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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Graduate Programme 2020
- Technology & Change




Start Date

October 2020

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, 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 Technology & Change Division provides IT and change services to the rest of the FCA. There are many diverse teams within the division, from those who structure our systems to those who plan change and design and test solutions. This is a great opportunity to help manage the impact of change on the FCA and its processes and people. You’ll be aligned to one of three Communities of Practice – Architecture & Operations, Change or Technology Delivery – and you’ll have the chance to rotate within and across these divisions, building your skills during your time in Technology & Change. 

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

What we look for

Our staff have diverse backgrounds, and no specific degree stands out as being essential, but you should be passionate about change, customer-focused and commercially minded. You will need strong communication skills and an analytical mind. 

Learning & Development

As a graduate in Technology & Change you’ll complete the training pathway through our training Academy, which will equip you with all the skills you need. You will have five rotations of six months and in rotation four you will have chosen your community of practice to specialise in and commence the relevant qualifications. 

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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