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Other Financial Firms: A - G

  • AllianzThey offer schemes within Corporate Management (2 years with placements across other areas), Underwriting (2 years), Claims (2 years) Sales/Marketing/Business (based across Guildford, Brentford & Bristol offices), IT, Finance (3 years) and Actuarial. 

  • AlphaSights. Opportunity for a gradute analyst with this information specialist. AlphaSights, acts as an intermediary, connecting financial professionals with industry specialists. No specific degree discipline required. This is a front line role so you need excellent communication skills. 
  • American Express. Their full time graduate programme includes rotational and non rotational programmes depending on business requirements. They are 18-24 months in length and available within Client Management & Sales, Customer Care, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Risk Management and Technologies. 

  • Amlin. A leading insurance group operating in the Lloyd’s, UK, Continental Europe and Bermudian markets. They specialise in providing insurance cover to commercial enterprises and reinsurance protection to other insurance companies around the world. They provide a global structured, two-year rotational graduate programme which will give you exposure to all areas of the business including underwriting, claims, finance and risk management. You'll get involved with special projects and will have the opportunity to work in at least two or more locations across the Group, including London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Paris or Bermuda.
  • Aon. They offer five different streams. These include, Actuarial Consulting – General Insurance, Actuarial Consulting - Pensions, Investment Consulting, Insurance, Reinsurance & Risk Management and Health & Benefits Broking & Consulting. Aon has offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Farnborough, Epson and St Albans. Aon will also support you through your professional studies.
  • Aspen. They are a leading insurance and reinsurance company with assets of $12 billion and approximately 1,200 staff across 11 countries around the world. Each year they take on a number of graduates into different streams including Underwriting, Actuarial & Capital Modelling, Business Transformation, Compliance, and Finance. Their graduate scheme runs for two years, during which you will receive professional training and development opportunities, be fully sponsored and supported through professional qualifications. You need to have a 2.1 in any degree discipline and be highly numerate to apply. 
  • Aviva. They offer a Global Graduate Leadership Programme. Its a 2 year programme with 2 rotations. The first year is spent in Sales, Strategy and Distribution, where you’ll get to grips with the overall strategy and collective purpose. This will give you the foundation of knowledge and experience you need to start becoming a business leader. In your second year you will be working in an overseas team in one of Aviva's 16 global markets. At this stage you’ll start taking on real responsibility, either in a local market team or a central functional role. You’ll also start enhancing your leadership skills, which could include running your own team or project all under the guidance of a senior mentor. Your first rotation will be based in the Uk & Ireland, Europe (Milan, Paris or Warsaw), Asia (HK or Singapore) or Toronto in Canada. 
  • Axa. They have 3 programmes: Future Leaders, Actuarial and It (which is 2 years in length). The Futures Leaders Programme allows you to spend time in different divisions. 

  • Bank of England. Their Graduate Progarmme programme is open to graduates from any discipline, with a 2.1 and 300 UCAS points. It will immerse you in important work across many business areas. Right from the start, you'll be involved in critical information gathering, analysis and reporting as well taking part in meetings with a range of colleagues and stakeholders to prepare for policy making committees. This will allow you to gain the experience and develop the skills you'll need to become an expert analyst. They accept applications from all academic disciplines not just economics. They also have an IT Graduate programme, which provides a number of It roles including a developer on central bank systems, a developer data scientist, infrasyructure analyst, security analyst and systems analyst.  They will aceept applications from any degree discipline but you must have a strong and clear interest in IT.
  • Be Wiser. This Insurance company offers the Kickstart Graduate progarmme, a training scheme to become an insurance broker. Its a 3 year programme during which you will study towards the Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII). You require a minimum 2.2 degree to apply. During the three years, you will spend time in a variety of departments including sales, customer services, renewals, audit & complaince, HR & training and technical underwriting. They are based in Andover. They are looking for passionate individuals who wish to pursue a career in financial services.

  • Bloomberg. Entry Level positions for graduates include Financial Product Sales & Analytics Training Program. This is a 10-week training programme where you will learn financial asset classes and then join the Analytics team as a generalist. They also offer an R&D Training programme, 10-16 weeks in length that integrates technical and financial training within their development environment. You will learn about systems and how they develop new products and solutions. Other opportunities exist within Data products and Operations. 

  • Capital One. One of the largest financial services companies in the world based in Nottingham. They offer a number of graduates schemes in business analytics & marketing, product, operations, technology, risk and finance.  Being a Business Analyst means you draw insights from their Information Based Strategy system, to find gaps in the market to create new products and strategies. You'll then research the viability of your ideas and present your findings to senior managers and directors. As a graduate on the technology scheme, you’ll be given the opportunities to become an expert in a broad range of areas from business intelligence to programme delivery and IT architecture over a 2 year rotation. Essentially, you’ll learn how to translate business opportunities into technology solutions and technology opportunities into business innovation. But you don’t need to have a technology or IT background to join this scheme; they welcome applicants from all degree disciplines. 

Learn more about Capital One's assessment process and online tests HERE

  • Catlin. Catlin provides commercial insurance and reinsurance services to companies of all sizes globally. Their underwriters build relationships with brokers and work with them to provide tailored insurance and reinsurance services for clients. They offer a UK devlopment programme for graduates. You’ll undertake a programme tailored to your individual needs, providing on the job learning, structured development, support for professional qualifications, rotations into different business areas and opportunities to spend time in their global offices. There are a number of schemes to choose from including: actuarial, business managment, catastrosphe and risk managment, claims, enterprise risk management, finance & accountancy and underwriting. 
  • Direct Line GroupTheir Graduate Programme is a 2-year intensive learning and development programme. There are three schemes: Analytics, Strategy, Business Transformation & Technology or Claims Analysis & People Management. They are in various UK locations, with the majority based at Head Office in Bromley. Each scheme has a unique schedule, some include studying for professional exams. 

  • Domestic & General. They are the UK's leading specialist warranty provider, offering product protection for millions of customers worldwide - their primary focus is providing product protection for major domestic appliances and consumer electronic products. Opportunities exist in a range of areas such as underwriting and marketing.  Their head office is in Wimbledon, with contact centres in Brighton and Nottingham.
  • Endsleigh Insurance. They are part of Zurich Insurance. They specialise in offering insurance to students. Their Graduate Scheme is 2 years in length and there are 2 schemes, one of which is in the Operations department and the other in the Broker MFU area; all based at their head office in Cheltenham. You will take part in a number of core development workshops, involving both training on the insurance market coupled with personal courses on presentations, communication and leadership. People who do well in Endsleigh, are people people, who understand the value of supporting colleagues and being supported, in addition to those who have an appetite for learning.
  • FactsetThey offer financial information and analytics to investment professionals. Their graduate programmes are in Consulting and Engineering and they also recruit graduates into Sales, Product Development, Content Collection, Corporate Communications, HR, Legal, Training and Finance.

  • Financial Conduct AuthorityTheir two-and-a-half year graduate programmes are made up of multiple rotations and an external secondment. Opportunities exist in business and technology solutions, enforcement and market oversight, supervision, economics ad strategy and competition. As part of the programme, you will be allocated to one of these business areas. You will also have the opportunity to experience different areas of the organisation on rotations of 6, 12 or 18 months. Later on in the programme (usually your third year) you'll go on an external secondment. Graduates have previously been seconded to investment banks, law firms, fund managers, professional services firms, as well as HM Treasury, the Bank of England, the European Commission, as well as European regulators.

    They also offer specialist development programmes, in Risk, IT, Economics and Accountancy. Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process of The FCA HERE

Other Financial Firms: H - Z

  • HAT Group. HAT is a training consortium of 60 small to medium-sized firms of accountants. HAT recruits ACA & ACCA trainees on behalf of their full member firms, which range in size from just 3 partners and 15 professional staff, up to 30 partners and over 150 professional staff. For details of the member firms please click on this link. They have up to 60 roles each year. They have two intakes, in January and August, but accept applications all year round. Most vacancies are in central London, but there are also opportunities in Surrey, Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire and Manchester. Joining a HAT firm means you will get the very best of both worlds; early responsibility that comes from training with a small or medium-sized firm as well as a highly reputable training package. You will be joining a well-recognised, three-year chartered accountancy training programme coordinated by HAT. They oversee your professional exam training for the ICAEW exams with one of the leading accountancy tuition centres. Full paid study leave is given and approximately 24 weeks are spent at tutors during your training contract. As well as passing the exams, you will also attend high quality practical courses. These courses will teach you how to carry out efficient practical work. You will be responsible for completing a whole range of assignments including accountancy, audit and giving business advice to a wide variety of clients.
  • Hiscox. Hiscox is an international specialist insurer and reinsurer. Their international two year graduate programme is designed to give you immediate hands-on exposure, gaining on the job training from Underwriters, Actuaries and Risk Modellers. You will not spend your time moving from department to department; instead you’ll be doing real work within your allocated team. The programme consists of three secondments, two of which will be based in your home country and one international secondment to an office in the US, Bermuda, the UK or Europe.
  • Hymans Robertson. They are an independent consultancy offering actuarial, pensions, investment & risk consultancy. There are opportunities to join one of a number of different practice areas in the firm which could include actuarial and benefits, investment or risk modelling. They have offices in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.
  • Lloyds. Is not a company but an insurance market. It is a unique market, where brokers from around the globe bring their clients’ risks and negotiate face-to-face with the underwriters who cover them. The Corporation of Lloyd’s provides the platform for this extremely specialised marketplace. LLoyd's run 2 graduate programmes; a Generalist Graduate Programme or the Claims Graduate Programme. The first programme is 18 months in length and you’ll choose three placements from a number of options. You could be examining the potential impact catastrophes might have on Lloyd’s. You could be managing relationships with international regulators. You could be helping underwriting specialists assess risks in the market itself. The Claims Programme runs over 12 months and you’ll take on two placements and a series of job-shadowing opportunities. Placements are with managing agents, broking house or lawyers.

  • RSA. Graduates can join in Actuarial, Claims or Underwriting. Within Actuarial, placements cover the three main areas of actuarial work: capital requirements, pricing and reserving of claims. Within Claims there is also the chance to join more specialist teams such as large case technicians, Disease and environmental claims and Fraud Investigators. 

  • The London Stock Exchange. They have 2 graduate programmes - one in business the other in technology. You will complete three distinct six-month rotations in any one of their key business areas. During the graduate programme. there is an opportunity for international experience. If you join the Technology programme, there will be a clear technology focus to two of your rotations and your third rotation will be in a business area, giving you the opportunity to understand business IT problems first hand and develop your commercial awareness. They are interested in graduates with a quantitative, business or technology related degree.

  • Thomson ReutersThey offer 5 Graduate Programmes: Business, Sales, Journalism, Finance and Technology, in London. The Business Graduate Programme is a 18 month scheme, which is designed to provide a flow of graduate talent into such areas as product development, proposition, strategy and business development throughout our Financial & Risk business. It includes a variety of assignments in different parts of the business and world. It typically involves 2 different rotations that offer a mix of sales and customer facing roles as well as corporate and strategic positions. The sales programme involves 15 months rotating through various placements within Global Sales and Account Management, such as Knowledge Network, Client Specialist, Account Management or Sales Specialist. Both programmes are open to students in any degree discipline.

    The Journalism programme is run out of London, New York or Singapore and involves an initial 9 month training programme followed by placement in one of their 200 newsrooms. They are interested in students with journalism, economics, business or languages degrees. 
  • Swiss ReTheir Graduate Programme is 18 months and involves a combination of on the job training, assignments, classroom training, job rotation and mentoring. There are a number of different areas open to you; Underwriting, Claims & Liabilities, Risk Management, Reinsurance, Asset Management and Finance. You need to apply to one of these. 

  • TrafiguraA commodity trading organisation who offer a 2-year graduate programme which provides three 8-month rotations across business areas such as Credit, Corporate Affairs, Corporate Finance, Deals Desk, Operations and Trade Finance. One of the rotations will be in a different country. None are in the UK. They also offer Technology Opportunities in London. You need to be reading computer science. 

  • Zurich. Their two-year programme has been designed to provide everything needed to develop within areas such as Actuarial, Change Management, Finance & Accounting, General Management - General Insurance or General Management - Life Insurance. You can only apply to one of these business areas however. Zurich has offices throughout the UK, depending on the business area you select. These include Fareham, Birmingham, Farnborough and Swindon. 

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