Finance Graduate Programme

Join us as a Finance Graduate and be part of the team that plays a vital role in how we deliver against our objectives, and supports every aspect of the group with a range of services including transactional accounting, billing and payments, management accounts, tax issues, audit, risk and corporate compliance. Completing placements across the Finance team, you’ll develop the knowledge, skills and experience to fulfil an accountant, analyst or associate business partner role at the end of your programme.

The Company:

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) is the country’s largest UK-owned airport operator. Our three airports - Stansted, East Midlands and Manchester – serve around 60 million passengers every year. Our airports are multi-award-winning businesses responsible for directly employing, training and developing thousands of people . MAG is proud of its commitment to a healthy graduate and apprentice programme. These programmes give young people the opportunity to enter our business in position that compliments their career aspirations and offer industry leading training.

The Programme:

Throughout the three-year programme, you will complete a number of different placements to really understand the different ways in which Finance supports our business, as well as be supported to study for and gain a formal internationally recognised accountancy qualification. You could complete placements in the following teams;

Transactional Shared Services (Order To Cash / Purchase to Pay)

This team is responsible for raising and monitoring billing to bring cash into the business / processing payments to ensure that our suppliers are paid within the agreed terms. These teams report and analyse the debtors and creditors balances on a regular basis.


This team is responsible for the daily management of the cash balances with reconciliations and reporting on cash balances being a key deliverable. They also monitor all balance sheet reconciliations and ensure controls regarding payment approval are adhered to.

Management Accounts (Record to Report)

This team is responsible for the preparation of the monthly management accounts, which are then issued to the business for divisional and central directors to assist key business decisions. This includes analysis of income, expenditure and capital transactions.

Financial Planning & Analysis

This team leads on the business planning and outturn processes and also completes ad hoc and standard repeatable analysis to add insight across finance to assist in business decision making.

During the programme you will also get the opportunity to experience our operation first hand by completing a number of ‘back to the floor’ experiences where you will be able to build on your understanding of how the business works and how Finance fits into the picture.


To join us as a Finance Graduate you’ll need a minimum of a 2:1 in a related degree with a strong numeric background, and some relevant work experience would be advantageous.

You’ll need to be analytical and have good attention to detail, as well as dynamic, enthusiastic and have a passion for learning.

We are also looking for confident communicators with an ability to build effective working relationships across our business and engage stakeholders at all levels.

This role will close once we have received sufficient applications. Please note, you can only apply for one Graduate programme with MAG. It's important that you've achieved or are on course for a 2:1, as well as have the right to work in the UK as unfortunately we're unable to support visas. You'll also have to be prepared to work at other UK airports in the group, as well as internationally too.

MAG are a values led organisation and we are committed to providing equal opportunities in all areas of work and business. We want people to achieve their best, which will in turn positively impact on our customers and the communities in which we live and work. At MAG we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations. As an inclusive employer, MAG wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the job application process, interview process and whilst at work. We therefore encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this to happen.

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