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2025 SAICA Trainee Accountant - Audit - Port Elizabeth

The Programme 

So, you are considering joining BDO in South Africa for a traineeship position. As the South African member firm of the global BDO organization, one of the fastest growing professional services networks globally, you would be making a good choice for your future career. 
You would be joining an organization with representation in over 167 countries and territories, including 58 Africa countries. 
We know that it’s important to you to be part of something that matters, a firm that is making an impact on its profession as well as the communities in which it is located. You’ll find all that, and more, at BDO. 
People helping people achieve their dreams -  Our mission defines who we are and why we exist. It’s our core purpose. We play a big role in helping our clients and people achieve their dreams. Our mission keeps us grounded and humble about our impact on people’s lives every day. 
What you can expect when you join BDO: 

  • A commitment to creating unlimited growth by giving our people continuous opportunities. 
  • A friendly and supportive culture, surrounded by teammates who are on the same journey as you. 
  • Collaboration and an open-door policy, all the way up to our CEO. 
  • A mentor to guide and challenge you. 
  • Exposure to a range of clients, from large JSE-listed companies to smaller owner-managed businesses. 
  • Opportunities to show you care through our CSI initiatives. 
  • A chance to meet other colleagues at our Sports & Social functions. 
  • Secondment opportunities for qualifying staff. 
  • Hands-on involvement in audit work from the day you join. 
  • A choice of six offices in South Africa offering audit work. Our other offices do Advisory work and as such traineeships are not available in Nelspruit, Roodepoort, Stellenbosch.
  • A firm big enough to be able to access the best group of experts for a client’s needs from our national and international network, and small enough to be responsive and innovative in tackling challenges.  

The SAICA Accountant Traineeship is a 3 Year Training Contract whereby you will learn all the necessary SAICA competencies to pass your APC qualification in order to register as a Chartered Accountant. 
The Trainee Accountant vacancies are for 2025 first-year trainees wanting to start their training contract within the BDO Audit division. The training contract will ensure that you achieve the SAICA competencies to register as a Chartered Accountant and equip you with generalist expertise and experience in a broad range of commercial sectors. As a BDO Audit professional, you’ll work in a fast-paced environment and help BDO to deliver exceptional client service. 
We are looking for candidates who would like: 

  • Exposure to a broad range of client sectors. 
  • Hands on experience with clients and management. 
  • Open door policy with managers and partners. 
  • To learn about a broad range of businesses from listed entities to entrepreneurial startups.
  • A supportive environment that is focused on skills development and professionalism.  

Required Skills and Abilities 

  • Honours/PGDA/CTA or equivalent level qualification at a SAICA recognized University. 
  • Keen willingness to learn and bring energy and aspiration to audit team. 
  • Strong technical ability. 
  • High level of attention to detail and analytical and problem solving abilities. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively. 
  • Ability to relate to clients. 
  • Ability to apply sound professional judgment. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to self-development and growth. 
  • Ability to work within diverse teams. 
  • Strong organizational ability. 

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