Simone Koopmans

2014 Finance Graduate

I applied for the graduate scheme at Amazon as I wanted to work for an exciting company that is constantly entering into new ventures and would offer me a chance to play a part in these. The graduate scheme is made up of three one year rotations, in either Accounting, Financial Operations or Commercial Finance. The initial two rotations are set by the scheme manager and for the final rotation you are given the opportunity to apply for finance roles that you are particularly interested in with the responsibilities varying per rotation. The different roles gave me the chance to work on EU-wide finance projects, responsibility for preparing accounting journals, and the opportunity to support business partners from other areas of the business with financial reporting and analysis, helping them identify new business opportunities.

Amazon also supported my studies towards my ACCA qualification, and I was given the choice between CIMA and ACCA.

One of the best things about Amazon is the level of responsibility that you enjoy early in your career. As soon as you join as a graduate you realise you will be treated no different to any other employee and you quickly learn to manage your own projects and workload, receiving the recognition that comes with this.

Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Amazon. It’s a very social and innovative company to work at where you are encouraged to try and make a difference. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my career at the company.