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Graduate Finance Trainee Scheme

  • South Kensington, South West London (SW7)
  • £31,770 per annum

South Kensington, London

£31,770 (starting salary, salary progression will be dependent upon performance and exam success)

With revenue of around £1bn, Imperial College London is one of the largest research intensive universities in the UK and has been consistently recognised as being one of the world’s top 10 universities.

The College is looking to recruit a recent graduate to its Graduate Finance Trainee Scheme, a three-year programme designed to provide the candidate with extensive finance experience and the opportunity to gain a professional accountancy qualification. The ideal candidate will be a bright, personable, self-starter with the drive to deliver excellence in Finance and support the College in achieving the academic mission.

Previous Finance Trainees have successfully progressed to a wide range of roles across the College

Duties and Responsibilities:

Finance Trainees can expect to gain both operational and project experience on a rotational programme consisting of at least three placements. Previous examples of placements include working as a Finance Business partner in one of the Faculties or commercial areas, a Treasury analyst and various Financial Accounting roles. In each placement, you can expect to gain in-depth knowledge of Finance in Higher Education, as well as exposure to senior leadership across both Finance and the wider institution.

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.

Finance Trainees will be expected to complete their study for either the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) or Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification during their three years on the scheme and the College will meet the full cost of relevant training courses, exam fees, etc. (assuming first time passes). The decision on whether to qualify through CIMA or ACCA is taken by the trainee and support is available in the department to help you throughout your studies.

Essential Requirements:·

  • 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 (320 points on the old tariff)
  • You should also have graduated from higher education within the last three years (since the summer of 2016) or be due to graduate in summer 2019.
  • To make sure your application stands out, you need to demonstrate how you meet the person specification:


  • Proactive – enthusiastic and inquisitive, showing initiative and seeking opportunities to improve the way things are done
  • Problem-solving – able to analyse information, draw conclusions and make recommendations
  • Communication – able to get messages across clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing
  • Team work – able to liaise effectively with a wide range of colleagues, welcoming different perspectives
  • Time-management– able to manage and prioritise a diverse workload at the same time as studying for an accounting qualification


  • An interest in personal and professional development
  • An interest in Higher Education

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 over 250 applications last year. To make sure your application stands out, you need to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on the 10th or 11th January 2019.

Closing date: 16th December 2018

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