Graduate Trainee Accountant

Graduate Trainee Accountant

The Cairngorms National Park Authority

About the Organisation
“The Cairngorms National Park (CNP) is the largest national park in the UK, covering 4500km2. It is also a place of sheer abundance, having more high mountain ground than anywhere else in the UK, the largest Caledonian forest, some of Scotland’s purest rivers and finest livestock rearing farmland. It is home to 25 percent of the UK’s rare and endangered species. It is a truly unique place to work, with our dedicated and passionate Corporate Services team (of which finance is a part) who are committed to providing the best people experience, every day. Furthermore, there is access to some of the most beautiful countryside straight from our Headquarters office door.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) is one of Scotland’s top 10 flexible employers and listed in the UK’s Top 100 best not for profit companies to work for; we’re dedicated to both this fantastic landscape and our employees.”

Learn more about CNPA and their vision here.

The Role
Are you looking for a unique opportunity to work in one of the most amazing places in the world?

The Cairngorms NPA Finance Team is seeking a graduate with an interest in public finance and administration to help deliver its busy workload supporting the National Park Authority’s finance and administration processes, and also supporting a range of partners in delivery of significant projects supporting natural and cultural heritage, community development and integrated land management.

The post-holder will undertake a range of duties supporting the Authority’s management and financial accounting process; processing transactions through our SAGE accounts package; liaising with staff and external organisations supported by the Authority on financial processing and reporting; and ensuring the Authority’s financial, grant awarding and procurement systems are robust and delivered effectively and efficiently. The post holder will also be trained to be “back up” for the payroll and pension service. This means that that you will have opportunities to be involved in a variety of financial activities.

This is an exciting opportunity for an accountancy graduate or someone wishing to train for a career as an accountant to get broad work experience in a small, though busy, finance and accounting team.  We will also discuss potential further training with the successful candidate in order to support your future career objectives and the Authority’s business requirements.

As such, this is a career-graded post, with starting salary grade B adjusted upwards to Band C on achievement of an accountancy qualification such as Accounting Technician or part-qualification as a CCAB accountant.  The Authority will discuss the qualification route with the successful candidate and will support the training.

Key Responsibilities:

Support a full range of financial transaction processing through the SAGE accounts package and complementary records systems;
Ensure source documents are appropriately authorised, recorded and stored;
Maintain an accurate, up to date record of financial commitments established by orders for goods and services and grant awards;
Assist in production of regular management accounts reports to the Authority’s budget holders;
Assist in production of year-end financial accounts and associated working papers, both for the Authority’s own accounts and for accounts of community-based organisations and charities supported by the Authority;
Support the maintenance of accurate records of project activities, and of the delivery of key performance indicators by projects, ensuring there is suitable and appropriate evidence to support project grant claims to be submitted by the Authority to external funders;
Provide financial and procurement support to specific projects, including the National Lottery Heritage Funded Heritage Horizons Programme and Cairngorms Capercaillie project, and Scottish Government funded Peatland Action Programme.
Support all audit activities undertaken within the Authority by internal and external audit, assisting the team in the provision of accurate and comprehensive information to meet audit requirements and following up on subsequent audit information requests;
Assist budget holders and project managers in the development and production of any financial reports required in delivery of their activities;
Provide support as required and in keeping with the grade of the post to the Cairngorms Finance Manager and Management Accountant in the development and delivery of the team’s services.

Other more general responsibilities will include:

Contribute to the work of the Corporate Services Directorate and CNPA as a whole and ensuring compliance with financial procedures;
Contribute to the development and implementation of the National Park Partnership Plan and the CNPA corporate and operational plans and participate in CNPA organisation activity as required;
To conduct other work,  as necessary.  All post holders are required to be flexible with regard to their job description so that the organisation can adapt to new opportunities and priorities over time.

CNPA Benefits:

Civil service pension scheme
25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days with service, plus Public Holidays
Professional development
Flexible working
Cycle to work scheme
Use of pool cars


You should be able to demonstrate that you meet the following requirements:

A financial, accounting or business qualification at Higher National Diploma (HND) or degree level.
Demonstrable experience of success in roles that require excellent attention to detail in assessing and appraising information, and in maintaining information systems and databases;
Enthusiastic and self-motivated approach to work;
Demonstrable experience of organising and prioritising a busy workload to successfully achieve objectives;
Demonstrable experience of a confident, friendly and supportive approach to engaging with members of the public;
Demonstrable experience of working as an effective team member;
Must have experience of handling confidential information, and respecting and adhering to that confidentiality
Good IT skills in all areas Word, Excel, Presentation skills.
The ability to prioritise a diverse and demanding workload and work to tight deadlines.

CNPA is an inclusive organisation and we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability and age.  CNPA is a Disability Confident committed employer, if you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the post, we will interview you.  In all circumstances CNPA appoints on merit based evidence the applicant supplies in meeting the essential criteria for the post.


The closing date for applications is 19th November 2021 at 12 noon.

To apply, please complete the application form available in the Jobs section of the CNPA website (, specifying which role you are applying for and email the completed form to

Please note, CNPA do not accept Curriculum Vitae (CV).

If you require more information, or if you require any adjustments to be made to the application process due to disability please email:

To see how the CNPA collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants, please view the Privacy Notice available on their website.

All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date.

Successful candidates must, by the start of employment, have permission to work in the UK.

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