You would be forgiven for not knowing who Lloyd's Register (LR) are, before applying I didn't know either. My criteria when looking for a finance graduate scheme was; an industry based scheme who supported the ACCA qualification; a large multinational with opportunities to travel; and a London base rotation. All of which were met with LR’s finance graduate scheme. Only after accepting and starting the programme, did I really appreciate what great company LR is to work for. The emphasis on personal development, the support received whilst studying and the opportunities you can create yourself by going the extra mile, all make LR’s graduate programme the perfect platform to kickstart your career.
As a charity owned company, with global operations and a foundation date older than America, LR is a truly unique and fascinating company to work for. The diversity of the business’s operations not only provides some great challenges from a financial and accounting perspective, but means you are constantly discovering new aspects to the company. LR’s historic head office in the heart of the city and the Foundation’s charitable purposes are added bonuses.
The scheme is broadly set across 3-4 rotations increasing in responsibility and stakeholders with each role. Starting off in the shared service centre gave me an excellent grounding in accounting principles. My 2nd year rotation in Financial Planning and Analysis saw me take ownership of costs centres with a £6m budget. Part of this role I made regular trips to Aberdeen to work closer with key stakeholders. Currently in my final rotation, I now work in group finance which looks after the consolidation and statutory reporting of LR’s global performance. This role is particularly interesting considering the complexity of LR’s international group structure. Alongside the formal rotations I have been involved in various side projects, including a trip to Houston as guest internal auditor.