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Become a future leader for the Finance function that helps our customers and business partners to prepare for the future and grow, in a fast-changing industry.
Our graduate schemes may close early if we receive a high number of applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as you can.
Duration: 3 years
Qualifications: We'll support your studies to become a chartered accountant; CIMA or ACA
Help us go beyond accounting
Today’s financial markets are changing – perhaps faster than ever before. Emerging technologies, new competitors and customers' changing expectations are just a few of the things that are shaping our industry.
Our role, in Finance, goes beyond accounting. We analyse those changes and advise our colleagues and customers across the UK on their next move. We’re here to uncover patterns they haven’t yet seen, assess the financial impact, and help them shape new strategies.
Given the speed at which these changes are happening, our work has a noticeable impact on the Group and, as a UK financial services leader, allows us to take a transformational and leading role in Helping Britain Recover.
Is our finance graduate scheme for you?
Are you resourceful and passionate about building great relationships? If you are, you should think about joining us in Finance.
We are trusted advisors to the business. We come from diverse backgrounds but we are all analytically minded, pragmatic and resilient. We try to see things in a different light; taking large amounts of complex information and uncovering the stories we tell. And, once we understand how a business works, we can develop strategies that help transform it.
Whatever your degree, if you love finding solutions and are excited to learn from colleagues across all levels of our business, we’ll help you to grow as the first stage of becoming a Finance specialist and a future leader of the Group.
What you'll learn on the finance graduate scheme
This three-year scheme consists of four placements, where you’ll discover what it means to be a key partner in decision-making. Your placements will be in:
Core Finance (Bristol)
You'll build a strong understanding of the core purpose of a Finance function by getting involved in areas such as monthly reporting and budgeting.
You'll interact with the Group’s customers and learn about the products and services we provide by working in a team outside of Finance to broaden your knowledge.
Insight & Analysis (London)
You'll develop your ability to provide fresh perspectives on a topic, working independently and presenting information to stakeholders. This could include meeting the Group’s largest institutional shareholders or helping to form our latest strategy.
Business Partnering (London)
You'll become a Finance Specialist and lead relationships with both the business and Finance community, using bespoke analysis to inform and influence business decisions. Your specific role could include managing the Group’s funding and liquidity requirements within the Group Corporate Treasury function or helping to inform pricing decisions for the Group’s products.
Along the way, we’ll support your studies towards a leading, industry-recognised professional accounting qualification, with plenty of study support along the way. And, given that Finance supports all of our business areas, you’ll have every opportunity to develop a diverse network of colleagues and contacts across the Group.
By the end of the scheme, you’ll have greater awareness of your abilities and interests, and a genuine understanding of how your work makes an impact.
The work you could be doing
- Building relationships with colleagues and customers to understand their needs
- Looking at the way we do things and sharing ideas on how we could improve
- Learning about our various businesses and the regulatory frameworks around them
- Analysing data to produce updates that offer real insight and inform business decisions
What you need to apply
A 2:2 degree or above in any discipline from any university.
You first placement will be in Bristol, one of our major Finance hubs, where you will have the chance to spend more time with some of your fellow graduates. This will be followed by three placements in London.
Actuarial Graduate Scheme
We also offer an Actuarial scheme within our Insurance Finance team, under our insurance brand, Scottish Widows.
This rotational programme gives you the chance to train as an actuary, working to deliver fair outcomes for customers, while ensuring the company remains in strong financial health. For more details on this scheme, including the specific criteria and the application process, visit our careers site and search for actuarial roles
First placement in Bristol, then three in London.
South West, Greater London, UK