Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Graduate Programme 2018
- Strategy & Competition




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 - Strategy & Competition

Our decisions have a major impact on how we achieve our goals. More than that, our work makes a difference on an international scale. We lead on competition, policy and communication activities and build strong relationships with everyone from consumer groups and industry contacts to the media and government stakeholders. We monitor the external environment and work across the FCA to build an aerial overview of how the markets are functioning. Many different departments and subject matter experts make up our division. 

  • Strategy: We have an eye to the future, considering the changing circumstances that may influence our strategy. We work with the Executive Committee to define the strategic direction and help senior leaders deliver our strategy.  We bring multiple organisational priorities together by collating and analysing internal feedback. This supports us in making effective decisions about our top goals for the year.

  • Markets Intelligence, Data and Analysis (MIDA): We pull together information from internal and external sources to determine whether the markets are working in the consumer’s best interests. We produce a wide range of reports on issues and emerging risks to our objectives that inform decision making and priority setting across the business. We ensure that our interventions are pro-competitive and align with how we promote market integrity, protect consumer interests and improve how well markets are functioning.

  • Policy: We develop rules and frameworks which support our objectives and influence the direction of domestic, EU and international regulation.  We drive the organisation’s policy-making agenda and deliver robust rules and frameworks in support of our objectives. We are visible and influential in guiding the direction of domestic, EU and international regulation.

  • The Chief Economist's Department (CED): The Chief Economist's Department (CED) is our central team of economists. We provide rigorous economic thinking, research, evidence and support, to achieve our objective of making financial services markets work well for consumers.  This helps us understand how markets are working and how we can make them work better.

  • Competition: We work closely with all parts of the FCA to promote the effectiveness of competition in the markets we regulate. We ensure that our interventions are not only pro-competitive but also align with the actions we take to promote market integrity, protect consumer interests and improve how well markets are functioning. We are not interested in competition for its own sake, but competition that works in consumers’ interests, whether those are retail customers or businesses.The division is constituted of four departments/teams: wholesale and investment sectors, retail sectors, cross-cutting market studies and strategy and pipeline team.

  • Communications: We increase the understanding and awareness of our objectives by establishing and delivering internal and external strategies. We set and deliver the communications and engagement strategy for the FCA which supports the successful delivery of our operational objectives. We shape and deliver the voice of the FCA to the outside world, and bring the voice of our external stakeholders in.

What you’ll do

As a Strategy and Competition Graduate, you’ll discover strengths in several varied but complementary departments and roles. You’ll develop a network of contacts as you take on internal and external secondments. Whether you’re writing policy, promoting competition, undertaking pioneering research or drafting key communications, we will give you the support you need to grow. Wherever you’re learning, you’ll be involved in high-profile projects that fundamentally influence the FCA and shape how we regulate our markets.

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

We’re looking for outstanding researchers with an analytical and decisive approach. You’ll be confident in drafting documentation and eager to learn and develop. A focus on people is essential.

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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