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Finance Year in Industry placement

Gaining real-world insight matters 

If the opportunity to gain an insight into the various aspects of our finance function matters to you. You matter to us.

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In this unique placement, you’ll receive support from senior finance professionals and be encouraged to make a positive contribution from day one.

Run by our Finance Strategy and Development team, one of our current graduates will act as a buddy to support you at every step. And, as we only take one candidate a year for the Finance Industry Placement, if you’re successful, you’ll be highly visible and potentially have a great future ahead of you.


  • You’ll receive a salary of £17,000 pro rata
  • The scheme lasts for one year.
  • Placement opportunities available in Derby and Milton Keynes

Network Rail have introduced hybrid working and promote flexible and agile working in the offices, this can be agreed with your team and management.

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 have a choice. You can either take one, 12-month placement or two six-month placements, working 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’re passionate about developing the next generation of talent that will come into our industry. That means we’ll ensure you’re surrounded by supportive colleagues, and receive coaching from senior staff.

Your benefits matter

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28 days annual leave plus bank holidays

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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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Healthcare club membership discount

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Childcare vouchers

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Two weeks paid reserve leave for members of our Armed Forces community

The opportunities it leads to

Do well on your placement, and we’ll consider you for next year’s graduate scheme intake. Many former year in industry students go on to hold senior positions within our company.

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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