Working at Armstrong Watson

We’re a forward thinking and fast growing top 30 accountants, business and financial advisers, with our people firmly at the centre of everything we do.

In our business we really believe our people are our greatest asset and our culture and values shape the way we work.  From interactions with clients and colleagues, through to developing and enhancing services to help businesses grow, our passion, trust, honesty and humanity are central to every aspect of the way we operate.

With 17 regional offices from Glasgow to Leeds and over 150 years of history, we’re focused enough to provide a truly tailored service, but large and experienced enough to work alongside any size of business.

Join us and you’ll become part of an ambitious and expanding  full service team, with specialist advisory and accountancy services including; audit, cloud accounting, corporate finance, tax, financial planning, wealth management, payroll, forensic accounting and corporate restructuring, recovery and insolvency.

As we continue to grow, we’ll ensure you grow with us, whether you’re an experienced Chartered professional or new to an accountancy career.

Why not take at look at the current opportunities we have to offer, or for an informal chat, contact our Talent Acquisition Partner, David Ramsay on 07765231428.

What our clients say

We’ve been helping individuals and businesses for 150 years and we are proud to say that we truly value personal relationships, both with our colleagues and clients. It’s this value of our people and their skills that enables us to deliver a service to our clients that’s second to none. Read our client testimonials here.

How we help others

We celebrate the individuality of our staff and the wide range of charities they choose to support, as well as the vast array of activities they undertake to fundraise for their chosen cause.

Doing business responsibly

Transport

Staff are encouraged to car share where possible or use public transport. Videocon and telephone conferencing facilities are available across the firm.

Waste

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Each office recycles paper and card, toners, light bulbs, batteries, cans, plastic and glass. Staff reuse old stationery and furniture where possible.

Paper

We use 100% recycled paper for printing, copying and letters. Marketing materials are printed on 100% recyclable paper approved by the FSC commission.

Water

Water Hippos have been installed across the firm which save one litre of water per toilet flush. Regular checks are done across each office to monitor for leaks.

Energy

All equipment is turned off at the end of the day. Office temperatures are regulated and reduced outside of working hours.

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Working for Armstrong Watson

"When I joined AW (from a big 4 firm), one of my biggest concerns was that the team wouldn’t compare to what I was used to - I shouldn’t have been! The greatest strength of the AW team is that the tax assistance I need is across the desk, not someone I have to look around the office for, and because we’re sat next to each other we talk about the issue at hand. That means not only am I upskilling my corporate finance knowledge, but I’m trusting the person not the brand. Furthermore, as we’re all in touching distance of each other we’re investing in our teams, spending time coaching them and helping them develop. What’s amazing about AW is that we understand who our current clients are and who we want as our clients. OK, I’m no longer working on FTSE 250 clients with complex derivatives, but helping a local engineer secure funding for growth and more resources is just one example of how a change of firm has helped me to make more of a difference than just a box ticking exercise."

Simon Turner, Audit & Assurance Director

"Studying AAT has given me valuable skills and knowledge that I can apply in my day to day work, and I will now be going on to study the ACA qualification. Working within a professional environment with the acquired skills from AAT has given me the confidence to progress within the workplace and moving forward hope my career will develop with the knowledge and expertise my training has given me."

Abigail Graham, Trainee Chartered Accountant

"Having gained an English Language Degree at Newcastle University, I joined the team in October 2011. Training for the ACA qualification helped me pursue my career goals by allowing me to further develop the skills I gained at University. Armstrong Watson supported and guided me throughout, offering useful learning and development advice during every step of the process. A career in accountancy is never dull, as the day to day workload is varied and continues to challenge me. I now work directly with clients and help provide advice to a very wide portfolio of sectors. Working within a team I feel valued and I have a good peer group who support me."

Rhys Davies, Audit & Assurance Senior Manager

"I joined Armstrong Watson two and a half years ago after completing an Accountancy and Finance degree. What initially attracted me to the firm was the ability to progress and gain experience in a wide range of departments across 14 offices and also feel part of a close team. I joined Armstrong Watson’s Chartered Programme in September 2015 and I am thoroughly enjoying every aspect of my job.

The firm ensure I gain as much experience as possible, tailoring my practical work experience to what I am studying at college, building my knowledge and understanding."

Annabelle Wood, Audit & Assurance Senior

"I joined Armstrong Watson in 2009 excited by the prospect of gaining qualifications as an apprentice while working full time; my preferred approach over University. Over the past nine years I’ve been supported through the AAT and ATT qualifications and given the opportunity to work with some fantastic people in different departments and locations across the firm. I’ve recently progressed to an Accounting Supervisor role advising and supporting mainly agricultural clients in and around Carlisle. The varied workload continues to challenge me day by day; just one of the things which makes Armstrong Watson a great place to work."

Murdo Laurie, Accounting Manager

"My AAT experience has been a never ending journey of challenges and excitement. I study AAT at Carlisle College which is local and friendly. I go to college one day a week and work four days a week. This enables me to apply my knowledge from college to my workplace and visa versa. The teachers at the college are all welcoming and eager for you to succeed, which makes it such an enjoyable place to learn."

Stephanie Gregory, Accounting Assistant

"I applied for the Armstrong Watson chartered Scheme after hearing about the opportunities a friend had been given during her time on the programme. Armstrong Watson are always providing me with a broad range of experience across different offices and departments to help support my chartered studies. Not only has this helped me to put the ACA theory into practice, but it has allowed me to continually build on my professional development in the workplace. I joined the Cumbria Chartered Accountancy Student Society as both ICAEW Student Council (ISC) representative and chair and I thoroughly enjoyed the roles, and the firm fully supported my involvement allowing me time out to travel to London and Cambridge to attend quarterly ISC representative meetings for the student council."

Lauren Graham, Audit & Assurance Assistant Manager



Our Values

Passion

We share an enthusiasm for our firm and our clients. We have a real desire to contribute to making Armstrong Watson and our people successful, as well as ensuring our clients achieve success.

Trust

We can be relied upon as others have confidence in us, in our ability and in our integrity.

Humanity

Actively demonstrate compassion, consideration and kindness for others.

Honesty

We show fairness, consistency, integrity and are committed to being truthful, sincere and frank.