Finance scheme

The difference is you - A career as bright and unique as you are

Our Finance scheme for graduates

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 to a variety of different audiences.

How long is the scheme?

From two to two and a half years

Where you’ll be based

  • First ten to twelve months in Milton Keynes with a two to three month placement in Manchester.
  • Up to 1 and a half years based in one of our regional offices including Scotland and Wales.
  • College is based in Milton Keynes for the duration of the scheme.

What you’ll be doing

Rotational placements, with college day release each week (on average). You will be involved in a variety of periodic management accounting activities such as balance sheet reconciliations, variance analysis and reporting and business partnering with non-finance functions as well as project related tasks. Depending on eligibility, finance graduates are enrolled on the government’s level 7 apprentice programme.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 in any degree subject
  • A-level Maths is desirable but not essential

What professional qualifications could you gain?

  • Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

The Finance scheme is a very successful one, with a lot of graduates now holding senior positions within the function. This is because we recognise, develop and promote talent. Previous graduates have gone on to become members of the Finance talent development scheme and to further their own professional development, with Network Rail as a certified body.

Why you should choose this scheme

The scheme gives graduates a unique opportunity to see many parts of the business while making a contribution from early on. The study support is generous compared to other finance schemes, with time and space given to make sure graduates can get through the qualification with minimal pressure. Former graduates and senior finance leaders run the scheme and all graduates are encouraged to contribute to improving and developing the scheme.

Hear from our recent graduate:

Jake, Finance

I look forward to going into work every morning as I know I’m going to be challenged and surrounded by people who will support me. If you want to be given endless opportunities and responsibility by a company who supports enthusiasm and new ways of thinking, then Network Rail really is for you.

Samantha Barker