37 Finance graduate schemes

Sep 8, 2020

Are you considering applying for finance graduate schemes?

If you are, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled a list of companies that offer finance graduate schemes.

This list will help you to identify and apply to the companies that are a good fit for you.

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#1: Network Rail

Network rail’s finance scheme for graduates may be a good fit for you if you are analytical and if you have a flair for financial planning. They are looking for enthusiastic graduates who like to work collaboratively.

During the three year programme, you will get involved with management accounting activities such as:

  • Balance sheet reconciliations
  • Variance analysis and reporting
  • Liaising with other business functions

Finance graduates in this programme will be enrolled in a government level 7 apprenticeship programme.

You will learn principles of finance such as investment, tax and forecasting. You will also learn the accounting process.

Within your first three months as a finance grad at Network Rail, you will complete the certificate level of CIMA.

In subsequent months, you will go on to complete the professional level of CIMA.

In addition to the level 7 apprenticeship and CIMA qualifications, you will also complete the Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) qualification.

Entry Requirements:

You will need a 2:2 degree in any subject.

find out more about Network Rail’s finance graduate scheme

#2: Ford

The finance graduate programme at Ford is designed to broaden your knowledge and skills in:

  • Accounting
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Capital structuring
  • Capital Markets
  • Financial Markets
  • Risk management
    And more

Entry requirements for Ford’s finance programme

  • A minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree or masters or PhD (or equivalent), preferably within a Finance-related discipline 
  • Effective interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills 
  • Strong communication skills
  • Be highly motivated, have a pro-active approach and show a willingness to learn

Find out more about Ford UK’s finance graduate scheme

#3: NHS

The NHS has a multi-billion pound budget to deliver effective healthcare.

The NHS offers a Finance Management Graduate scheme that lasts for 2.5 years.

During this time, you will gain experience in areas including corporate finance, accounting and financial analysis.

The NHS Finance graduate scheme gives candidates the opportunity to develop a sound knowledge of the local needs whilst developing your skills and competencies.

Find out more about the Finance Management graduate programme at the NHS

#4: Sky

Sky’s finance graduate scheme will enable you to learn on the job whilst studying for your CIMA qualification.

On the programme, you will:

  • Learn what it is like to be an accountant
  • Support new product launches
  • Influence key business decisions

On the 3 year programme, you will rotate around different areas of the business, gaining a wide range of experiences.

Sky finance graduate scheme

#5: Zurich

Zurich’s structured graduate finance programme will provide you with hands-on experience whilst you study for your ACA, ACCA or CIIMA exams.

In order to secure a place on the finance scheme, you must demonstrate your numerical and analytical skills.

Find out more about the graduate finance scheme at Zurich.

#6: British Airways

On the three-year graduate scheme at British Airways, you’ll become an invaluable asset, gaining exposure to challenges unique to one of the world’s biggest and well-known airlines.

You will be sponsored to study for a qualification in ACCA, ACA or CIMA.

Location: The finance graduate scheme at BA is based in London, Heathrow
Duration: 3 years
Salary: £33k

British Airways graduate scheme finance

#7: Santander

On Santander’s finance graduate scheme, you’ll cover a wide range of areas from reporting to forecasting.

The goal of the programme is to help you to become a professional accountant in just 3 years.

Academic requirements: 2:1 degree in any discipline
Skills: relationship building, collaboration, numerical and writing
Location: London, Manchester Milton Keynes or Leicester
Salary: £30k minimum

Santander’s graduate finance programme

#8: Aston Martin

As a graduate on the finance graduate scheme at Aston Martin, you will be
a part of multi-functional teams, that ensure that new model programs meet budgeted profitability, operational budgets for headcount and expenditure are not exceeded and more.

Entry requirements: applicants should preferably have a degree in business, accountancy, maths or economics.

Aston Martin finance graduate scheme

#9: Whitbread

The finance graduate scheme at Whitbread offers hands-on experience from day one. Whilst gaining practical experience, you will also be supported to complete your CIMA qualification.

Entry requirement: 2:1 degree (minimum) in any subject
Skills: Analytical

Find out more about the Whitbreads finance graduate scheme

#10: Morrisons

On the 3-year finance graduate scheme att Morrisons, you will learn on the job whilst studying for a level 7 CIMA qualification.

Throughout this programme, you will experience 3 finance placements, helping you to develop the skills to become an accountant.

What you’ll need:

  • 2:1 degree (minimum)
  • 3 A-levels grade B (minimum)
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Positive attitude

Morrisons finance graduate scheme

#11: TFL

On the TFL finance graduate scheme, you will make financial decisions that will more people every day.

During the programme, you will rotate across 9 placements. Alongside gaining experience, you will also study for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional qualification through the Level 7 Accountancy Taxation Professional apprenticeship.

Location: London
Duration: 3 years
Salary: £27k
Academic requirements: 2:2 degree in any subject

Find out more about the TFL finance graduate scheme

#12: Aviva

The finance team at Aviva is spread over three functions Group Chief Accounting Office, Risk & Capital Management and Strategy & Planning.

Aviva offers a range of finance graduate schemes. All of them involve getting to the bottom of their financial data so they can transform numbers into insights. 

Find out more about the finance graduate scheme at Aviva.

#13: Liberty Global

Liberty Global is a world-leading finance organization. The three 12-month rotations across a range of departments will enable you to gain experience in different areas of finance.

You’ll need:

-2:1 degree in any discipline
-Passion for finance

Find out more about the finance programme for graduates

#14: Legal & General

You’ll take the role of Finance Analyst on the finance graduate programme at Legal and General.

During this time, you will complete three ‘seats’, giving you experience in at least two areas of the business.

Location: rotations could be in London, Birmingham, Hove and Cardiff.
Salary £25k+
Entry requirements: 2:1 degree minimum in a finance or non-finance related subject

Find out more about the finance grad scheme at Legal & General.

#15: RSA

On the three-year finance graduate programme at RSA, You will gain a fully-funded Chartered Professional Accountancy qualification via a CIMA or ACCA route.

Find out more about the finance graduate scheme at RSA

#16: Diageo

On the finance grad scheme at Diageo, you will learn a wide variety of tasks including preparing and maintaining accounts, reporting, planning, risk management, project management and more.

Finance graduate programme at Diageo

#17: DS Snith

On the finance graduate programme, you will experience three 12-month international placements.

As part of the programme, you will complete the CIMA professional Finance qualification.

You will need:
-A minimum of a 2:1 degree
-International mobility
-Fluency and another European language

Find out more about the finance opportunity at DS Smith

#18: Oticon

The global finance graduate programme is a 2-year programme designed to help you to develop your personal and professional skills.

On this global programme, You will experience rotations in 4 of the following organizations: Business Controlling, Tax and Treasury, Risk Management, Investor Relations including M&A, Consolidation and External Reporting, Finance Processes and Compliance, Shared Service Organization in Stettin (Poland) or Switzerland or Finance Organization Somerset (USA).

Entry requirements: Master’s in finance, business administration, economics or a related field.

Find out more about this global finance graduate programme

#19: Finsbury food group

On this finance graduate programme, you will rotate across areas such as Operations Finance, Commercial Finance and Financial Control.

During these rotations, you will be supported to study for the CIMA qualification.

Entry requirements: 2:1 degree (minimum)
Attributes: A desire to work in the FMCG sector

Find out more about the graduate programme in finance at Fiinsburt food group.

#20: BGL

BGL is one of the UK’s largest and most-loved comparison websites.

On the Finance graduate scheme, you will gain real responsibility from day one. You will get the opportunity to work across financial and management accounting, commercial finance, treasury and internal audit.

You will also be granted generous study leave to prepare for your CIMA exams.

Find out more about the finance scheme at BGL

#21: Babcock

The Accountancy and finance programme at Babcock gives graduates a broad experience over the course of three years.

During this time you will study for a CIMA qualification.

Your role will span both management accounting and business tax consulting. As you progress on the programme, you will be mentored towards becoming a chartered accountant.

Starting salary: £30.6k
Academic entry requirement: 2:1 (Hons) degree in Accountancy and Finance, Economics, Science or Engineering, with a good A-Level in Maths

Find out more about the accountancy and finance programme at Babcock

#22: Tesco

On the finance graduate scheme, you will be supported to take your CIMA qualification.

You will also gain practical, hands-on experience across the business.

Salary: £32k
Entry requirements: 2:2 degree minimum
Location: Welwyn Garden city, Hertfordshire

Find out more about the finance graduate scheme at Tesco

#23: BAE Systems

BAE Systems offers a Finance Leader Development Programme.

It is a 5-year scheme where you will gain experience whilst gaining your CIMA qualification.

Salary: starting £30k + £2k welcome payment
Entry requirement: a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in any subject and 120 UCAS points or equivalent

Find out more about the finance graduate scheme at BAE Systems

#24: Allianz

On the finance graduate scheme at Allianz, you will rotate around three key areas, core accounting, financial accounting and other accounting.

As you rotate around these areas, you’ll study for your CIMA or ACCA qualifications.

Location: Guildford
Entry requirement: 2:1
Salary: competitive

Find out more about the grad scheme at Allianz

#25: Taylor Wimpey

The finance graduate programme at Taylor Wimpey is designed for graduates who aspire to become a regional finance director.

During the 3-year programme, you will attain your chosen financial qualification whilst gaining experience.

The application process:

  1. Online application form and questions
  2. Video interview
  3. Final interview

Find out more about the finance graduate programme at Taylor Wimpey

#26: Virgin media

On the 3-year graduate scheme, you’ll be involved in driving forward initiatives that are essential to the future of Virgin Media and their parent company, Liberty Global.

Duration: 3 years
Salary: £30k +£2k welcome bonus
Locations: Reading, Hammersmith, Bradford

Find out more about the finance grad scheme at Virgin media.

#27: TUI

The 3-year finance graduate scheme at TUI is rotational in nature, exposing candidates to a variety of departments including commercial finance, airline finance and financial reporting.

Starting salary: £26k
Entry requirements: minimum of a 2:1 degree
Attributes: drive to successfully complete the CIMA qualification
Skills: communication, leadership, commercial awareness

Find out more about the opportunity at TUI

#28: Barclays

Graduates on this programme take on the role of Finance Analyst.

  • You will gain a professional accounting qualification (CIMA or ACA)
  • The scheme is rotational, giving you a broad experience
  • You’ll drive strategy

Duration: 3-years
Attributes: Analytical, hard-working, attention to detail

Find out more about the graduate finance analyst scheme at Barclays

#29: DHL

During the graduate programme you will undertake positions in:

  • Finance Assistant
  • Business Analyst
  • Finance Manager

Duration: 36 months (3 12-month placements)
Finance qualification: you will be supported to take the CIMA qualification
Entry requirement: minimum 2:2 degree in any subject
Attribute: motivation to work in the logistics/supply chain industry

Find out more about the finance graduate role at DHL

#30: Engie

As an Engie Finance graduate, you’ll help drive profit and shape new financial processes. 

You will gain experience over the duration of the scheme in:

  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • M&A
  • Business Development financial support
  • Treasury
  • Tax
  • Projects
  • Audit
  • Management and Statutory accounting

Salary: £26k
Duration: 3 years
Professional development: you will get CIMA accreditations

Find out more about the finance graduate scheme at Engie

#31: Siemens

Over either two or three years, you’ll work towards a professional qualification while gaining hands-on experience.

By the end of the programme, you’ll be fully qualified. You’ll study for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and study for your level 7 accountancy/taxation professional apprenticeship standard and the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting.

Find out more about the Finance and Commercial Programmes at Siemens

#32: Ministry of Defense

The Finance & Accounting function ensures that DE&S meets its financial and management responsibilities for recording, communicating and driving financial performance.

The 2-year finance grad scheme allows you to rotate whilst gaining your CIMA qualification.

Find out more about the finance scheme

#33: TJX Europe

The 3-year graduate scheme at TJX will allow you to rotate, gaining experience in:

  • Commercial Finance
  • Business Planning & Analysis
  • Financial control
  • Financial accounting

Your tuition and exams for CIMA will be covered

Finance European Graduate Programme

#34:  Kuehne + Nagel

Kuehne + Nagel are looking for individuals who are eager to explore finance in a range of commercial and operational contexts.

Requirements: 2:2 degree, willingness to reallocate for your placements.

Application process:

  • Eligibility check
  • Video application
  • Assessment centre

Find out more about the Kuehne + Nagel Finance Graduate Programme

#35: Arcadia

As part of the finance team at Arcadia, you’ll get involved in decision making across the business from taxes to rents and design budgets.

During the programme, you’ll be supported whilst completing your CIMA or ACCA qualification.

You’ll start off as a Finance Analyst on the Arcadia finance graduate scheme and work your way up to Finance Director.

Application tips:

  • Tailor your application – think about the skills that they are looking for
  • Do your homework – understand the specific role that you are applying for.
  • Be enthusiastic

Find out more about the graduate scheme at Arcadia

#36: Just Eat

On the Just Eat finance graduate scheme, you will gain the opportunity to rotate across:

  • Management accounts
  • Tax and statutory reporting
  • Finance business partnering
  • Commercial finance

Find out more about the Just eat finance graduate scheme here

#37: Lloyds Banking Group

Duration: 3 years
Salary: £31,000
Locations: Bristol and London
Qualifications that you will take: CIMA or ACA
Entry requirements: Degree in any subject

The finance role at Lloyds banking group goes beyond accounting. You will utilise data to inform decisions within the business and with clients.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! If you would like some help with your finance graduate scheme applications, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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