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Our Finance Year in Industry placement scheme

Year in industry students sat in a Network Rail office

Who you are

You have an analytical mind and a flair for financial planning. You’re enthusiastic about your work, enjoy collaborating with others and have the skills and ability to communicate with a variety of different audiences.

This is an excellent scheme which provides exposure to difference areas and aspects of finance. We invest in our placements because we want them to be the future of our business. We are looking for new entrants who are driven, hardworking and demonstrate Network Rail’s values and behaviours.

Where you’ll be based

We normally recruit for a fixed location depending on the successful candidates’ circumstances. Previous year in industry placements have been completed in Milton Keynes, Manchester, Birmingham and Swindon.

What you’ll be doing

You have the option to undertake one (12-month) or two (6-month) placements working as an assistant management accountant or an assistant financial accountant. You could be part of a team affecting critical decisions throughout our organisation. Working alongside some of the most respected finance professionals in the industry, you’ll experience a variety of financial disciplines including reporting and analysis, periodic accounting and 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 intakes. You will also be considered for the following year’s graduate scheme.

Why you should choose this placement

This placement offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the various aspects of the finance function. You are provided support from senior finance professionals to enable you to make a contribution from day one. The scheme is run by the Finance Strategy and Development team and our current new entrants act as a buddy to the new intake. We only take one candidate a year which means, if you’re successful, you’ll be highly visible and fully supported by the finance function.

Our year in industry students go on to make successful applications to the graduate scheme.

Entry requirements

You must be in your penultimate year and be on course to achieve at least a 2:2.

A-level Maths is desirable but not essential. We are looking for individuals who align with Network Rail’s values and behaviours, with a curiosity for numbers and a keenness to succeed.

This scheme is now closed

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