Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Graduate Programme 2019
- Technology & Change




Start Date

October 2019

Stratford, London,UK


Two and a half years 


You’ll need to have attained in a 2:1 in any degree discipline


a base salary of £34,000


Midnight, Sunday 24th March 2019

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

We’re creating a fair and more resilient financial system. We’re establishing more transparent relationships between financial services and their customers, building trust in financial markets and protecting vulnerable customers. Our ambition is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the society we serve, helping us to be a better regulator. We’re looking for individuals from all backgrounds who subscribe to our values and want to make a difference. If our Technology & Change Graduate Programme sounds right for you, we’d be delighted to hear from you. 

About the Programme

Programme Length:Two and a half years

Programme Type: Rotational

Financial services regulation is constantly changing, impacting the way in which we regulate.To support this, we deliver a large and varied portfolio of change programmes, implementing new regulatory directives and the required information technology services. 

Within the Technology and Change Graduate Programme you’ll help manage the impact of such change on the organisation, its processes and people.You’ll be aligned to one of our three Communities of Practice; Architecture and Operations, Change or Technology Delivery where you’ll benefit from rotations across your chosen discipline and an internal secondment to a different Community of Practice or Division within the FCA. 

Our architecture and analysis experts structure our systems. If you join our Architecture and Operations Community of Practice you’ll work across a range of disciplines that underpin the strategic and operational management of our Business & Technology Solutionsdivision. These disciplines include strategic planning, architecture roadmap development, supplier management, design governance, financial management, resource planning and the divisional risk and control framework. The rotations will provide you with the opportunity to gain a holistic view of the management and leadership of the whole Business & Technology Solutionsdivision, turning strategy into operational delivery.

Our Change colleagues are responsible for planning change, and providing a pragmatic and collaborative approach to delivery. The Change Community of Practice offers you the opportunity to work across a range of disciplines within Change including Project Management, Project Management Office, Portfolio Management, Business Change and Business Analysis. In the second half of the graduate programme you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in a Change discipline and work towards gaining relevant qualifications/accreditations.

Our Technology and Delivery specialists design and test our technology solutions as well as maintain and protect our IT services and systems.The Technology Delivery Community of Practice is segmented into three broad practices covering service and monitoring, agile product management and software engineering. Exposure to these disciplines will provide you with the opportunity to gain an understanding of how technology products are made, delivered and managed at scale in an organisation.

The graduate programme will also provide you with the opportunity to learn from experts through the Community of Practice coaching and mentoring programme.In addition, you’ll also work on Community of Practice initiatives and events to give you a leading role in building cross-practice communities of interest.

What We Look For

To meet our eligibility requirements, you’ll need to have obtained a 2:1 degree or above and whilst we’re flexible about your type of degree, you’ll need to demonstrate a passion for technology and change. 

Throughout the programme you’ll gain exposure to a wide variety of business areas working to ensure the solutions to complex business problems drivechange and support the FCA’s mission. You’ll need to be analytical, commercially-minded and customer-focused to thrive in this dynamic environment. And, as the challenges are multifaceted, working collaboratively across teams is a must.

Learning & Development 

Whilst you’ll benefit from diverse work-based experiences, the graduate programme will also provide the opportunity to gain relevant qualifications such as TOGAF 9.2 and COBIT 5.discipline or Prince 2, PROSCI. 

What We Offer 

At the FCA you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference. We offer all our graduates a competitive range of benefits, including:

  • a base salary of £34,000
  • career and family leave
  • a performance based bonus
  • flexible working options
  • a non-contributory pension
  • charity and volunteering initiatives
  • a minimum of 25 days’ holiday
  • sports and social clubs private health care
  • a subsidised
  • on-site fitness centre
  • free eye tests
  • a subsidised restaurant i
  • nterest-free season ticket loans

We’re proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 employer and we were recently awarded “Employer of the Year” at the Women in Finance awards. We’re also signatories of the #NoBystanders pledge and Disability Confident scheme, which guarantees disabled people an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for a job vacancy. We value the views of our people and listening to them is central to our success. This is why our staff network groups play such a significant role. They shape the environment we work in, the way we interact with one another and the way that we make our decisions. We want our people to be engaged and productive while at work, so we’re committed to creating an environment that enables you to do your best work while maintaining your other commitments. To support this, we offer flexible working arrangements, the opportunity to work from home, a number of career and family leave provisions, and generous annual leave so you can take time off when you need or want to.

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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