Finance Apprentice

Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time


Milton Keynes, GB

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About Network Rail

Our plans for rail in Britain are far-reaching and ambitious. To deliver our vision of a better railway for a better Britain, we need talented and passionate people who will embrace our innovative way of working - across all disciplines.

At Network Rail, our Finance function is key to our success. Our diverse and high-achieving team is responsible for ensuring we secure appropriate funding and get the best possible value for the money we spend, driving forward our continuing mission to transform the UK's rail network into a world-class infrastructure.

Brief Description

Are you a number guru and great with people? If so, come and join us as a Finance Apprentice and you'll soon be a key member of the team, working with people from all departments and at all levels!

We currently have three exciting Finance Apprentice opportunities available.

As a Finance professional you'll go on to inform multi-million-pound decisions and directly influence the development, growth and operation of our railway.

Your key activities will include assisting finance teams with forecasting, budgeting and analysis as well as taking the lead on meetings and reporting to senior members of the company. You'll have projects on the go and off the job training to make sure you're getting all the skills you need to develop in a future leader. As an Apprentice you will rotate placements across a wide range of departments giving you a unique experience of how finance works within Network Rail.

During the first two and a half years you will complete the AAT qualification alongside gaining business knowledge during various rotations within our Milton Keynes HQ. Upon completion you'll have the chance to move on to CIMA to become a chartered accountant while having the opportunity to work in some of our national teams. Upon completion you'll be given the support needed to continue your career at Network Rail and move in to one of our finance roles.

By the end of your apprenticeship not only will you have had five years' worth of experience, but you'll be a fully qualified Chartered Accountant! Our programme provides fully funded study support including day release for college for you to complete AAT and CIMA qualifications.

This role is an entry level scheme designed as an alternative route to University, you cannot apply if you are a graduate already or hold a Level 4 qualification (i.e. AAT).

About the role (External)

Key accountabilities include:

  • Assist with periodic financial reports and forecasting.

  • Provide support with ad hoc projects as dictated by the business area.

  • Undertake ad hoc accounting assistance and general administrative duties work as required.

  • Completion of a special project in a specific Finance/Management Accounting topic, and provide a completed report/presentation.

  • Complete AAT exams/CIMA.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) at grades 5 or higher, must include English and Maths at grade 5 or higher.

  • Achieved/predicted to achieve a minimum of grades A* -C from your top 3 A-Levels (or equivalent), not including General Studies.

  • Good IT skills and ability to learn systems quickly (Excel, PowerPoint, Word).

  • Collaborative team player.

  • Ability to deliver under a challenging working environment.

  • Ability to manage activities to agreed timelines whilst balancing work and exams.

  • Strong business acumen and an aptitude for numbers.


    A-Levels in subjects such as Maths, Business Studies or Economics and STEM subjects.

      This role will require you to be based in Milton Keynes for at least the first three years of your scheme.

        A minimum of 120 UCAS points achieved or predicted to achieve (not including General Studies).

        To apply for this role, please upload a CV as well as a covering letter outlining why you would like a career in Finance at Network Rail.

        How to apply (External)

        Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factors. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

        Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

        Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefitsincluding a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

        Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

        As an arm's length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees.

        Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements;

        §Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation

        §Complete a satisfactory 3 year employment history check

        §Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check

        For more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information - UK Government - BPSS Checks

        Salary: £17,000.

        Closing date: 9 April 2020, late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes

        We have three positions available.

        It is a requirement of the role to live within 75 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant Milton Keynes.