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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Graduate Programme 2020
- Cyber & Information Resilience 




Start Date

October 2020

Stratford, London,UK


Two and a half years 


You’ll need to have a relevant degree in cyber IT, computer science, information security or similar


a base salary of £34,000


Midnight, Thursday 7th November 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

At 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.  

About the Programme

Programme Length: Two and a half years 
Programme Type: Rotational 

Please note: You can only apply for one graduate programme with the FCA. 

Cyber security is now considered, both nationally and internationally, to be one of the biggest threats to commerce and society alike. Companies are experiencing a growing threat of cyber-attacks from nation states, organised crime groups, malicious insiders and activists, with the level of sophistication of attack accelerating year on year. The FCA is not immune to this risk and, as a key member of the UK’s financial services sector, we could become a target of interest for cyber criminals or others intent on undermining confidence in the UK financial sector.

The Cyber and Information Resilience Division protects the whole of the FCA from cyber harm and, preventing criminals from undermining confidence in the UK’s financial sector. This team ensures information is available to those who legitimately need it and make sure it is being used appropriately, as well as defend it from criminals. This is a great opportunity to help us build our capability – and recover from – cyber-attacks, therefore protecting consumers and maintaining market integrity.  

On the Cyber and Information Resilience programme, you’ll rotate across different teams to give you all the technical skills you need. You could be working with the Counter Threat Unit on cyber intelligence/monitoring and incident response, working with the Strategy, Governance and Capability team to make sure colleagues adhere to policy and exhibit the correct behaviours, be part of Consultancy who consult on change and projects across the organisation or with the Insurance team dealing with penetration testing and third-party suppliers. This is both planned and, in some instances, reactive work and will see you deal with live incidents and projects.  

What we look for

You’ll have a relevant degree in cyber IT, computer science, information security or similar, but above all we’re looking for someone who wants a career in cyber and has the soft skills we need. You’ll be flexible and collaborative and have a talent for working under pressure, to changing priorities.  

You’ll learn a lot on the job, so we don't expect you to have a detailed technical knowledge of cyber security, however, strong communication skills and the ability to present information in a clear and concise way is important.  

Learning & Development

As a graduate in Cyber and Information Resilience, you’ll work your way towards gaining a career pathway in the profession. This will be either via professional development/on job training and accreditation via the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec). 
At the FCA you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference. We offer all our graduates a competitive range of benefits, including: 

  • Base salary of £34,000  
  • Career and family leave 
  • Performance based bonus  
  • Flexible working options 
  • Non-contributory pension charity and volunteering initiatives 
  • Minimum of 25 days’ holiday 
  • Sports and social clubs 
  • Private health care 
  • Subsidised on-site fitness centre  
  • Free eye tests 
  • Subsidised restaurant 
  • Interest-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 Sarah on +44 (0)7852 764 684 or email info@employ-ability.org.uk

This programme is now closed for applications.

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