*You can only apply for one apprenticeship scheme per year. So, between January and August 2017, we will only accept your first application. Any additional applications you submit will not be considered.*
Apprenticeship level: Level 4
Scheme length: 2 years
Salary: Starting from £17,802
Requirements: 5 GCSEs A*-C including maths and English language, plus 2 A Levels at a pass in any discipline. You must be 18 years of age by 1 September 2017 to be eligible for this scheme            
Applications: This scheme is now closed

Note: Before you apply, we strongly advise you to read the application process information thoroughly and in full. It tells you everything you need to know and provides details about what to expect as part of your application.

We're a dynamic organisation, going through major changes and operating in a constrained financial environment, which means we need to deliver more for less. Our finance team plays a key role in making this happen.

About the role

Despite what you may think, finance is not just about crunching the numbers. A key role for all finance professionals is communicating with others, in and out of the finance area. Management accountants play a vital role in managing business opportunities and using evidence to develop dynamic solutions. We use information of all kinds, not just financial, to inform the strategy and help manage the future of the business. Finance is about looking beyond numbers and spreadsheets to add real value to a company.

On the Finance apprenticeship scheme, you'll work with experienced professionals who establish and maintain financial policies and manage information systems. This role combines accounting skills, effective management and the ability to convey information to financial and non-financial management in a concise manner.

The practical side of this scheme means that you'll learn how management accountants:

  • Improve value in all areas of the business by maximising revenue
  • Reduce operational and production costs and increase efficiency
  • Implement the most effective strategies

You'll also be encouraged to use business performance analysis to look ahead, with emphasis on pre-empting problems and adapting to changing circumstances and developments.

Placements on this apprenticeship are split into four, six-month placements which may be in any of the following areas:

  • Financial Services Centre - in Accounts Payable, Financial Operations or Revenue Accounting
  • London Underground Finance - Insight
  • London Underground Operations - Station Operations
  • Corporate Business Support - Management Accounting
  • London Underground - Management Accounting
  • Surface Transport- Management Accounting

About you

On this varied and challenging apprenticeship, you'll gain a level 4 Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) certificate in Business Accounting and a level 4 diploma in Business Accounting Practice. You'll need strong communications skills as well as the ability to work with all kinds of people.

You will be supported by a scheme sponsor and a buddy, and receive mentoring from one of our senior managers. Through a combination of on-the-job learning and classroom training, you'll gain experience and further your knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in finance.

This apprenticeship could lead to business sponsorship to progress onto the full CIMA qualification to become a CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant).

On successful completion of the apprenticeship you could move into a finance officer, divisional accountant or analyst role, with a career path into management accounting, finance manger and then senior manager roles.

Learn more about the benefits and development for all of our apprenticeships schemes, and find out exactly what we're looking for.

If you're successful you'll have to pass pre-employment checks before joining. These will include reference checks, qualifications checks, right to work in the UK and in some cases a medical and a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.