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PEM is a place where promises matter and fairness, respect and accountability are valued, encouraged and recognised. This emphasis on creating a positive culture where people can thrive is key to our success in attracting and retaining talented employees.

Based in central Cambridge, we are the largest independent firm of accountants in the city. What you want from your career is put front and centre of working at PEM, and with professional training and modern mentoring, we help you reach your goals.

Life at PEM isn’t all about work, and whilst we expect you to put in your all, we ensure a good work/life balance can be enjoyed by everyone. Our short decision-making chains and open communication allow people to connect at all levels which has instilled a real sense of trust and belonging across the team. We’re moving away from conventional business practices, giving staff the freedom to choose their working hours and dress code.

Our values


We are true to ourselves and our clients. We are honest, open and transparent. It’s the best way to be. We are certain of our capabilities and what we will deliver. This means we don’t waffle, sugar-coat or guess. We are genuine and say it as it is.


We always deliver what we say we will, thanks to the high calibre of our team and the services we offer. Whether we are recommending a brand new solution or a more traditional approach, we always have the clients’ interests at heart.


We get to know our clients and develop a deep understanding of their needs, wants and aspirations. We assure our clients that we would act in exactly the same way to achieve the same outcomes for ourselves. They really are in the best hands.

Our benefits

Attractive salary package

Private health insurance (eligibility criteria apply)

Free onsite parking

Flexible working

Management development programme

Dress for your diary

Additional holiday at Christmas

Annual flu jab programme

Social events throughout the year

Support in professional qualifications

Free annual sight test and contribution towards glasses

Free access to Cambridge Botanical Gardens

Cycle to work scheme

20% off treatments at Elaje Hair and Beauty

Dry cleaning service

Holiday purchase scheme

Contributory pension scheme and DIS insurance policy

Discounted Arts Theatre tickets

Assistant Manager – Private Clients

We take customer service very seriously at PEM and our growing Private Client team are recruiting more specialists to help provide the high level of advice and service our clients deserve. You will be a strong people person that enjoys going the extra mile for our clients, from reviewing work prepared by the team, providing advice or working closely with our partners and managers to provide solutions for more complex personal tax issues. The ideal candidate will be ATT and CTA qualified and have a proven track record gained within a private client environment. You will also enjoy working as part of a busy and professional team.

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Audit Manager

We are seeking an experienced and talented Audit Manager to join our growing dynamic team.  Responsible for the smooth running of your varied and challenging client portfolio you will help initiate change, continuous improvement and motivate and develop less experienced members of the team.  We would particularly like to hear from Managers who have worked with clients from the nfp and professional service sectors.

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Assistant Manager – Recovery & Insolvency

We are recruiting for an Assistant Manager within our Recovery (Insolvency) team. The role will involve day to day management of own cases, including progressing of administration; dealing with all case correspondence and other enquiries; ensuring statutory and procedural compliance is undertaken; supervision of junior staff, with particular emphasis on case progression and on the job training. CPI/JIEB qualifications desirable.

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Account Manager – Virtual Finance Office

Our Virtual Finance Office (VFO) is growing and we are searching for an Account Manager to join the team. The ideal candidate will be minimum of AAT Qualified (potentially ACCA or equivalent) have portfolio management experience and will have used cloud based accounting. As an Account Manager you will be responsible for ensuring a smooth and efficient service to a portfolio of diverse and interesting clients. Strong accountancy and communication skills are essential.

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Trainee Accountant and Auditor (2021 start)

All 2020 positions are now filled. Applications are now being accepted for an early 2021 start.

We are currently recruiting for Trainee Accountants to study towards professional qualifications. This role will commence in early 2021. You will need a minimum of three ‘A’ Levels (A or B grade), ideally in a relevant discipline, (maths, business studies, economics, etc), have a professional approach, good eye for detail, excellent communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team.

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Private: Trainee Tax Adviser – Immediate start/August 2020

We are currently recruiting for Trainee Tax Advisers to study towards professional qualifications for an immediate start or in August 2020. You will need a minimum 2.1 degree in a relevant discipline, (maths, business studies, economics, etc),have a professional approach, good eye for detail, excellent communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team.

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Recruitment agencies

Please note that whilst we are aware that there are many excellent candidates currently looking for opportunities, we would prefer not to be contacted unless we have specifically requested that you act on our behalf.

We now operate a preferred supplier list and will contact you if we require assistance with a particular role. Many thanks for your co-operation.