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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Graduate Programme 2020
- Market Oversight




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.

The Market Oversight Division focuses on the FCA’s role as Securities Regulator and monitors the market for cases of serious misconduct. It is made up of three different departments: Listing Transactions, which is where the FCA reviews all documentation before it gets published to market; Primary Market Oversight, which focuses on companies and makes sure they are compliant with regulation; and, Secondary Market Oversight, which looks at the conduct of investors, including suspicious trading activity, cyber dealing and market abuse. This is a real opportunity to keep your finger on the pulse of the UK financial system and ensure the financial market is fair and works effectively.

As a Market Oversight graduate you can expect to be negotiating our local and international policy positions, reviewing IPO documents and you could even force a company to make an announcement relating to inside information leaks. In the Listing department you’ll review documentation relating to capital market transaction, prospectuses or seculars.

In the Primary and Secondary Market Oversight departments you’ll develop cases for suspected market abuse, analyse financial information and present your findings to team members. You’ll be given your own work streams from the get go and will be given autonomy to lead projects and make your own judgements. Your recommendations can feed into decisions made at every level of the FCA. 

Making the ‘what next’ decision after university isn’t easy, but if you want variety, challenge and genuine responsibility, our Market Oversight Graduate Programme could be the right choice for you. 

What we look for

Our staff have diverse backgrounds, and no specific degree stands out as being essential, but we're looking for somebody who has an interest in the financial wholesale market and enjoys solving problems. 

You will learn a lot on the job, but we’re looking for key skills, including a talent for crunching numbers and analytics. You’ll also be good at working in a team and with other people, have strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to present clearly and concisely.

Learning & Development

As a graduate in Market Oversight you’ll complete the training pathway through our training Academy which will equip you with all the skills you need. We also give you the support you need to develop 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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