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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Graduate Programme 2020
- Enforcement




Start Date

October 2020


Stratford, London,UK




Final year students and graduates of any degree discipline




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.

Enforcement investigates and takes action against UK businesses and individuals where there is a suspicion of serious misconduct or a criminal offence has been committed. The division handles a range of cases such as those involving anti-money laundering, product mis-selling and market abuse. We also take criminal prosecutions against scams which fall within our regulatory remit.  

As our work is diverse, you will get the chance to work on a variety of projects as part of the programme and also have the opportunity to engage in shaping Enforcement’s strategy about when an investigation should be opened. If you’re looking for a career with impact our Enforcement Graduate Programme could be the opportunity for you. Every day will be different and the work that you do will be varied, challenging and interesting.

You can typically expect to be involved in investigatory interviews with witnesses or subjects, evidence gathering and analysis to build cases and identify rule and legislative breaches, picking up skills to ultimately become a forensic investigator. Alongside this, there are plenty of opportunities to get a great understanding of the market, the behaviours of consumer victims and the extent of the FCA’s powers to take action where we see potential misconduct to ensure fair and efficient outcomes for consumers and markets. 

What we look for

Our staff have diverse backgrounds, and no specific degree stands out as being essential, but you will need to have great analytical skills, an ability for building strong relationships and be a brilliant communicator, both in person and in writing. 

Conscientious and collaborative, you’ll be technically minded and organised. You’ll learn a lot on the job, so we don't expect you to already have a detailed knowledge of regulatory matters, though a keen interest in the UK regulatory system would be very beneficial. 

Learning & Development

As a graduate in Enforcement, you’ll complete your training pathway through our Investigatory Academy, which will equip you with all the skills you need to succeed. During your two and a half year programme, you could also work your way towards achieving an AML Diploma and becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst. We will do everything we can to support you in your career at the FCA.

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:

  • 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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