Graduate Finance Trainee (Apprenticeship)

Finance Division

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 15th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £32,404
  • REF: FOG00574
  • Closes: 12th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

The College is looking to recruit graduates to join its Graduate Finance Trainee Schemein 2022. The Graduate Finance Trainee Scheme is a three-year programme designed to provide the candidates with extensive finance experience and the opportunity to gain a professional accountancy qualification.

The Scheme consists of two different streams and candidates can decide which one they want to pursue when applying:

  1. General Finance stream (studying towards CIMA)
  2. Financial accounting stream (studying towards ACA with ICAEW)

Previous Finance Trainees have successfully progressed to a wide range of roles across the College – discover their stories and find out more about the scheme on our website:

Duties and responsibilities

Graduate Finance Trainees can expect to gain both operational and project experience during their Traineeship. It is intended that during the course of the training scheme all trainees will develop the skills and experience necessary to apply for a permanent position at Imperial.

Trainees on the General Finance stream will be expected to complete their study for the CIMA qualification during their three years on the scheme and those on the Financial accounting stream for the ACA qualification. The College will meet the full cost of relevant training courses, exam fees, etc. (assuming first time passes). A generous study leave package is provided.

Essential requirements

You will be bright, personable, self-starters with the drive to deliver excellence in Finance and support the College in achieving its academic mission

  • You should possess, or expect to achieve this year, a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.
  • You should have a minimum of 128 UCAS points based on the new tariff.
  • You should also have obtained an undergraduate degree within the last three years (since the summer of 2019) or be due to graduate in summer 2022.
  • You should have an A level in Mathematics if your degree is not in a numerate subject (Grade B and above).
  • You should have grade 9 – 4 (A*- C) at GCSE level (or equivalent) in Maths and English.

Further information

Salaries will escalate throughout the three years via a combination of annual pay increments and pay increases linked to exam success.

The training component of our Graduate Finance Trainee Scheme is funded by the apprenticeship levy and is fully aligned to the level 7 Accountancy or Taxation Professional apprenticeship standard. Please note that applicants should have the right to work in the UK and an eligible residency status (please refer to Education and Skills Funding Agency rules , Annex A, for further information).

Please note that applications must be completed on the official form. CVs will not be considered.

Once the application window has closed, applicants will be shortlisted and a small proportion of them will be invited for interview. We receive a very high number of applications every year, with around 200 applications for the last intake.

To make sure your application stands out, you need to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements and provide reasons for which stream you wish to apply for (General Finance or Financial Accounting).

Screening calls and interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place in December/ January.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Nathalie Baker – .

The starting salary will be £32,404 per annum. Salary progression will be dependent upon performance and exam success.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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