At Smythe, we believe strongly in celebrating your efforts and investing in your growth as a professional. We know our successes over the last several decades are down to our talented and dedicated employees. We are always looking to add new faces and skills to our roster. Life at Smythe is one of mutual appreciation and growth, which makes us the ideal place to work, regardless of where you are in your career.
Smythe runs a year-round recruitment campaign for articling students on all major university campuses in British Columbia. We make it a point to actively engage with and talk to students at all points in their studies.
Every September, articling student graduates join our team, working on a full-time basis while also completing the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) needed to gain the CPA designation.
Additionally, we offer temporary internship and co-op positions throughout the year that support the curriculum of various university accounting programs in British Columbia and Canada.
At Smythe, we believe in helping the accountants of tomorrow develop and pursue their professional goals. Through one-on-one mentorship and opportunities to work directly with clients, Smythe provides the perfect environment for new grads to translate their academic knowledge into real-world experience.
Public practice firms have always been the gold standard for CPA designations within the finance and accounting industries. They provide a rich learning environment across industries and types of companies, spanning the range from private and public-sector businesses to non-profits and publicly traded organizations. Such varied exposure often proves to be invaluable in helping a young professional decide where they want their career to take them. Public practice firms allow for attentive training, close mentorship and industry exposure, all of which are fundamental first steps in defining the decades-long trajectory of an accounting career.
At Smythe, we take immense pride in the deep roots we have grown in British Columbia. For decades now, since 1980, we have served local businesses with dedication and passion, and along the way, we have built a respected brand that we can all be proud of. Our people are known for their professionalism, warmth, expertise and experience, and we always look forward to welcoming additions to our team who share our values, ethics and goals.
For articling students, the deadline to apply for the September 2024 articling program is August 31, 2023 at 11:59PM.
Our timelines for September 2024 articling applications are as follows:
We offer a Pre-approved Program Route (PPR) for articling students in the areas of Canadian Tax, Audit and ACT (Assurance, Compilation and Tax).
In order to apply, you’ll need to:
Please note that we’ll follow the same process for our 2024 Co-op opportunities.
Want to stand out?
It is important that you answer all the questions in the application, and to follow all the directions carefully. Be sure to plan your application process ahead and take the time to get your application right the first time. Following directions correctly is the first step on the CPA journey.
Know your CPA pathway
We suggest using the information and resources presented on the CPABC website so that you can best understand the path your personal CPA journey might take, as well as the requirements of the program route that is right for you. On the site you will also be able to access experienced advisors who may be able to answer any questions you have. You can find them at: www.bccpa.ca
We wish everyone all the best in securing the CPA journey that best fits for them. You’ve chosen an amazing career with a great future!
As an articling student at Smythe, you will benefit from mentorship, coaching and training from highly qualified and experienced accountants. We use both classroom and on-the-job practical training to help you develop the necessary technical skills, as well as learn about business development and project management.
You will be partnered with a coach, who will closely monitor your progress as you begin your modules and during all modules of the CPA program. We take into account your learning style and career goals when assigning you a mentor, who will ensure a good balance in assignments to shore up all areas of knowledge as you prepare for exams. You can expect open communication across all levels, timely feedback and a supportive cohort of peers and leaders.
For Professional Education Program (PEP) study purposes, Smythe supports CPA students through a combination of paid fees, paid time off and time off permitted as a leave of absence without pay.
During Core Modules 1–4 students will be given two days (up to four days if needed) unpaid leave for study time, for which they can use their banked overtime or vacation entitlement.
CFE writers are allowed a maximum of 10 weeks (50 working days) of time off in their CFE year which includes Capstone 1, Capstone 2 and Common Final Exam days through a combination of paid and unpaid time (students may use banked overtime or vacation entitlement for paid time). The 10 weeks apply toward the calendar year of the CFE date between January 1 and December 31.
All our students progress through the audit and assurance path, which means they will gain experience in a wide variety of sectors and industries. We also believe that learning how to communicate with clients is a critical component of being a successful accountant. For this reason, we introduce our junior staff to clients very early in their careers, so they can begin honing these essential skills and developing necessary relationships.
At Smythe, we are committed to maintaining a safe, friendly and engaging working environment for all our employees. As a mid-sized firm, we are a close-knit team, rooted in open and honest communication, and working together to achieve common goals.
We believe in recognizing and rewarding everyone’s efforts and have instituted a “celebration culture” we are proud of. We recognize the large and small contributions and achievements of every single staff member.
Our approach prioritizes learning and development, tailored to each individual’s specific aspirations and abilities. Every staff member is assigned a coach and mentor to guide them through their career, and we encourage employees to take advantage of firm-sponsored courses and professional development to expand their knowledge and skillset.
Smythe offers employees access to an annual $500 Taxable Wellness Account, which covers personal health and well-being activities or equipment such as reiki, fitness memberships and yoga mats.
In addition, we provide comprehensive medical and dental benefit plans. Employees are entitled to paid time off for medical and dental appointments, sick leave, as well as short and long term disability plans. Along with helping employees stay physically healthy, Smythe also provides for employees’ mental health and well-being. Employees have access to numerous services and resources including our robust employee and family assistance program with Homewood Health, to provide in-person consultations and a full range of expert health and wellness tools and resources.
At Smythe we value our employees’ mental health and work life balance. Team members are allowed to take personal and vacation days as suits them. Smythe has also instituted a firm-wide “Summer Days” program that consists of additional days during the summer months when the office will be closed, and employees are given a bonus day off to relax and recharge. Employees can also opt for voluntary banked overtime, should they desire.
Smythe also offers flexibility in working through our hybrid work arrangement. To allow for effective collaboration, staff are encouraged to be physically present at the office or at client’s site for a minimum of two days a week. For the remaining workdays, Smythe offers the flexibility of working where they would like – whether from home, their primary office or one of our other office locations.
Being a mid-sized firm with just over 200 employees, there are plenty of opportunities available to all team members to socialize and network. We have several active committees including a Social Committee that regularly coordinates social events, such as afternoon office socials and various holiday activities, in addition to firm-wide events organized by our People & Culture team.
Our Health and Safety Committee promotes resources and activities that boost employees’ health and wellness, and our Betterment Brigade coordinates initiatives around sustainability and giving back, to ensure we do our part as members of the society and communities we live and work in. Employees are granted paid time to participate in volunteer activities.
We also have various recreational and intramural sports teams, including a stellar softball team that plays in a city-wide league. Employees also get together and organize running groups when the weather permits, as well as biking, hiking and skiing adventures.
Smythe is extremely proud of our ongoing partnership with our hometown team, the Canucks, and we endeavour to support the team as much as we can every season.
At Smythe we care about assisting our employees financially for key life events. In order to assist employees in saving towards their future goals, Smythe offers a Group Registered Retirement Savings Account (RRSP) to support retirement (or First-Time Home buyers). In addition, Smythe supports our employees as they grow their families by offering employees maternity and parental leave benefits under Employment Insurance with “top-up” payments.
Smythe LLP is a leading professional services firm with locations in Vancouver, Langley and Nanaimo. Since 1980, we have been providing assurance, taxation, and business advice to private and public clients across BC and Canada, empowering them to grow and thrive.
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