Accountancy Graduate Scheme
Are you an ambitious graduate (in any subject), with a positive, forward-thinking approach? Are you looking for a role in a stimulating, supportive and inclusive environment, where you are encouraged to be your authentic self at work? Do you have the appetite to work towards becoming a Chartered Accountant at the UK's biggest insurer?
If so, why not follow in the footsteps of our previous Chartered Accountancy Graduates and your hard work could see you well on your way to becoming a leader of the future here at Aviva. Accountants at Aviva add value right across the business, supporting different departments to achieve their goals, influencing key decisions, crafting and shaping policy and improving the way we work.
Even if you haven't studied Accountancy at university that's ok with us - we truly believe new ideas and perspectives are invaluable. Individuals with a curious mind, a customer focus and a real passion for crafting a career in business/finance/insurance get on very well here. So, if this sounds like you, and you are numerically minded, regardless of your degree subject please read on because we need people just like you.
About the scheme:
Our scheme provides ambitious graduates with a stimulating, meaningful and supportive route in which to gain your ICAEW qualification through the Level 7 Accounting Professional Apprenticeship, which is equivalent to a Master's degree. The programme will give you the opportunity to become a well-rounded Chartered Accountant and help you launch a high achieving career, grounded in both an insurance specific and more general understanding of accountancy, finance and commercial business.
What you will do:
- Participate in a three-year scheme
- Complete three, one-year placements
- Study for the ICAEW qualification
- Qualify as a Chartered Accountant
You will complete your one-year placements in different Finance teams, based in Norwich or York. You can be assured that the placements will be dynamic, challenging and substantial, and provide you unrivalled breadth of experience to lay the foundations of your career. As valued member of the finance team from day one you will take ownership of the work you undertake, with clear objectives and responsibilities.
Alongside these placements you'll undertake your studies. Modules cover everything from Financial Reporting to Auditing, Law to Taxation - and each end with an exam. Don't worry though, you'll be able to concentrate fully on them, as you'll be taught by an external education company away from the office, and your manager, buddy and fellow cohort will be encouraging and supportive every step of the way. By the time you're done, you'll have a broad and detailed grounding in the world of commercial accounting as well as practical experience that will stand you in good stead throughout your career.
Where you'll be located:
You'll be based in either York or Norwich during your training. We prefer applicants to be flexible, but you can preference a location upon application. After you qualify, you'll have the chance to be based in any of our UK offices, and who knows, think big and you could see you yourself in any number of our global offices too.
We are looking for highly motivated people who have graduated in any discipline and who have a keen interest in business, finance and insurance, and aspire to be a future Aviva leader. We look for:
- 120 UCAS points (new tariff) from 3 A Levels (or equivalent)
- A minimum of a 2.1 degree. This doesn't have to be in Accountancy - graduates from diverse backgrounds are often able to offer fresh ideas and alternative view points, but you will need to be numerically competent.
No specific experience previous work experience is required either; mental dexterity is the crucial element, allied to a passion for business, plenty of initiative, great interpersonal skills and clear leadership potential.
- Starting salary of GBP26K pa
- Incremental salary increases
- Annual performance-related bonus
- Up to 50 paid study days
- Contributory pension scheme
- Generous 29 day's holiday, plus bank-holidays
- Discounts on all Aviva products
- Share Save scheme
- Examination fees paid for by Aviva
- Aviva fund your student membership to the ICAEW
The recruitment process:
We live Aviva's values. With a culture of continually reflecting on and improving what we do and how we do it, our recruitment process aims to select the strongest talent, that demonstrate the same. We invest in our people and expect a curios and gutsy mindset. We search for dynamic individuals who have the makings of an outstanding leader and communicator. All of this is assessed throughout the selection process which is:
- Make an online application - this includes a short questionnaire and submission of your CV
- If shortlisted, you will be sent some numerical and verbal testing to complete
- Pass those and there's a telephone interview, with the opportunity for you to ask us questions too!
- Finally, there's an assessment centre
Applications close 31st December and assessment centres will take place in early 2020. If you're successful, you'll join us at the end of summer 2020.