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Finance Leader Development Programme

Job/scheme locations: 
UK Flexible
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Closing date: 

Do you want to work in a finance role with a difference; how about looking out of your office window and watching the Hawk and Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft take off; or walking past the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier on your way to work every morning; what about being fast tracked into a leadership role working on one of our billion pound contracts with UK or International governments; if this appeals then the Finance Leader Development Programme at BAE Systems could be for you.

At BAE Systems, our advanced defence technology protects people and national security, and keeps critical information and infrastructure secure. We search for new ways to provide our customers with a competitive edge across the air, maritime, land and cyber domains. We employ a skilled workforce of 87,800 people in more than 40 countries, and work closely with local partners to support economic development by transferring knowledge, skills and technology.

Our Finance Leader Development Programme (FLDP) combines formal learning with real world challenges across a number of placements to help you realise your potential.

Follow your passion with the following responsibilities

BAE Systems’ FLDP is a five-year fast-track scheme, which seeks to prepare individuals to become finance Leaders of the future within our organisation, through an accelerated programme of training and practical experience. The programme includes a structured and fully supported route to the highly respected Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification. It will also equip you with all the leadership and management skills necessary to become one of the finance function’s senior leaders.

If you join us, you can expect a finance role that offers significant responsibility from the outset. In the first three years, you will undertake three 12-month placements across the company, each being in a different location in the UK, in a different Business Unit and in a different core area of Finance; you will gain experience in financial accounting, financial reporting, management accounting and project accounting. After achieving your CIMA qualification, the FLDP scheme continues with a two-year senior accountancy position, including a minimum of 20 days training and development. This will equip you to launch yourself into a leadership role at the end of the scheme. Our CIMA pass rate is consistently over 90 per cent, our FLDP members have been CIMA prize-winners over the last eight years and most of the FLDP members are promoted to executive finance positions within four to five years of joining.

As a minimum requirement you’ll need to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, a 2.1 in your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in any subject and 120 UCAS points (new tariff) or equivalent (excluding general studies).

What we have on offer for you!

Take your first steps in a career that challenges, rewards and evolves. At BAE Systems you’ll be working on exciting, world-leading engineering and business projects from day one.  Our graduate scheme will prepare you with the skills you need to navigate challenges that bring others to a standstill. We will help you make the very most of your talents. We place great importance not only on what we do, but how and why we do it. We are passionate, collaborative, and take pride in work that helps our customers and communities. Working for BAE Systems, you’ll go home at the end of each day knowing what you do really makes a difference.

Security/ Export Control

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. 

These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation. 

Working with us

We are an inclusive employer. Recruiting, retaining and inspiring the best people from the widest pool is vitally important to us. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements you may need to support your application.

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