Finance Apprentice – Network Rail
The Apprentice Academy
Manchester City Centre
1d ago

Opportunity

This is a fantastic opportunity for x3 ambitious apprentices wanting to embark on a career within accounts and finance and join one of the UK’s most recognised engineering and railway companies in the heart of Manchester.

They specialise in the maintenance and development of Britain’s rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings and many key stations.

With new world-class stations being built, they are involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

This company has a fantastic track record for developing and investing in a number of apprentices in the past; all of which have secured permanent positions at the company.

You will be well trained and supported throughout your apprenticeship and even have access to some fantastic perks, such as 75% off of your rail costs!

They are now recruiting x3 Finance Apprentices to join their Accounting Services team to complete a 33 month AAT apprenticeship programme, which includes the level 3 and 4 AAT programmes.

This role is an entry level scheme designed as an alternative route to University. You will receive training (in the classroom as well as while working) to become a chartered accountant, progressing to CIMA, ACCA or ACA.

Overview of Apprenticeship Role and Duties

As a finance apprentice and a key member of the finance team, the role will involve liaising with people from all departments and at all levels.

As a Finance professional, you’ll inform multi-million pound decisions and directly influence the development, growth and operation of their railway.

Overview of duties :

  • Assist with periodic financial reports and forecasting
  • Provide support with ad hoc projects as dictated by the business area
  • Undertake ad hoc accounting assistance
  • Completion of a special project in a specific Finance / Management accounting topic, and provide a completed report / presentation
  • General administrative duties work as required
  • There will be an option to work from home for part of the working week, with the rest of the time to be in the office.

    Skills and Experience

    You will be expected to have achieved Five GCSE grades 4 9 with grade 4 in English and Maths or equivalent and be predicted / achieved Two A-Levels grades A-C or BTEC equivalent at grade Merit or above.

    In addition to the above, you will need to be confident with a pro-active attitude and excellent communication skills. You should have good attention to detail and be highly organised with the ability to manage activities within agreed timelines as well as balancing work and exams.

    Having a strong business acumen and an aptitude for numbers is also advantageous coupled with good ICT skills (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word etc.)

    Ideally, they want to recruit someone who has a genuine interest in accounting and commitment to progress on to Professional qualifications, such as CIMA to become a chartered accountant.

    You will receive an AAT Level 3 & 4 qualification.

    About the company

    One of the UK’s most recognised engineering and railway companies in the heart of Manchester, Network Rail. They specialise in the maintenance and development of Britain’s rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings and many key stations.

    With new world-class stations being built, they are involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

    Great opportunities for development and learning in a supportive environment, friendly and sociable team, strong potential for progression.

    All apprentices so far have secured a permanent position within the team and many of whom have quickly progressed to Assistant Accountant with some progressing further into a Finance Business Partner role.

    Benefits

    You will receive 28 days annual leave and 8 days bank / public holidays plus the following :

  • Subsidised rail travel (75%, up to £2,250 maximum) on rail or underground season tickets
  • Interest-free season ticket loans for travel and car parking
  • A company bonus scheme (after the qualifying period)
  • A choice of three contributory pension schemes
  • Charitable giving schemes, including company contributions
  • A range of other benefits, including volunteer leave.
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