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Subject to the ongoing situation, it's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the hiring manager.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

We would welcome applications especially for our most critical roles to ensure we're supporting our residents

Finance Graduate Trainee

  • Reference:orbis/TP/16908/8050
  • Positions:2
  • Salary:£27,641 - £35,382 per annum
  • Category:Finance
  • Contract type:Permanent
  • Working hours:36 per week
  • Posted on:17 March 2020
  • Closing date:29 March 2020
  • Directorate:Resources
  • Location:County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames


About the role

Are you ready for new challenge?

It's a great time to join us; with an exciting Financial Improvement Programme in place, a new Community Vision for Surrey and Organisational Strategy; we've made huge strides over the past year, stabilising our finances and developing a transformation programme that will fundamentally change the way we work, for the benefit of Surrey residents.

Surrey County Council's Finance team is looking for the senior leaders of the future!

We are looking for graduates to join our graduate finance training programme who are forward thinking, influential and able to make a real impact. If you are an ambitious future leader who wants to make a real difference for the benefit of communities then we want to hear from you!

Our graduate programme enables you to develop the practical and strategic skills required to become a public finance professional. Focusing on continuous personal and professional development through a variety of challenging finance and accounting placements, whilst studying for the internationally respected Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) professional qualification. The only accountancy body exclusively dedicated to public financial management.

During your training programme you will be given opportunities to experience a range of work covering every aspect of financial management including:

  • Working in a service finance team supporting budget holders
  • A range of specialist placements which could include pensions, risk management and Internal Audit
  • Experience of producing financial accounts or the medium term financial plan
  • Working on finance improvement including the Finance Academy

You should have a desire to work in the public sector and be able to consider the complexities of working in a Local Authority. You must be able to demonstrate team working and building relationships and have excellent communication skills. You will need to be confident with handling data and have the ability to analyse issues and identify solutions.

Minimum entry requirements are 2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline or demonstration of academic ability up to the standard of a 2:1 undergraduate degree. Also A-C GCSE in Maths and English.

Additional information

Contact details

For an informal discussion please contact Cath Edwards at We look forward to receiving your application.

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 29th March 2020.

Assessment day and interviews are scheduled for w/c 27th April 2020.

Please note that Surrey County Council's headquarters, where this role is based, will be relocating to Woking in 2020 to support our Community Vision 2030.

You will benefit from a local government salary related pension, and a variety of other benefits. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under-represented groups


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  • Updated: 12 Jul 2020