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Assistant Accountant

DLA Piper
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Officer / Analyst / Engineer / Executive / Coordinator
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Other Professional

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The role

This is an exciting opportunity for a placement year within our Finance Team. We’re looking for an Assistant Accountant to join our team based in Sheffield.

A placement at DLA Piper gives students the opportunity to work in a variety of roles within the finance team based in Sheffield city centre which supports DLA Piper’s operations and local finance teams in more than 40 different countries across UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Middle East.

The Finance team at DLA Piper has offered placement opportunities for almost 15 years – and we continue to value the experience and responsibilities we provide to each placement student. Our placement students are very much part of our team, with their own responsibilities to deliver and support the business.

We are a large finance team performing a wide range of finance activities; therefore, we have always found our placement students adapt their experience to the opportunities that arise, and really get significant benefit from their time at DLA Piper.When you join DLA Piper as a Finance Placement Student you will embark on a placement year that gives you exposure to a wide variety of experiences and the opportunity to support a number of the finance teams including;

  • UK Commercial Finance Team
  • International Operations and Commercial Finance Team
  • Group Treasury
  • Group Accounting

Requirements of the role:

  • Two years of degree level study completed
  • Predicted grade of 2:1 or higher
  • A desire to work in Finance
  • Accounting and Finance or Accounting degree types preferred but other degrees considered

Key skills and competencies

  • A good communicator (both verbal and written) with ability to build strong relationships
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Customer service orientated
  • Strong problem solver with intellectual curiosity and a “can-do” attitude
  • Highly analytical and numerate with excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to problem solve and analyse situations
  • An ability to use Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers and business service professionals located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold – we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional – we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations

At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That’s why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits and where relevant, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and work-related references.


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients, and we achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed.

We’re proud to serve an international client base that includes more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 companies. We help the world's top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, we represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Our lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance. We have strong practices in employment, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and have developed key teams in pensions, private equity, real estate, tax, and technology

As a firm we are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive culture for all of our people, where differences are genuinely valued. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued.

Company info
+44 (0)20 7349 0296
160 Aldersgate Street

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