Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Graduate Programme 2018
- Enforcement and Market Oversight




Start Date

September 2018


Canary Wharf, London,UK




Final year students and graduates of any degree discipline




Midnight, Tuesday 28th November 2017

EmployAbility is delighted to be working with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to offer disabled students and graduates the opportunity to apply for their Graduate Programme.

About the FCA

There’s hardly a person in the country whose life isn’t somehow impacted by the work of the Financial Conduct Authority.

Whether it’s regulating pensions providers, ensuring customers get a fair deal from their banks or clamping down on fraudulent businesses preying on the vulnerable, they are responsible for protecting and enhancing the integrity of the UK financial system. It’s a role as critical as it is all-encompassing. More than two million people are employed in financial or related professional services in the UK, and with new powers under the Financial Services Act, they can address conduct issues, publicly announce disciplinary action they’ve taken, and ban misleading promotions. Where necessary, they encourage firms to change their behaviour and help consumers understand action they’re taking.

It adds up to a dynamic and empowering place to work, and there’s never been a better time to join the FCA. This really is a career where you can own what happens next. The solutions you help devise and implement will directly affect people’s lives, whether it’s individual consumers or some of the richest and most powerful financial organisations in the world. As a member of the FCA you can expect to find yourself across a table from the best of them. At times things can get tense. A lot, after all, is at stake. It’s not always easy representing the interests of fairness, integrity and open competition, but wherever you are you’ll have a team of supportive colleagues behind you.

Then there’s the variety. Individuals, small businesses, public and private companies, global corporations, they interact with them all. If it’s innovative and happening in financial services, chances are they’ll be involved somehow: advising, guiding, regulating, and where necessary enforcing.

Think you’re up to it? Do you have the curiosity to look beneath the surface, the backbone to stand up for what is right, combined with a commitment to professional excellence? Are you someone who’s on the case from the outset? If so, you could be in line to carve out a career as a future leader in our organisation and industry. The FCA are interested in meeting undergraduates and graduates from all backgrounds and walks of life, across all subjects. And whilst many of their people do indeed come from finance or economics based discipline, they’re more interested in your personal strengths: qualities such as judgement drive and influence.

About the FCA Graduate Programme - Enforcement & Market Oversight

A career in Enforcement and Market Oversight is one that protects and enhances the integrity of the UK financial sector. By investigating and bringing enforcement action on behalf of the FCA, we make it clear that there are real consequences for those who do not meet our standards. 

  • Enforcement: Where an investigation uncovers evidence of misconduct, enforcement action can include fines, bans and convictions. In 2014 alone, our fines totalled nearly £1.5 billion. It’s high-profile and significant work that often makes the front pages. But there’s more to Enforcement than punishing offending firms. We use a wide range of tools to drive cultural change and prevent crime, from education, disruption and intervention to our formal criminal, civil and regulatory powers.
  • Market Oversight: We are home to the UK Listing Authority, which regulates and maintains the list of the UK’s approved issuers of shares and bonds. They decide who is allowed to trade on the London Stock Exchange, review prospectuses, monitor market disclosures and deal with serious breaches. Recently, this has included investigating the LIBOR scandal. By supervising transaction reporting and cracking down on insider trading and price manipulation, we allow investors to have confidence in the integrity of the UK market.

What you’ll do

As a Graduate Forensic Investigator in Enforcement, you’ll investigate and tackle the most serious regulatory breaches and incidents in financial services. Market Oversight graduates will be involved in the full range of regulatory and operational activities. That could mean negotiating our local and international policy positions, reviewing initial public offering documents and carrying out supervisory visits. In both roles, the work you do will be varied, challenging and interesting, and you can expect to gain an understanding of our legal framework as you contribute to high-profile cases.

The structure

To give you the exposure you need to excel, our two-and-a-half year graduate programmes are made up of multiple rotations and an external secondment. You’ll spend your first two years experiencing different parts of the FCA and growing your networks. At the same time, you’ll be collaborating with teams across your division, honing your skills and technical knowledge and developing a real insight into financial services. You’ll round out your experience with a final placement in industry.

What you'll need

In Enforcement and Market Oversight, we look for graduates with an analytical mind who can build strong relationships with their colleagues. Confidence and decisiveness are crucial. You’ll be influential and persuasive in your approach and adept when it comes to figures and legal terminology. 

The Application Process

Candidates apply through EmployAbility but each applicant is assessed against the FCA's core competencies and selected through the FCA's recruitment process. Successful candidates are hired directly on to the Graduate Programme and participate in every aspect of it.

If you have any extenuating circumstances or require further information about the scheme, please contact Justin Penney on +44 (0)7776 090 508 or email

This programme is now closed for applications.


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