London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth Council

Why this Borough?

Our workforce from the Chief Executive down is shared across the two Councils of Richmond and Wandsworth under a Shared Staffing Arrangement (SSA).


Both Councils have a strong track record of delivering high quality services at low cost, with high levels of resident satisfaction.

You will be working at a unique organisation that focuses on creative service design and new ways of working in a positive and supportive working culture. We work together across services and Borough boundaries to deliver vital public services that serves the distinct and diverse populations of each Borough.


Trainee Accountants are rotated on a six monthly basis across up to six different placements within the Council’s Resources Directorate reporting to the Head of Service for each section. The placements offer insights into each team’s purpose and function and the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to meet the attributes required by CIPFA and to become a highly sought after qualified accountant.


Working in each section will give you the opportunity to identify potential future career paths that suit your skills and interests and to develop positive working relationships with team members and Heads of Service for each section. There are no specific permanent roles that are ring fenced for graduating Trainee Accountants, but opportunities continuously arise and excellent candidates that are successfully progressing through the CIPFA qualification are encouraged to apply.


The work we do is varied and different jobs require different skills, but whatever your role your work will be influenced by our commitment to our values and behaviours: 


Being open – We share views openly, honestly and in a thoughtful way. We encourage new ideas and ways of doing things. We appreciate and listen to feedback from each other.


Being supportive – We drive the success of the organisation by making sure that our colleagues are successful. We encourage others and take account of the challenges they face. We help each other to do our jobs.


Being positive and helpful – We keep our goals in mind and look for ways to achieve them. We listen constructively and help others see opportunities and the way forward. We have a ‘can do’ attitude and are continuously looking for ways to help each other improve.

staff in our resources department

Flagship Programme

At Wandsworth: You could be involved in the financing arrangements for Nine Elms on the South Bank – Central London’s newest district on the banks of the Thames, and includes an extension to London Undergrounds Northern Line, a new US Embassy, New Covent Garden Market and Battersea Power Station redevelopment. At Richmond: You could be involved in the financing arrangements for the redevelopment of Twickenham Riverside, a large site due for redevelopment connecting the town centre to the river bank, or administering Village Planning fund finances delivering improvements into to the Borough’s town and village centres.

Ready to be the future of public finance ?

We are now open for applications to our 2023 graduate opportunities.