages regularly to ensure that our pay always positively reflects performance. As well as offering support with tuition and professional qualifications, we also provide the following benefits, as standard:

  • 25 days’ holiday;
  • access to a personal pension scheme, with matched employer contributions;
  • life assurance cover;
  • and income protection insurance.

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below.

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