Graduate scheme

South West +2

Leadership isn’t telling people what to do. Not at Aviva.

We are a business that wants to lead the way forward in our sector; that's why we focus on being the best that we can be. On this graduate programme you’ll learn that leadership is about rolling up your sleeves and taking on responsibility. It’s about exploring different parts of the business and supporting your colleagues.

Think you have what it takes to be a leader? Then you’re in the right place!

About the scheme

This is a 2-year scheme, and you will rotate between placements and into different departments every 8 months. You’ll be getting to grips with what we do across our different business areas and we will be giving you the foundation of knowledge you need to become a brilliant leader.

One of your rotations will be in a customer-facing role. What better way to learn about our customers than by getting the opportunity to interact with our customers, and the teams that service our customers, first-hand.

Your other rotations could be in any of our other departments such as data science or transformation. Wherever you are placed you can guarantee that you will get experiences that help to craft you into becoming a leader of the future and towards the end of the programme, you’ll be leading teams or projects of your own.

Where you’ll be based

We don’t want geography to limit the opportunities or experiences that you need under your belt to make you a great Aviva leader; that's why for this programme, we ask applicants to be flexible and encourage you to be willing to relocate to any of the locations listed:

  • Bristol
  • Norwich
  • Sheffield
  • York

There may also be a small number of opportunities in London, although we expect these to be limited. We anticipate most of our offers will be made to be based out of the other locations listed.

What we need from you

You will:

  • Have, or be on track to attain a degree in any subject area
  • Be able to start full-time employment in September 2022
  • Be able to attend a virtual assessment day in January 2022
  • Be passionate about learning to lead at the highest levels
  • Be flexible to move locally to a different city in your home country if offered
  • Want to study for professional, role related qualifications
  • Be proficient in the language of the country of application

What you will get in return

As well as launching your career, at Aviva you can expect

  • A structured learning and development programme
  • The support of your manager(s), mentors, and buddy
  • In-house financial advice
  • Insurance discounts
  • Pension with minimum 10% contribution (8% employer / 2% employee)
  • Annual holiday allowance of 29 days
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Share plan schemes
  • Employee discounts

A bit about us

We’re a leading international insurance, savings, retirement, and investment business. When the worst happens, we’re here to put the wrongs right.

You might be thinking that we’re just another boring, corporate firm. But we don’t all wear suits and shiny shoes here. We’re proud to be different and just like our customers, our people are a mix of cultures, genders, and ages.

Like the sound of us? Then we like the sound of you.

Fill in our application and we’ll get in touch. You’ll be asked to complete two on-line assessments and attend a pre-recorded interview in the next round of the process. Then, if you’re successful at that stage, we will invite you to an assessment centre, where you’ll do tasks where you can show us what you are good at and what you enjoy.

Applications close on 21st November and our assessment centres for this programme will be held in January 2022.

Working at Aviva

At Aviva, we’re people with a purpose. To be with you today, for a better tomorrow.

We bring this to life by ensuring managing risk is at the heart of the way we all work. We love people who do the right thing for our customers, and our colleagues. We want people who speak up, who take responsibility, and who make good decisions.

The way we do this is important too. We’re all about our people – that’s you – so we can be pretty flexible. At Aviva we ask our teams to think about when they work in the office and when they choose to work at home. This will vary depending on your role, and your personal circumstances. We call this Smart Working. When you move to each new assignment take time to discuss this with your Leader and agree what works for you, the business and the organisation.

We care deeply about being inclusive and that means we encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees to bring their whole self to work and that starts with you.  We interview every disabled applicant* that meets the minimum criteria for the job. Once you’ve applied, please send us a separate email stating that you have a disclosed disability, and we’ll make sure we interview you.

We’d love it if you could submit your application online but if you require an alternative method of applying, please contact the recruitment team.

*As defined in The Equality Act 2010*. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean you should provide us with evidence which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required and have the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential to perform the role.

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South West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East of England

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