If you are looking for a varied and dynamic career with opportunities to progress, then why not consider a career with Knill James?

Opportunities exist at all levels and depending on what you want from your career, the potential is only limited by your own choices.

To understand what we see as the qualities we are looking for in potential team members please read the below:


The role of partner is demanding, but it can be very rewarding in terms of personal fulfilment – after all this is why many of us have chosen this profession!

Our business and the environment within which we operate are rapidly changing, so this is an exciting time for the firm. There are opportunities for those with the right skills.

When considering future partners we are looking not only for technical competence but also for people:

  • with business acumen
  • with enthusiasm and commitment
  • with exceptional inter-personal skills
  • with proven management skills
  • who are trustworthy and have the utmost integrity.

It takes a special person to make the grade, but through our training and appraisal systems we are able to identify those who have this potential.

We strive to provide an exceptional service to clients, within an excellent commercial business, and any future partner will need to be fully committed to these ideals.

We promote internally those who have a proven track record that demonstrates they have the qualities we require; however, we also welcome external candidates who have the qualities we are looking for and would like to join a dynamic firm.


Our managers are highly technical and key team members in delivering service to our clients.

They play an important role in maintaining the high standards we expect, not only in relation to the client interface but also in the competence of those who directly report to them.

Management skills are important in the day to day running of our busy departments and individual portfolios. Enthusiasm and an ability to motivate are the most important attributes of our managers.

We offer constant, regular professional training to develop both your expertise and your skills as a manager.

Newly Qualified

Staff working for Knill James always achieve excellent success rates in the professional exams, and our support does not stop once you have qualified. After all, you have proved your capabilities.

Once you have qualified we can provide the opportunity and experience for you to expand your knowledge and improve your skill base.

Through continuing professional development, and developing specialist areas if you wish, you can build on the knowledge you have gained. Hard work and commitment are two key elements but the rewards are there for those who take up the challenge!

Trainee Opportunities

We have exciting opportunities for Graduates looking to further their trainee experience or take that important first step into a career in Accountancy either down the ACA or ACCA route.

Based in our modern offices in Lewes, East Sussex, as a trainee at Knill James you can expect to be involved in a variety of work undertaking accounts preparation for a wide variety of clients across the South East, carrying out VAT returns, book keeping and management accounts and working as part of a team undertaking client audits off site. You can also expect:

  • A structured minimum 3 year training programme and financial support for studies
  • Invaluable hands on work experience in a friendly and encouraging environment
  • Support from a dedicated training manager and mentor
  • Exciting opportunities for career development beyond qualification

In turn we are looking for:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Hard work and commitment
  • Drive and ambition to develop
  • Team Players
  • Degree qualified, ideally in a relevant subject although not essential


Our support team is crucial to the successful day to day operations of our business. As our firm expands, we have opportunities in a variety of areas, including marketing, human resources, internal finance and information technology.

Usually staff in our support team cover a number of disciplines and work closely with our professional staff.

For more information please contact:
Susan Foster, Partner
Tel: 01273 484910

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