Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton has a bold purpose. Here, we do things differently. We give our people the freedom to drive change and shape their own futures. Our people are free to be themselves and are inspired to make a difference. Our collaborative culture means we share ideas as well as the responsibility for making them happen, and our fresh thinking and agile working helps businesses, communities and our people to flourish.

We work with banks, regulators and government to build trust. We work with dynamic organisations to help them grow. And we work with the public sector to build a business environment that supports growth, including national and local public services.

Grant Thornton New Zealand is a part of a dynamic global firm comprising 56,000 people in over 140 countries. Our organisation is driven by independent thinkers and we provide high quality business and financial advice to a wide range of clients in countries all over the world.

We empower our people to make a difference. As part of our team, you’ll get support, be inspired, and provided with all kinds of learning opportunities to help you grow in confidence and develop the skills you need to become a future leader. Everyone here plays their part. It’s a real team effort and why our unique culture is built around collaboration.

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Accounting
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Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton Graduate Programme 2023

Type

Graduate Jobs


Closing in

20 Days


Subject

Accounting, Business and Commerce . . .

Who we're looking for

We’re looking for talented people who want to be a part of something bigger and want to make an impact. Free to be yourself, confident and approachable, you must be a great relationship builder who can inspire everyone around you with your energy and ideas. You’ll help our clients tackle their burning issues and future challenges.

Listening hard and asking the right questions is at the heart of providing great business advice. We’ll enable and empower you to do just that, so you can show initiative and bring new ideas and perspectives to the table to help our clients and the wider economy to grow.
Do you want to make a difference and become a respected business adviser in a dynamic down to earth firm? We are looking for passionate individuals who want to assist in the growth of our clients and communities.

Grant Thornton New Zealand also attends various career fairs and networking events around New Zealand.

Training and Development


As a graduate, you’ll get the regular, structured training required to become a professionally qualified, trusted business adviser, starting with a national induction in Auckland. Your induction will give you an understanding of our firm, our strategy and direction, and the opportunity to meet senior leaders from the business.

You will be given a range of assignments to give you a breadth of experience, along with variety in client sizes and sectors to build your tool kit. There will also be opportunities to specialise in other areas of the business in the future.

Mentoring and support


You will be assigned a mentor who will work with you to sign-off your practical experience requirements for your qualification. To support you on your journey of learning, you’ll be allocated a buddy, who will be the person you can ask questions on a daily basis if needed. 

They will also help you on your daily work assignments until you are confident enough to go at it alone. Your manager will also be there to support you and give you regular feedback on your performance.

Salary and Benefits


Everyone at Grant Thornton enjoys a competitive salary based on local market rates and the cost of living. We also provide our new graduates with a starting bonus. As you study towards your professional qualification, either CA or CPA, the firm will pay for your membership fees, module registration fees, provide paid study leave, have subject matter experts available to answer questions and provide workshops to help you cement your learning.

You will also be given a paid volunteer day and time off for your graduation.

Graduate conference


We host an annual conference for our new graduates which is a great opportunity to network with your peers, partners and other team members. This event will give you an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of Grant Thornton and complete a variety of activities using real work examples and case studies. You can also practice your networking skills, learn about other divisions and pick up some tips and tricks that will help you to reach your potential at exponential rates. You’ll also have a lot of fun.

Additional opportunities are also available throughout the year to attend professional networking events, team and staff meetings, and our social functions.

Career Progression


Career progression is determined by a system of meritocracy which comprises a regular annual appraisal cycle. This ensures that individuals are working towards their own personal development goals, and that these goals contribute to the firm’s overall strategic direction.

Ongoing feedback is also provided which means team members can measure how they are progressing towards their goals. It also serves as a basis for establishing career paths and eligibility for promotion.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A ROLE AT GRANT THORNTON?

You can search our current vacancies and apply directly online.

HOW MANY GRADUATE ROLES ARE THERE?

This will depend on the current recruitment needs in each location, each year. We are currently looking for graduates in our audit, business advisory and operational advisory lines.

CAN GRANT THORNTON NEW ZEALAND SPONSOR ME?

At this stage, we typically do not sponsor individuals who are here on student or work visas to complete the graduate programme. We require applicants to have New Zealand or Australian permanent residency or citizenship.

CAN I APPLY FOR A ROLE OUTSIDE OF NEW ZEALAND?

Absolutely! You can apply for open positions in more than 140 countries in which we have member firms. Your eligibility will depend on what the role requires, as well as qualification and visa restrictions in the hiring countries.

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

When we’re considering applications, we’re looking for people that share our values: We empower our people to make a difference. We want our people to think for themselves, to speak up, and to actively shape our firm’s culture and future We also genuinely care about our clients. As part of our work, we discover what’s important to them and enjoy helping them succeed.

We want our people to bring their whole selves to work. Individuality and authenticity are really important to our firm.

We highly value collaboration – to learn from and be inspired by others. We believe that teams will always outperform the individual.

HOW WILL GRANT THORNTON HELP ME TO DEVELOP MY CAREER?

We give graduates significant training, development and leadership opportunities from day one. Thanks to our established in-house approach, our CA/CPA pass rates are consistently above average. We provide a comprehensive CA/CPA support programme including paid study leave and mentoring, and we cover the costs for external preparation workshops. You will also have the opportunity to attend a national graduate conference to get to know us better and build your core skills. This will also provide you with an opportunity to get to know your colleagues from each office in New Zealand.

DO I NEED TO COMPLETE MY CA OR CPA IF I JOIN THE GRADUATE PROGRAMME?

The majority of our graduates choose to complete their Chartered Accountant or CPA qualifications; although in some teams such as operational advisory, this is not a requirement, or another option is available.

CAN I APPLY FOR A GRADUATE ROLE IF MY DEGREE IS NOT MAJOR IN ACCOUNTING, EG ECONOMICS OR FINANCE?

For the majority of service lines, preference is given to those eligible for entry into the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand CA programme upon completion of their degree. However, we understand that university is only part of the learning experience, so from time to time those with different degrees and/or majors can join the graduate programme (particularly within operational advisory).

CAN I APPLY FOR A GRADUATE ROLE IF MY DEGREE IS NOT MAJOR IN ACCOUNTING, EG ECONOMICS OR FINANCE?

For the majority of service lines, preference is given to those eligible for entry into the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand CA programme upon completion of their degree. However, we understand that university is only part of the learning experience, so from time to time those with different degrees and/or majors can join the graduate programme (particularly within operational advisory).

WHAT’S GRANT THORNTON’S APPROACH TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION?

At our firm, we encourage our people to bring their whole selves to work. We recognise, appreciate and leverage our people’s individual skills and talents. This approach helps us to create a collaborative and dynamic organisation. It’s a given that we treat everyone fairly and never discriminate against ethnicity, race, religious belief (or lack of), sex, gender identity or intersex status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, family or carer’s responsibilities, marital status, age or disability. And beyond that, we celebrate the breadth of experiences and perspectives that people bring to Grant Thornton – especially their diversity of skills and perspectives.

WHERE CAN I GO FOR MORE INFORMATION?

We’d be delighted to hear from you and answer any questions you might have about the recruitment process and working at Grant Thornton. Please get in touch with joana.santillana@nz.gt.com.

Our Programme

Filing and tea making aren’t high on the agenda for our interns. Instead, you will experience first-hand how an advisor works in a professional environment. You’ll receive training and mentoring from a manager, and be exposed to realistic work experience by participating in assignments for a wide variety of clients.

We offer the opportunity for a small group of people to join us over the summer holidays of their penultimate year to complete an internship. We appreciate not everyone knows what they want to do when they finish university, so we provide internships that rotate through business advisory and audit services to give you a taste of the work you would do in each area.

You will have the opportunity to experience life at Grant Thornton, and gain an insight into our unique culture. As an intern, you are accepted into daily life straight away by doing practical work, attending training sessions and meetings, and enjoying social activities.

Throughout your internship, there are two-way feedback sessions, and before you complete the programme you will know whether you will be offered a graduate role. We have a high success rate of interns being offered and accepting graduate positions, reducing the level of stress associated with your last year of university and the pressure to find a role.

The programme runs annually in Auckland and Christchurch from late November to mid-February, and provides the perfect opportunity to experience life in professional services at Grant Thornton!

What will I get out of it?

  • realistic work experience
  • insight into Grant Thornton’s culture
  • the opportunity to work with partners and senior staff
  • on-the-job coaching
  • network building
  • feedback on your progress
  • consideration for a future graduate position

Can I apply if I am not studying in Auckland?

Yes, many of our summer interns are studying outside of Auckland and enjoy the experience of being in a new environment for the summer.

I am not in my penultimate year of study; can I still apply?

Yes, however, consideration is typically given to those who are in their penultimate year.

If I am successful in securing a summer internship and a subsequent graduate role, is there the possibility of working part-time throughout the year?

Yes. For those willing and able, we often have casual or part-time work available throughout the year.