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Finance summer placement

Increasing your network matters 

If learning from senior finance professionals matters to you. You matter to us.

Three people on a finance summer placement laugh inside a glass-walled office.

This short-term placement offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the various aspects of the finance function. Run by our Finance Strategy and Development team, you’ll be mentored by current graduates and encouraged to contribute from day one.

We only have a small number of summer placements available. So, if you’re successful, you’ll be highly visible across the finance function and have the chance to get your potential noticed. In fact, many summer placement students, successfully apply to the graduate scheme and now hold senior positions within the finance  function. 


  • You’ll receive a salary of £17,000 pro rata
  • The scheme runs for ten weeks from June to August 2022.
  • This opportunity is based in Milton Keynes.

Who you are matters

We look for an analytical mind and a flair for financial planning. Enthusiastic about your work, you’ll enjoy collaborating with others and have the skills and ability to communicate with a variety of different people.

We invest in you and give you vast exposure to different areas and aspects of finance, because we believe you will be the future of our business. In return, we respect graduates who are driven, hardworking and uphold Network Rail’s values and behaviours.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll carry out one, ten-week placement as an assistant management accountant or an assistant financial accountant. Part of a team affecting critical decisions throughout our organisation, you’ll work alongside some of the most respected finance professionals in the industry. You’ll gain valuable experience of a variety of financial disciplines including reporting and analysis, periodic accounting and business planning.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in experience days, site visits and shadowing. At the end of your placement we’ll ask you to put together a short presentation to reflect on your experiences and help improve the scheme for future students. We’ll consider you for the following year’s graduate scheme as well.

What you’ll get out of it

We invest in our summer placement students, because we believe they hold the potential to be the future of our business. That means from day one you’ll receive strong mentoring from senior colleagues. Over the ten weeks, you’ll get a rounded experience of what it’s like to work in Finance for our railways.

Your benefits matter

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5 volunteer days to contribute to your favourite causes

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Access to our employee assistance program

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Up to 75% discount on rail and underground season tickets

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Discounted online shopping

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Childcare vouchers

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Access to a range of pension and insurance schemes

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Healthcare club member

The opportunities it leads to

Do well and you’ll be considered for next year’s graduate scheme.

The entry requirements

You must be in your penultimate year of university and be on course to achieve at least a 2:2 in any degree subject.

We matter to millions. You could too.

Applications are now closed

Due to the high interest in this programme, we have received enough applications for this intake . We will be accepting applications for our 2023 schemes in October 2022. To be the first to find out please register your interest below.

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