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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Graduate Programme 2020
- Strategy & Competition




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 Strategy & Competition division develop initiatives and strategies to stimulate and maintain competition within the sector, developing policy and communication tools to further our statutory objectives. It is made up of four main subdivisions: Innovation, Communications, Policy and Competition & Economics The teams in Strategy and Competition work together to make decisions on the overarching strategy of the organisation and how the FCA achieves its goals. Our focus is on building strong relationships with everyone from consumer groups and industry contacts to the media and government stakeholders. We also spot problems before they get out of hand and put into place the necessary regulatory actions

There’s a wide variety of teams and job roles within the Strategy & Competition Division and you’ll get the chance to work on a variety of projects that include writing policy, promoting competition, undertaking research and drafting communications. You’ll work with colleagues across the organisation and quickly understand the FCA’s innovation agenda, for the external and internal market, including the use of data and technology in regulation. This is a great opportunity to use your analytical skills to make a real contribution to the development of our strategy and business plan.

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 is curious and can demonstrate their initiative and confidence to take on responsibility.
You will learn a lot on the job, so you’ll need to be eager to learn, quickly pick up new information and have a talent for working with analytics and research. You’ll also be a great communicator, both in person and in writing.  

Learning & Development

As a graduate in Strategy & Competition, we’ll equip you with all the skills you need, while giving you all the support you need to grow. 

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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