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Fast-growing, fast-paced and entrepreneurial. Focused on solutions rather than suits. United by the common purpose of helping innovative businesses grow. ForrestBrown is a unique tax consultancy. And that means we can offer talented and ambitious people the chance to build a special and exciting career.

Join us on our associate programme and you’ll learn how to provide strategic R&D tax credit advice to some of the UK’s most innovative companies.
It’s an opportunity to develop expertise not just in tax and accountancy but in the world of technology too. You'll enjoy rapid progression and early client exposure. To make an impact from the start. Plus you’ll enjoy all the structure and support you’d get from a big, traditional firm – while working in one that is anything but.
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Who we look for
We have fantastic opportunities at ForrestBrown – and we need people who are going to make the most of them. That means being someone who will thrive in a collaborative, fast-paced environment where there is a real focus on technical excellence. It also means being someone who loves learning, craves responsibility and is prepared to put in lots of hard work.
In terms of degree background, we love hearing from tax or finance graduates who have a genuine interest in technology. And we’re equally happy to hear from people on the science or technology side who are looking for a commercially focused career. Either way, work experience would be a great advantage, whether it’s an industrial placement or internship you did at university or time you’ve already spent in a graduate role.
Your journey
We want to give you the best possible start to your career here. So, for your first nine months, you’ll rotate through three different teams, gaining insight into the full spectrum of what we do, how we do it and why. By the end of the rotation period, you’ll be ready to settle permanently into one of our teams – whichever is the best fit for your personal development.

From the start, you’ll get to build relationships with clients in exciting industries like aviation technology, fashion and publishing. And, thanks to our open culture, you’ll have lots of opportunities to work with – and learn from – leaders in the business.
You’ll also have access to our Learning Lab, which uses classroom-based learning and practical assessment to help you develop a wide range of skills. Not just technical skills, either. Leadership, critical thinking, presentation skills… you name it.

How quickly you progress is down to you. There are no set timescales. As soon as you’ve got the right skills and qualifications under your belt, you’ll be ready for a new challenge and promotion. You’ll be supported on your journey by a dedicated mentor and a buddy. And the fact that you’ll be joining us as part of a peer group of associates means there will always be people to share your experiences with, whether you’re helping each other out with exam revision or swapping programme insights and advice.
Getting qualified
One of the key aims of the programme is for you to become professionally qualified, ideally making it all the way to chartered tax adviser status – the gold standard in tax. There are two potential routes you could go down. One involves studying for the CTA qualification (which is tax focused), or you have the option of studying for the joint ACA/CTA qualification (which is both accountancy and tax focused). Which route you choose is totally up to you. Either way, you’ll have days off to attend college and we’ll even help you with mock exam papers.
How to join us
We take associates on twice a year, in autumn and spring – although we accept applications for our associates programme at any time. If you want to be part of our next intake, here’s what you need to do.
Apply online
Fill in our get in touch form, explaining why you’re brilliant and why you’d love to work at ForrestBrown.
Impress us at interview
Your chance to tell us a bit more about yourself and ask any questions.
Join us for an assessment
This is where you show us what you’re capable of through work-based assessments, a presentation exercise and a second, final interview. At the same time, you can make sure we’re the right company for you, by checking out our work environment, meeting some of our current associates, and discovering what the ForrestBrown culture is really like.